Scream: The TV Series Season 1 DVD Review
“Scream: The TV Series” is a pleasant surprise.
Making a slasher TV series is undoubtedly a tall order. “Scream Queens” and Chiller’s “Slasher” couldn’t quite pull it off, but “Scream: The TV Series” somehow manages to make it work. The show maintains the spirit of the film franchise, but it’s wisely much more than a singular story so the show never becomes repetitive.
For those that aren’t aware, the 10 episode “Scream” series is set in the town of Lakewood. While there is a main character with Emma (a high school student), the series is more of an ensemble piece as it focuses on an eclectic group of students such as Noah, Audrey, Brooke, Jake, Will, Kieran, Riley, Rachael and Tyler. As you can probably guess a murder occurs which causes all hell to break loose in Lakewood since no one knows who the deranged killer is.
On top of the main storyline, there are several key subplots involving the students, a Serial esque podcaster, viral videos, a scandalous Mayor, a suspicious teacher, Emma’s secretive mother Maggie, the killer’s sick games, and a past massacre in Lakewood that may or may not tie into what is going on.
While aimed at a teen audience (this is an MTV series after all), “Scream” is an accessible horror series that can appeal to fans of the film franchise and new viewers alike. Like many people out there, I was weary about a televised version, but the show wins you over with its numerous mysteries, humor, fleshed out characters, and intense situations. Yes, there are certainly callbacks to what has come before (including the geeky Randy esque scene stealing character Noah), but it feels different from the films as it plays more like a horror soap opera and a mystery whodunit. Basically, it’s the perfect mixture of old and new.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? While it’s a bummer there isn’t a Blu-ray release, the DVD transfer is solid nonetheless.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The dialogue, score, and music are effective
* A total of 7 deleted scenes from episodes 5, 6, 8, and 9.
* A short 3 minute gag reel.
* “Promotional Gallery”- Quick introductions to 6 main characters, cast predictions on the killer, the cast talking about the potential fate of their characters, and a brief behind-the-scenes featurette of “The Killer Party” that shows the various guest stars.
Overall Thoughts: By the time season 1 wraps, you are left wanting more and that’s a good thing. Luckily, season 2 is coming May 30, 2016.
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