Monday, August 15, 2011
Directed by Wes Craven
Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Mary McDonnell, Rory Culkin, Marley Shelton, Erik Knudsen, Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin, Roger Jackson
11 years have passed since we last saw the Ghostface killer. The first Scream is a classic. It not only revitalised the horror genre but was also one of the definitive films of the 90's. Scream 2 was good though a clear step down from the original and the third was just embarrasing. Scream 3 was a prime example of a sequel which was made for all the wrong reasons. Money for sure and perhaps the simple need for a completion of the trilogy. Scream 4 (or Scre4m) reunites the three main characters back together but the story leaves them on the sidelines in a way. After all it's a "new decade and new rules" which in this case means a younger and hippier cast such as Panettiere and "Julia's niece" Roberts. Scream 4 is by far the funniest of the bunch and for a while it rolls forward nicely and is very entertaining. Problems begin the second the ending comes along. The Scream films revolve around two main basis audiences are expecting: inventive and gruesome kills and the identity or identities of the killer(s). The slaughter is handled with good ideas but the revelation of those guilty is fucking shit. All credibility just goes out the window and if that isn't shit enough, the film is prolonged for a needless second "third act". It was good while it lasted until it wasn't. The film flopped at the box office and writer and father of the franchise Kevin Williamson must be bummed because he had envisioned this as a start for a new trilogy. Well shit. Maybe it'll still happen at some point but for now I am pleased to see it come to an end.
Scream 4 at IMDb