Welcome to Lakewood, a town steeped in history and, soon to be, mystery.
After a cyber-bullying video goes viral, a group of teenagers find themselves at the center of a murder mystery which sees their Queen Bee brutally executed in what appears to be an act of revenge. The killings continue in a crime spree that stirs memories of the past and leaves the town wondering: “has a killer returned or is there a new evil at play?”
When I first heard MTV was concocting a re-imagining of the classic Wes Craven slasher film franchise Scream, I could only help but cringe. Being a die-hard fan of the original series I couldn’t help but recoil in fear. These were the iconic films credited with reviving the horror/slasher genre – the films that launched the careers of Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and arguably Rose McGowan (and don’t you dare ask “who?”). I had only two conditions – they better do it well, or not at all.
Thankfully, they got it right. MTV teams with super producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein at the helm. Together with Wes Craven in place as Executive Producer and an all new, relatively original and unknown cast, Scream: The TV Series is hitting all the right marks.
With a back story that’s all its own and some nice references to the original movies, the Scream TV Series is starting out strong. There are some genuine thrills in this take on the slasher movie-come-TV-show hybrid and the scares are truly frightful.
We have the usual suspects in the form of our female lead, ingénue “Emma Duval”, the daughter of the town’s coroner who is about to have her whole life turned upside down as she becomes the killer’s primary prey and is forced to unravel the secrets of her family’s past.
The suspects, boyfriends Will and Jake, are school jocks with secrets of their own. The bad-girl best friend who finds herself caught in a dangerous game between two men, one her father – the other, her teacher and finally, we have the lovable geek who knows the rules of surviving a killers horror filled crime spree – but does he know them a little too well?
The Scream TV series breathes new life into a franchise that many wished could be revived and brings a fresh story with a familiar formula to the fore.
With some genuinely scary moments and a murder mystery that stays true to all the drama and intrigue of the original movies, Scream the TV Series will create a new fan base while also offering something familiar to its old one.