In Review: Scream (2022)

Scream (2022) sees yet another series of gruesome "Ghostface" attacks, as Samantha Carter (Melissa Barrera) and her younger sister become the latest targets.

Synopsis: Scream (2022) sees yet another series of gruesome “Ghostface” attacks, as Samantha Carter (Melissa Barrera) and her younger sister become the latest targets. Family secrets that come to light also prove to be a link to the original franchise movies . . .

Story

Scream is a well written film, in direct relation to its genre. Whilst horror has always been niche, the Scream franchise did change that, somewhat. Here, we see a plot that works hard to be self-conscious of its own borderline farcical nature, whilst maintaining mystery and suspense. It’s or easy ask to balance such factors, but it is managed in this latest installment. The return of “Ghostface” absent in the mediocre TV series, Scream was very welcome. The mask and costume is iconic of cinema. It’s anonymity is perfect for writers, as a device. Just like always, we’re left guessing who the killer is, here, as we see a mix of old and new faces face the most recent kill-spree.

Acting

You don’t watch Scream movies for the acting, you watch for fun. However, there were some good performances from the new generation of actors, and the old guard. For example, Meliia Barerra impressed, delivering a protagonist with good complexity. Of the original cast Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox reprised their roles, and both did well. But David Arquette as Dewie was the standout performance. The brokenness of the character of really came through, and so you really did root for him, as the good guy.

Action & Stunts

Definitely a sold showing from Scream, in this area. The main thing you have to nail in a horror movie is the jumpy bits, and they absolutely did. The choreography worked really well, too as various people tussled with “Ghostface”. Those being attacked appeared genuinely terrified, with the violence being gratuitous enough to mean that there is still the vital gallows humour element present.

Overall

Scream was a good mix of mystery, nostalgia and dark comedy. Perhaps one scene best summed up the whole concept of the Scream franchise. Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) is watching footage of the original Scream. In that film, a character is watching a horror movie, and the people in that film are watching a horror movie . . . This is meta, taken to the extreme. Of course, you as the viewer are also watching a horror movie, too. It’s a simple idea, but one the writers pull off superbly. The cast, whilst never excelling, help make this seem truly seamless. Mixing comedy and horror might seem to be easy, but it takes a lot of skill a to get right. Scream nails it.

 

9.2
In Review: Scream
  • Story
    9.1
  • Acting
    8.5
  • Action
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.6
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