Scream: The TV Series (2015) The Complete First Season Review


What starts as a YouTube video going viral soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.


Once upon a time, a facially deformed teen named Brandon James was killed over a misunderstanding, and about 20 years later, a killer wearing a mask molded from James’s face begins killing people close to a teen girl named Emma (Willa Fitzgerald). It all starts after Emma and a friend record a video that outs a teen from school – a “bi-curious” chick named Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus). From that moment on, horrible slasher killings begin to mount up, all adding up to someone (or more than one) in Emma’s inner circle. The suspects are numerous: There’s Emma’s hot bitchy friend Brooke (Carlson Young), the school movie geek Noah (John Karna), Emma’s mysterious new boyfriend Kieran (Amadeus Serafini), the class tool Jake (Tom Maden), and Emma’s ex Will (Connor Weil), not to mention assorted teachers, law enforcement officers, and even a new-in-town internet blogger/reporter. Who the killer – or killers – might be is part of the fun of watching the 10 episodes that comprise the first season of Scream: The TV Series, and getting there is a blast.

I was a huge fan of Wes Craven’s Scream quadrilogy, and while this series isn’t the same exact thing, it works as both a reboot and an homage to Craven’s motion picture series. It feels similar, and will bring a smile to your face several times when it winks at you when it treads into Craven’s territory. It’s appropriately gruesome and entertaining in equal measures, with comedy, sex, action, thrills, and in-jokes abounding. It feels just right in terms of being a slasher story, and when the blood starts flowing, it doesn’t disappoint.

I missed the show when it was airing on MTV last year, and so binge watching the entire season on DVD is an easy way to catch up in time for the next season. This is right up my alley, and I’m looking forward to more.


Scream: The TV Series, The Complete First Season will be released onto DVD on May 10th, courtesy of Anchor Bay.