The majority of horror franchises deteriorate as more sequels are released. After recently seeing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, I can comment from personal experience. The Scream series, on the other hand, is an outlier. Scream is a classic, Scream 2 is a brilliant in-on-the-joke sequel, and Scream 4 is one of the few good reboots.
Can the fifth Scream film, named Scream, keep up the momentum?
Scream is the first film in the franchise not directed by Wes Craven, the late horror film director who died in 2015. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who wrote three of the first four films, have been given the keys (knife?) to the kingdom, while Kevin Williamson, who wrote three of the first four films, has been added as an executive producer. Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Dylan Minnette, Mikey Madison, Sonia Ben Ammar, and Kyle Gallner join returning cast members Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, and Roger L. Jackson (Ghostface himself) and newcomers Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Dylan Minnette, Mikey Madison, Sonia
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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.
Scream comes out on January 14, 2022.