The most iconic 90s horror slasher movie, “Scream” is back on the big screen! It literally killed the opening weekend box office and dethroned “Spider-Man: No Way Home” from the top spot. I love Spidey, but I love to see Horror win! I of course being a fan of the series and a Wes Craven fan, I went to see the new “Scream“ Thursday opening night! Prior to the film being released, I was already hyped to know Mexican Actress Melissa Barrera was going to be playing the new horror lead in this film. I liked her in the Starz series, “Vida“, don’t get me started on why this show was cancelled after 3 great seasons. Also I knew up-and-coming Jenna Ortega was also going to be in this film and loved her latest work in “The Babysitter: Killer Queen” and the series “You“. She is definitely an actress to look out for. It is always inspiring to see two Latinas being leads in a Horror film!
Going back to the film, I enjoyed the nostalgia of taking it back to Woodsboro and the iconic house of the first film. Melissa plays ‘Sam Carpenter’ a homage to another favorite Director of mine, John Carpenter and Jenna plays Tara. Sam and Tara are sisters and the main leads in this film. They are quickly immersed into the Ghostface killing spree! Sam seems to be connected to why these new murders started happening. You will have to see the movie to see why that is! What I have always loved about this horror series is the perfect mix of horror, comedy and parody. But what really sets this horror series apart are the three iconic characters of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) that always survive and are a kickass team! Sidney being one of my top 5 final girls of all time!
This film takes place 25 years after the original Woodsboro Murders. A new Ghostface is killing relatives of those connected to the first Scream film. I loved the connection of the lineage, especially the twins being Randy’s (Jamie Kennedy) niece Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and nephew Chad (Mason Gooding). For me Mindy stole the show, she definitely had Randy vibes and was knowledgeable of the ‘new’ horror rules and was funny like her uncle. Mindy is played by Jasmin Savoy Brown who in my opinion is killing it right now! She is also currently on the phenomenal Showtime series “Yellowjackets” as Teen Taissa. A great performance as Taissa, the first season just concluded and is renewed for a second season so I can’t wait to continue to watch her grow as a dope actress!
Sidney, Gale and Dewey are also brought back to Woodsboro to figure out who is committing these murders. The only solution is to find the Killer and kill him to end this murderous rampage! Then the mystery begins as all Scream films do and it has you second guessing who the Killer or Killers might be! I won’t share spoilers I will leave it at that! I can’t do a Scream review without mentioning the two people who made this universe possible, Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven thanks to them we have these films! Rest in Peace to Wes Craven, a genius! This film definitely paid homage to him and he would have been proud of this installment! I loved the shout out to him at the end of the film, made me teary eyed! As a Scream fan I hope there are more installments now that a new cast has been passed on the torch!
The only downside of this film for me was that Sidney didn’t get much screen time as I would have liked, but I get it, they are trying to give the limelight to the new youngins. Also there is one part I disliked, but I won’t say it since it would spoil the movie. I understand why they did it though. I might get some heat on this next comment, but I believe this “Scream” film was executed well. Where “Halloween Kills” failed this film succeeded in my opinion. Let the hating begin lol. I definitely recommend going to see Mr. Ghostface on the big screen, who knows when we might see another Scream film in the movie theaters!