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Scream 4
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Oct 12, 2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Wes Craven

Actors:
Neve Campbell
Courteney Cox
David Arquette

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), 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 (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). 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.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I first heard that they were doing a fourth installment of SCREAM, I was just sort of “meh” about it. I don’t even think I bothered watching a trailer. I did know that the original surviving cast members from the first three movies were back (Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette), but other than that, I knew virtually nothing. I was a little nervous about watching a scary movie, because I’m the world’s biggest wimp when it comes to that sort of stuff.

Turns out, my fear was mostly sidelined by all the cameos in the movie. Seriously, in addition to the original characters being back, we’ve got Emma Roberts, Hayden Panetierre, Rory Culkin, Anthony Anderson, Marley Shelton, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Mary McDonnell, Adam Brody, Heather Graham, Shenae Grimes and even freaking Alison Brie!

This is the first SCREAM movie in over a decade and it seemed like a really odd franchise to bring back to the big screen. It focuses a lot of the new technology of today, frequently talking about iPhone Apps, vlogging and other things. It makes you wonder just how easy it actually would be to be a serial killer these days since everyone’s information is readily available with the click of a mouse via Facebook, Twitter or check-in services like Foursquare.

I mentioned previously that I’m a big wimp when it comes to horror/thriller flicks and if I didn’t need to cover my eyes at any point during the movie, then it really wasn’t that scary. SCREAM 4 has its moments though, which usually come in the form of unique and interesting kills (one character meets their end through a mailbox in the door). Other than that, it’s a fun movie to watch, but nothing too special and doesn’t really stand out in the SCREAM franchise.

One thought that just kept going through my head during the course of the movie was this: the movie takes place on the 15th anniversary of the original killings. Sidney has obviously survived this ridiculously traumatic ordeal. If I were Sidney, I would get the hell out of Woodsboro never to return. Additionally, I would be taking every single martial arts/kung-fu fighting class that money could buy to make myself a certified ninja. While Sidney does defend herself in this movie, I feel like she should’ve learned how to karate chop Ghostface’s head off by now. I know that it’s a movie and all, but seriously.
THE EXTRAS
The Making of Scream 4: Basically your run of the mill making-of special feature. The cast and crew are all interviewed and they talk about what working on the movie meant to them. Most of the cast and crew had worked together previously on the original three SCREAM movies, so they discuss what it was like coming back to work with familiar faces.

Alternate Opening: This opening really isn’t that great, which is probably why they went with the one that’s in movie. It seemed a lot shorter than the one they ended up using and wasn’t as action-packed.

Extended Ending: This was more or less pretty meh to me. Sometimes the alternate or extended endings can be better than the one the director actually ended up going with, but such was not the case with this.

Deleted/Extended Scenes: Quite a few of these scenes I found actually really helped to make the story make more sense overall. After watching them, I was kind of like “Ooooooh… that’s where so and so went!” and things to just fit into a place a little better.

Gag Reel: A lot of the gag reels I’ve seen are usually mostly made up of bloopers made during the filming. There were a few of those in this, but most of this gag reel actually consists of the cast and crew playing practical jokes on other members of the cast and crew. Mostly trying to scare the crap out of someone by unexpectedly jumping out of somewhere dressed up as Ghostface.

Feature Commentary with Director Wes Craven and Cast: Emma Roberts, Hayden Panetierre and Neve Campbell
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As far as the horror genre goes, SCREAM 4 is really more along the lines of Final Destination. While both franchises are fun to watch, they’re both kind of silly and don’t really evoke any actual scares for the viewers. How many times can Sidney Prescott’s life be in danger at the hands of Ghostface? It was nice to see the cast and crew reunited to this movie, but I can honestly say that I hope it’s the last one for the franchise.
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10:27AM on 10/12/2011
Totally disagree. How can you compare Final Destination with Scream? Scream one was a satire on slasher films, the second on sequels, the third on trilogies and the fourth was on remakes. This was a perfect time to make Scream 4.
Totally disagree. How can you compare Final Destination with Scream? Scream one was a satire on slasher films, the second on sequels, the third on trilogies and the fourth was on remakes. This was a perfect time to make Scream 4.
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9:03AM on 10/12/2011
I really don't get the disappointment audiences are griping about with this film. It was a superior sequel and a nice kick back to horror films before SAW and the advent of toture porn drove the entire genre off a cliff.
I really don't get the disappointment audiences are griping about with this film. It was a superior sequel and a nice kick back to horror films before SAW and the advent of toture porn drove the entire genre off a cliff.
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5:18PM on 10/12/2011
I liked it a lot and pretty much agree with the comments below. A fun return to an old fashioned slasher and Sidney had one of the best lines of the series at the end.(which pretty much sums up my feelings on remakes)
I liked it a lot and pretty much agree with the comments below. A fun return to an old fashioned slasher and Sidney had one of the best lines of the series at the end.(which pretty much sums up my feelings on remakes)
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5:46PM on 10/12/2011
YOUR REVIEW is silly.
YOUR REVIEW is silly.
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