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.
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