It’s the top comeback of a slasher franchise and the best horror movie of 2022 so far. We’re talking about “Scream 5”! If you want to hold the film in your hands in time for the home cinema launch, no problem: Amazon pre-orders are already possible.
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Gone are the days when sequels had a disastrous reputation. Nevertheless, it’s still a small sensation when the fifth (!) part of a horror series is not only okay – but an absolute highlight! But that’s exactly what the “Scream” saga is about: Released earlier this year, the sequel Scream 5 is the best horror film of the year so far. And not just because 2022 is only three months old…
Instead, “Scream 5” (or simply “Scream”) is a 4.5-star stroke of genius. The top slasher is full of unexpected and clever “Star Wars” parallels, wonderfully nasty attacks on bilious online fandoms, dramatic surprises, and drastic kills. You can now pre-order, then you will hold the DVD, Blu-ray, or 4K disc in your hands on the day of publication.
“Scream 5” not only introduces a new generation of murder victims and suspects who could be hiding behind the iconic Ghostface mask. Of course, fans also get a reunion with the original trio, who already had to fight their way through the first four “Scream” parts: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. If you don’t know the previous films, that’s no problem either – “Scream 5” is aimed at long-established fans and newcomers alike!
This is Scream 5
One night, teenage Tara (Jenna Ortega) is brutally attacked, in part because she comes out as a slasher ignoramus and a fan of “sophisticated horror.” Her older sister Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera) takes this as an opportunity to return to her old hometown after five years and check things out – even if her circle of friends still resents her for suddenly leaving back then. But that is only the least of the evils. Finally, Tara’s attacker continues to wreak havoc and commits one bloody murder after another in the iconic Ghostface costume…
The proven heroic characters from the original films meet a new generation who look back on the legendary past events partly with respect, partly with disbelief, or even cynicism… This is the stuff from which numerous films are currently made: “Requels” or “Legacyquels” become films like “Star Wars 7” or Called “Blade Runner 2049”, which also represent a handover of the relay and relive unforgettable moments from earlier parts. Scream 5 is such a legacy Quel – and at the same time a hilariously funny, clever meta-commentary on her.
For Wes Craven
Pun not intended: “Scream 5” is also quite a turning point for the cult franchise – it’s the first film in the horror series not to be directed by Wes Craven. The horror maestro, who also made “Nightmare On Elm Street” among other things, died in 2015 of a brain tumor. Since the first four “Scream” films thrived on Craven’s handwriting, especially his way of balancing suspense, horror, violence, and humor, there was concern that “Scream 5” would not do him justice at all.
But all fears have turned out to be unfounded: The directing duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett previously showed in their manhunt horror fun “Ready Or Not” that they can entertain just as much as they know how to serve the audience strain. And they consistently build on this quality in “Scream 5” based on a sophisticated screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick.
In “Scream 5”, a captivating search for the culprit meets targeted swipes at modern fan culture and numerous, sometimes subtle, sometimes violently explicit, references to the original film. This is refined with a few nasty, drastic kills and convincing effects work – and with not exactly subtle, but touching bows to Wes Craven.