Hayden Panettierie had previously appeared in 2011''s Scream 4, the final film from Wes Craven, before he died. At the end of the season, the directors of Scream 6, and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have been waiting for the next film to be released on March 31, 2023.
Kirby Reed''s return is a bit of a surprise, and Scream 4 has a lot of fans (you should really give it another shot), but its not quite as iconic as the first two films in the series. However, the Scream franchise has never ignored its historical significance. It is the rare movie franchise that isn''t rife with disagreements, retractions, and revisions.
The term legacy sequel is more popular than ever. Scream is quite an introduction to the concept, but it isn''t quite a reboot, not a sequel! The Terminator, Halloween, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars have all been re-released.
The problem with the legacy sequel is that by ignoring the sequels that are considered less popular or less successful, these franchises often repeat the same mistakes. However, when Halloween Kills continues the events from the first film and the 2018 film, the timeline becomes murky, and long-term viewers are debating.
Scream has just moved forward with the events and doesn''t make any efforts to erase what happened before. It''s a fantastic experience for those who have supported Scream 4 before seeing Kirby return. However, in 2022s, Kirby''s brief appearance isn''t a devastation.
The sequels have learned a lot since the beginning. Scream 3, skip out in Scream 4, then return for a cameo. This is something that the series has mastered. It allows the series to expand and develop.
This may be more helpful for Scream to maintain the consistency if the argument is so self-explanatory, but it is not a series that prides itself on mythology. We saw the recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Netflix fail to provide any insight on how a final girl recovers from her trauma. Ironically, the sequel that claimed to honor only the original feels even more confusing. You must have a working knowledge of everything that happened in 1974 to maintain any emotional attachment to the new story.
The first four Scream films were all directed by Craven himself, but he was concerned about acknowledging what he had already done; in fact, the new film is clear that everybody is experiencing a little bit of deja vu. The characters openly joke that 1996s Scream was a breakthrough for acknowledging stereotypes in horror films, then 2022s Scream was successful because it recognized the recurring patterns in the franchise itself.
The series''s main purpose is to provide a positive experience to those who have not been familiar with the series, which doesn''t feel like it''s catering to them. Dewey Riley''s death (David Arquette) brings an even greater emotional punch to everyone who has watched him transform from a hapless keystone cop into a sensitive hero, friend, and mentor. This is a character who has existed for almost 30 years; his death has real value to it.
Scream is a franchise that engages with its fans. What do audiences actually want to see, and why is it not always a good thing? The stories stick to a formula, but that is not the reason they are successful. Woodsboro has grown into a real state that has experienced everything it requires.
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