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jimmyjam4’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
“Never fuck with the daughter of a serial killer.”
First 2022 movie of the year and the first Scream sequel in 11 years. Fingers were crossed and succeeded when the diagnosis came in that this is in fact the best Scream sequel, I’m sorry, requel. The meta commentary is still alive than ever and it was perfectly handled with the idea of softly rebooted franchises that tie directly into the originals, I also love how they jab at the title being the same as the first. It’s also cool hearing the mention of elevated horror of today’s standards like It Follows, Hereditary and The Witch. The violence is gorier than ever, the cast is as recognizable as ever and the mystery is as intriguing as ever. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett filled Wes Craven’s shoes phenomenally, you can tell they’re passionate fans and they honored every aspect.
Melissa Barrera is Sam Carpenter and shes basically the new Sydney Prescott, she was great mainly due to her backstory of being Billy Loomis’ daughter. Old Man Dewey helps as usual and this is the most badass he’s been, one of the best characters and as it turns out you can kill David Arquette. Hands down the most emotional punch because we’ve seen Dewey get hit again and again, this time he doesn’t get back up. Sydney and Gale return to their respective roles, it’s really weird how they do feel like background legacy characters, like they don’t need to be there, but they’re also voices of reasons. Now for the killer reveal/plot twist, Richie (Jack Quaid) and Amber (Mikey Madison) just wanted to make a movie, that reveal was both unexpected and expected. Richie is the new Billy, boyfriend of the main character and Amber is the new looney tune that used to be Stu. I really thought Matthew Lillard was gonna show up as the killer, but I guess you can’t win it all. Mikey Madison might be typecast as the girl who does too much, gets set on fire and wails like a hyena cuz that exactly happened in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. If they wanna make another then go right ahead, keep up the Stab tropes and keep playing some Wallows.