Running Time: 45 mins
Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery
Series creators: Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Stars: Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Carlson Young, Tom Made
Ghost face is back for another murderous rampage in Season 2 of Scream. While season 1 had it’s problems with feeling like it’s part of the Scream franchise and more like Pretty Little Liars 2.0, it did have some entertaining moments, especially the mystery portion of it. However, after the first season finale, MTV is not the only one dipping their toe into the slasher genre pool. In the spring, the Chiller network released a show simply titled “Slasher” that featured their own homemade masked killer. While Slasher had a few problems, it was still very entertaining and lived up to it’s name and the genre, while still having the ‘who done it’ mystery element that Scream tries to incorporate into each episode.
In short, “Slasher” felt more like Scream than, well…Scream. But this is season 2 we’re talking about here, surly MTV polished things up, right? Eh, not so much.
While the first episode was entertaining enough, mostly because you know what you’re expecting by now, it was still blah in some parts. This episode, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ brings back the surviving cast of the first season who have now been dubbed ‘the Lakewood Six’ by the town. It’s very apparent that the killings have effected their lives and going back to normal is not as easy as they had hoped.
As Emma returns from a several month stent in a psychiatric hospital, she comes back to a small homecoming held by her friends. While all of them try to grasp at a sense of normalcy, it’s obvious the killings have had a severe effect on them, especially Emma who seems to be suffering from PTSD. As she tries to return to something normal, we all know that that’s not going to be possible with the second Ghost Face still running around town, ready to start his or her torment once again.
One of the things MTV’s Scream suffers from is pacing and building up tension. The show just doesn’t know how to deliver a good buildup and you can all but guess when Ghost Face will pop in. While it fails at such moments, the attack at the beginning of the show with Audrey in the movie theater was entertaining. In fact, her story is the most engaging part since we do get a few questions answered involving Audrey’s involvement with Piper from the last season. For now, her story is the most interesting part being centered on.