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Alex’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
•[franchise moved to new york] is such a scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel premise, but they make it work here, because it actually makes sense for the characters. the budgetary limitations leading them to film in canada forces this "new york" to feel authentic, rather than a tourist-y.
•the opening scene was amazing!! the sudden transition on the phone call from normal guy voice to ghostface was very chilling imo. when ghostface slashed at the camera in the alley but it didn't immediately just cut to a title card I was so surprised, and I love how the whole sequence ended by making the audience know that this killer's new motive wouldn't be anything Stab / fame related again.
•from the second she was cast I KNEW Liana Liberato was a killer, and the fact that her 'death' was so feeble and we never saw the body proved to me that her dad was in on it too. ethan however was unexpected for me.
•Anika's death is instantly iconic and Devyn Nekoda sold the hell out of that. her screaming "I don't want to die" was just horrible and when Mindy broke her quippy character and yelled "Anika you have to move right now" it was just filled with so much dread and desperation. what a nightmare.
•I predicted that the killer's motive would be a family member getting revenge for the death of either Amber or Richie, and Detective Bailey's line 'nobody fucks with my family and gets away with it' totally confirmed that!!!!
•despite the predictable reveal I just loved how it was executed. Dermot Mulroney doesn't reach Laurie Metcalf's unhinged hamminess but I found it cool that the franchise vilified the police for the first time. seeing two ghostfaces in costume together was so fresh and so was the three ghostfaces all standing together.
•overall such an improvement on the fifth one on every level; so much more focused and atmospheric, and (for me at least) genuinely scary for once.