Scream 5 reviews: What critics are saying about the new slasher as Rotten Tomatoes scores come in

Scream 5 is a near-perfect return to form

Scream 5 – the latest film in the Scream franchise is very arriving soon – and the first reviews are here.

The much-anticipated fifth instalment in the slasher franchise is being released in cinemas on 14 January.

Ahead of its release there are probably a lot of excited fans wondering what critics thought of the film.

Well, the first reviews are rolling in on Rotten Tomatoes, which at the time of writing, gives the film a “fresh” rating.

A reviewer for The Wrap calls it a “horror movie, through and through” that has a “vicious and spot-on commentary about some of the more repugnant fads in the modern entertainment hellscape”.

In a review for YouTube, Perri Nemiroff says the film “continues the Scream tradition of evolving via sharp, fresh commentary on the horror genre”.

She adds that one of the film’s “most striking qualities is that it is absolutely oozing with love and respect for this franchise”.

Scream 5 is a “near-perfect return to form”

A number of reviewers have compared it to the previous films in the franchise, with Digital Spy saying: “It may not match the original, yet the new Scream is right up there with Scream 2 as the best sequel of the series.”

In a more mixed comparison, Cinemaholics say: “It’s not as clever a sequel in some respects as its predecessors, but it does succeed in navigating the current trends of horror in ways that serve its razor sharp story.”

While Metro says it’s a “near-perfect return to form and a creative way to relaunch the franchise”, in a four-and-a-half star review.

The film takes place 25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, with a new killer donning the Ghostface mask and targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.

It sees the return of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton and Roger L. Jackson, who reprise their roles from previous installments.

They’re joined by newcomers, Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, and Jack Quaid who play a new generation that are dealing with the Ghostface killer.

The film is being released on 14 January and you can book tickets at Odeon, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Vue.

How to stream the Scream franchise

Ahead of the film’s release, you might want a movie marathon night to watch the first four films in the franchise.

We’ve put together a guide on how to stream the original film and its sequels on PinkNews.