Last night, I watched Scream at the Alamo Drafthouse. Scream is the fifth move in the Scream series and sees David Arquette, Courtney Cox, and Neve Campbell all returning to their original roles alongside a large new cast of characters. And well… it was awesome.
The Scream movies are always better the less you know, so I’m not going to spoil anything, but I do want to say a few words about the franchise.
Scream was always a franchise I took for granted. The first film came out around the time I was coming into my horror fandom, and the online horror community was not kind to it. It was too meta and too new for the folks online in 1996 and they preferred the horror films of the 70’s and 80’s. Sadly, I was young and impressionable, and their views imprinted on me. I was hostile towards Scream, despite enjoying it when I watched it.
I saw the sequels as they came out, but it wasn’t until maybe five or six years ago that my love for Scream exploded. I realized that the movies were more of my time and I could relate to them better than alot of the horror I grew up loving. The movie fanatics and dissection of genres was something prevalent in my own life and I’m sure Scream inspired that in me. So, I started revisiting Scream and the more I watched, the more I loved. The music, the acting, the cinematography, the dialogue… it was just perfect.
Sadly, I didn’t think I’d ever see another Scream film. After Wes Craven’s death, it seemed like the franchise was dead, but when Halloween (2018) made killer money at the box office, old horror franchises were dragged out of their graves and brought back to life. Scream was one of them.
The fine folks behind the incredibly underrated and enjoyable Ready or Not were put in charge of crafting a new film and they attracted a great cast of young talent to work alongside the originals. The script that was crafted is quirky, nerdy, self-aware, and incredibly fun. I cannot express how FUN Scream (2022) is. It’s arguably the first movie I’ve ever attended where I wanted to actually clap at the end. It did everything right in my eyes and was wonderfully acted.
I wish I could go into more detail of what I loved and how they approached current horror, but that will rob you of the fun. So, I’m going to stay quiet, but I will say this, as a guy who came around to love this franchise I could not have asked for a better film. It was perfect in almost every way. I loved it and cannot wait to watch it again. If you love horror and/or Scream, you owe it to yourself to see this movie.
As far as what my favorite scary movie is? Well, I think the Evil Dead remake may still be my favorite, but Scream (2022) is definitely in the top five, if not top three.