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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When I was little I wrote to Disney magazine and asked if I could work for them. The response was a lovely letter and some really cute Disney character transfers, which helped me get over their subtle rejection. Many years after that I am still incredibly impressed by what Disney has achieved and the fact that the company keeps reflecting and building upon what Walt originally established.
From animated movies to TV series and documentaries, Disney has a way of making stories that entertain while asking questions, challenging perceptions and allowing viewers a great deal of escapism. I feel as though this is turning out like an advertisement but really I wanted this article to draw attention to some small Disney Plus programmes which focus on different aspects of the Disney organisation.
The little documentaries that I enjoy most are the ‘Disney Insider’ short programmes which are roughly 20 minutes long each. They give insights into the making of new Disney projects and behind the scenes at some of the most famous attractions at the theme parks. From finding out how animations are made to learning about some of the delicacies available at Disney Land, these shows have segments about all sorts of things.
Disney owns ABC television and produces books, toys and all sorts of audio output as well as theatre shows and cruises. So there is plenty for the Insider shows to cover and I look forward to what they choose to celebrate next. Within the Disney umbrella is Pixar too and they have a similar show called ‘Inside Pixar’ which allows us inside the amazing Pixar studios and provides us with extra details about their story making and creative processes.
History of Disney
As well as these little insights, there is also a documentary about how Walt started everything off and began to put together a team to design and visualise. ‘The Imagineering story’ tells us how his visions were translated into films, theme parks and a Disney culture. A group of elite artists, called Imagineers, have been coming up with ideas and concepts that have underpinned the Disney narrative ever since Walt got them started.
To add to this, a series of programmes about how some of the best known attractions came into existence is also available on the Disney Plus platform. ‘Behind the Attractions’ is great because it takes us on the journey from inception to opening day for features such as ‘It’s a Small World’ and ‘Star Tours.’ I especially loved learning about how the hotels developed over the years and the introduction of the monorail.
This set of programmes about how the magic of Disney continues to evolve is really interesting and satisfies my need to know details. I hope that you enjoyed this post and consider following my blog for more articles about entertainment, books and the environment.