Scream was meta before it was cool to be meta in the horror genre. Fast forward close to 30 years since the original, Scream has produced multiple sequels and an MTV spin-off series that was famous for killing a bikini-clad Bella Thorne.
Now the slasher is back to impose its dread on a new batch of kids armed with smart phones, apps, and a sense of cynicism that cuts deeper than Ghostface’s knife.
The new Scream is the fifth film and the franchise and works as a relaunch (not reboot) of the franchise that in the tradition of Star Wars, Ghostbusters, etc; move the franchise forward while bringing back legacy characters such as Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley, and Gale Weathers.
It was directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (the sadistic minds behind the film “Ready or Not”) with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, serving as writers on the project. Additionally, Kevin Williamson was credited as the executive producer alongside Chad Villella.
Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.
Ghostface target the families of the various victims and even murderers of the original Woodsboro slayings giving long time fans of the franchise some great callbacks and the next generation of some of their favorite scream characters.
Scream does a great job of introducing a slew of new kids to the franchise. Sisters, Sam and Amber bring an interesting new dynamic to the franchise and could set up a new trilogy surrounding their story.
The kills are more vicious and gory this time around and they deliver some of the most brutal deaths in the franchise.
The biggest disappointments in the film is honestly who is revealed to be Ghostface (whose motive was pretty weak) and the use of Gale and Sidney. Dewey, Tara, and Amber are the MVPs of the film.
The film does some pretty decent fake outs over who the the killer is or isn’t, up until the start of the third act the film will actually have you thinking anyone could be the killer.
In a sea of franchise relaunches, Scream not only successfully passes the torch to the next generation it makes you really want to see where the surviving characters go next.
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