The fifth instalment of the “Scream” franchise makes no attempt to innovate the shriek.
The weary teen slasher film is trapped in the past, unlike the revamped “Halloween” and “Candyman,” which successfully took their franchises into the present with new social criticism. And I’m very proud of it.
Despite the fact that “Scream” is set in the present day, it is a cinematic journey back to the year 2000. While eating Pizza Bagels and listening to the Backstreet Boys, you’ll feel like you’re surrounded by Beanie Babies the entire time.
The film has a running time of 116 minutes. This film has a R rating (strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references.) The film will be released in theatres on Friday.
But, for an audience, should a serial murderer bloodbath be so cosy and nostalgic? Not if it wants to keep our attention. Cinco de Scream-o plods along for two hours with regular deaths and few surprises, even when it makes clumsy attempts to startle us.
The backstory of the heroine is a groaner. A potentially disastrous event has remained completely unmoved. And you’re probably right if you think you know who’s beneath the Ghostface mask.
Ah, oh, the meta jokes. They got out of control in the later sequels, and Cinq drowns in them.
The big gag here, for example, is to mock the recent rise of critically-acclaimed (and, um, better) horror films.
“What’s your favorite scary movie?,” Ghostface asks young Tara (Jenna Ortega) at the start as she stands in her Woodboro kitchen, a la Drew Barrymore in the first chapter. But whereas Drew said, “I dunno,” cinema-savvy Tara replies, “‘The Babadook.’ It’s an amazing meditation on motherhood and grief.’”
The self-referential elements arrive faster after Tara is stabbed — but not fatally — than they did in “3” and “4”. They mock “The Witch,” “Jurassic World,” “The Last Jedi,” Jamie Lee Curtis’ divorce from David Arquette, Courteney Cox, and so on. The problem is that Parker Posey isn’t present to save the film from being a flop.
The rest of the plot follows the same same old script.
Sam (Melissa Barrera), Tara’s estranged older sister, rushes to her side in the hospital, only to find herself at the centre of yet another Woodboro murder spree. We raise the same questions every time: Who will be the next to die? Is that sweetheart the murderer? What was Courteney Cox’s most recent acting role?
“Every decade or so,” Sam tells her lover Richie (Jack Quaid), a Ghostface impersonator tries to make a sensation in town. The last time it happened was in 2011.” See? The third sequel has been ten years in the making. Who came up with these brilliant quips?
That would be writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, who have put so much effort into the humour, such as it is, that they have blended the horror. I’m a wuss who would have rather to watch “The Great British Baking Show.”