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Scream ran out of meta inspiration right around the conclusion of 1997’s Scream 2; and yet, like a typical horror franchise, it hasn’t subsequently had the good sense to lie down and die.
Resurrected last year with its original stars in tow by Ready or Not directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, the confusingly titled Scream—the series’ fifth entry—did little to update the trademark self-referential formula that was pioneered by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson.
Once again, it offered up a story that took aim at itself, a “requel” (i.e., sequel-reboot), that melded the old with the new. As it turned out, in this scenario, the fans were now the true villains! Although given the film’s lack of scares and imagination, they also proved to be the victims.
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