The slasher genre is back and I am loving it! It has been always one of my favourite go-to genres. Who wouldn’t enjoy people being slashed onscreen by an unknown masked killer who would keep you on the edge of your seats. Films like I Know What You Did Last Summer almostly instantly bring a different sort of nostalgia for us 90s kids who then were just about discovering the different aspects of cinema. So when a ‘requel’ to the famous Scream series was announced, I couldn’t hold back my excitement. I had heard a whole lot of a positive things about it. Finally the film is out on a VOD and I happened to watch it last night. Does Scream live upto its massive expectations, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Set twenty five years after the original killings and a ‘requel'(reboot + sequel) to the original, Scream follows the story of the town of Woodsboro which sees a new Ghostface on the loose. Who is the killer? The story here is a simple whodunnit which pretty much follows the same template of the original which is not necessarily a bad thing. The good bit is that the writers have not looked to experiment much and served what the audience had asked for – a good slasher story. The screenplay opens in a typical fashion where a supposedly unaware victim is attacked by a masked killer. What follows is the introduction of a new set of characters and as the poster says – The killer is on the poster(which means the obvious). And needless to say that the killings are fun to watch with a dash of humour sprinkled throughout. But what the writers do pretty well is that they get back some of the iconic older characters into the mix. The ample amounts of meta references to other slasher films is some really smart writing. Where the film slightly falters is in the middle. The sequences get repetitive and barring an emotional twist, the drama gets a bit boring. But quickly the drama is back on track in the thrilling last 40 minutes where the killer is unmasked(although the reason provided is just lame). The entire sequence featuring a party is just lip smacking good. There are also several jump scares, some of which land beautifully which is honestly a staple of the films in this genre. Overall, a fun screenplay which releases a sense of nostalgia for fans of the original.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are filled with several meta references which are amusing and will cater to the fans of the genre. The BGM is alright rather typical for the films of this genre. Some of the action sequences are well choreographed. The director’s chair is shared by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and they definitely know the pulse of the audience. And so they throw almost everything in the drama and at times they overdo it as well but it is a fun watch at the end of the day.
Some of the older players like David Arquette(as Dewey), Courtney Cox(aa Gale) and Neve Campbell(as Sidney) instantly evoke that sense of nostalgia by their presence. Mikey Madison as Amber is first rate as is Jenna Ortega as Tara. Jasmin Savoy Brown as Mindy, Dylan Minnette as Wes, Mason Gooding as Chad and Sonia Ammar aa Liv all have their moments to shine. Jack Quaid as Richie is pretty good. Melissa Barrera aa Sam looks gorgeous and is perhaps the pick of the actors for me.
Scream might be slightly cliched for its genre but it is still a fun watch with a hint of nostalgia thrown in.