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Scream 4 (2011) - Film Review

Updated on May 14, 2011

Scream 4 returning to kill a fresh crop of white teenagers. 

Now your probably saying no, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox are in this too and they’re no spring chickens. Well, That’s just what happens when the teenage girls don’t get killed, they get old. Now you got like Hayden Panettiere, from Heroes pretty much and nothing else, and Emma Roberts, whose like, related to Julia Roberts. The weird thing is looking at this trailer, every time I see it, I can’t help but think that I’ve seen this a billion times before. I guess intellectual hipsters needed a new movie to talk about in the coffee shop, because that’s what this kind of movie is. This movie is for that one smart-ass in the room who has to throw the word “meta” into every conversation. What made the first Scream so popular, was that it was very self-referential about the horror genre. It was meta in a time when people weren’t saying meta, and no one was really doing meta. It was like wow, a horror movie that I can enjoy, laugh at, and yet be scared at, at the same time. It has been fifteen years since the first events, and everybody remembers Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell who is now almost forty, and has no choice but to be in Scream 4 considering her career. In the movie Sidney has written a self-help book, behind her experiences with the Woodsboro murders that have occurred, and is on a successful tour. Meanwhile, you know that if she’s around, ghost face isn’t too far behind. I got to admit that if I was her I’d be like, you know statistically what are the odds of this happening four times in a row, but I’m sure Die Hard said the same thing. And of course, the killings start to happen again, and because of that, we also have to bring in some of the characters that we have seen before. David Arquette returns as Sheriff Dewey, he’s married to the reporter Gale Weathers played by Courteney Cox who in the film has written a series of films based on the actual murders. But here she is with writer’s block and doesn’t know what else to do so she gets pulled back in. People love Wes Craven, because of his contribution to horror, he’s created some icons with Freddy Krueger, but some of the dialogue in this film is just plain terrible. Not so much because they were written bad, but because they weren’t directed that well. Really if it wasn’t for the writing, this would be a pretty bad film. Even with the references, they start to maybe like, a pretentious film student. I mean imagine if characters just stopped to say things like, “Oh we’re the couple who just had sex, we must be dead next,” kind of things that just get annoying after a certain point. The killings are not particularly special or imaginative, they’re probably just about average for a horror film nowadays. But I will say this, right when you think, “Ok it’s done. That was alright,” the end goes nuts. It’s like alright, now with that, you sold me right there. While it does nothing new, it manages to remain relevant by making a statement about not only horror, but about the state of entertainment, sequels, reboots, social media, and over night celebrities. But the film suffers from being a sequel. It still comes no where close to the reaction that audiences had to the first Scream. Overall it’s fun, a fresh start, and far better than most films being presented in contemporary horror. 


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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Pretty good review. To be honest, I think Wes Craven is losing his touch as a director these days. I think it's probably time to become a producer or step aside to let some other horror director rise up to take his place. As it seems, Wes Craven has really lost his touch with today's modern audiences.