Fans of the original Scream the films were beside themselves when it was announced that a new addition to the horror favorite would hit the big screen in 2022.
But, like all sequels and prequels, there’s a kind of nervousness that comes with the excitement: Is it going to be any good?
In the video above, David Arquette teaches the cast of Scream how to paint
Will it reference previous films or will it be entirely standalone?
Well, the last Scream the film is self-referential at the risk of swallowing its tail.
But this “requelle” 25 years later (a term specifically explained in the film) turns out to be a lot of fun, cleverly pairing familiar faces with new stars in what isn’t exactly a remake or reboot, but rather plays as a refreshment.
Half the battle was won, in hindsight, during casting, typing Melissa Barrera (In the heights), Jenna Ortega (stuck in the middle) and Jack Quaid (The boys) for key roles among the younger contingent, while bringing back Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette to their original roles.
The trick is to replicate elements of the original by the late director Wes Craven, to whom the film is dedicated, and writer Kevin Williamson – a horror movie that actually lays down the rules for surviving a horror movie. horror, then watch the characters break them anyway – updating that by layering the new on top of the old.
All of this is achieved, quite impressively, while simultaneously ridiculing the original, its three sequels, and that 25-year relationship with audiences.
But the new Scream still treats the series with a level of seriousness about every detail usually reserved for movies with superheroes or spaceships.
Plus, there are plenty of references to recent horror movies, their varying levels of ambition, and where Scream fits in.
It doesn’t hurt to say that the basic pattern remains intact, with an incident involving Ortega’s character bringing his older sister (Barrera) back to the town of Woodsboro, accompanied by her boyfriend (Quaid).
An earlier kill has sparked a series of movies, meaning this Ghostface killer is tapping into that mythology, leaving no shortage of suspects or bodies.
Beginners have the brilliant idea of asking former pros for advice, which is where Arquette, Cox and Campbell come into the picture, however reluctantly.
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett deliver the gore required by the bucket.
They never leave a door open, cupboard fridge, etc.
As noted, venerable horror franchises like Halloween managed to attract people to cinemas during this difficult time, bucking the general trend.
This might not feature prominently in the pandemic survival rules.
But it bodes well for Scream proving successful enough to remount, whether it’s a sequel, remake, reboot, or, as in this case, all of the above.
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