Scream ★★★½

Is this the right moment to say I’ve never watched a Scream movie? I surely am missing one of the biggest slasher franchises of all time… anyways, someone wanted to go watch this and who am I to reject the opportunity to go to the movies? With thrill, lots of blood spreading across the story and comedy, Scream (2022) satirizes modern fandoms by utilizing the famous metanarrative speech. 

It sounds complex, and perhaps it’s not that deep, but it is damn effective and at times amusing. This «requel» sets the return of Ghostface to torment Sam and those who surround her life, even her younger sister Tara. I’d like to keep the synopsis this short, otherwise I’d be spoiling—even though the movie has been in theaters for some time already. 

Mockery is the actual main character in the film. Scream plays with a fun and not-so-subtle yet interesting take on metanarrative to look back and criticize Hollywood's several attempt of making trash sequels and reboots, while speaking about what made slashers special back in the day and how modern horror is seen. These characters talk about why The Babadook is sort of a modern horror masterpiece, how Jordan Peele is a genius and as many of us, how people loves The Witch or Hereditary. The directors rub in your face how toxic have fandoms become and whine about their ruined franchises in Reddit or 4Chan, why people hates Mary Sues, or the cliches that characterized the most iconic slashers such as the ones from master Craven or Carpenter. Other than this narrative resource, Scream is another slasher, with slasher features and slasher-esque story. 

Despite the characters shout directly at your face that this is another story and the story itself purposely avoids falling on the cliches it mocks, Scream concludes as any other film of the genre; is this how the filmmakers tell the audience and annoying «fans» that they’ll never get to decide how a franchise is run? Well, find out for yourself. Nonetheless, its pacing is compelling enough to make you want to put the pieces of the puzzle together and find out who the serial killer is. 

Other than that, performances were solid, and I loved to see Jack Quaid and Dylan Minnette, even though one of them has more of an incidental purpose for the story. The cinematography bets on interesting takes and feels slightly better compared to more commercial pictures of the genre, however don’t expect the level of Jarin Blaschke—DoP who works with Eggers. Regarding the musical section, by far the blandest aspect of the film. 

Needless to say that I would have enjoyed it even more if at least I had watch the 1996 icon. While everyone cheered for the reappearance of known faces, what was I supposed to do? Scream objectively stands out over many cheap horror productions—ehem, Netflix's—, and it seems everyone agrees with the fact that this is, indeed, how a good Scream movie is made after those failed attempts of recreating the charm of the original.

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