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Someone has taken their love of horror movies too far… Again: A review of “Scream”

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By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I “the horrifically-hyperactive-horror movie reviewing hound” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now I’ve got a question for you, what’s your favorite scary movie? “I always wanted to say that, and yes I did the Ghostface voice as I wrote that.” Well, as you can tell one of my personal favorites is any one of the “Scream” films, not counting the third one which was a bit average. So upon learning that a fifth film was being released I was beyond ecstatic and for once I was not disappointed.

“Scream,” not to be confused with the first film in the franchise, picks up 10 years after the events of the less confusingly titled “Scream 4.” Sidney Prescott , played once more by Neve Cambell in the role that made her famous, has long since left Woodsboro, and Gale Weathers, played again by one Courtney Cox of “Friends” fame, has long since become a successful news anchor. Dewey Riley, played by a returning David Arquette, is beyond washed up since his divorce from the aforementioned Weathers and still remains close to Woodsboro. None of the three have any interest in returning to the town that took so much from them. Neither does young Samantha Carpenter who has long since left the town in her rearview mirror, however darkness runs in her very blood. Darkness that rises in the form of a new Ghostface hellbent on making their very own real life scary movie. Thus they will have to play this sadistic killer’s twisted game where the only prize is survival and defeat means certain death.

The film stars Melissa Barrera, known from numerous telenovelas, as Carpenter, while Jenna Ortega of “The Babysitter: Killer Queen” fame stars as Tara Carpenter, Samantha’s younger sister and one of my favorite characters in this whole movie. Jack Quaid, last seen on a Nightlight in my “The Boy’s” review, plays the part of Richard Kirsch, Samantha’s boyfriend. Also along for the ride is Marley Shelton known from such films as “Grindhouse” and “Sin City” returning as the now Sheriff Judy Hicks reprising her role from “Scream 4.” Dylan Minnette, known for playing Clay Jensen in “13 Reasons Why” plays the role of Wes Hicks, Sheriff Hick’s son. Mikey Madison, known for playing Manson family member Susan Adkins in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” plays the part of Amber Freeman, Tara’s close friend. Roger L Jackson, known for voicing Mojo Jojo in “The Powerpuff Girls” returns as Ghostface’s voice.

This film, what to say about this film. It is phenomenal. The kills are brutal without being too over the top, the killer is sadistic without going into impossible to watch territory. Though why I am surprised is a mystery. The “Scream” franchise is one of the few series, that in my opinion, doesn’t have a single bad entry. The actors were all good, not great, not phenomenal, and there were a couple of twists that surprised even me. And the characters felt “real” for lack of a better term, rather than just being stereotypes. One death in particular made me actually feel sad. The effects were good as always. I give it 9.5 torches out of 10 . Wes Craven would have been proud.