It’s a bit perplexing that this film isn’t called Scream 5, or some addition to the title that lets us know it’s not the original Scream. But the bigger problem I have with this iteration is that it is just like every other horror film, including the original Scream.
Probably the best thing about this Screamis the return of some of the most important characters, including Dewey Riley, Gale Riley, and Sidney Prescott, played by David Arquette, Courteney Cox, and Neve Campbell, respectively. There is also, of course, the fun of the blood-curdling suspense and the slashing violence and gore.
But it’s all so predictable. I feel there is some algorithm for the redundant murder scenarios in this and other horror films. That algorithm being—just as a character comes to some important realization, they get killed. Which, to be fair, even though you know it’s coming, can make you jump out of your seat.
The plot of Scream is also familiar. The town of Woodsboro is revisited. There are sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter, played by Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega. Tara is attacked by a new slasher with the same mask and outfit as the previous four Scream films. After Tara’s attack, Sam feels she needs to take a stand—but not alone. Her boyfriend Richie Kirsch, played by Jack Quaid, is there to help deal with the slasher face.
Trying to be positive here, but it’s not coming easy. I love most of the previous Scream films, but this one was dry and repetitive. As I mentioned earlier, it gets credit for bringing back some important characters and actors, but overall it’s a below average flick to start the year. I hope that there is another horror film in 2022 that can top this one. Just two stars for Scream.