Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
James Vanderbilt & Guy Busick
Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell
Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.
The film begins with a lot of what we’ve seen from the others, a phone call, a couple of questions and an introduction of death by Ghostface. However, Ghostface is a little sloppy and doesn’t finish the first kill. This moment leads to a chain of moments that felt like we’ve seen this movie before (we have).
We have a run of self-aware jokes about other franchises, how sequels don’t work, etc. etc. etc. Then, finally, everyone sings Don’t Stop Believing and the movie ends.
So, throughout the film, they do a great job of setting things up and introducing new characters and old characters and blending them together. The stakes are raised in a way that makes you emotionally invested in what’s ahead. Although I was excited, I did feel a lot of the predictable moments early that throw away any “surprises” at the end.
Speaking of the new characters, I LOVED Mason Gooding and Jasmin Savoy Brown, who played twins Mindy Meeks-Martin and Chard Meeks-Martin. Savoy Brown had that Jamie Kennedy thing going for her and she knocked it out of the ballpark and Gooding just fits perfectly opposite of her.
With them doing a good job of blending the old stories and characters with the new, I felt like our OGs were pawns in the story and that was a complete disservice to everything they built within the franchise. Several moments between the three felt so out of place in the film. I hated what they did to these loveable characters.
The entire third act is dreadful. It’s so predictable. The writing is so bad you say WTF? And literally so many cheesy and terrible cringy moments. I hated it, HATED IT. Nothing worked, the reveals don’t work, the killers don’t work, how the entire thing is laid out is so bad that it completely destroys everything they built.
The Verdict: C+
There are a few pleasant little surprises, but a disastrous third act kills any chances of making this anything more than another forgettable film in the franchise.
Here is my quick 20 second review of the film.