Scream 4 ★★★½

A return to form, not "just" for the series (after the disappointing third one, which bordered on self-parody), but especially it's director Wes Craven (who, after a long absence from the movie screen, returned with the abysmal "My Soul to Take", seemingly irrevocably destroying what was left of his reputation with one huge misfire). Borne by what's arguably the best and most convincing reveal of the killers identity(ies?) of the series – yet? – "Scream 4" trims back on the humor and focuses more on tension and suspense again. The gore is slighty upped - especially during one murder – to account for the viewing sensibilities (or should I rather say INsensibilities?) of modern horror audiences, that – after the (re)emergence of torture porn horror – are used to far more blood, violence and gore than in the rather harmless 90s; one of the many trends "Scream 4" comments on, thus maintaining one of the biggest strengths of the series. I especially enjoyed how unforeseeable "Scream 4" was to me – it not only kept me guessing about the identity of the killer(s?) until the end, but also who would survive and who wouldn't – something that is often far too obvious in horror movies for me. This was mostly due to the fact that they cleverly mixed more prominent with lesser-known faces in very varied roles. One further point that deserves particular mention is the incredibly clever beginning. My only real complaint: I would have wished for a slighty darker, more open ending. If they would have had the courage to fade out about 10 minutes earlier, this might have even surpassed the first two very good entries in the series. As it stands, it's still on par with them, and a worthy, enjoyable continuation of the story.