Rafael "Parker!!" Jovine’s review published on Letterboxd:
About a year and a half ago, I decided it was time for me to watch all the SCREAM films. Before that I had only seen the fourth installment and of course, the spoof Scary Movie. Apparently I had only rated them, but not reviewed them, so with the arrival of the long-awaited fifth installment, I decided to watch them all again and to post a full review.
And well, what else can I say that hasn't been said before? This is one of those instances where the film works wonderfully as both a satire, but at the same time a very original film. Our killer's concept and modus operandi are not only iconic, but also somewhat unique. I say somewhat, because the idea of a killer using horror cinema has been done before in the underrated Fade to Black and Popcorn a decade prior. This film is full of memorable moments and kills that were brilliantly executed by Wes Craven.
The performances are equally superb. Everybody has their moment to shine thanks to their personality, except the Dad who seems to be just a plot device, a useless plot device. Even Cindy's dad in Scary Movie was much memorable. Not to mention Craven's direction of giving it a fairly clear picture of the killers from the very beginning due to the eccentric and sinister personalities of the killers..
All in all, this is an extremely enjoyable film that also works well as both a comedy and a horror movie in equal measure.