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Monday, April 18, 2011

Movie Review: SCREAM 4

Part of this very exciting and fun-filled weekend included the 1:40 showing of Scream 4 on Saturday. I was so excited. One could compare it to a kid in a candy store. I bought our tickets in advance and picked out prime seats. FYI, you can choose your seats in advance if you go to the Showplace Icon Theatre in St.Louis Park. It's part of the West End Complex. Sure enough, the couple sitting next to me came in late AND the guy was on his cell phone the whole time. Texting away like he was bored. He was also talking to the movie screen as if Neve and Company was going to hear him. His girlfriend's cell phone even went off during the movie. I ALMOST yelled at them. Why do the talkers ALWAYS sit next to me. Annoying couple aside, I had a great time. Here's my review:

Director: Wes Craven
Screenwriter: Kevin Williamson
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox Arquette, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettierre, Rory Culkin

Scream 4 is finally here eleven years after Scream 3 was released. Ten years have passed since Sidney Prescott (Campbell), Gale Weathers (Cox), and Dewey Riley (Arquette) thought they had finally defeated Ghostface. Sidney has written a book "Out of Darkness" describing her ordeal, conquering her troubled past, and moving on. She returns to her hometown of Woodsboro (setting of the original Scream) as part of her book tour. Dewey and Gale are now married. Dewey has been promoted to sheriff of Woodsboro, and Gale has given up her career as a hard-hitting tabloid journalist. Sidney arrives back in Woodsboro on the anniversary of the original murders. Unfortunately, Ghostface is back as well to get revenge on Sidney. Ghostface will stop at nothing to get to Sidney. Everybody is a potential target to Ghostface including her cousin (Roberts) and aunt (Mary McDonnell).

Gale can't resist the urge to get back into her investigative roots to find Ghostface and kill him. She enlists the help of members of the cinema club at Woodsboro High (Culkin, Erik Knudsen) to help track down Ghostface. According to them, there are new rules to surviving a horror movie and tracking the path of the killer.

Kevin Williamson has written a wonderful script that brings back the humor, scares, and pop culture references that made the first one iconic. Between the writing, acting, setting, and score, it feels like a Scream movie. Campbell, Cox, and Arquette have aged their characters appropriately but still retain their characters core essence and personalities. I never once felt like I was watching them play them as their teenage characters or so old that they weren't the characters we all know and love.

I would love to go on and describe all of the reasons why I loved this movie, but I would end up divulging too much about the movie. If you know the other movies inside and out like I do, the more you will enjoy this one. The original Scream paved the way for a new generation of horror. It celebrated the horror movies of the past by commenting on them, spoofing it, and giving the viewers special nods to them throughout the movie. Scream 4 does the same. It comments on the generation of horror movies that came after Scream. A new decade of rules based on all of the sequels, remakes, reboots, and torture porn that followed. Scream 4 fits right at home with a decade old trilogy while feeling fresh and new. It's far better than most of the "horror" movies out these days.

Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)
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  1. I'm very excited to see this and will take you up on the offer to come with!! Nice review :)

  2. Nate- Just let me know when you are free and need a night out.

  3. I agree people talking or texting during a movie makes me extremely angry. I would have snapped if I was sitting next to them. Nice review but I thought the characters made too many stupid choices for me to enjoy this one

    1. TheVern- Thanks for reading my blog! You found an old review of mine. I really love the Scream movies so I think I probably enjoyed this one more than some people did. I thought it was fit right in with the series and did a pretty great job of picking up with the three main characters twelve years later. I got a kick out of all of the little nods and winks to the other three movies. I can see what you are saying about some of the characters many stupid choices.