Scream got ahead of the game when its fourth installment in 2011 teased the idea of reboots within its own reboot.
So, 11 years later, what could there be left to say in another reboot? It turns out that in a cinematic landscape of endless “recalls” and fan complacency, now couldn’t have been a better time for the return of this meta-franchise.
Scream (confusingly named the same as the first movie, though there’s a joke about that, of course) introduces a new teenage friendship group living in Woodsboro, the town infamous for a murder spree by a murderer wearing a mask. Ghostface.
Sam (Melissa Barrera) returns to Woodsboro with her boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid) after her sister Tara (Jenna Ortega) is attacked by Ghostface, miraculously surviving.
Despite their estrangement, Sam is determined to protect her sister from this new killer, but a secret from her past suggests the real target may have been Sam all along.
Fans can rest assured that this new Scream brings the same cheesy, self-referential melodrama the series is known for.
If anything, this one leans even more towards the self-mockery tone and amps up the comedy under new directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (known for their own bloody horror comedy Ready or Not), after the death. of the original. series director Wes Craven.
The series’ “legacy characters” are back in Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), TV host Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and former Sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette).
But the movie is definitely passing the baton to the younger generation (which also provides another opportunity for teasing jokes) and the new Millennial/Gen Z cast shows that the series is in good hands with fun performances overall.
With solid laughs, meta-references, and enough bloody deaths to satisfy any horror fan, Scream is a fun return to the franchise.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox