Friday, May 27

Movie theater. We saw the new “Scream”: here’s what to remember

Like it was yesterday ?

What if it all started all over again, like in 1997? As in the first Scream ? The first opus was 25 years ago. Since then, the franchise has accumulated episodes. Scream 2022 is the 5th installment of the saga, but it is the first after Craven.

Wes Craven, master of American horror cinema, died in 2015. We owe him Scream or the invention of the masked killer Ghostface, based in part on the story of the “Gainesville killer” news item in the United States, but also the saga of Freddy (eight films).

Scream 2022 does not go back 25 years, but 25 years after the first Scream, and 25 years after a series of brutal murders shocked the peaceful town of Woodsboro, a new killer donned the Ghostface mask. It’s 25 years later, but it all starts all over again: a group of teenagers are the target of the serial killer with a knife, and the secrets of the city’s murderous past ebb away, like hideous upheavals.

We bring the elders back to the butcher’s shop, the actors of Scream 97: Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott) and Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) and David Arquette (Dewey Riley) reprise their iconic roles in Scream 5 alongside Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Sonia Ammar.

“Now it’s the fans who win,” says one of the characters. Yes, because despite the bunch of young newbies from the cast (Scream, it’s a killing for teenagers, let’s not forget), this Scream primarily serves longtime fans. It’s beautiful nostalgia.

Do you know the rules?

Do you know the good old principles of the saga? Each opus has its rules, essential to survive in a horror film. Examples ? “Not having intercourse” in the first Scream. “Never think the killer is dead” in the next one. “An element of the past will resurface to destroy you” in Scream 3, or, “anyone, including the main character, can die”. “Don’t joke with the original” in Scream 4.

True to the outline of the entire saga, Scream 5 of 2022 has rules, inevitable. Rule # 1: “Don’t trust anyone, not even your boyfriend”. Rule n ° 2: “The killer’s motive is always linked to a past event”. Rule n ° 3: “The first victim always belongs to a group of friends of which the killer is one”.

And then, in addition to these rules, the writers unroll the instructions for a successful horror film. It is also the DNA of Scream : cinephilie (hello to Hitchcock and Psychosis) and the deconstruction of gender. The characters are addressing a lesson to all screenwriters, and viewers and fans alike are urged to remember the message as well. What do they say ? “No one gives a damn about mediocre suites”; “The fans refuse a simple reboot, we have to take the story again”. Small self-criticism (hee hee) in passing: “Hollywood is short of ideas”, loose one of the heroes. If even the characters in the films concede it!

Are we scared or not?

This director-led remake Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will he leave you bloodless in your chair, stunned but conquered? Ready to pull out the knives and gut the first to speak badly?

Scream 2022 is a love letter to Papa (Wes Craven for ever), but also, more annoyingly, a Scream bis which owes everything to the original, not really new if we put aside the use of the cell phone and geolocation, practical for modern killers. Not one Scream after Scream, but one Scream according to Scream, a mirror work, certainly applied, resembling, mixing horror and comedy, but what is the point of making the same film again? As Sidney Prescott herself says, in an ultimate second degree: “I have already seen this film, it will have to be renewed”.

But so what, creepy to death? Not really. Of course, we play thoroughly on paranoia, false leads, appearances, but there is a singular lack of jumpscares, and for lack of being caught off guard and making leaps, shouting in terror, we find the time long and slow. We have to wait for the very last part of the film, which does not last far than 2 hours, to finally find something to eat.

Is this going to work? Yes, because it’s a little scary all the same, because it lets off steam, because the fan service is assured and there will always be new ones to broaden the fan-base and adore the psychopathic killer in his ultra-violent works .

Scream 2022 almost sounds like a parody. We leave the last word to Courteney Cox: “After tonight, no more books, no more films, no more Ghostface”.

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