Scream ★★★★½

Scream (2022) (or Scream 5) is a huge love letter to this franchise and the fans in the best possible way. It cherishes and values the films that came before it while establishes it's own trail. It isn't quite subtle but it does offers some excellent meta commentary on modern horror, fans being toxic and entitled, and Hollywood being obsessed with reboots, remakes, and sequels. Also, it has some of the best kills and most suspenseful Ghostface moments in the series. Ghostface is brutal and every kill here is even more ruthless and nasty than the last. Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from Ready or Not fame does an impressive of building up tension and suspense. They also do a magnificent job of delivering some shockingly effective jumpscares. There's so much to adore about this. It has the Wes Craven's influence in every scene even if it's doing something brand new.

It's awesome to see Never Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. However, the new cast here held their own. Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega gives the best performances and easily the most fleshed out of the newbies. Mason Gooding, Dylan Minnette, and Jack Quaid are also great. However, the real MVP, in my opinion, is Jasmin Savoy Brown. She robs every single scene she's in. As for the returning cast, I loved what they do with them and how they developed them. They give the best performances as their characters.

I was a bit skeptical but I'm happy how this film turned out. For a horror film in January, I loved it (color me shocked). It's hands down the best sequel of the Scream sequels. It's everything you want out of this franchise. If this the start of a new set of movies, sign me up.

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