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“Scream” Early Reactions: A Razor Sharp Return To Woodsboro

The first reactions for Paramount Pictures’ Scream have begun to gush like so much blood online, and the consensus that’s building is the fifth installment is a bloody good time. In fact, lots of the folks who got to see the latest addition to the franchise are calling it the best since Wes Craven’s brilliant 1996 original. With a killer third act, great performances (lots of people are shouting out newcomer Jasmin Savoy) and strong writing throughout, Scream will kick off 2022 with a genre delight.

This latest Scream sees the return of the franchise’s stalwarts—Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) are all summoned back into the fold as a new Ghostface (voiced again by Roger L. Jackson) has begun terrorizing Westboro. The film is directed by the Ready or Not helmers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet, from a script written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Original Scream scribe Kevin Williamson is on hand as a producer.

The early buzz hails the old-timers, who bring both gravitas and heart to their roles. The newcomers (you could also call them fresh meat) include Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ben Ammar, Mikey Madison, Mason Gooding, and Kyle Gallner. The new Ghostface, whoever he or she is, has begun targetting people connected to the original murders. Sidney, Dewey, and Gale will do their level best to school the kids on the rules of the game and keep as many of them alive as possible. This being Scream, that’ll likely end up being only a few.

Scream comes slashing into theaters on January 14, 2022. Onto the early buzz!

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Featured image: Ghostface in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s “Scream.” Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group.

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