Another Scream movie is already in the works – and we’re not finished with the last one.
Billed as a “Requel” (as one of the characters so bravely offers), “Scream 5” delves deep into the touchstones that made the original film (and its sequels) a hit with fans. It’s got the random killer (wearing a Ghostface mask and black shroud who wouldn’t be hard to spot), plenty of stray clues, and a herd of new and “old” characters to muddy the waters with information.
If anything, this “Scream” is too crammed with backstory for newcomers to really enjoy. Just when you see a character that looks vaguely familiar, someone steps in and tries to provide years of background information. That’s a lot, especially since it boils down to the old game of cat and mouse.
Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette slip in halfway between, lending this unnumbered “Scream” its horror credibility. They’re not the immediate target of the current killer, just veterans standing in their way.
Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega), a high school student who lives in one of those houses with too many accessible windows, is the first to answer the call (no less than on a landline). She survives, which prompts her sister Sam (Melissa Barrera) to rush home with her boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid) and see if they can’t figure out who’s behind this. No sooner have they arrested the usual suspects than two more are killed and we are faced with more exhibits than a World’s Fair. Strays talk about the connections to the original Ghostface and what it could mean for everyone. Among those interviewed: Dewey Riley (Arquette), who breaks down the door for the other Legacy stars.
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Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett then begin a quick clip of berating people. Ghostface gets his best numbers at a party. But why?
That is the question that lingers during the return visit. For all the background, it’s never clear why Woodsboro hasn’t tried to learn from his past. As the numbers go up, you’d think someone would have sounded the alarm, told kids to avoid parties, and likely approached Ghostface haunted locations.
No, that doesn’t happen. The big three don’t get a big return visit either. You get a chance to repeat the greatest hits, but this “Scream” talks itself to death.