Scream has played in front of audiences for the first time, which means there's plenty of social media reaction out there.
Reeling Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox back in for more terrifying Ghostface stalkings – alongside a list of franchise newcomers – this fifth entry is already being labelled a "bloody good time".
So, let's dig in.
"What a welcome return to Woodsboro Scream is! A razor sharp, bloody introspection on the genre and Wes Craven's legacy. All the feels and one hell of a genre start to 2022. My horror heart is so full," tweeted Bloody Disgusting critic Meagan Navarro.
Fandango's Erik Davis went on to share: "The new Scream is a BLAST and my favourite since the original. There's some sharp writing here – a nice balance of well-crafted scares and amusing commentary on modern horror. It also pokes a lot of fun at itself, too, while remaining a bloody whodunnit and a damn good time. I'm a fan!"
"Scream freakin' slays!" claimed another cinemagoer. "It's a textbook example of how to revive and reinvigorate a franchise and do it in killer style. Brutal genius, it has the razor-sharp smarts of the finest entries in the series with a third act that absolutely nails it. Two thumbs way up!"
Think that's impressive? The love just kept on flowing.
Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub teased: "The new Scream is the real deal. Such a well written script that keeps you guessing and wades into the treacherous waters of fandom in 2022. Scream fans are going to love it."
The pick of the bunch has to go to Joel Meares though, who began his reactionary snippet with "F**k me, wow!".
"Have finally seen Scream 2022 and it delivers... and then some. If this franchise means something to you – and it means so damn much to me – you will leave satisfied, moved, and wanting more. Oh yeah, it's scary (and funny) as hell," he added.
Check out even more of the praise below:
#Scream is a bloody good time & serves as a touching homage/continuation to Wes Craven’s iconic franchise and features some of the gruesomest, most original killings of the series. Legacy cast perfectly blends with the fresh meat. Jasmin Savoy Brown is the MVP 🔪🔪 🩸 pic.twitter.com/AbCTYands1
— Nate Adams (@TheOnlyCritic) January 7, 2022
My first, non-spoilery #Scream reaction below.
I really dug it! Took maybe 20 minutes or so to click in and then it really picks up and has a lot of very satisfying, clever elements. A worthy new addition to the franchise. (Don’t ask me to rank yet! Need time)
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) January 7, 2022
I have seen the new #Scream and it’s a winner! Yes it’s bloody, but also feels loaded with love and reverence for the original and the fandom it amassed … and felt like it was talking to me (to a degree). pic.twitter.com/x1gDCM9MYH
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) January 7, 2022
Scream sends chills through cinemas next Friday (January 14).
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