They've gone for a more fleshy tone and human shaped face rather than the standard Ghostface mask of the films.
But then I remembered MTV also made My Super Psycho Sweet 16. And that did well for a slasher movie and had 2 sequels made.
The show starts off with a video of a lesbian kiss going viral.
Straight away I thought who gives a shit tat this girl is a lesbian, but the problem more is the fact it wasn't up to the girl to come out to the world.
We then get the Scream opening. Minus a voice on a phone asking about scary movies.
The girl involved (not the girl in the viral vid) gets snapchatesque videos of her walking around her house, she gets texts from who I assume to be her boyfriend, then spoilers, his severed head is thrown into the hot tub that she's in. She tries running, only to get slashed on the back, caught and her throat slit.
Other than the obvious dummy head used for the severed head, it does feel very slasher film like, and a little Scream like.
After that the show changes, it goes into oooh there's a possibly dead serial killer from 20 years ago come back territory.
I'm not getting into the backstory but it's the usual misunderstood good guy turned bad guy thanks to arseholes.
And as per everything Scream, there's a character for each stereotype. This adds the mysterious kid just arrived in town too unlike the movies.
The end of the episode adds intrigue to the mystery making me want to watch the rest of the series even more so to see if I can figure it out, not out of genuine interest.
I enjoyed it for what it was and like I said, at the moment it's middle ground. I'm hoping the quality grows as it goes on instead of dwindling.
A 5/10 for the pilot.
Based on the "On Scream this season" segment at the end, it looks to get better and become a lot more Scream like.
The one thing that gives me hope is that the story is by Kevin Williamson who wrote Scream 1 - 4. (Except for on 3 and 4 there were ridiculous rewrites that ruined the original plans for the story), he also wrote The Following which I loved.
The screenplay's I don't believe are written by him as it says in the credits "based on screenplays by Kevin Williamson" so hopefully they won't have butchered his original idea.