Gavin Gibson’s review published on Letterboxd:
I think the reason that this one has stuck with me for so many years is because of just how odd it is when compared to other slashers. The threat isn't some unstoppable force of nature, it's not particularly thrilling rather it's very upsetting because of the events that take place before and during the film and the threat itself comes out of nowhere after thinking 'No that's too obvious, they wouldn't do that' for the duration of the film, it's an enigma.
I think about it and it seems odd that it was as popular as it was (and evidently still is) given that Kevin Williamson denied audiences what they came to expect. In practically every way. I feel like had that happened today, the mass audiences would not have been impressed. In fact I'm sure of that.
And I think another reason as to why it's so interesting is that when people remember Scream, they remember the characters above all else. If someone said 'Let's talk about Scream' I'd bet good money that the first thing they'd say wouldn't be 'Ghostface'.
And I swear by the moon and the stars in the skies that I was planning to revisit this way before the poster or the trailer dropped for the next one.