Release Date
April 15, 2011
Director
Wes Craven
Screenplay
Kevin Williamson
Distributed By
Dimension Films
Budget
$40 million
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking
111 minutes

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Walking into “Scream 4”, I simply wanted to check out the beginning and see what it was like. I ended up staying for the entire film. Not because it was sheer genius or anything, but it was entertaining enough to hold my interest. The “Scream” franchise has always been on my good side (or rather my neutral side). There was nothing flat out amazing about the original trilogy, but they were a step above the regular horror that was being (and still is being) released. “Scream 4” is able to poke fun at itself while still entertaining with the scares.

Now bear with me, because it has been some time since I viewed the original trilogy, but I always enjoyed the “whodunit” feel to the films. You were never quite sure who the killer was and the filmmaker and writers had a good time convincing you it was almost everyone in the film. When you do find out who the killer is, you are normally surprised. The same is the case with the newest sequel.

The cast of the newest “Scream” has a natural feeling about it. Hayden Panettiere sort of steals the show in her supporting role as friend. Her poise in front of the camera tops anything she ever did in the “Heroes” series. Emma Roberts also continues her impressive string of roles. Though her part is of the Neve Campbell persuasion (Neve Campbell’s character even says so), she comes out of her shell in a way that truly blew me away.

David Arquette and Courtney Cox have become caricatures of themselves in these films and have proven that they have reached the end of their peaks (if you consider the “Scream” franchise their peaks). However, having them to justify the films continuance was much warranted. I feel that without them, it would feel like a reboot instead of a sequel (much like the failed attempt at rebooting “Nightmare on Elm Street”).

“Scream 4” is simply fun. It is fun to watch the mayhem continue in ridiculous fashion. To me, it comes off as a feat to be able to make an audience roll their eyes, laugh, and shriek all in unison. The ending alone proves the strength of the writers behind the film and really plays true to the state of our youth and their twisted views on being famous (trying not to spoil anything).

Whether or not the film does well in the box office, “Scream 4” will introduce the “Scream” franchise to a younger generation and will probably result in many viewers checking out the originals. It is hard for me to say that I would not mind if they went ahead with a fifth installment, but for now, I will enjoy this newest film and not hold my breath, as eleven years is a long time and anything can happen.

 

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