Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Scream 4 Review
The film brings back Sydney (Neve Campbell), Gail Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Dewey (David Arquette) and introduces a bunch of new characters, all set in the town of Woodsboro, the location of the first movie. It is once again directed by Wes Craven.
The movie as a whole is not as good as the first Scream or Scream 2, but I would definitely put it ahead of Scream 3. The opening is clever and lives up to the other films' memorable openings. The new cast members are alright, with Hayden Panettiere as Kirby being the stand out character.
You'll find references to the first three Scream films throughout this one. It's definitely worthy of going to see and at times it's as clever as the first. Scream 4 is a solid addition to the franchise, and one of the better horror films of recent years. Just remember the main rule of remakes courtesy of Sydney: Don't fuck with the original! Some spoilers below, so stop reading if you don't want to know:
I'm sure I'm not the only one who hates the idea that Kirby was killed, however they never actually tell us if she died, so it's possible she could be in a Scream 5 should they make one. I liked the ending, and the idea that Jill (Emma Roberts) and Charlie (Rory Culkin) having the motive of wanting to be the "new Sydney and Randy." It's supposed to be a play on the recent obsession with people wanting their 15 minutes of fame, and doing whatever it takes. I thought the ending right before the credits was abrupt, I would have liked to have seen some interaction between Sydney, Dewey and Gail. Also, they took out the fountain scene that you see in the trailer, which was an homage to the original.
Favorite line of the movie, as referenced above: "You forgot the number one rule about remakes: don't fuck with the original."