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Scream review – irony-laden horror ‘requel’ is starting to creak with age

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The old team are back in this reboot-sequel of the knowing slasher classic, bringing them together with a new batch of teens to take on Ghostface So here is Scream; actually it should be called Scream 5, and they must surely have thought about 5CREAM. But this one has gone for the solemn franchise-tic of jettisoning the title number as if longevity entitles the latest iteration to automatic classic status. And in fact Scream pre-emptively satirises precisely this affectation, with fans mocking the makers of the film-within-a-film “Stab” franchise who are pompously calling their latest episode “Stab” instead of Stab 8. I have to admit that there is some watchable gonzo humour to this fivequel (though I hid under my seat for the violent bits.) The Scream films were born in the irony boom of the 90s, about a serial killer called Ghostface who slaughtered his victims according to the scary-movie rules tabulated by nerd-cool connoisseurs and who can only be survived or defeated by sticking to those rules. (
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