Scream ★★★★

With movie theaters throughout the province being closed down for the next few weeks, I found one of the only places in Ontario showing Scream this weekend. A drive-in theater that was conveniently not very far away from my house and while it was freezing, it was so worth it.

Scream is a giant love letter to this franchise and its fans in the best possible sense. It honors and respects the originals while still carving its own path and offering up plenty of surprises. While not exactly subtle, it has some great meta commentary on modern horror, toxic fandoms and Hollywood's obsession with reboots & sequels. It also has some of the best kills and most tense Ghostface moments in the entire series. Ghostface is vicious here and every kill is more brutal and gnarly than the last. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett do a great job at building tension and delivering some surprisingly effective jump scares when you're least expecting them. Really loved everything they brought to this and how much you could feel Wes Craven's influence in every scene even when it's doing something new.

It's great seeing Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette back but the memorable new cast more than hold their own. Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega definitely give the best performances and are the most fleshed out of the new cast but honestly (and without going in depth) the standouts for me were Mason Gooding, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid and the real MVP Jasmin Savoy Brown who steals every scene she's in. As for the returning cast, I really liked what they did with their characters and how they utilized them especially Arquette as Dewey who gives his easily his best performance as the character.

There are a couple things I didn't really care for but I can't go into any of them without going into spoilers so maybe I'll make a spoiler review within the next few days if I'm feeling motivated. It's hard to talk about some things without giving anything away but all I'll say is that this had me guessing throughout and other than a couple predictable aspects, most of the reveals genuinely surprised me. In the end, as a huge fan of this franchise this was everything I'd hoped for. It has everything you'd want out of it and more and if this is the start to a new set of films than I'd totally be on board to see them continue. What a great way to start the 2022

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