Scream ★★★½

I have to start off by saying that I like the Scream movies a whole lot. Their brand of meta horror worked really well for me, so it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this latest one.
There have been 11 years between this and the last Scream movie, so there are of course lots of meta jokes and references to the state of horror, and movies in general, today, which I really got a laugh out of. There are jokes about elevated horror, so called requels and some fun observation about (toxic) movie fandom in general, all of which worked for me and felt like a Scream movie.
The story is set 25 years after the original and once again, a new Ghostface killer appears and starts a killing spree. A new group of teenagers and some old faces set out to stop the new killer. It's knowingly very similar to the original Scream and has lots of winks and references to the original, but it didn't feel too much on the nose like some other movies that clearly go for this nostalgia feeling.
The directors here are Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet, who take over the reigns from Wes Craven here and they do a pretty good job here. It's definitely a much gorier movie than its predecessors, but just like their previous movie, "Ready or Not", it flows really well and it's pretty fun.
What also helps the movie a lot is the cast here. You have returning cast members like Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, who are always fun to watch on screen together and some new cast members who are also really good. Melissa Barrera is a good leading actress and there are some real good supporting turns from the likes of Jack Quaid and Jenna Ortega.
This new Scream isn't perfect, it's a tad bit too long for instance but I still had a lot of fun with it. It has a good and likeable cast, a couple of well executed scares and the required meta jokes you come to expect from the franchise. If you're a fan of the previous ones, you'll probably get a kick out of this one as well.

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