Let me start out by saying that if you’re a fan of this franchise, love Ghostface, adore all things Woodsboro, and are stoked at the idea of seeing all your favorite OG characters return, you really can’t go wrong with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Scream. Although it definitely has its flaws, it brings new things to the table while also delivering the charm, comedy, and thrilling whodunit atmosphere that we’ve come to expect and love from this franchise.
It’s also important to remember this is not a Wes Craven film and is the first film in the franchise without Craven’s involvement. The film stars the original Woodsboro trio: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, along with Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, and Marley Shelton.
Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a terrifying new killer resurrects the Ghostface mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro’s new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original Ghostface attacks. Now, only Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), former sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) can find a way to stop the killer when everyone is a suspect.
As expected, once again someone (or someones) in Woodsboro can’t leave the past behind and decide to put the Ghostface mask on and go on a killing spree. However, this time the victims are all relatives of the originals, and no one is safe. This film is a re-quel! (Don’t know what this is? Watch the movie and find out!) Despite their best efforts, our OG crew finds themselves consumed by the killings and their connections to it all.
Seeing Sidney, Gale, and Dewey working together again to solve a mystery and end the murder spree was amazing, but also a little sad. Sidney seems to FINALLY have her life together but has to drop everything once again and go be Woodsboro’s favorite final girl. Then there’s Gale and Dewey who we discover are no longer together, which isn’t okay as these two are meant to be together. As far as the new crew goes, they all are seemingly educated in horror, true crime, and of course, they’re all too familiar with the Woodsboro murders. But to them, it’s not reality. That is…until the killer starts targeting them one by one. Jenna Ortega was the star of this film. She delivers a phenomenal performance that continues to prove how talented she is. She’s on our way to becoming the next big Scream Queen.
When Scream was announced and we found out all the OG’s were coming back, I think everyone had the same thought: one of them will die this time. I won’t say whether or not that actually happens, but it’s something that stuck with me and made me very anxious to watch the film. However, I was too excited to see what would happen and what surprises we might see throughout its runtime. One thing that was definitely different in Scream than in the other films: the bloody and gory kills. The franchise has some pretty awesome kills throughout, however, this one is darker and more brutal. It shows more and tries to get inside your head even more.
I highly recommend purchasing this film as the bonus material alone makes it totally worth it. The Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are gushing with to-die-for bonus content, including deleted scenes, interviews with the new and returning cast, plus a look at the legacy of horror legend Wes Craven:
- Filmmaker Commentary—The directors, writers, and filmmakers reveal the unwritten rules for surviving this genre-busting horror movie.
- Bloodlines—Catch up with Scream stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette for a deep dive into their characters and why they came back for a fresh stab at their favorite horror franchise.
- New Blood—Meet the new generation of Woodsboro victims and potential killers!
- In the Shadow of the Master—The cast honor movie maestro Wes Craven and look back on his incredible legacy as the director who redefined horror.
- Deleted Scenes—Look out! They’re back from the dead: see the scenes slashed from the movie.
- The Scream DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.
From Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group, Scream, is now available for purchase on Digital with killer bonus content. The terror comes home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on April 5 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In addition, fans can own both the new 2022 movie and the original 1996 hit in a Scream 2-Movie Collection on 4K Ultra HD or Blu-ray.
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