Not Anna Faris’s review published on Letterboxd:
"are you telling me I'm caught in the middle of fan-fkn-fiction?!?"
Can y'all believe the big-bang of the Scream universe happened 25yrs (& 3wks) ago?!? & Front doors, bathroom doors, basement doors, refrigerator doors, ALL THE DOORS in Woodsboro still be all like 'gotcha, bish 😎'.
& That's just one of the many traits of this "metaslasher whodunnit [full stop]" franchise that I expect - scratch that - LONG FOR. Or at least, I did. When Wes was behind the wheel. & Tbh, I was worried that this requel/seboot would completely trash my franchise fan-level:
there-will-never-come-a-time-when-ANOTHER-Scream-installment-is-announced-&-I'm-like-"nah I'm good". Even though my satisfaction with the Scream schtick has varied movie to movie, my slasher-cinema-obsessed-SOUL had yet to escape its gravitational pull. I've loved it, & thus, I am here for it all...today...twenty-fkn-five years later.
I'm here for them scary-ass doors, the beaten to hell formula (phone calls, guaranteed body count in the 1st 12min, bloodline-based ghostface killerSSS, Buck 120s, voice-changers, "Red Right Hand", etc.), the funnies, the fan-service, & THE FEELS. Ngl, "Dewey's Theme" makes my eyes well up every gd time.
So what about Scream (2022)? Welllll, it's no Matrix Resurrections. & It's kinda, sorta dumb AF 😅 but it's also undeniably entertaining & emotionally in-tune. Wes may be gone 🥺 but he's not forgotten. What I initially thought would make him turn over in his grave, I now believe he's likely quite pleased with - therefore, so am I.
& I'll happily report that the filmmakers do well to respect him & his fan-base. There's even a really sweet nod written subtlety into the script: "you were always happiest when you were writing." ❤️🥲❤️