The horror subgenre of the slasher hasn’t produced too many highlights lately. Even though I enjoy blunt butchery escapades like last time in Halloween Kills, I miss films that really have something new to say about the genre in all the bloody chaos. And now Scream has completely overwhelmed me.
The meanwhile 5th part of the cult meta-slasher series is not only exciting, brutal and funny, but also cleverly comments on the current state of mainstream horror as well as Hollywood’s reboot machinery. Why Scream does for me now the horror highlight of the year is, I have compiled it here once.
The three most important insights into why Scream 5 is my horror highlight
- Scream works as harter Slasher
- Scream works as biting meta-horror
- Scream is on excellent scream movie
This article is largely spoilerfrei. None of the shocking revelations and twists will be given away here.
The Most Brutal Scream is a compassionate slasher horror
Surely the 5th Scream directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not) is downright harmless compared to the brutal cracker Halloween Kills mentioned at the beginning. In the context of one’s own series, however, this is about the hardest scream and at the same time an excellent contribution to the slasher genre.
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In every gory set piece, Ghostface appears as an extremely aggressive and unstoppable creature. His sacrifices will be partial with an uncomfortable intensity maltreated, while we are presented with several creative variants of the well-known knife attack. One scene is particularly nasty, in which Ghostface doesn’t slash at all, but simply and elegantly pierces his victim’s carotid artery in a matter of seconds and bleeds him dry.
Few slasher movies have made me suffer with the victims like I did in Scream. A painful highlight is the panicked flight of a survivor who has to flee Ghostface again in the hospital with wounds that have just been sewn up and a broken leg. Rare was for me cinematic pain so palpable.
Scream: Bitter meta-settlement with requel craze and toxic Star Wars fans
When Scream self-referentially commented on and deconstructed the rules and mechanics of the horror genre in 1996, a new genre of meta-horror was born. Since then, each subsequent sequel has poked fun at current trends in the genre. After horror sequels, trilogy finales and never-ending film series and remakes Scream 5 takes the Requel craze to its chest.
The all-round attack against the trend of nostalgic requels (mix of reboot and sequel) is not limited to horror here, but also peppers against large franchises such as Star Wars. The meanest and most snarky meta comment but applies to all the toxic fans (with a clear reference to Star Wars) who take the sanctity of their favorite film series far too seriously. Creative reorientation? Childhood has been destroyed!
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Always wanting more, Scream also looks through his meta-lens at the entire current state of mainstream horror, the characterized by arthouse Elevated Horror like The Witch and nostalgic rehashes will. And by the way, it also explains why classic remakes are no longer enough to get fans to the cinemas.
In the end, the question remains: will Scream (2022) shape the genre and upside down like the Originala once didl? Probably not. But we will see reboots and requels with different eyes in the future.
Scream is a super Scream and honors Wes Craven’s horror legacy
I’ve been a self-declared Scream fan since I suffered my first Scream trauma at the age of 8 (maybe it was 9). The fact that the series directed by horror master Wes Craven, who died in 2015, will be continued made me worried in advance. Also, Scream writer Kevin Williamson is no longer involved as a screenwriter (but as a producer). But now I can say: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett honor the Craven legacy in almost every setting.
While Scream 5 feels different in some aspects (like the music) it still has everything that makes a good scream. And that includes an exciting whodunit mystery at the core. The mystery of who is behind the Ghostface mask and the constant interplay of suspicions is as captivating, surprising and shocking as ever.
Sidney and Gale in Scream
Every person in the film is a suspect. This mantra of the Scream series is skilfully taken to extremes in the second half of the film, when finally none of the characters can dare cross the path – which is savored in some particularly funny dialogues.
Amid all the bloody mayhem, there are also plenty of loving references, visual quotes, and surprises for fans of all four Screams so far. Even if the three legacy characters Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers could have received a little more screen time, the season handover to a new Scream generation was possible fill my horror heart completely.
If there were another Scream movie starring the Carpenter sisters and the other surviving newcomers in the future, I wouldn’t object at all. Hopefully the horror genre not only mature again for 11 years, until it’s ready for another scream.
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Have you seen Scream 5 yet? How did you like the meta horror return?