Scream: MTV series review

The series “Scream” is based on the movie of the same name. Photo courtesy of

Mary Talarico, Assistant Views Editor

A quote from the pilot episode of MTVs “Scream” series says, “Slasher movies burn bright and fast. TV needs to drag things out, you know, by the time the first body is found, it’s only a matter of time before the bloodbath commences.”

The “Scream” series is based loosely on the thriller movie “Scream.”

From the earlier quote, the TV series is very aware on how much this TV series could fail. Sometimes TV spin off shows turn out like a bad sequel. But, surprisingly, this series strays away from the movie and holds its own. Someone who never saw the movie could understand the show because it doesn’t rely on a movie coming before it to set the mood.

The main character in the show is Emma, played by Willa Fitzgerald. She starts to receive mysterious phone calls after her friend is murdered, and at first thinks that it’s nothing, until the situation begins to escalate. With that, the plot unravels. Emma’s friends are picked off one by one, while she tries to figure out who the killer is. The murderer wears a mask that looks very similar to the original “Scream” mask.

The season has released 9 episodes so far, and a second season is planned. Enough people have watched the show to keep it going, but it wasn’t as tempting to watch, partly because there wasn’t enough suspense. The suspense factor is thrown off by how nonchalant the majority of the cast acts, in spite of the fact that there is a rapidly increasing amount of people being killed at the end of every episode.

What keeps people tuned in? It’s the fact that everyone in the cast has the motive to be the killer. The whole town has this “I like stabbing people” feel to it. It has everyone sure they know who it is, and then in the next episode, they’re proven wrong.

However, this guessing game starts to fail at episode 8 because the answer is practically shoved in the viewers’ faces. This is to be expected because of how small the cast is getting.

But, just because there’s a lot of people being killed doesn’t mean the episode is all about the murder. The murders happen either at the beginning or the end, and the rest of the episode is problem solving real life problems. A lot of the relationship problems presented seem irrelevant to the story.

This isn’t a show that should be watched with little siblings if they can’t handle the mature language or references. People will probably watch next season for sure, but perhaps not faithfully every week. It’s kind of a show that people decide to watch because they have nothing to do. Suggest this show for people who are looking for a “Pretty Little Liars” and not an “American Horror Story”.