SCREAM (2022)

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This film, which follows the recent trend set by Halloween (2018) and Candyman (2021) of naming itself after the famous original despite being a sequel, once again sees a nefarious slayer don the Ghostface mask and initiate a streak of brutal killings in the sleepy town of Woodsboro. Still, the biggest question on one’s lips is not who lurks behind the iconic halloween mask, but rather: in the midst of all these reboots, remakes, reimaginings, refurbishments, does the latest chapter in the metatextual slasher series have anything to offer spectators?

The very prospect of a fifth Scream movie even existing is the sort of thing that the 1996 Wes Craven original would have poked fun at, but the new film is a worthy addition to the mythos and directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of Ready or Not (2019) do an admirable job at not going for the obvious rehash route. The film does try a little too hard in places to maintain a sense of self-referential edge, but the game performances of the players (both old and new, alike) and the slick set-pieces make this a thrilling and kinetic cinematic ghost ride. It isn’t as good as the original – which, to be frank, I never rated as highly as others – but it’s a fun diversion.

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