Scream: Resurrection's Killers Are the Franchise's Most Underwhelming

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Scream: Resurrection, airing on VH-1.

Apart from guessing who will be killed, and in what gory manner, the biggest appeal of the Scream franchise is whodunit. Trying to deduce who's behind the Ghostface mask has been the primary driver of the four films.

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However, while the movies usually made big waves with their killer reveals, the VH-1 series Scream: Resurrection actually fares worse than the two previous television seasons, and delivers the most underwhelming unmaskings to date.

Audiences were caught off-guard in the 1996 original, when Sidney Prescott's boyfriend, Billy, and his pal, Stu, were revealed as Ghostface. Having Billy fake his death was a neat trick, reprised in Scream 3, in which Sid's half-brother, Roman, was the murderer. Scream 2 took  a more cerebral approach, with Billy's mother, Debbie, as the mastermind who used a student to perform the bulk of the kills. In Scream 4, Sid's jealous cousin, Jill, and a horror fanboy, Charlie, were behind the chaos in Woodsboro.

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Thus, with Ghostface's return, it was expected Resurrection would deliver something jaw-dropping. However, in addition to poor execution, there is no emotional tether connecting Deion (RJ Cyler), his friends and the killers pursuing him. The first killer is revealed to be his half-brother Jay (Tyga), who targets Dee after realizing he's actually his twin brother Marcus. In an accident over a decade ago, the real Deion died and his twin Marcus assumed his identity. That led to their father leaving Jay and his mother, to return his first family. After Jay's mother committed suicide, he set out for Atlanta to exact revenge.

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However, the scene in which that's revealed is, hands down, the worst in the franchise. Jay confesses his activities in a simple conversation with Deion/Marcus, and even tells him someone else is targeting his friends at a nearby hospital. There's no tension or build-up, and it's so flat you might believe it's fake. Later that night, Jay is stabbed by the second Ghostface, which might momentarily lead viewers to think there was misdirection at play. However, Jay confesses he really is the first killer and that he has a partner, who betrayed him. Still, he maintains his silence and dies. It's a bland ending to Jay's story, which, because of flashbacks and boring monologues, feels like a daytime soap opera.

It gets even more painful when Jay's accomplice is revealed to be Beth (Giorgia Whigham), a goth girl in Marcus' class who hates her classmates and simply wants to kill for fun. But her reveal feels unoriginal as, like Charlie in Scream 4, she too is a horror buff who tries to throw people off her trail by reciting tropes from the genre. It's telegraphed, and by the time she's revealed as Jay's secret lover who urged him to become a slasher, it feels forced.

What's worse is she that killed Jay to cover her tracks. But why would she send Marcus to rescue him? Resurrection hopes you'll think she wanted him to witness his half-brother die. However, if Jay had revealed his accomplice, Marcus could have called the police, and presumably brought an end to her killing spree. Clearly, Beth was supposed to be the killer we never saw coming, but her unmasking lacked style and substance.

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