STARRING: JENNA ORTEGA, NEVE CAMPBELL, MIKEY MADISON, DYLAN MINNETTE, MELISSA BARRERA, COURTNEY COX, DAVID ARQUETTE
DIRECTORS: MATT BETTINELLI-OPLIN, TYLER GILLETT
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 14TH, 2022
The Scream franchise has released its fifth installment of a true American horror. The first film was released in 1996, grossing over $173 million at the box office. The film was directed by horror genre pioneer Wes Craven. The films following the first Scream did well at the box office but lacked depth with their mediocre scripts. The latest film in the franchise, thus far, has grossed over $120.3 million in revenue since its release date on January 14th. It has an entirely new cast with some of the original cast blended in to tie the film back to the first movie.
The film begins, as the prior movies have, with a call from an unknown caller, and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) getting attacked from an individual in a ghost mask except in this version she is not killed but gets sent to the hospital with critical injuries. Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera), who was away, rushes home to see about her sister Tara. From the beginning of the film I dubbed it Swiss Cheese due to the enormous plot holes that it had in it.
For instance, the movie leaves out why Sam was away but later reveals she was looking for and found some information on her mother and father which was a moot point when it was revealed. Continuing with this atrocity known as Scream, Sam attempts to process how this happened to her sister and comes to the realization that the killer is back because of her. This story line slowly begins to add in the core details but by this time if you haven’t fallen asleep I commend you.
This film should have never been made. There were too many instances within it that didn’t make sense. Some of the new actors and actresses definitely need to hone their acting ability because I’ve seen better acting at a 2nd grade play. Scream is not worth going to the theatres to see and should have just been placed on Netflix as a premier.