“Twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new Ghostface emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth.” -IMDB
Unfortunately, I was late to the Scream franchise. I am quite the wimp when it comes to horror movies and I thought these films were going to have more of the essence of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I didn’t realize just how focused on pop culture they were, until I was in a hotel room on a cold weekend last winter and decided to stay in watching all four within a span of 48 hours.
If you couldn’t already tell from the fact that I write a movie review blog and co-host a pop culture podcast, I AM A POP CULTURE FIEND. So the fact that these movies play off of pop culture obsessed teens is just delightful to me. I wish I had watched them sooner because then I think this most recent film would have hit home even more, as it plays so must on and with the original movie. Even so, I enjoyed the hell out of this movie and thought it lived up to the expectations of any 25 years-in-the-making revival. Let me clarify…
As you would expect, the film begins with the return of the legendary and notorious ghost face. We are introduced to new characters and are reintroduce to some familiar faces as the whodunit unfolds. As per usual, you are left fidgeting in your seat (or at least I was) as the plot twists and turns and the true identity of Ghostface emerges.
As with Spider-Man: No Way Home, the meta-ness of this movie makes it incredibly fun. It’s always fun to be in on the joke (or even the butt of the joke) as an audience member. Although I will say that this meta-ness became a bit much towards the end of the film, to the point where I felt slightly beaten over the head with it. Overall, however, the film treats its dedicated audience to numerous tricks and treats and is sure to delight all of those fans who have been waiting to see Sydney and Co. in modern day.
Rating: 7 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: I acknowledge that I am a HUGE wimp when it comes to horror movies, so I’m sure you know what you should watch in that realm more than I do.
Streaming: In theaters
With: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega
Directed By: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett