The latest installment in the Scream franchise is finally almost here. The fifth film in the series, Scream is set to bring back the original surviving trio alongside a bunch of brand new characters. With a new directing duo involved, many fans have been curious – and even hesitant – about the new film. Now that critic responses to the new Scream are coming in, fans may be wondering, what’s the consensus? As it turns out, responses to the film are actually quite positive.
With the embargo on the new film lifted away, critics are finally able to discuss the new movie. As you can see below, it seems to fit right in with the original four films of the saga. Everyone has praised the writing and direction, noting the film’s use of horror, satire, and emotion to craft another great installment in the franchise.
Here are the responses as shared via social media:
What a welcome return to Woodsboro #Scream is! A razor sharp, bloody introspection on the genre and Wes Craven's legacy. All the feels and one hell of a genre start to 2022. My horror heart is so full.
— Meagan Navarro (@HauntedMeg) January 7, 2022
As someone who has been in love with this franchise for a little over 25 years now, I totally and completely loved @ScreamMovies. Brutal kills, fun mystery & both the Legacy cast & newbies were great. Wes would be proud. #ScreamMovie #Scream pic.twitter.com/EoMkeI1CtR
— Heather Wixson (@MMEFXBook out 10/20!) (@thehorrorchick) January 7, 2022
The new #Scream is a BLAST & my favorite since the original. There’s some sharp writing here – a nice balance of well-crafted scares & amusing commentary on modern horror. It also pokes a lot of fun at itself, too, while remaining a bloody whodunnit & a damn good time. I’m a fan! pic.twitter.com/QZiguvUIWo
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) January 7, 2022
Fuck me, wow!
Have finally seen Scream 2022 #Screammovie and it delivers… and then some.
If this franchise means something to you — and it means so damn much to me — you will leave satisfied, moved, and wanting more.
Oh yeah, it's scary (and funny) as hell. pic.twitter.com/U88VOS1FUb
— Joel Meares (@joelmeares) January 7, 2022
The new #Scream is the real deal. Such a well written script that keeps you guessing and wades into the treacherous waters of fandom in 2022. ‘Scream’ fans are going to love it. pic.twitter.com/caf2SqG0so
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 7, 2022
I loved SCREAM (2022). It pokes fun at itself, 'elevated horror,' and has a lot to say about movie fandom. It leans deep into legacy in the right ways and uses the 'Scream' family to great, and surprising, effect. New crew is excellent too, especially Jenna Ortega. #ScreamMovie pic.twitter.com/cyUrpoxMFP
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) January 7, 2022
#Scream is a bloody good time & serves as a touching homage/continuation to Wes Craven’s iconic franchise and features some of the gruesomest, most original killings of the series. Legacy cast perfectly blends with the fresh meat. Jasmin Savoy Brown is the MVP 🔪🔪 🩸 pic.twitter.com/AbCTYands1
— Nate Adams @ #Sundance2022 (@TheOnlyCritic) January 7, 2022
And I’ll say that this has one of my favorite franchise kills. Wes Craven would be damn proud of this new film. #ForWes
— Paul McGuire Grimes (@PaulsMovieTrip) January 7, 2022
The 5th SCREAM film is the closest I’ve felt to the brilliance, excitement & horror of Wes Craven’s 1996 masterpiece. Hands down, the best SCREAM since the original. Beautifully honors the legacy of the first film while bringing a fresh yet brutal new tone to the franchise.❤️🎥🎞 pic.twitter.com/9LaeiyqUlF
— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) January 7, 2022
It’s great to see so many positive responses to Scream at a time when negativity is often expected. It seems that the film’s new directors really took the time to craft a film that lives up to the original’s legacy. With that in mind, this should surely be a Scream film that fans won’t want to miss next weekend.
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett directed Scream, taking over for the late Wes Craven who directed the original four films. James Vanderbilt wrote the script with Guy Busick. Original Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson is executive producing alongside Chad Villella. Project X Entertainment’s James Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak are serving as producers on the film.
The cast for Scream includes returning cast members David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Marley Shelton, and Roger L. Jackson. The new cast members include Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Dylan Minnette, Mikey Madison, Sonia Ben Ammar and Kyle Gallner.
Scream is currently scheduled to hit theaters on January 14, 2022.