Scream (2022) - Review
I've Seen This Movie Before. 4 / 5
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett.
Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.
The Scream films have always bordered the lines of horror and comedy but as they blow the dust of this franchise, the filmmakers turn up the horror making for the first truly frightening installment.
This time Ghostface does not mess around and although they have their signature clumsiness, this is the first film where they truly feel like a threat with some of the most brutal and shocking kills of the series.
Compared to Scream 4 this does a much better job of balancing the new characters with the returning legacy characters; adding to the story but not taking over or being the main event.
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett take over directing and do a great job of subverting our expectations of what we've seen in not just other horrors but the Scream franchise itself.
The most solid installment since the original, it found the balance of self-awareness that previous sequels could not get right. It's cheesy, horrifying, and exactly what you want from a scary movie.