The Scream Franchise

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In her defense some of the writing could have helped her a bit. "Help! Someone tried to kill me in the break room!" Meryl Streep would have a rough time. I

Yeah, that dreadfully clunky info-dump of a monologue about why she ran off in the hospital room, even Judy Dench couldn't deliver it convincingly.
Only Jenna's reactions slightly pulled it through.
 
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I find it extremely weird (and quite frankly, gross) how quick and insistent so many people are to deny any aspects of racism. Racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. is inarguably prevelant in and impactful in nearly every single aspect of life. I remember rolling my eyes and angrily scrolling past far too many tweets and reddit posts complaining about 5cream being "too woke" for anyone to claim otherwise.

Saying "but Jenna was received well!" is missing the point by such a massive margin that I hope anyone who says such a thing pauses the next time they claim to speak up against racism and does some self-reflecting. It is not lost on me that Sam and Mindy received the most hate and criticism when they were explicitly taking on (or in a racist's mind, replacing) the role of a formerly white actor. Jenna receiving far less criticism and hate is not entirely off the back of her acting ability. It also is in part because she was more well known than either Melissa or Jasmin and especially because she was not cast as "the new" anything. Sam was set up to be disliked and viewed under an overly scrutinized lens on the basis of taking on the role of the new final girl in place of Sidney. And same for Mindy filling in for Randy and Kirby's archetype. And even doubly so for Melissa once it was revealed (blonde and white) Samara Weaving was at one point in consideration for the part. Jenna/Tara never had to face that.

To be entirely honest, I was put off by quite a lot of comments made on this board as well. Certainly not to the extent of the vitriolic barely disguised hatred on twitter/reddit/etc. but there were definitely uncomfortable comments made regarding Mindy and especially Sam. I particularly remember in the lead up to 6, how many members here essentially said they were fine with anyone dying...except for Gale and Kirby, who coincidentally or not, happened to be the only white returning characters. The amount of people desiring Kirby to come in and essentially take back the film/meta expert role from Mindy never sat well with me, either. I was honestly dreading that ending up happening, especially as this franchise has been notoriously white until 5 came out. I said a few things here and there in rebuttal but never wanted to cause a stir against the general notion prior to 6 releasing that most fans were ambivelant or negative towards Sam and Mindy. I think it's ridiculously problematic and flat out wrong to state their race has nothing to do with it. Having one exception in Tara does not absolve any racism being a factor in how characters are received. Thinking so just tells me how little a grasp people have on how invasive racism and other forms of prejudice are in practically everything.
 
Sam's character was just poorly written in 5 compared to 6. I don't even think it was an acting issue from Melissa I just don't think she was given much to work with really until the last 5-10 minutes. Whereas in Scream 6 she was the star of the whole movie for me and her character development was so much better (and interesting).
I now anticipate Sam in Scream 7 and where that character will take us as an audience. Whereas before, heading into Scream 6, I couldn't have been less excited about a movie with more of Sam in a lead role.
 
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Coincidentally, I'm watching Melissa's Netflix series, Keep Breathing atm, and she's seeing visions of a dead guy who gives her advice all over again!
 
All I did see were the usual types claiming that nobody has ever been more persecuted than white straight men. Woke agenda this, alphabet people that. The usual bollocks these joyless fools revel in.

Mindy was the one in Five Cream - her micro expressions were so on point every time. I didn't think she got as good lines this time round but hope a second viewing will remind me that she did.
 
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Did Mindy get much hate after 5 came out? I thought she was praised a lot, though it might have just been on this forum and I didn't go on Twitter much... I think Melissa Barrera only suffered in 5 because Sam was completely under written in that film. On top of the whole "I am talking to my dead dad Billy" thing, which I know was an aspect some didn't enjoy. Thankfully, 6 gave her more to work and have fun with, along with better dialogue.
 
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Mindy was praised and became a fan favorite. I didn't see any negative responses about her. Melissa was just wasn't that great in 5, but was terrfic in 6.
 
Yeah, honestly I’m confused by this nararive because Mindy and Tara were by far the most popular characters of the new cast last year… I don't think I saw a single negative thing about Mindy. Jasmine devoured every moment of screen time.

Most people were saying they wanted Gale, Mindy and Tara to survive Scream 6 (before we all warmed to Sam, when she smashed 6 out of the park).
 
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Yes I definitely missed all the mostly negative posts about Mindy. And lots on this board? I certainly don't recall that.

Mindy was singled out as a highlight of 5 almost everywhere. As was Tara. Sam (or Melissa specifically) was really singled out for criticism because the character was poorly written and poorly acted. But as we've all discussed, that was corrected massively and she fucking knocked 6 out of the park.
 
Yes I definitely missed all the mostly negative posts about Mindy. And lots on this board? I certainly don't recall that.

Mindy was singled out as a highlight of 5 almost everywhere. As was Tara. Sam (or Melissa specifically) was really singled out for criticism because the character was poorly written and poorly acted. But as we've all discussed, that was corrected massively and she fucking knocked 6 out of the park.

Yep. Maybe because I don't frequent places like Reddit to notice all this hatred. Anyways....after seeing Melissa running around looking buff as all hell in the finale with a gun and a knife I really want to see her cast as Lara Croft in the forthcoming Tomb Raider show if Alicia isn't brought back. She would kill it.
 
Early Saturday numbers suggest a much better Friday to Saturday hold than Scream 5 and that, minus previews, it actually increased by $2m.

Opening weekend looking closer to $45m than $40m now. Could be the first Scream film to pass $100m in America since Scream 2.
An update here, it should pass $100m in America next weekend. Excellent.

Also, in Mexico, Scream 6 has passed all of the prior films in terms of not only box office, but actual admissions. That’s very impressive when you consider ticket prices and exchange rates.
 

SMASH VI is coming.
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Five Cream had better dialogue than VI*, due, I imagine, to more time to hone and re-write scenes, but 'Can you hold?' was this movie's 'I'm bored' audience-cheer moment.

I love that our queens are now so over Ghostface's theatrics.

*bar the terrible lines poor Melissa was saddled with throughout
 
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Yeah I thought 6 was a lot tighter.

Looking at the box office, Scream 2022 made another $13m domestically from this point on. Scream 6 is outgrossing 5 every day still, so another $20m is definitely possible. Plus another $5m internationally.

So it could still end up as the highest grossing in the franchise (unadjusted for inflation obviously).
 
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