SCREAM (2022) Movie Review | 25 years since the original events took place in the town of Woodsboro California, a new executioner has emerged to seek revenge and fame echoing the chilling historical murders of old. We are met with familiar faces from the Woodsboro massacre legends, Sidney, Dewy and Gale, who must return to aide the new generation in solving the mystery of the reappearance of the Ghostface.
Technically this is a sequel to the Scream franchise, yet it feels more like a reboot. The film’s cheeky, meta commentary actually refers to itself as a re-quel, (sequel/reboot hybrid). Going into the screening, I was confused by the repackaging of the same name as the title film from the series, since this is the 5th film of the franchise. The characters in the story clear up this confusion with the meta internal exposition that has become a staple in the series. An expert of “scary movies” explains the reimagining of the events taking place in relation to cliche horror film tropes. In the first few Scream films we were introduced to this internal meta commentary from the character Randy (Jamie Kennedy). In Scream (2022), we now experience the expert advice from one of Randy’s relatives. If you have been following the entire catalog up until this point, this will be a familiar plot point that helps provide levity to the situations taking place and what gives Scream it’s goofy quality.
None of the Scream films were created with the intention to be remembered as critically “good” films. I think pretty much all of them I would quantify as terrible movies, but for the most part, they are really fun and goofy. What I enjoy most about the Scream series is that they are completely intentional with the fact that they don’t take themselves seriously at all. They are purposefully over the top ridiculous and the characters even find the time to make fun of themselves in the process. This new iteration, or reimagining of the series, takes that concept and cranks it all the way to 11. Amidst my plenty of eye-rolls, I did in fact have a really fun time at my screening. I’m not the hugest Scream fan in general, but I had seen all the films up until this point, and this new re-quel fits perfectly within the Scream universe.
There’s not a lot to be said about the performances or the technical aspects of the film. There weren’t any standout details that I noticed that I wanted to highlight in my review. I thought everyone in the film did an okay job, nothing specifically great or terrible with their performances. My biggest complaint about this film is that the camera seemed too zoomed in on every scene. It was as if every single frame in the film was a close up. I felt like I couldn’t get a sense of space in any location within the story. The camera was always hyper focused on the characters from the waste up and not on the environment that they were interacting with. I just felt claustrophobic with the camera choices and wished they would have allowed for scenes to breath more to also help create more tension for the jump scares.
I’m not going to dive into any specific plot points or new characters since these films are always centered around a “who-done-it” style mystery. This new one does feel like an homage to the original film so if you’re someone who didn’t care about the sequels but you really love Scream (1996) I think you’ll find enjoyment in this re-quel. Again, I think this is a terrible film in the grand perspective of cinema as a whole, but I personally had a fun time. | SCREAM (2022) Movie Review
Scream 2022 | Return To Woodsboro Feauturette
Scream 2022 | Cast
Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, with Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell