By John Corrado
★★½ (out of 4)
Partway through Scream, the fifth film in the horror comedy series that somewhat confusingly adopts the same name as the 1996 original, one of the film’s new characters explains the concept of a “requel.”
It’s not a full remake or reboot, they explain, or else fans won’t be happy, but rather a legacy sequel that follows a similar formula with new characters, while having enough connections to the original film and characters to please the die hard fans. That this description perfectly fits the film itself is in keeping with the meta spirit of the franchise, which became famous for its self-referential side.
The first in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven, with the directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not) taking over for the late horror master, this Scream likewise copies a…
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