Following the crimes that took place in the fictional town of Woodsboro, the franchise’s masked killer he shouted he returns more bloodthirsty and ruthless than ever in a story sharp that fans of the genre will love.
It seems like time hasn’t passed that fast, but the fact is that the original film, in which Ghostface first appeared, was directed almost 30 years ago by Wes Craven, a specialist in the art of terrorizing viewers with touches of black humor. He is also responsible for the appearance of the terrifying Freddy Krueger, who haunted our dreams in the saga Nightmare deep in the night.
Kevin Williamson, original screenwriter, is now joined by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Together, they brought the action to New York, that huge cosmopolitan city where the indifference and apathy of the inhabitants is accentuated in the face of any strange event that occurs on the street. There directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (the same as bloody marriage AND scream 5), have found what they were looking for to complete what is perhaps the bloodiest episode of the adventures of the disturbing murderer.
And they succeeded from the very first minutes of the plot, when a woman is waiting for the arrival of her date in a luxurious restaurant. Impatient she receives a call from the man who is waiting for her and following her directions she ends up in an alley where we already know she shouldn’t have gone. But that’s the genre; never go alone to dark places.
The adventures of the script follow Samantha (Melissa Barrera), who, tormented by her thoughts, goes to Dr. Stone’s (Henry Czerny) office, seeking help. She and her sister Tara (Jenna Ortega, the revelation of the series merlinfrom Netflix) have survived a scream 5 and they bring a complex past as they are the daughters of serial killer Billy Loomis.
When they move to the Big Apple, they share a condo with Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Browne, from yellow jackets) and his twin brother Chad (Mason Gooding of With love, Victor), two centenarian film students, who had also had death on their heels in the previous film.
The protagonist begins to be harassed by telephone, and the victims soon appear around her. Eager to investigate the facts, detective Bailey (Dermot Mulroney) and Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere) intervene, the only one left alive in scream 4, transformed into an FBI agent, ready to do justice. As everything goes public, relentless reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox, ex friendswith a new face).
The creators manage to capture the attention by refreshing what happened in the previous five films, building disturbing suspense moments such as inside the crowded subway and making highly dynamic action scenes, although some dialogues are slow and too explanatory.
There are a couple of freebies with pictures of two classics like The usurping body AND Tuesday 13 Part VIII with the ruthless Jason in Manhattan and, as in the first, a brief and interesting analysis of the elements that make up horror films, by Mindy, an expert on the genre.
It is not convenient to give more details in order not to fall into spoilers and eliminate the surprise. Just a word of advice: don’t reveal the surprising ending.
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Terror. United States, 2023. 123′, SAM 16. From: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. With: Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere and Courteney Cox. Rooms: Cinépolis Recoleta and Houssay, Cinemark Palermo, Hoyts Dot, Showcase Belgrano, Quilmes and Norcenter.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.