Matthew's Review of Scream 4
Well that was a definitely a new experience last night. I'm not the biggest fan of horror movies, nor have I ever seen one in theaters until last night. I felt like such a cliché, a bunch of teens getting in a group to rush to the newest horror movie, but for some reason opting to go to such a late screening. Needless to say, I'm not the biggest fan of that crowd. There were people yelling their predictions, that one person that purposely screams ridiculously loud during a "scary" moment, and some groups just the constantly walking in and out of the theater for some reason. Needless to say, if I ever do see a horror movie like this again, it's going to be in the morning.
Regardless of the audience Scre4m (yep, that's how they're spelling it) is freaking awesome. I tend to avoid gory horror movies, but Scre4m, is mainly blood violence. Don't get me wrong, its still super graphic, but I was able to tolerate the violence.
Anyway, the film takes place 10 years (technically 11) after the events of Scream 3. Dewey (as useless as ever) has become sheriff and leads a bunch of cops, Gale (as cold as ever) has sort of become a bored housewife who jumps at the opportunity to become relevant once the killings start again, and Sydney (who is a total badass) returns to Woodsboro to promote her new book. As for the new teen cast, they're a few similarities between them and the original teens from the first, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, call it an homage. They'll all grow on you in a special way. Surprisingly, I ended up growing quite fond of Trevor.
The movie opens of with a hilarious it's a movie, within a movie, within in a "okay, now its real life and these two girls are actually going to get it" scene. So yeah, who did it? Everyone is a suspect, even Sydney. So while everyone tries to guess, people die one by one either in a way that either scares the crap out of us, or in a way that's absolutely hilarious. The script is quite enjoyable and the self-awareness of the characters (as apparent as ever) doesn't make them smarter than the killer, but smart enough to stop the audience from yelling, "run you stupid bitch" (well for the most part). Ghostface is in top form, smarter, a whole hell of a lot less clumsy as the predecessors, and opts to be more badass than scary. Sydney thankfully doesn't sit around and watch people die, if Ghostface is near her, she goes after him and takes him on (Neve Campbell's best performance as Sydney).
I know, I skimped on a few details, but all you really need to know is. The movie is funny, the movie is scary, you're going to have a lot of fun watching it, and you're probably not going to be able to guess who the killer is. Bring on Scream 5? No. This was a great opportunity to just give remakes and reboots tons of well deserved crap, and it did just that.