Should I Watch It? (Scream, 2022)

While I had COVID, Scream stomped into theaters, and I thought it would be a good time to revisit our series, “Should I Watch it?” Basically, we take a brand new movie, watch it, let it digest, and try to answer a very simple question, should you watch it? We tell you why you should, why you shouldn’t, and then why we did. With that in mind…

Should I Watch It? (Scream, 2022)

Why Yes

This movie is a love-letter to Wes Craven and the Scream franchise. It succeeds where Scream 4 failed in introducing some new victims characters for potential sequels, while still paying a tribute to the original. If you have ever enjoyed a Scream film, this is a must-see.

Some fun kills, well-timed comedy, and it dodges previous Scream sequel mistake of relying on gimmicks. It subverts expectations without getting too cute, and proves that Wes Craven’s brilliant satire is truly timeless when done properly.

Why No

Some of the dialogue in this movie is hilariously bad. I know that so much of what makes the Scream series great is how it plays with the fourth wall, but having teenagers openly joking about “who the killer is” hours after they learned one of their best friends was murdered? Who would do that?

Also, this movie plays hot and loose with what is or isn’t lethal. There are some characters that definitely should’ve died and didn’t, and yeah, that’s part of the series, but this movie gets away with a lot of “oh, they’re still alive? interesting.”

Why I Did

I love Scream. I wrote this article about it. Ironically, I also wrote this article, where I said it was a mistake. Even so, I love these movies so much that there was no way I would let it hit theatres without me seeing it. I was very pleasantly surprised. The main character has a fun plot twist, and Jack Quaid absolutely steals the show. I personally loved it.

It was like Spider-Man: Far From Home for snarky fans of horror.

Ryan’s Grade: 7.9/10

“Scream diehards will kill for it… see what I did there?”

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