When it comes to unnecessary sequels, it’s no more than a headache Screaming. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the original, but the series has tapered off since then. The franchise seemed dead and buried after the tragic death of director and creator Wes Craven in 2015, but Paramount Pictures apparently disagrees.
Screaming serves as a reboot and direct sequel to Yelling 4 and finds original actors Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox alongside a new generation of actors being hunted by Ghostface.
As the trailer reveals, a series of murders are occurring in Woodsboro and are targeting people related to the victims of the previous films. Set 25 years after Sidney Prescott (Campbell) was terrorized by Ghostface, new faces to the series include Jack Quaid (Boys), Jenna Ortega (Friend) and Dylan Minnette (13 reasons why) finds himself being hunted by a masked killer. This prompts Prescott, Dewey Riley (Arquette), and Gale Weathers (Cox) to team up with those being targeted to take down the mysterious killer(s).
An official synopsis reads: “Twenty-five years after a series of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to revive secrets from the town’s deadly past.”
While horror fans are certainly excited, I’m still not sold. Really don’t need a new one Screaming movie and without Wes Craven or Kevin Williamson (the original screenwriter) involved, I’m a little worried about how this will play out.
Matt Bentinelli-Olpin (Ready or not) and Tyler Gillett (The devil’s due) is directed from a script by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Guy Busick (Ready or not), so hopefully they can turn this into a worthy horror sequel Screaming cloak.
Screaming will be released in theaters on January 14, 2022.