Welp, we’re back in Woodsboro, folks. That entails idyllic houses, sassy teens, Easter eggs, and stabbings. Lots and lots of stabbings. Hopefully, I answer your questions in this Scream 5 Review. We’ve had a couple of years to catch our breath since the last installment of the iconic series Scream. Some things remain the same- Sidney Prescott (Nev Campbell) is still dealing with her past, Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) is still successfully chasing fame, and Dewey (David Arquette) is. . . well, still Dewey. Their cynical resolve is different, though. And welcome. Also the same- there is a killer on the loose!!!! Argh!!! This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. If you make a purchase on our page, we may earn a small commission.
Scream 5 Review
The directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick are all new to the update. Don’t worry, though, Wes Craven, the original director, and Kevin Williamson, the creator and writer of the first Scream movies, are not forgotten. In fact, a tongue-in-cheek nod is given to both men. Also new in Woodsboro is the outstanding lead actress, Melissa Barrera. The moviemakers were smart to stack a franchise on her shoulders. She adds heavy lifting (even when her scenes get a little bonkers- NO SPOILERS) to her protagonist, Sam Carpenter. Sam and her boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid) find themselves in Woodsboro to help Sam’s sister Tara (Jenna Ortega) and her friends Amber (Mikey Madison), Wes (Dylan Minnette), Mindy and Chad Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding), and Liv (Sonia Ammar).
The movie viewers go down some familiar paths in this Scream but also get to twist and turn in the meta whodunnit. Fun!
Now I know you have some questions about the latest installment such as: Does Dewey get stabbed (again?) Is there a monologue about sequels and scary movies? Are the Scream rules covered? How does technology come into play since it has changed so much in 25 years? Does Gale have hair that doesn’t offend your sensibilities? Will Sid be alright? Why do people live in Woodsboro in the first place? And the most important question of all, do I need to have seen the previous four movies to enjoy this one? Movie Myla went ahead and screened the first three (and read Wikipedia for the fourth one) so I could answer that question. I can honestly say that you should have at least seen the first one. It holds up really well (as does two) and is fun viewing. Three? Not so much, but it has the crazy Parker Posey energy that runs through it that makes it extra delicious. You decide! Either way, don’t miss this Scream!
About Scream 5
Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. Neve Campbell (“Sidney Prescott”), Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) and David Arquette (“Dewey Riley”) return to their iconic roles in Scream alongside Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sonia Ammar.