Only a Whisper, Not Yet a SCREAM. I review MTV’s latest Horror Series

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Knife, knife, knifing around!


“Why are you crying?”


“I don’t like to see you sad.”

“Are you watching me?”

“It’s what you want, right? On Instagram, on Facebook. Big smiles, perfect lives. But I know the truth.”

“Who the hell IS this?”

“I’m the one who’s gonna lift the mask.”



Oh Siri, you so cray cray!


After a video of quirky high school student Audrey and neurotic-about-her-looks Rachel making out in a parking lot is uploaded online courtesy of two popular jerks, said jerks are slashed to death by a crazed killer in a mask and dark hooded cloak. So begins “Scream” the series, MTV’s next attempt to turn a tired horror franchise, such as “Teen Wolf,” into a relevant weekly TV show.




The show goes down easy and doesn’t exactly challenge the mind, but there are a few interesting tidbits floating around in this new concoction. It takes place in the town of Lakewood, where everybody has a killer house and the specter of Brandon James looms large. You see, 20 years ago, Brandon was an awkward teenager born with horrific deformities who took to wearing a medically issued mask to hide his face.

At a Halloween party, he approached the object of his secret affections, pretty blonde student Daisy. When he took off the mask, she screamed bloody murder and he was attacked by her peers. This led to a misunderstanding and Brandon’s death by angry locals who thought the boy a stalking monster. His dead body fell into a local lake.




You know who else was a deformed boy whose dead body ended up in a lake? Jason Voorhees. You know, from “Friday the 13th.”


20 years later, rich bitch Nina and her boyfriend Tyler meet bloody ends at the hands of maniac dressed like Brandon at that fateful Halloween party; a hooded black cloak, gloves and a somewhat mournful ceramic face mask replaces the iconic droopy mouthed Ghostface look.




For all the excruciating blandness of most of the characters, with their salon perfect hairstyles and their mind-numbing postmodern chatter, a few positive elements do shine through. I like Audrey and  Noah, who is sort of less irritating version of Randy from the film franchise.




Good Girl Emma Duval, who is the first character to get a menacing call from a very familiar voice, is a work in progress in terms of earning our concern. She’s dating a bland jock named Will but secretly likes mysterious loner Kieran, who contains shades of Christian Slater’s iconic J.D. from “Heathers.”

Kieran actually comes off as a more compelling figure than the show yet deserves. He’s the one to watch.




I’m waiting for Kieran’s hair to crawl off his head and start attacking people.


Emma’s mother Maggie and other adults in town are wrapped up in the mystery of Brandon James and his even more mysterious brother Troy, whom accepted and loved him.

Is Troy under the cloak and mask, butchering the children of his brother’s killers like Freddy Krueger back in ’84? Only time will tell.


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About Brundlefly Joe

Brundlefly Joe has acted in a few zero budget horror films, including playing the amazing Victim #2 in the short film "Daisy Derkins, Dogsitter of the Damned! (2008)." He has been busy creating film submission for Project 21 and other Philadelphia based film groups. Joe went to college for Film and Animation, and has made several short animation and film pieces. He loves to draw and paint and read; sometimes the same time! His passions include 1980's slasher movies, discovering new music, gobbling up Mexican food, buying stuff on Amazon, chilling with his lovely cat, watching movies involving Marvel superheroes, playing video games and cooking. He loves to cook. Like, a lot. Seriously. Brundleflies have four arms. He can cook two different dishes at the same time. He's great to have at parties. Just don't ask him to tenderize your food. He might get the wrong idea and go all Cronenberg on your plate.
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