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More than worthwhile franchise resurrection

It’s been over a decade since Scream 4 hit theaters; it was legendary horror director Wes Craven’s final film before his death in 2015 and it largely felt like the final film of the franchise. Because horror franchises can never stay dead, as recently exemplified by the Halloween and Saw reboots, the Scream franchise is back for a fifth installment with a mostly-new cast and the surviving main cast of the original films returning.

Sure, bringing back a classic and beloved horror franchise is expected at this point, but most horror franchises aren’t as intrinsically linked to their director the way Scream is. This franchise is writer/executive producer Kevin Willaimson’s and Craven’s baby, so not having one of two’s input is extremely worrying. Thankfully, new directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (who, with producer Chad Villela, make up the Radio Silence filmmaking collective) put their all into this film and make it something both long-time fans and Craven himself would be proud of.

Scream 5 picks up in Woodsboro 11 years after the events of Scream 4, with a new batch of Ghostface killings sweeping the small California town. Our main character is Sam (Melissa Barerra), who’s pulled back to Woodsboro after her sister, Tara (Jenna Ortega), is victimized by the masked killer. Looking to find the killer, protect her sister’s friend group and bring a stop to the violence, Sam enlists the help of Dewey Riley (David Arquette), Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) and Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell).

The plot, in reality, is much more complicated than that, but I’m choosing to keep spoilers and plot reveals to a minimum in this review.

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‘Scream’ is screening at Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Colombo City Center, PVR - Colombo 2, Kandy City Center, Milano – Kegalle, NIT – Kurunegala, NIT – Rathnapura, City Cinema - Mt Lavinia, Maxx Lite – Moratuwa and Vista Lite - Ja Ela

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