Fans of Scream responded in the same way they did for months when the trailer dropped for the sequel last week: eager to learn more about the fifth installment.
It’s interesting that the new Scream doesn’t have the title Scream 5, which many believe is a remake. You’ll also notice that the scenes featuring Jenna Ortega feel very similar to those with Drew Barrymore in the original 1996 Scream. The new Scream will be released January 14, 2022. We do see Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers, (CourteneyCox), and Dewey Riley, (David Arquette). This is 25 years after the original film and there’s a new Ghostface out. So it’s possible that this movie is not a remake. The original Scream will teach kids that you need to be familiar with all the horror tropes in order to survive. This will be difficult in 2022, as Gen-Z children rarely answer their phones.
You don’t have to wait until January next year to get back into the Scream Universe. Why not check out some other movies that are similar–self-aware, meta-horror comedies that defy genre – on streaming platforms? These are five films that you should see if Scream is your favorite movie.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
You think that a group of college friends who are guileless will go to a cabin in the woods and nothing sinister will happen? You might be wrong. There is something wrong with the cabin these kids are staying in for the weekend. This has been proven to be the case in many slasher movies that feature people who travel to remote areas. They must also use their knowledge and wits in The Cabin in the Woods to their advantage.
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One of the most famous lines ever spoken by a villain in horror movie history is “What’s your favourite scary movie?” Is there a horror film that is so self-aware as the original installment? Although the sequels tried and (mostly) succeeded in keeping Scream movies relevant, it’s unlikely. There’s no comparison to the original. It was a marketing genius to cast Drew Barrymore as the opening scene of the film, without telling the audience how much screen time the star would have.
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The Final Girls (2015)
Horror films of all genres, especially those of the slasher type, often use the concept of the “final girls”. You can think of Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. What does each of them have in common? One last little girl standing against the killer. The Final Girls is directed by Todd StraussSchulson. Written by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller took this trope and turned it upside down to create a comedy about a group girls who are sent back in time through a ’80s horror film called Camp Bloodbath. Who will be the last final girl? You’ll just have to keep watching to find out.
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Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The second feature film by Edgar Wright stars Simon Pegg as the title character. He is caught up in a zombie plague. Shaun of the Dead, a riff on the Night of the Living Dead films and a parody of the zombie apocalypse movies that preceded it, is a classic in the self referential horror movie genre.
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If you’re used to seeing Joe Keery play a somewhat bashful, doe-eyed Steve on Stranger Things, get ready for him to shock you with his performance as a cuckoo ride-share driver who is so obsessed with going viral on social media that he commits the unthinkable–murdering his paying passengers–all for the likes.
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