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"It's always someone you know."
  • R
  • 2022
  • 6.3  (154,102)
  • 60

"Scream" (2022) rejuvenates the iconic slasher franchise, bringing a blend of horror, mystery, and meta-commentary back to the big screen. Helmed by directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, known for their work on "Ready or Not," the fifth installment in the "Scream" series carries over the legacy of the late Wes Craven while giving the saga a fresh, contemporary twist.

The film is set in the familiar, fictional town of Woodsboro, where the original "Scream" movie took place. After a series of brutal murders that echo the infamous Ghostface killings from 25 years ago, the quiet community is thrust once again into a state of panic. With a new killer donning the Ghostface mask, a deadly game begins, as this antagonist appears intent on reviving the chilling legacy of fear.

Central to the film are the series' staple characters: Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott, Courteney Cox's Gale Weathers, and David Arquette's Dewey Riley. Sidney, who has become a symbol of resilience against the backdrop of relentless horror, is once more drawn into the eye of the storm, her life forever intertwined with the Ghostface legacy. Gale Weathers, the ambitious and sometimes ruthless reporter, must reckon with the renewed interest in Woodsboro's bloody history. And Dewey, now an ex-sheriff, confronts the return of Ghostface with a blend of weariness and a steadfast dedication to putting an end to the cycle of violence.

These fan-favorite characters bridge the gap between the original films and this newest chapter, as they interact with a diverse cast of new characters. The young cast is led by Melissa Barrera's Sam Carpenter, a woman with a mysterious connection to the town's dark past, and Jenna Ortega's Tara Carpenter, her sister, who finds herself at the center of the killer's attention early on. Their friends and contemporaries include a cohort of savvy, pop-culture-fluent characters who are aware of the "rules" established by the earlier films — a knowing nod to the self-referential nature that has always been a "Scream" staple.

The movie doesn't shy away from drawing parallels to its predecessors, laden with references and clever allusions to horror tropes and the previous "Scream" movies, often engaging in a meta discourse about the state of horror films and the 'requel' concept—a term used to describe a sequel that seeks to reboot a franchise. This approach delights long-time fans with its wit and layers of intertextuality, while also providing entry points for newcomers to the series.

True to the spirit of the franchise, the 2022 edition of "Scream" is a whodunit at its core, enticing audiences to guess the identity of the killer as the narrative weaves through red herrings, suspenseful set-pieces, and dramatic face-offs. The script, penned by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, cleverly updates the formula with contemporary themes, addressing fandom, the impact of trauma, and the evolution of genre conventions.

Visually, "Scream" (2022) employs modern filmmaking techniques while still evoking the tense, claustrophobic atmosphere fans expect. The cinematography captures the serene suburban streets of Woodsboro, which become a canvas for terror once the sun sets. The use of shadows and carefully crafted jump scares pay homage to the ancestral language of horror, equally thrilling and playfully self-aware.

The violence that unfolds is both brutal and tactical, underscoring the franchise's signature fusion of slasher-style gore with a psychological edge. Each act of violence serves the narrative, heightening the suspense and unraveling the mystery bit by bit. No character is safe from the director's knife, and as the stakes climb, so does the audience's awareness of the fragility of each person who crosses Ghostface's path.

Consequential to the "Scream" franchise is its impeccable use of a soundtrack that complements the eerie landscape of the story. The 2022 movie continues this tradition, combining heart-pounding scores with music that captures the zeitgeist of its new generation of potential victims.

"Scream" (2022) proves that there is still life yet in the self-aware slasher genre by executing a compelling storyline that embraces the best parts of its legacy. It's at once a continuation and rejuvenation, providing fans with the kind of sharp dialogue, intense performances, and thrilling encounters that have defined the series since it first startled audiences in 1996.

Loyalists and neophytes alike can appreciate the craft and care injected into the movie. With the balance of nostalgia and novelty, this iteration understands and evolves the complex narrative dance between horror and humor, victim and villain, past and present. It is a calculated, loving celebration of the iconic series, one that slashes its way through expectations while inviting viewers, once again, to scream.

Scream is a 2022 horror movie. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 60.

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  • Release Date
    2022
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (154,102)
  • Metascore
    60