Scream 4 Reviews
This sets up a new cast (standous are Hayden Panettiere's gorgeous geek, and Emma Roberts, as Campbell's intense cousin), and there some bunkum about new rules. However, that's speedily dumped so that Wes Craven can have tons of fun with new kills.
The final 25 minutes is killer, with an "oh no, not that character!" death to rival Randy in Scream 2. Plus, the most interesting Ghostface thus far is on show, and Scream 4 also is the funniest of the series, by a mile. Shame it flopped - Scream 5 could have been interesting.
And if you want to argue that the "modern slasher" was popularized by Peeping Tom, well you'd also be wrong. Peeping Tom was released for only a few short weeks in 1960 in the UK and was promptly banned. It didn't see the light of day again until the 70's. Psycho was released in 1960 and was a world wide sensation. Way to do your research Kevin!
Director: Wes Craven
Summary: Perennial survivor Sidney Prescott, now a successful self-help author, returns to her home town of Woodsboro in the fourth act of director Wes Craven's Scream franchise. Sidney's homecoming, however, coincides with a slew of unsettling new murders.
My Thoughts: "The film has the same feel of the previous three. It was like time hadn't passed. I enjoyed the story but was a bit disappointed. Where were the scares, the jumps, the 'screams'. I enjoyed it for what it was and the story was really interesting but I missed the anticipation of being scared. I was expecting to be scared not predict every scare. I will admit the twist in the film is pretty great. In the end I think they did a good job with bringing the series back. I'm looking forward to a much better 5Th installment."
Nate's Grade: C
Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to Woodsboro to promote her new book, and to absolutely no one's surprise, there's a new killer waiting there for her. This new Ghostface seems intent on "remaking" the original Woodsboro Murders and topping them in every way.
Scream 4 is my favorite of the bunch. Keep in mind, this isn't coming from a Scream mega-fan. I've only seen the series for the first time in the past year. But to me, the fourth one is the movie that best works as both a slasher and a clever look at the current state of the genre.
The surviving members of the cast return, and they're joined by a young cast of potential knife fodder like Alison Brie, Lucy Hale, Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts. I thought Panettiere was the best new addition, with her horror buff character taking a similar role to what Jaime Kennedy's character played in previous Scream's.
With all that said, Scream 4 almost completely falls apart at the end. Dear Lord, what a ham-fisted finale. I was enjoying the ride up until then, but wow did things go downhill fast in the last 20 minutes or so. I won't say that the entirety of the movie was ruined by how it ended, and I understand what was being attempted, but my suspension of disbelief was stretched about as far as it can go.
Still, Scream 4 was better than I expected. Your mileage may vary, I thought it was a good time.
Scream 4 is a huge let-down that needs to be avoided at any cost, but that's my opinion. However, looking at IMDb Rating (6.5/10 when this is being written), I can already imagine some fans Scream 4 Scream 5.
About three false starts, the first one was amusing, the second one annoying, by the third, seemed this was trying way too hard to be clever. There are some good early cameos here such as Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin, Have to admit I didn't actually recognise either, though, and they are quite brief.
Initially I did not like the "new" faces too much - an overtanned Hayden Panettiere with a horrible haircut and Emma Roberts - kind of underwhelming and couldn't imagine caring about either enough to sit and watch a whole movie about them. Luckily the "old" faces saved the day - Courtney Cox and David Arquette - Neve Campbell to a lesser effect, also new character, Deputy Hicks, played by Marley Shelton act rings around the younger cast.
By the end this comes across as a movie everyone had a lot of fun with and is quite clever in it's cynical way. I also though Rory Culkin does quite well here as the movie geek, and i had warmed to Emma Roberts by the end, although Hayden never did grow on me here!
A welcome fourth instalment, but I hope they have the sense to leave it here, or it really will end up like the "Stab" franchise they keep sending up!
This, my friends, is the number one question: What makes a horror movie nowadays? "Scre4m" literally jumps in and solves this question for us throughout the entire movie. Is it the graphic, torturous killings? Or is the insanely large amount of female nudity? Scre4m brings us back to classic slasher-ville, consisting of simple stab wounds, and nothing extremely over-the-top.
That is exactly what this movie is, a big surprise. Thinking the entire time that this would be 2011's first flop turns out to be the first little surprise of the year. What makes Scre4m decent isn't the amount of gore or thrills, its that this one isn't as predictable as the other movies in the "Scream" franchise. While some of the twists can be pretty lame, they still shock you, which is the goal of a twist. Thinking through them logically might give you a headache, but they still make sense even if they are tremendously cheesy. That is what makes these movies fun though, isn't it?
The opening sequence to the film tops Drew Barrymore's from the first movie by a long shot. It takes a film within a film to the next level, opening very light and hysterical. In this opening, we learn that "Stab" has gone up all the way to a seventh installment, literally mocking the "Saw" films. In just ten minutes, we see a couple of different, gory openings (confused?). In these goofy spoofs, we have three hidden cameos of Anna Paquin (True Blood), Kristen Bell (Heroes, You Again), and Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars). I honestly recommend the movie just for the first ten minutes, because it was a sequence done perfectly.
Ten years have passed since the events of Scream 3. Since then, Sidney Prescott has written a self-seminar book that has helped her get through the tough years. On her last stop on her book tour, Sidney returns home to Woodsboro, coincidentally on the anniversary of her unfortunate past. A bit much on that part? Yes. There Sidney encounters her cousin, Jill, who reminds her much of herself when she was her age. After the murder of two teen girls (in which we see in one of the few opening sequences), Jill receives a phone call from the new Ghostface, and soon a new bloody massacre in Woodsboro begins. To the attention of Gale Weathers-Riley, the killings seem a bit too similar to the pattern of death from their first encounter with Ghostface years and years ago. What is this, a remake?!
That's just it! What is Scre4m? A reboot or a sequel? The script to the movie, even if filled with horrible dialog, is crafted out to perfection making us wonder if what we're watching is a sequel or remake. This factor to the film makes Scre4m different than not just the other films in the series, but other horror movies as well. I say kudos to Kevin Williamson for a twist to the horror sequel genre that I found to be very, very unique.
Like the other films in the series, its presented almost like a cold-case mystery -thriller type movie. We're introduced to the killer(s) in the movie as innocent characters, and its our job to guess at who the killer is before it is revealed in the end. They play out sort of like a Sherlock Holmes novel or "Scooby Doo! Where Are You?" episode, even if not thought out as brilliantly. While I wasn't happy with the characters found out to be the killers in the end, I was just happy with their intentions all along. If I had my way though, I would have picked other characters to be Ghostface in the end. The ones in this movie didn't really seem to fit the criteria and it was a tad confusing.
With the performances in the movie, they are obviously not great. With what horror film nowadays do we still get a perfect "Scream-queen"? In this movie, most of the victims didn't even bother to scream. Instead, we get cheesy, but still humorous lines that make us wonder if getting stabbed in the back even hurts. "You can't kill me though! I'm gay!" is only one of the few bad lines in a death scene. "Do it! Only if you have the guts!". Another prime example. Anyways, original starts such as Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox (It must have been an awkward shoot for the last two) all return for this fourth installment, and don't even do the best in the movie. Instead, I was more happy with the film's new generation of teens, being Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettire, who both give the only decent performances out of the movie. As for other performances, they're goofy and sometimes hard to watch. You didn't think this whole review was going to be positive, did you?
Wes Craven is obviously the one in the director's chair for the film. After mishaps and flops for the past decade or so, I got to the point where I was fed up with any movie from Craven, especially after wasting my dollar on one of the worst pieces of cinema, I can hardly even call it that, from last year: "My Soul to Take". Scream 2 and 3 were not at all good movies, so I figured during the entire production of Scre4m that it'd be exactly the same. Surprisingly, Wes Craven presents a "Don't screw with originals" themed movie that really iced the cake for my liking of Scre4m. Congratulations Craven, maybe you haven't lost your touch after all.
"You forgot the first rule of remakes! Don't f*ck with the original!"- Sidney Prescott, Scre4m (2011)
The Scream franchise has been based around various killers who donned a white ghost mask and has gone by the name Ghostface, and murder specific people in violent manners for specific reasons. The reasons for the people killing were relatively acceptable. Scream 1 worked, Scream 2 was sort of dodgy and Scream 3 was very odd and out of the blue. Scream 4 seemed to go back to the beginning of that cycle with an ending and a motive that worked for the film in a realistic manner.
As with all the previous Scream films, there is a set of rules devised so that the characters, and the audience, know what they need to avoid doing and what they have to do. Unfortunately, there are essences of the rules from the original film in the fourth film, causing confusion and controversy over whether the rules from the first film apply or not.
The other thing it shares with the previous Scream films is the unrealistic survivals. Let's just say there are some moments where people seem to be dead, but then just come back for a second attack when it doesn't seem possible.
With some ridiculously unexpected twists and turns from the start, Scream 4 is a great film, with some dark humour, that I would highly recommend watching.