Scream 4 (R)

 

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: stars

Featured Comedy Movies

I’ts a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

 Greed is a trope used in the realm of fiction to be associated with drama, and usually involves some very thematic elements to it. Yet the theme really has not been associated with the genre of comedy. Enter the 1963 film “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, a comedy that showcases a lot of […]

St. Vincent (2014)

 This movie opens up with our main character telling a very dry joke, which sets up the tone for the rest of the film. “St. Vincent” is a comedy that puts focus on one grumpy old man trying to come to terms with his life. The resulting effort is a gem of originality that has […]

Big Hero 6 (2014)

 Ever since Disney purchased Marvel back in 2009, we have gotten a lot of good action/superhero films that have a strong connection to their continuity. However, with today’s feature, Marvel and Disney are branching out and creating something completely different. The finalized product is the motion picture for today “Big Hero 6” based off Marvel’s […]

Comments

  1. Yeah i could have seen it coming that Scream 4 was gonna be shocking for all the wrong reasons. They should have stopped after the first, which in my eyes was brilliant, shaking up an d laughing at the horror genre for all of its convention. I guess you probably could have reviewed Scream 4 without even watching it, its that predictable.

  2. Matthew Kane says:

    I’m not certain that I agree with your claim on “the age of a good horror film.” Remakes and reboots are simply generic throw-around marketing terms. Everything is a copy of a copy, even films that bring us the most thrills, laughs, and tears. That “Scre4m” is essentially a “reboot” of the franchise doesn’t cheapen it; it’s that the creative juices weren’t flowing. There have been decent remakes/reboots (Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead,” “The Crazies”), there have been shocking ones (Zombie’s “Halloween II” is probably the most oppressive mainstream film I’ve seen in years), and yes, there have been pretty bland, cookies-cut-by-machetes ones (“Friday the 13th,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”). “Scre4m” isn’t bad because it’s yet another “Scream” movie. It’s bad because Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson have lost it.

  3. I think Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson did a solid job on Scream 4. Sure at times the film veers a little too close to self-parody but you can’t deny that it fully embraces it’s subject matter. More importantly, the Scream films represent the fun side of the Horror genre, which we don’t see often enough. Also lets not forget that the Ghostface character has faired a whole lot better than other classic characters in the Horror genre because the sequels to Scream are very respectable compared to a lot of other Horror franchises.

    http://pages.videojug.com/pages/19830-DTQ-s-At-The-Movies-2011-Scream-4

  4. Matthew Kane says:

    You raise a point that I’m actually a little embarrassed to have not considered; the “Scream” franchise has consistently been (at least to varying degrees) about having fun. When it really comes down to it, I’ve got more faith in Ghostface than the recent wave of remakes because “Scream 4″ never took itself as serious as, say, the new “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” but this one just didn’t deliver. I never felt tension, and the killer’s motives were too much for me to overcome.

  5. The lack of tension i have to agree with yes.

  6. Film Junkie says:

    Matthew you’re right, the tension definitely was not there. As hagfilm mentioned in the comment above, the first Scream was good enough alone. In a way I can why the trilogy was presented. But a fourth film didn’t seem necessary and for what it offered it was a waste.

  7. It wasn’t a waste and it served its purpose a lot better than most other horror sequels/remakes out there.

Speak Your Mind