Twenty-five years ago, ‘Scream’ -- starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox -- revitalised horror with its highly self-aware take on the increasingly stale and formulaic slasher genre.
This Friday, a film again entitled ‘Scream’ -- again starring Campbell and Cox -- returns to breathe new life into the... you get the idea.
“Thank God we are working in a franchise, and in a universe, where it’s okay for a movie to be wildly self-reflexive,” co-director Tyler Gillett told AFP.
“There were more instances of that meta experience than we can count when we were making the movie.”
Just like in the 1996 original, characters in the new ‘Scream’ spend much of the plot debating the tropes of horror movies in order to guess which one of them -- female? Black? virgin? -- will be killed off next.
They realize that the latest swathe of attacks in their bafflingly violent California hometown are targeting people related to the killers from 25 years before.
The film also revisits several locations and scenarios.