When Game of Thrones ended I turned to Orange is the New Black, naturally. I binged myself silly and let out a satisfied belch. Then the fear hit me, I had nothing decent to watch for a whole year. I didn’t want something as heavy as GoT and I didn’t want something as emotionally charged as Orange, I found myself at a loss. Turning to Netflix out of desperation, I discovered Scream: The TV Series. Being a big fan of most horror but extremely skeptical of T.V series revamps, I decided to give it a go with an open mind.
Taking a step away from the town of Woodsboro, home of Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends, we are now in Lakewood and our final girl goes by Emma Duvall (Willa Fitzgerald). Season one introduced us to the crazy drama-filled lives of a bunch of teens in high school and the dark murder spree of Brandon James, a boy with a crush and facial deformity. It was revealed that Brandon and Emma’s mother had a fling and an illegitimate child, and that she was directly responsible for his untimely demise. Wes Craven does like to give the mothers a tragic back story, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise that Mrs. Duvall isn’t as squeaky clean as she makes out.
As per Wes, you have the horror nerd that randomly spouts slasher conventions at every moment; his name is Noah (John Karna) .The token LGBT community representative, Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus), Brooke (Carlson Young) is the slutty one and Kieran (Amadeus Serafini) is the suspect boyfriend of final girl, Emma. I won’t ruin who dies for you as some people may still want to watch this, but I would say that it is highly predictable.
Another classic trope from the original 1996 cult smash is the killer’s use of modern technology and ability to twist it to their evil advantage. Now we are in 2016 and the Instagram, Twittersphere, IM world is at everyone’s fingertips. While this was a sensation in the 90s with the birth of cellular phones and texts, it really isn’t big news now. It definitely isn’t original. A bunch of teenagers with big secrets, being harassed by a murderer via their smart phones is the plot for Pretty Little Liars. You find yourself screaming: “Just go to the police!”
The first season was blood-thirsty and surprisingly entertaining, while figuring out the killer’s identity was irritatingly easy it made for some enjoyable brainless fodder. I was very disappointed to realise that a second season was well underway as it obviously implies that the killer isn’t dead or someone new is set to take the reins. As a standalone season, Scream is mediocre but passable. When you discover it will be an ongoing saga of the same plot, the same problems and the same story it becomes a fruitless, frustrating waste of time.
Needless to say I have only caught up with season two for the sake of this article, and I feel really bad about myself for it. You cannot bottle the same lightning in a long running television series unless you add something else to the mix like comedy or interesting character dynamics – Scream has neither. If you are considering watching this then by all means give it a whirl and let me know what you think, but I would recommend watching Scream Queens or something with more substance to fill your year before all the good television shows return.
Created by: Jay Beattie, Jill E. Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin
Scr: Jay Beattie, Jill E. Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin
Starring: Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna, Carlson Young, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tracy Middledorf, Mike Vaughn, Amadeus Serafini
Music: Jeremy Zuckerman
DOP: Yaron Levy
Episode Runtime: 45mins
Scream: The TV Series is available to stream now only on Netflix.