38DaysofNight’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Nobody just does sequels anymore...we're in a franchise!"
I was strollin' through the casino the other day and saw this was playing upstairs...
Typically, I wouldn't see a reboot/requel in the theater, but I was reasonably impressed with last year's entry, so I figured I'd give this one its day in court.
And honestly, who am I kidding?
I've been with this franchise since opening night 1996, so I knew I would end up watching it anyway…might as well do it on the big screen, amiright?
Right off the rip, I'll say this movie has no business being this good.
Off the back of last year's triumphant return of the long-dormant but beloved Scream franchise comes this newest entry that ramps up almost everything except the story...
But when the kills are twice as brutal, and the tension twice as high, does it really matter if the story is basically the same as it was 27 years ago?
And every filmmaker worth their weight in celluloid would do well to remember that.
Still, I had plenty of fun here.
'Father Death takes Manhattan' is a prescription I didn't know I needed.
(I will NEVER call the killer Ghostface)
The change of venue gave this movie a freshness that was quite...well, refreshing.
Of course, they did the same thing in Scream 3, but L.A. is just glorified suburbs anyway.
This is the rotten apple—the big show and the city that never sleeps we're talking about here, and I, for one, was locked in.
I mean, Father Death goin' bad in a brightly lit bodega? ...yes, please.
Slasher on the subway? ...sign me the fuck up!
Having the killer do work under the fluorescent lights of the city was just...fun.
And if you thought the last one was brutal, then you'd better tighten up ponyboy cuz this fucker rips!
There are a bunch of great kills in this one, and Father Death has never been more stabby.
I don't know where they're gonna go from here and still keep their pseudo-fun-for-the-whole-family vibe they've been working with for so long.
Again, the story is pretty blah. The killer's identity didn't surprise me, and various pieces of dialog/story beats brushed dangerously close to my threshold for soft-skinnery, but overall...this was a banger.
And if they had really leaned into the Halloween holiday, I might have given this flick all the stars.