As a teenager of the nineties, I clearly remember going to watch the first Scream movie and feeling the buzz for it. It was fun and popular and had a good mix of comedy and horror. Having then seen the following three movies, it was exciting to find out that another instalment was coming, with some of the original cast members involved too.
The 2022 movie takes us back to Woodsboro, California. This was the town in which the first people donned the ghost face masks and started attacking teenagers. The films all follow groups of students who are fascinated with horror movies and have lots of specific knowledge about this genre. This one is no different.
Officer Dewey has come back in this story although he’s now somewhat retired from the police force. His ex girlfriend, Gale Weathers, played by Courtney Cox (Monica from Friends) is still working in the media and needing more inspiration for her best selling books. These two were once again joined by the original victim, Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell) who had moved away but is always drawn into these difficult predicaments somehow.
Seeing these guys back was the thing that drew me in and they were all great. The new characters were also brilliant as teenagers obsessed with the Stab movies, which themselves were based on the Woodboro stabbings. Dylan Minnette (from 13 Reasons Why) was convincing as the cop’s son. Jenna Ortega (from YOU) had a difficult time as one of the victims but was both funny and entertaining in this role.
An Essense Of Scream
All of the key ingredients of the franchise were present in this film. The only thing missing was the direction of Wes Craven who sadly passed away in 2015. In homage to him, Dylan’s character was named Wes, which I think is a lovely touch.
With a quick pace, a fun soundtrack, a lot of unpredictability and a good production quality, this movie is a really satisfying instalment. I totally recommend taking a trip to your local cinema to check it out soon. Although it is a horror movie it is also a comedy and has lots of tongue-in-cheek moments.
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