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Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.
Oh my god, they like totally reinvented and modernised the franchise 'cause they added webcams and blogs and stuff!
Aw man I don't know why this film is getting slated, it's a whole lot of fun! After Scream 3 I was all "I hope they never make another one" because I thought it was done to death, but actually Scream 4 was REALLY GOOD, better than 3, possibly better than 2 (I know a bunch of people are really into 2 but I don't get it?)!
This basically had everything I wanted from a Scream film, and I fucking love Sidney. She's like a goddamn superhero.
I had 3 films ready to watch this night on my WD Play box, but it turned out all 3 had problems displaying subtitles! Oh well. On TV was Scream 4 which I'd seen before, but was better than anything else that freeview was offering. Like the original, this was directed by Wes Craven and starred Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell.
The story - Sidney Prescott is now an author and has just released her new self-help book. She returns to her home town of Woodsboro after a ten year absence in order to promote her book as part of the book tour. Unfortunately her return coincides with the return of ghostface. Sidney teams up with her old…
Scream 4? More like Screaming bore!
In related news, I am no longer a professional film critic.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Hoop-Tober 2.0 # 6
Another film I haven't seen since it was released but this is a real return to form for the series and what looks like a fitting end. The film is just so much fun, so many film references and call backs to previous films in the series, from the appearance of the Dimension logo to the opening sound of a ringing telephone we know we are back on familiar territory, we then get 3 fun film within a film style false openings full of cameos (I kindo wish Kristen Bell had a bigger role) and Kevin Williamson's (who's back on scripting duties) rapid fire, meta dialogue.
The opening proper see's us re-introduced to the three…
New decade, new rules, more gore, more classic Scream. “Consider this an alternate ending”
Originally I thought that this film wasn't that great, and that the cast was the worst in the series. Maybe is was bias on Emma Roberts (whom I hate) or Alison Brie (who is super annoying) being in it or the change of look, which now that I think about it may be a remake thing. Something that I didn't actually pick up on was the fact that this was meant to be a remake piss take, I didn't know there was any backstory to being related to film sequels and such. One of the things I hated the first time through was that change of colours and lighting things going on, which I now attribute to making it more…
Well, it's better than the third movie...
Scream 4 has the pacing of a modern movie, so it doesn't drag the way Scream 2 does. The murders are bloodier and gorier, so that's nice, too.
The beginning gets to be over-the-top. The reveal is bit ridiculous, and the exposition at the end goes way too long; surely that could have been condensed. Adding webcams and shit feels shrug-worthy.
The entire package is just rather meh.
Very hypocritical of itself. It tries to call out cliches and reversals of remakes while ironically falling victim to them. Not one scare or kill is surprising , and there's no build-up for the twist reveal.
2 Meta Gimmicks out of 5
My personal favorite of these since the 1st one. This movie gets SO meta and I kind of adore it.
Probably the smartest/densest meta commentary in the franchise. When the subversive becomes the iconic, subvert the subversive. The Ghostface here is so revealing of the nefarious cynicism of imitation (watch your back, Episode VII).
Also has a Halloween II (2009) poster.
Wes Craven...he knew.
This is what I wrote about SCREAM 4 a couple of years ago, and I think it still stands: cinemachase.net/review-scream-4/
What I came away with this time:
- Craven and Williamson had a pretty good grasp of yoth culture in the first film—here not so much. Granted, I'm a little more removed now than I was in '96.
- The double fake-out opening is great.
- Still don't like the whole theory that this killer is 'rebooting' Ghostface. Doesn't really hold up to scrutiny, nor does it even resemble any of the reboots/remakes that have come in the decade between SCREAM 3 and 4. Just because you say it confidently, doesn't make it so.
- Neve Campbell is killer in…
A brutal and twisted final act for the franchise, with an ending so gloomy and relevant you forgive it his directness.
Definitely the best of the sequels.
"Your lemon squares taste like ass."
(nothing to add to my last review that I laboured over way too long lol…)
With commentary with Wes Craven, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere (until the 3rd act), and Neve Campbell (over the phone, for about 20 minutes)
Typical of actor commentaries, where there are less production anecdotes than general praise for everyone they worked with. At a certain point Hayden Panettiere realizes that her shirt is on backwards and switches it around as Craven promises not to look. Emma Roberts had a crush Matthew Lillard.
The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has a) at least one female character b) who gets her…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…