I think my main issue with this one is their insistence that Scream is a “teen” franchise. The TV series committed the same crime imo.
The first film was a teen slasher because Sidney was a teen, but 2 & 3 changed to match Sidney at whatever stage of her life she was (college students, adults etc) and gave us different dynamics then 4 worked as a soft reboot but parachuting the legacy cast into yet another group of annoying teens felt a bit reductive. There’s just so many other avenues they could have explored with an older cast and Woodsboro.
I didn't think it was great but this point...they were trying to recreate the magic of Scream 1 weren't they, they kept going on about how the first one is the best and how latter ones spoil it. So I think the whole point of this one was that it was a 'teen' slasher.
I agree there is so much more they could do with future films, even spin off's with Sidney/Gail
But that's what they already did in Scream 4? They went back to Woodsboro, they created a whole teen gang that mirrored the original cast with the geek, the sassy best friend, the dodgy boyfriend etc. They even threw a horror themed party gone wrong for the final act.
I feel like the more they drag the main three into increasingly unlikely scenarios with an increasingly younger cast the more bogged down these films will get.
I haven’t read this thread but those poll scores have me rethinking my Saturday night plans next week.
The bit that completely jumped the shark for me and kept taking me out of the movie was
the hallucinations of Billy Loomis
$30m opening weekend, a marked improvement on the $18m of Scream 4, which only made $38m total in the USA.
Why DID that one tank so badly? I remember the reviews being decent - no better or worse than for this…