First Scream reactions are pouring in and critics are raving about the new chapter of the horror series, praising the cast and honoring of its legacy. The latest film hails from Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, with the Radio Silence duo reuniting with the horror-comedy’s co-writer Guy Busick and producer James Vanderbilt for the script. A fifth Scream has languished in development hell for over a decade due to original helmer Wes Craven’s fluctuating interest in returning to direct, The Weinstein Company’s financial problems following sexual assault allegations levied at co-founder Harvey Weinstein and Craven’s passing in 2015.
Scream takes place 25 years after the events of the first film as Woodsboro is once again rocked by a series of murders committed by someone donning the Ghostface mask with the goal of drawing up secrets from the town’s deadly past. Billed as a relaunch of the franchise, the film will see the return of franchise vets Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Marley Shelton and Roger L. Jackson, as well as a group of series newcomers, some of whom include Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Kyle Gallner. As time draws nearer for Scream‘s release, audiences have a new reason to be excited for the film.
With just a week remaining until the film’s arrival, first Scream reactions are pouring in on social media and critics are loving the latest installment in the horror franchise. Reactions are praising the film for its brutal kills, the performances from both its new and legacy stars and for honoring Wes Craven’s legacy in the series. Check out what critics are saying below:
The new #ScreamMovie is a SCREAM, baby! It completely delivers for fans of the franchise.
Can’t wait to watch again. Right now it’s hitting the middle of my ranking (of all very very great movies).
— The Book of Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) January 7, 2022
What a welcome return to Woodsboro #Scream is! A razor sharp, bloody introspection on the genre and Wes Craven’s legacy. All the feels and one hell of a genre start to 2022. My horror heart is so full.
— Meagan Navarro (@HauntedMeg) January 7, 2022
The new #Scream is a BLAST & my favorite since the original. There’s some sharp writing here – a nice balance of well-crafted scares & amusing commentary on modern horror. It also pokes a lot of fun at itself, too, while remaining a bloody whodunnit & a damn good time. I’m a fan! pic.twitter.com/QZiguvUIWo
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) January 7, 2022
The new #Scream is the real deal. Such a well written script that keeps you guessing and wades into the treacherous waters of fandom in 2022. ‘Scream’ fans are going to love it. pic.twitter.com/caf2SqG0so
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 7, 2022
Super impressed by how they weave the OG cast and new ensemble together — and the purpose of it. Some really creative and interesting ideas in the mix here that I no doubt will obsess over via many, many viewings.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) January 7, 2022
#Scream freakin’ slays! It’s a textbook example of how to revive and reinvigorate a franchise and do it in killer style. Brutal genius, it has the razor-sharp smarts of the finest entries in the series with a third act that absolutely nails it. Two thumbs way up! #ScreamMovie pic.twitter.com/ZMmCDUFUrj
— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) January 7, 2022
A bit more #Scream overview thoughts.
What they did as far as what this movie is about and commenting on this time is so smart and makes so much sense with where to take the series in 2022. I was delighted (you know, among the bloodshed)
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) January 7, 2022
As someone who worshiped the original #ScreamMovie (and absolutely adores SCREAM 2), I have to tell you…
I absolutely LOVED the new SCREAM sequel.
It’s directed with such furious energy — it’s both a love letter to the original and entirely fresh.
I’m beyond ecstatic. pic.twitter.com/j2MmGwqKDF
— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) January 7, 2022
We loved #ScreamMovie : it’s a movie fans of the series will not be disappointed by. Funny, self-aware, *very* bloody, and timely. Both the returning cast and the new one bring a real sense of fun, which honors the original making a few intriguing upgrades.
— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) January 7, 2022
The #ScreamMovie IS IT.
The nostalgia of it all took me back to the original film instantly. The cast was great, it’s hilarious and of course, the jump scares GOT ME GOOD.
Shoutout to the writers on this one because the writing in this is superb. pic.twitter.com/4cGh4kzcga
— Miriam Tapia (@MiriamiTapia) January 7, 2022
The early Scream reactions should come as very reassuring and exciting news for longtime fans of the franchise going into the latest film. Though the minds behind the camera have delivered plenty of well-received hits with both Ready or Not and shorts across the V/H/S franchise and Southbound, there has still been some understandable skepticism towards the film with Wes Craven no longer at the helm after his death in 2015. However, critics appear to feel the new chapter stays true to the legacy the iconic horror director brought to the original four films while also bringing something unique to the franchise.
With first Scream reactions coming out as positive as they are, it will be interesting to see how this translates to the film’s opening weekend, which is facing off against a recent surge of coronavirus cases across the country. Early box office projections for Scream have the film setting a new franchise record with an estimated $35-40 million haul over its four-day opening weekend, which would put it clear ahead of Scream 3‘s $34.7 million opening. Only time will tell if audiences flock to the theaters with confidence from the glowing early reactions when Scream arrives on January 14.
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