Scream (2022) Movie Review ‘Blood Soaked Sequel’

Scream – Blood Soaked Sequel

 

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Writer: James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick (Screenplay)

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid

Plot: Twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new killer emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth.


Tagline – It’s Always Someone You Know

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Scream starts when a new group of school students Tara (Ortega), Wes (Minnette), Mindy (Brown), Liv (Ammar), Amber (Madison) and Chad (Gooding) find themselves getting targeted by a new Ghostface killer. Tara’s sister Sam (Barrera) returns from her time away, as the killer continues to attack.

With the attacks increasing, Dewey (Arquette) reluctantly looks to help, drawing Gail Weathers (Cox) and Sidney (Campbell) back to Woodsboro to face the new killer.

Thoughts on Scream

Characters & Performances – This is going to be slightly different to how I usually break down the characters, as I will look at the originals, or legacy characters in Sidney who has moved away from the area, started her own life, at last. She does return to offer help, much like Gail Weathers, they are both drawn back, we know how strong they are and how they will always fight. Dewey does have the more interesting story of the three. Dewey has become an outsider, still suffering from the injuries he got from the last out, almost a recluse within the town he protected. Bringing the big three back was always the draw, with all three doing a great job throughout.

Onto the new characters, Sam Carpenter takes the leading role, drawn back to Woodsboro after Tara’s attack, she is holding a secret that has kept her away, while trying to get to the bottom of everything that has been happening. This is where we get the connection side of things, Wes is the son of Judy Hicks, the plucky sheriff from the last film, Mindy and Chad are twins that fill in Mindy’s side of things, the expert in horror, while Chad is the not so typical jock figure, that we have seen constantly twisted through the years. Liv is a girlfriend of Chad’s who does seem like more of the outsider of the friends, while Amber is the one wanting to keep everyone together through the incidents. When it comes to these characters, we do get a generational thing, which seems more focused on bragging about not caring and even wanting to be involved in what happens with the killings, they don’t tend to get enough development about them. It is hard to see any of the new cast standing out on the same levels as the originals, which is more to certain lack of screen time given to the ones we could see more from.

StoryScream will bring the action back to Woodsboro once again, with a new Ghostface killer looking to pick off a group of friends, bringing the originals back to face a new killer with an unknown motivation. Scream will bring the teenage characters into the new generations of young people who think they are above being horror victims and believe their own opinions are more important than anyone else’s, forcing them to show how they are becoming tired with decisions in movies, while being reckless in life. Like seriously, why would people have wild parties if their friends had been murdered by a known serial killer. Much like any Scream sequel, we do get a theme in the story, where we have had the sequel, trilogy, reboot before, we are now getting re-quell, a new term for a reboot and sequel trying to please fans. There is a side to the story, which is going to be interesting to see if the franchise will continue to grow on, as it is one that could take things in many different directions. We will have certain things said, that will have you scratching your head, as it seems to be written into the script that we know what happens in the Stab movies, which we don’t, even ignore mentions in previous films too.

ThemesScream is a horror slasher that will bring plenty of blood and gore to the table, not holding back and seemingly bring the directors trademark of the hand injury to life again. Returning the action to Woodsboro helps, showing us how the town has looked to move on again, but will always be under the shadow of the previous attacks. The use of one key location does bring back the memories of the brilliance of the original.

Final Thoughts Scream is a great addition to the franchise, bringing new-life for a new generation.

The Devil’s Candy (2015) Movie Review

Director: Sean Byrne

Writer: Sean Byrne (Screenplay)

Starring: Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Kiara Glasco, Tony Amendola, Leland Orser, Craig Nigh

Plot: A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale.


Tagline – He Will Slither into your Soul.

Runtime: 1 Hour 19 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Simple Late Night Horror

Story: The Devil’s Candy starts when artist Jesse (Embry) moves his family, wife Astrid (Appleby) and teenage daughter Zooey (Glasco) to a new home, a bigger home away from their friends and family, he gets a big studio to work in, while Zooey must adapt to new school life.

As Jesse’s new work starts being the best that he has ever created, new fame starts to head his way, though Zooey starts to become a target for former home owner Ray Smile (Vince) who has a habit of killing people that get in his way. Can the family remain together before it is too late.

Thoughts on The Devil’s Candy

Characters – Jesse Hellman is an artist that has a unique way of painting his paintings, he enjoys metal music to motivate him, which shows in his relationship with his daughter and their bond through music, his latest work has gained him more attention and could finally be his big break, though his work is disturbing him too. Astrid is the wife and mother, strangely we only learn about her supportive nature. Zooey is the teenage daughter that isn’t happy about moving away from her friends, but will do it for her father’s ambition, she loves metal and dreams of having a certain guitar, which sees her becoming the targeted by Ray. Ray is the former resident of the house, he has been locked away for years now, but released, never changing and now targeting the family inside his old home, he is deadly and will follow a ritual to get through the day.

PerformancesEthan Embry and Kiara Glasco are great together as the father daughter partnership, they show the desperation they are both feeling to achieve and they come off like a real relationship, Shiri Appleby can’t be at fault for her work because character is often just dropped to the side, despite have a key involvement in the climax of the film, where she does shine. Pruitt Taylor Vince is always going to look like a creepy figure and this is no different, we do feel scared about his actions through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a family that move to a remote home in Texas to start a new life, only to find themselves becoming the target of a former resident of the house that wants to continue the work he started years again. The idea behind the story is one that we have seen before, how often do we get a family being haunted or traumatized by something in the new home? Where the story does start to get a little bit messy, comes from just not seeing the true nature behind Ray, it is only implied what he has been doing. There is a clever moment involved in the film which will make sense by the end of the film too, though it does seem to not get enough time to let everything unravel.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from just how unsettling Ray is during the film and what he will do to make sure he gets everything he requires done.

SettingsThe film keeps us in one of the easiest settings, with the remote house which makes it harder to escape to safety to anybody around.

Special EffectsThe effects are strong in places, though the final sequence in the film doesn’t come off as strong as it could.


Scene of the Movie – Journey metal talk.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Astrid just doesn’t get enough screen time.

Final Thoughts This is a horror that does fill the basics with ease, while pumping up the action side of the horror by the end.

Overall: By the books horror.

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2021 – N – Nobody (2021) Movie Review

Nobody – Action Blast

 

Director: Ilya Naishuller

Writer: Derek Kolstad (Screenplay)

Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Ironside, Colin Salmon

Plot: A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.


Tagline – Never underestimate a nobody.
Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Nobody starts as we meet mild-mannered Hutch Mansell (Odenkirk) whose everyday routine has become like clockwork. When his family are targeted by a robber, Hutch looks to unleash a secret from his previous life, one that will see him go after the people who robbed him.

After Hutch unleashes his pent up rage, he finds himself being targeted by mobster Yulian (Serebryakov) who wants him to pay for what he did to his son, but Hutch isn’t just a random guy, he has plenty of deadly skills to defend himself.

Thoughts on Nobody

Characters & Performances – Hutch Mansell has been working through an everyday job, with the routine to keep him in a quiet life away from his past, though he is starting to get tired of this routine and after an incident in his home, he looks to unleash all the rage built up, leading him to need to cover up his tracks when mobsters target his family. Bob Odenkirk is the star of the show here, getting the deadpan behind the action star, without needing to be all out action through the film. Yulian is the mobster that is hunting Hutch down, he is everything you would expect from a European mobster using his position of power to make sure he stays ahead of anyone in his field. The supporting cast don’t add too much to this film with the exception of Christopher Lloyd as Hutch’s father in a nursing home, which won’t see him move much, but he gets a couple of funny sequences.

StoryThe story here follows a mild-mannered man that gets drawn out of his quiet suburban life to return to life of violence when a mobster targets his family. When you look at this story, how the man gets bought back into the world is very similar to John Wick, which shows us first how you will never know your neighbour and secondary, people will always defend their family. The story does seem to take a much more deadpan approach, which works with how almost reluctant Hutch is to get back into this world. It is an easy watch action film that never lets you down.

ThemesNobody is an action thriller that will show a man with a secret past thrown back into the underworld of violence to defend his family, one which is filled with plenty of fights, both hand to hand and firearms that feels non-stop. The settings are used to show the quiet life Hutch lives, that gets interrupted when the mobsters come into his life.

Final Thoughts Nobody is an easy watch action blast that has a deadpan style which is unlike anything we have seen before.