The long-awaited fifth Scream The film finally hits theaters tomorrow night, and it currently has a 79% review score on Rotten Tomatoes after 68 reviews. Patrick Cavanaugh of ComicBook.com gave the film a 3 out of 5 and says it is “bogged down by the constraints of its title”, but adds that it is a “love letter to Craven” that makes it “worth the price of admission for Ghostface fanatics.” The film is coming to theaters during a pandemic wave, which means all horror fans might not be rushing to theaters tomorrow. Today, executive producer Chad Villella and co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin took to Twitter to share a message to fans asking them not to spoil the film’s ending.
You can read their statement in Bettineli-Olpin’s tweet below:
– Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (@BettinelliOlpin) January 12, 2022
At a recent virtual reunion event, the executive and original producer Scream the writer, Kevin Williamson, spoke of making Scream 1-4 director, Wes Craven, proud.
“I was really scared to do one of those movies without Wes,” the writer noted. “The directors actually sent me a letter when the offer went out and said the reason they were directors was because of Wes. Him and the films themselves, and the actors, and that they really wanted to honor his voice, which I really, really believe they did. “
In a recent interview with American weekly, Williamson explained the choice to cut the “5” from the title.
“Well, it was always Scream 5 because it’s the fifth, ”said Williamson. “So I think we just threw that name out, but I don’t think they were ever going to seriously call it a Scream 5. I don’t think anybody wanted to see number five after something. You would have to ask them – Paramount or whoever it is, but I think taking out the 5 and calling it Scream [works] because it is brand new. There’s the legacy cast, and how they breathe this new world into, and there’s this whole new generation and a new cast of characters that are extremely fun. I think it was a great cast. It’s an amazing bunch of kids and young talent and they’re very, very good. They come out of the screen, and now our Sidneys and mature characters coming in, it’s the adults. It works really well. “
In addition to Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Scream will see the return of Scream 4‘s Marley Shelton as Assistant Judy Hicks. Jack Quaid is leading an extensive roster of newcomers who will appear in the film alongside Melissa Barrera, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mikey Madison.
New Scream is slated to hit theaters on January 14, 2022.