Few things kill horror more ruthlessly than modern technology, which is why many of the best horror films of recent years have actively omitted it. It Follows featured a grand total of one (dated-looking) cell phone, and The Babadook felt like it took place in a storybook rather than the real world. House of the Devil was a straight-up ’80s period piece and who even knows when each of the Insidious sequels or prequels take place. Point is, the fact that we all carry pocket mainframes with the capability of contacting thousands of people at once definitely undermines the sense of isolation and vulnerability horror requires to thrive.
Scream the TV series tries to have it both ways. These teens constantly text, Snapchat, and drop social media lingo, yet they still casually show up unannounced on each others’ doorsteps (which is a TV trope, sure, but still something from Andy Griffith times). In this week’s episode “Psycho,” a character decided to contact another character by nearly running her over with a car. It was a completely ridiculous moment, sure, but so much more effective than sending a DM, you know? What I’m trying to say is, Scream’s technophilia is a brave burden to undertake, but at least it knows when to drop it.
Oh right, the episode. Let’s talk about it!
We began in the empty, abandoned house owned by the brother of Brandon James. Emma had been stalking around inside by herself for some reason (because she loves adrenaline?) and a hooded figure had appeared and spooked her right out of there! But honestly, she was technically breaking and entering so that was her bad.
After explaining the situation to Chill Mom™, Emma brought her back to the house only to discover that all the creepy childhood photos of herself that had been pinned to the wall were now GONE. Had she imagined the whole thing? And more importantly, was Scream going to pull a Jaws 2 and force its hero to wonder if the killer was even back or not? Unfortunately yes.
Meanwhile Audrey was still stressing about Noah’s investigation into whether or not Piper had had an accomplice last season. But to be clear, Audrey wasn’t necessarily an accomplice, she had just written letters to Piper and now someone was sending her text messages accusing her of being an accomplice. And to be even clearer, Audrey is not even a suspect in the current killings, because why bother suspecting her when there were so many other new faces to suspect?
Let’s be real, this girl is probably gonna be murdered soon. That “prank” last week was very lame on her part and now she’s standing around staring at Audrey while texting? She’s gotta go.
This girl is way too big of a fan of Emma’s, which is not a good sign. Cool hair, bad intentions.
Meanwhile Brooke was trying to reach Jake for some steamy good times, but it had been two days since he’d responded. Not even the promise of a “boob pic” could elicit so much as an emoji. What was going on? Murder was going on.
Even though he is dead, credit where credit’s due: Jake really had a way with emojis. He will be missed sorta.
This guy was just loitering around Emma’s locker at night even though he didn’t go to that school. Probably doesn’t matter, forget about it.
The thing was, Kieran’s father had been disemboweled by a podcaster last season, so now Kieran is an orphan. This meant he needed a “legal guardian” and she arrived in the form of his aunt. But because she lived out of town, the new sheriff was being a real jerk to Kieran about it. Was Kieran going to have to move away now? Stay tuned, folks.
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