Thursday 7 April 2022

REVIEW: Scream (2022) a.k.a. Scream 5 - Starring Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell

Review by Jon Donnis
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Although billed as a relaunch or as they say in the film a "requel" this does serve as a direct sequel to Scream 4.

"Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a terrifying new killer resurrects the Ghostface mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro's new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original Ghostface attacks. Now, only Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), former sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) can find a way to stop the killer when everyone is a suspect."

If you have seen any of the previous Scream films, then you pretty much know what to expect. This film is your classic "Slasher" film, mixed in with a guessing game of who the killer is. The film takes an interesting approach of satirizing the whole horror genre, and specifically the slasher film, but this is done in a straight-laced way.

At times it does feel like you are watching a serious version of the Scary Movie film, which was itself a parody of the original Scream film. And at points things get a bit too "meta" for my liking. And tries a bit too hard to pay lip service to the kind of horror nerd on reddit who spends way too much time analysing everything.

The new cast do a decent job, and are your typical annoying, rich, late teens, and of course it is always good to see original cast members come back. The killings are your usual slasher film clich├ęs, and you will roll your eyes often at the film, perhaps more at the need to satirize the genre, with the constant dialog of the characters pointing things out, as opposed to the basic story.

With that said, the film is exactly what you expect it to be, and it does a good job of painting by numbers while also trying to do something different, but also honouring the franchise.

The Good
The acting is all very good, some fun slasher moments, and your usual jump scares, are what most horror fans will want.

The Bad
I am not a fan of "meta commentary" in a film, especially when the film is serious and not a parody, or comedy.

I am self admittedly not a big fan of the Scream franchise, but this is the best since the original, and I did enjoy it. at 1 hour 50 minutes, it is about 20 minutes too long.

I score Scream 2022 a fair 8/10

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