Re-quels (reboot/sequel hybrids) are the flavour of the month in Hollywood and they vary wildly in execution. SCREAM is on the upper end of the scale, with a killer (pun intended) first half and just the right amount of fanservice even if it tails off a bit towards the end. A decade after the last Ghostface killing spree in Woodsboro and twenty-five years since it all began with Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) unmasking the original killers, someone, or someones are at it again and it’s up to Sam (Melissa Barrera), her younger sister Tara (Jenny Ortega) and their friends to get to the bottom of it all before the bodies pile up too high. The roles of the original big three (Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox) are necessarily reduced to keep the focus on the new kids in this satisfying latest chapter, which feels sharp and relevant in a way the franchise hasn’t in a while, in addition to being well-crafted and entertainingly brutal throughout. SSP
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