Scream co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin begs fans not to spoil the new sequel for others after its release date this week.
Scream will be released on Friday, January 14, and director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin has asked fans not to spoil the new sequel when it comes out. That fifth post i Scream franchise, 2002s Scream will see franchise stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Roger L. Jackson return as the voice of the iconic serial killer Ghostface. The old cast will feature newcomers Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison and Jack Quaid.
The year’s Scream will continue the story of Ghostface, a masked killer who uses threatening phone calls to intimidate his victims before killing them with a knife. A direct successor to Scream 4, the new movie will continue the canon of the franchise while it starts again, and therefore is the official title Scream and not Scream 5. Early reviews of Scream has been extremely positive, and many praise its ability to bring fresh life into the slasher genre, similar to what the original Scream achieved in 1996. In fact, many reviewers have called the film one of the best contributions in the whole Scream franchise.
Manager Bettinelli-Olpin tweeted an open letter to fans of Scream series and asks them not to spoil the movie for others. The reason the filmmaker gives for his prayer is that the cast and crew have worked for it “two years” on the film and wants fans to experience it as they did: “spoiler free.” Then he says a heartfelt thank you to the fans and ends his post with “#ForWes, “ a tribute to the original Scream director and horror icon, the late Wes Craven. Read Bettinelli-Olpin’s full letter below:
Craven, after instructing all of the foregoing Scream film, as well as other horror classics such as A nightmare on Elm Street and The last house on the left, died in 2015, with the new Scream shelves to his inheritance. Bettinelli-Olpin and his co-director Tyler Gillett have created their names with horror films Ready or not and Southbound. Both directors and the original star Campbell have also talked about making more films if 2022’s Scream proves a success.
Horror is a very delicate genre, where the horrors come from below and between shots, through editing, camera work, lighting and mise en scene; which are all necessary to give the audience the intended experience. The original Scream learned horror fans that horror can be self-conscious and funny without sacrificing the necessary excitement for a good scare, and that comedy and horror both depend on pace and build to function. With early reviews for Scream since it’s so positive, it seems like the new directors have found the mix that makes the franchise unique and successful, and fans will have to (and should) wait and see for themselves how it all plays out.
- Scream 5 (2022)Release Date: January 14, 2022
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