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New movie review: Scream

When I saw that a new “Scream” movie was being made, I initially had very mixed emotions.

First, I love horror movies, so I was excited that a new one was coming out.

However, the “Scream” sequels have not been the best, so I was skeptical as to if this movie was even necessary or if it was just trying to milk the franchise for some more money.

Horror reboots, in my opinion, are usually hit or miss. The “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot was great, however the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” one was a disaster. I went into the movie refusing to watch the trailer, with not-so high hopes.

This is where I would advise you to stop reading if you don’t want anything spoiled for you.

First, let’s start with what I disliked about the movie. This “requel” (a term from the movie meaning a reboot but also a sequel) had new characters that were generally unlikable.

There wasn’t much depth to their character development, and I was kind of hoping some of them would get killed by the new Ghostface just because they were so annoying or plain stupid.

The main character, or “final girl” if you will, was very monotone and was just poorly acted out. I typically root for the final girls, but this one left me feeling like “if she gets killed, oh well.”

It was also very predictable. I was able to guess the lines the character would say.

They also kept the idea that the boyfriend and an accomplice were the killers. This upset me because the boyfriend was the one likable new character, and when he revealed he was one of the killers, I was like “oh yeah, guessed that in the first 10 minutes.”

While the movie made an effort to bring back old characters, some of those efforts did not pay off.

The main girl ends up being Billy Loomis’s (the original boyfriend Ghostface) illegitimate daughter, and she sees visions of him. However, the visions aren’t always evil, and they try and make Loomis seem like a good guy. That is just out of left field and highly unnecessary.

The movie also relied on jump scares too much, or rather the lack thereof. There was about a five minute scene where there are like four different fake-out jump scares. One or two fake-outs are okay, but the scene was excessive.

Also, there was a scene where they confront one of the Ghostface killers in a hospital in the middle of the day, but there seems to be no one there. No other patients, no staff. Just the main characters.

I had hoped the movie would have at least been realistic in moments like that, since modern horror typically tries to stay realistic.

Given all the things I disliked, there was a number of aspects I felt saved the movie from being a total flop. They brought back original characters like Sidney Prescott, Gail Weathers and Officer Dewy. Their acting was great, and they saw through the stupidity of the other characters, making them relatable to the audience. It also gave me someone to finally root for.

The final murder scene also took place in the house in the original “Scream” movie. Parts of the movie mirrored the original, and for the most part it worked. It didn’t feel like it was copy-cat-like or irrelevant.

The movie itself keeps the theme of being meta like the original.

The gore and effects in the movie showed it was made this year, because it was pretty good. Nothing looked too fake or too excessive.

One thing that really made me excited is that my favorite YouTuber, Dead Meat, made a cameo in the movie.

He reviews horror movies, and in this movie, he was reviewing how awful the “Stab” movies have become (“Stab” is the “Scream” movie in the “Scream” world).

The disappointment that super-fans have in the newest “Stab” movie is important, which when I watched it, I overlooked the fact.

Overall, I would recommend seeing it.

I suggest for sure seeing the first movie, and then at least having knowledge of the others. If you’re a horror buff like I am, it’s a six out of 10. If you just like movies in general, it’s an eight out of 10.

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