This franchise has frequently tried to stay relevant since the first installment, but it’s always been hit-or-miss. However, going back to the basics in letter and spirit appears to have worked pretty well this time.
Cast & Crew:
Matt Battinelli Olpin| Director
Tyler Gillett| Director
Neve Campbell| Actor
Courteney Cox| Actor
David Arquette| Actor
Jack Quaid| Actor
Jenna Ortega| Actor
Dylan Minnette| Actor
A serial stabber in the ghost-faced mask terrorizes the doomed neighborhood of Woodsboro once more. This time, two young sisters are at the center of his stabbing spree, and they have a complicated relationship with the previous killers. Who will be killed in this latest bloodbath?
One of the characters explains how this installment of the famed slasher saga is a’requel’ in one of the many scenes where characters openly guess and name each other as suspects. A sort of distant sequel to the original, with ‘legacy characters’ mingling with brand new ones in a plot that is uncannily similar to the first installment of the franchise. Because, as directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett make abundantly clear, it always returns to the original. This one does, and in what way. It may appear to be a dangerous idea that can quickly become repetitive, but this ‘Scream’ is not only refreshingly unpredictable but also bold and bloody in ways never seen before.
Of course, it all starts, as it always does, and the setup isn’t any different, but the narrative is blunter and sharper this time. Blunt in its attempt to be nothing more than a dark slasher film, but sharp in its wit to be entertaining despite being overindulgent and meta.
As one character points out, it sometimes feels like every decade or so, some idiot decides to put on a mask and stab people. And yet, it’s perplexing how the people of this town or the cops never seem to learn anything. Even though the killer is still on the loose, they continue to enjoy binge-watching the fictional whodunit ‘Stab’ and party hard. Perhaps because some of them have special abilities that allow them to withstand any type of attack. But being attacked or killed appears to be all in a day’s work for current and former Woodsborough residents.
Fans will be pleased to see the return of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette). They don’t take over the story, but we wish they had more to do. This reunion, as well as the majority of the brutal action scenes, are the high points of this suspenseful mystery thriller.
Melissa Barrera, who plays the beleaguered Sam Carpenter, is one of the newcomers who looks stunning and performs admirably. Jenna Ortega is perfectly cast as the vulnerable Tara Carpenter, whose motley crew of friends is a smorgasbord of stereotypes.
This franchise has frequently tried to stay relevant since the first instalment, but it’s always been hit-or-miss. However, going back to the basics in letter and spirit appears to have worked pretty well this time. Is this a requel, a reboot, a sequel, or a work of fan fiction? Who are we to say? But, whatever it is, this new ‘Scream’ absolutely destroys it on the big screen.