**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**
“Do you like scary movies?” I actually do and my favorite movie of all time is Scream. I have probably seen this movie over 30 times now and I never get tired of watching it. I love everything related to Scream…up until now. It’s been about three years since Scream season 2 released on MTV and I was pretty shocked to discover that we were finally getting a season 3. Only it’s a new network, a new cast, and a new story-line. We were left with a cliffhanger in Scream season 2, but I was ready to give this season a chance and I was hoping for the best.
Along with the series, we currently have four movies in the Scream franchise so far, which makes me smile because I think about how Randy pointed out the rules of a trilogy, but I’m always up for more slasher fun in Scream. Scream Resurrection features six episodes, which aired as a three-night event on VH1, premiering on July 8th 2019. It stars RJ Cyler, Jessica Sula, Giorgia Whigham, Tyga, and Keke Palmer.
Our main protagonist, Deion, lost his brother when he was young after they went out trick-or-treating together. In present day, Deion ends up getting detention with several other students, forming their own version of The Breakfast Club. They rename it, The Deadfest Club, and are quickly targeted and stalked by a killer wearing the infamous Ghostface mask, as they realize that perhaps the killer is hiding in plain sight.
The original Ghostface mask and voice actor return.
I thought this was really cool and it gave me a lot of Scream nostalgia hearing voice actor, Roger Jackson, again, bringing back all of my “Surprise Sidney” feels! It was genuinely scary and creepy hearing the OG Ghostface over the phone, so this really helped elevate some of the threats for me.
Tony Todd is awesome.
You gotta love seeing Candyman and I absolutely welcomed his small role on the series, which provided me with some genuinely entertaining moments. Tony Todd is fantastic in everything and he knows how to really creep out an audience and he didn’t disappoint here!
The dialogue is bloody terrible.
I don’t think that I have sat through a show with dialogue this bad in a very long time and I was really working hard to sit through this, but some of these conversations had me pulling my hair out. The jokes didn’t work and everything just felt so forced and uninspiring. Even the pickup lines and pointless hookup scenes made you wish for some cheesy guy to come up to you and ask you if there is a mirror in your pocket. That’s how bad they were.
The characters leave a lot to be desired.
The characters on season 3 even made it a point to say that they all fit into certain labels or stereotypes, like the goth or the jock. However, even though they were aware of this, they didn’t do anything to actually separate themselves from these dull and tired stereotypes. Deion’s backstory was just kind of meh and I found myself really struggling to connect with anyone.
Beth (Giorgia Whigham from The Punisher) and Kym (Keke Palmer from Scream Queens) had some glimmers of potential, but it simply wasn’t enough. When you watch a horror or slasher movie, you want to have someone to root for and I simply did not care about what happened to any of the characters…at all.
So am I in or out?
Sidney Prescott called and she’s out and so am I! Everything just felt so forced and dull. There were even several attempts to chat about horror movies and different rules, but they didn’t work them in seamlessly, which made these references kind of pointless. The kills were just OK and the reveals and twists at the end were just whatever for me and why did we keep calling the killer, “Ghostface,” like that was his or her real name? Just call him or her the killer!
I was honestly so disappointed with this and I don’t recommend it to anyone unless you want to have a good laugh and if you do, watch Scream Queens instead, which is actually really clever and well done. If you are looking for some slasher fun and gore, I would recommend watching Slasher on Netflix instead. You might as well have a Scream movie marathon or even watch the first two seasons of MTV’s Scream, rather than waste your time on this.
Seriously, anything other than watching this. VH1 was smart about turning this into a three night event or else I probably would have tuned out after the premiere. I’m hoping that this doesn’t taint the Scream franchise because I am a huge fan, but I was just looking for so much more and unfortunately I didn’t get it here.
I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on Scream Resurrection in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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