Casey was home alone one night. She was making popcorn and getting ready to watch a horror movie when her home phone rang. Phone is wrong. Surprisingly, the person keeps calling which forces Casey to answer the call. The mysterious voice said that he just wanted to chat, so Casey responded. What Casey doesn’t know is that the person on the other end of the phone is a vicious, cold-blooded killer on the loose in a black robe and a white mask with a strange face. The wrong call became the most terrible terror until the end of Casey’s life. The blonde bobbed girl was stabbed in the chest, her insides were scattered outward, and her body was hanging from a tree in her front yard.
It was the opening scene of the first film Scream (1996). Casey is played by Drew Barrymore and the voice of the killer alias Ghostface is filled by Roger L. Jackson. In less than 15 minutes, Wes Craven managed to create a fear and terror that still lingers even after 25 years have passed since the film’s release. The moment when Casey was stabbed by Ghostface was the first time Scream was introduced to the audience and marked the beginning of one of the most iconic horror franchises. A similar scene comes to life again in the fifth film Scream, which is now in theaters.
Tara (Jenna Ortega) is alone when her home phone rings. While chatting with his best friend, Amber (Mikey Madison), he is forced to talk to a stranger on the other end of the phone. The man forced Tara to do a guessing game about a horror movie. Unfortunately for Tara, the question is about Stab, a slasher film about a masked killer who terrorizes the residents of a small town called Woodsboro. Tara doesn’t like horror films like that and prefers to watch horror films with full story and drama. We already know that the conversation will not end well. Just like Casey, Ghostface managed to break into Tara’s house (even though the house is equipped with a tight security system that can be controlled via a cellphone application) and the girl is the first victim in the film Scream (2022).
Sam (Melissa Barrera) immediately returns from the run when he hears his sister was stabbed. He invites Richie (Jack Quaid), his girlfriend, and confronts the past which is the only reason for him to run away from Woodsboro. When Sam returns to the small town, Ghostface goes crazy. One by one the victims began to fall and now Sam, Richie, and Tara’s friends including Amber, Wes (Dylan Minnette), twins Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Chad (Mason Gooding), and Liv (Sonia Ben Ammar) are in Ghostface’s hit list. They are all connected by a common thread from the events of 25 years ago.
A series of murders that occur close together makes Dewey (David Arquette) decide to call Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). They and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) come together after a long time and this time for something even more brutal: they will kill the culprit.
When we read the title of the film Scream, it seems we already have expectations about what will be presented in the film: a lot of blood and sadistic murders. This fifth film is not responsible for showing this scene. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillrett have the honor of replacing Wes Craven, who died in 2015, as directors. They hired old partners from Ready Or Not (2019), namely James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick as screenwriters.
One of the things that always exists in Scream films is guesswork about the killer. James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick did not waste the opportunity to make the audience speculate about who is behind the Ghostface mask. What is unique is how they tell the story in this fifth film. As the poster for Scream released last year put it: ‘the culprit is always someone you know’, Vanderbilt and Busick package the journey of unveiling the killer’s identity not only perfectly, but also with hilarious jokes and easter egg inserts. They skin the flaws of popular horror films, including the earlier Scream films, and make it the subject of light, flowing jokes.
What is deeply felt in Scream is the efforts of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillrett in presenting this film not only for Wes Craven, but also for the fans. Cult classic films like Scream have a very strong fan base, especially since this franchise has been around for 25 years. The criticisms given to the previous films are packaged by the director-screenwriter quartet of this film as a presentation that creates a feeling of satisfaction after watching it.