Scream leaves a big bloody check mark under each franchise requirement. This fifth horror installment passes the knife and the torch to a new generation of slasher enthusiasts. Scream features several new ideas begging to be explored, but it never quite sticks a knife into the flesh of what is worth a return to the Wes Craven series.
“Scream” is the first album without Wes Craven
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are directing a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. This makes it the first entry not to have Craven in the director’s chair after his death in 2015. The New Scream takes place 25 years after the original series of murders ravaged in Woodsboro.
A new killer is on the run, again wearing the Ghostface mask and costume. Sam (Melissa Burrera) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) are sisters who find themselves at the center of everything. They need to figure out why this new Ghostface killer is targeting them before it’s too late. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to follow the basic rules of horror film.
Ghostface becomes a social commentary on toxic fandom
The first one Scream the trailer hinted at a more serious iteration of Ghostface. However, fans can rest easy knowing that the latest installment retains its sense of humor. He regularly laughs at fiction Stab franchise and therefore Craven’s Scream trilogy. The characters talk about ’90s horror and tech, comparing them to’ high ‘horror movies such as A24 The Babadook, The witch, and Hereditary.
Scream Constantly calls itself a “reissue” and plays with some of the original horror slasher rules set in the classic Craven movie. He provides social commentary on the evolutionary nature of fandom and the toxicity it brings. Scream momentarily plunges his feet into the conversation about the effects of violence in the cinema. This slasher movie delves into several intriguing conversations, but it never digs deeper.
Most recent Scream The episode brings together a mix of legacy characters and a new generation of characters. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) all return alongside a young cast. They now know the horror movie rules, but they make it clear that the requel changes make Woodsboro free to play for everyone.
‘Scream’ satisfies the urge to slasher gore
Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett understand what modernity Scream fans want it visually. They bring the gore in spades. Ghostface slashes and stabs their victims in wide shots that never back down from the punctures. Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett film the masked killer in an aptly elusive, intimidating, and brutal way.
Scream seeks to relive its glory days. It features some gripping subjects, but it pursues the iconic nature of the Craven originals rather than finding its own hook. Scream evokes toxic fandom, the direction of the modern slasher genre, and presents the argument for whether “high” horror or silly slashers are better. However, the script never really capitalizes on these initial ideas.
Craven’s mark on the franchise is still around for better and for worse. New Scream includes perhaps the most obvious killer on the show to date. Aside from a few lulls, this horror movie hits the jugular straight and isn’t afraid of getting its hands dirty. It’s just a shame it doesn’t cut as deep as it should.
Scream plays exclusively in theaters from January 14.
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