The fourth installment of the Scream saga stars the regulars, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) and is set in Woodsboro, California (but actually filmed in Michigan) the infamous town where it all started. So, against my better judgment, I decided to see Scream 4 this week. Not a good idea! This movie was everything I expected but, nothing I wanted. When I found out that director, Wes Craven, signed on for an entirely new Scream trilogy I couldn’t help but wonder why not leave well enough alone?
This movie, as the previous two, opens with the infamous phone calls from Ghostface and the death of yet, another teen while watching a Stab movie (the fictitious movie based on the events within the Scream movies). Following the initial murder, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) returns to her hometown for the last stop on her book tour. Upon her arrival she is reunited with her friends Dewey Riley (Arquette) and Gale Weathers-Riley (Cox) who are now married. While in town, Sidney decides to stay with her Aunt Kate and cousin Jill (Emma Roberts). Just like in the previous Scream movies, Ghostface begins to murder everyone close to Sidney. The plot is pretty much a cookie cutter format of most of the modern horror movies.
Scream 4 made me realize that the age of a good horror film has died. Hollywood has adopted the idea that, instead of being innovative like most of the classic horror films, they have joined the decade of the remake. I really can’t say that there was much that I liked about this movie because I have literally seen it all before. The only thing I liked about this movie was the clever moves Ghostface made. Instead of rooting for the people to outrun or outfight the murderer, I found myself rooting for the murderer.
Overall, I think they might as well have re-released the original Scream… in 3-D. Ha Ha!
My verdict: 2 stars