Scream (2022)

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When I first heard of a new Scream movie being made I had some trepidation but after seeing who was making the movie my qualms were eased. I have been a fan of Radio Silence since seeing their section of the first V/H/S movie. Scream was announced shortly after I watched Ready or Not which was a horror comedy. Everything that I had seen from them made me think that the franchise was in good hands. That alongside Kevin Williamson returning as an executive produced eased my mind even more.

The cast is a lot of fun with the returning characters being important but letting the new characters have their own experiences. It stars Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mikey Madison, Sonia Savoy Ammar, Marley Shelton, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Roger L. Jackson, and Neve Campbell. Each of the new characters works as an analogue to a character from the first movie. That also works because each of the new characters is connected to characters from the previous movies.

Scream or Scream 5 or even Scream (2022) has a lot in common with the original movie. They both offer meta commentary on the state of horror. There was some of that in Scream 4, but the state of horror now is in a different place than it was eleven years ago. The meta talk isn’t even just for the state of horror but also how fandom functions. The way everything is handled makes valid points about everything while cracking jokes about them as well.

The kills in this movie are just as brutal and vicious as you would want. This might actually have the most brutal attack in the entire franchise and I’m including the TV series along with the movies. The use of technology is interesting, much like how it was used in Scream 4, but there have been several advances in the interim. The music by Brian Tyler does Marco Belltrami proud.

Scream (2022) is a fitting continuation and evolution for the franchise. With Wes Craven having passed between the previous movie and this I could understand people being wary of any continuation. I honestly believe that this does Wes proud. I don’t know what will come from the franchise after this, but if it does well enough to receive a sequel, I think it will be in good hands. I would recommend seeing this in theaters if you feel safe enough to see it, I say that knowing full well that some people have forgotten how to act in theaters. I give Scream (2022) 10 voice changers out of 10.

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