25 years after the sleepy California town of Woodsboro first cowered at the mention of Ghostface, a madman with the distinctive mask attacks high school student Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) at her family home.
Older sister Sam (Melissa Barrera) races to her sibling’s bedside with her boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid) in tow.
Tara’s shocked circle of friends, Amber (Mikey Madison), Liv (Sonia Ammar), Wes (Dylan Minnette) and twins Chad (Mason Gooding) and Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) are potential suspects – and victims – as the city’s morgue unwinds is filling up at an alarming rate.
Against their better judgment, veteran survivor Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), morning TV reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and former sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette) are drawn into the community’s latest nightmare.
Scream is a derivative but stylishly executed fifth chapter in the horror franchise and the first appearance of Ghostface since director Wes Craven’s death.
Recurring cast members Campbell, Cox, and Arquette pull off impressive emotional heavyweights in limited screen time, while Ortega goes back and forth in hopes that she might survive the opening sequence’s uncredited phone call.
Co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s return to Woodsboro could be the first film in the series to reveal the killer’s identity before a mandatory final film unmasking.
Pick up the clue and it’s possible to keep up with screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick and unravel bits and pieces of the convoluted plot.
n Available online March 30th and on DVD April 11th.