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04.15.2011

As of this morning, SCREAM 4 was sitting exactly at 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's the exact border between Rotten and Fresh and that looks exactly like what the early reviews for this film are. Right in the middle between love and hate.

Our own Chris Bumbray was rather lukewarm in his review saying, "it doesn’t feel particularly fresh or inspired." But The Arrow enjoyed it a bit more saying it was "quite the thrill ride."

The film is many years in the making and finally today it hits theaters. With so much excitement around the film we want to know what YOU think! As we often do, we're going to leave this article up all weekend with the Strike Backs open and encourage you to post YOUR review of SCREAM 4. If you're so inclined, you can even post a review to your Movie Fan Central profile. So far, there are 9 MFC reviews, averaging 7.3/10.

I say this often but it's even more important with this movie: PLEASE NO SPOILERS. And, as always, no attacking, flaming or insulting other users.

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6:11PM on 04/18/2011
In the opening scene Saw 4 and related tortureporn movies are being accused of having cardboard characters. So what does Scream 4 offer, cardboard characters. Only in the original I had a feeling there were real characters, but afterwards it's one nameless possible killer after another.

Then there's the whole webcam thing, that was hip ten years ago when nobody had a webcam and people _maybe_ thought you can place one wherever you want because they are all wireless and always have great
In the opening scene Saw 4 and related tortureporn movies are being accused of having cardboard characters. So what does Scream 4 offer, cardboard characters. Only in the original I had a feeling there were real characters, but afterwards it's one nameless possible killer after another.

Then there's the whole webcam thing, that was hip ten years ago when nobody had a webcam and people _maybe_ thought you can place one wherever you want because they are all wireless and always have great lighting, besides that plotline was hardly used.

And the obligatory big reveal with another explanation Sidney gets to hear blablabla just stab the bitch like you do with all the other victims. Why does she gets to hear the whole plan? What does it matter if you're going to kill her anyway. Why don't the killers ever learn from their mistakes, not even after seven(!) Stab movies?

And the whole reveal was such a mashup from the previous three, but I guess optimists will call that homages. It's a duo of killers like one and two, the relative of three, the backstab of one and two, the wanting to be famous of two and the framing attempt of one and three. It's not clever, it's being stuck in the Scream format of everything is about Sidney and the killer has to have a plan that must be told.

I really hope there won't be any more Scream movies, because it's getting ridiculous how many murder attempts (and motives) Sidney survives. I mean if seven(!) killers can't kill her nobody can. By the time the credits roll of Scream 6 Sidney will have killed more people than some of the killers.
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7:53AM on 04/18/2011
This movie was great. It's a shame people only want to see horror crap like saw and the human centipede,or Black Swan (if you call that garbage horror) today. This was a very awesome slasher flick, but probably won't generate the dough for another, or spin off any other slasher movies.
This movie was great. It's a shame people only want to see horror crap like saw and the human centipede,or Black Swan (if you call that garbage horror) today. This was a very awesome slasher flick, but probably won't generate the dough for another, or spin off any other slasher movies.
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10:20PM on 04/17/2011
I was rather indifferent towards it. It works ok as a slasher film, but there's just not a whole lot that's new in it. Plus, you could tell that Williamson was straining to come up with a reveal for the third act, but it just turned out to be kind of silly (not as silly as the previous film, but still silly). Here's my full review:

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I was rather indifferent towards it. It works ok as a slasher film, but there's just not a whole lot that's new in it. Plus, you could tell that Williamson was straining to come up with a reveal for the third act, but it just turned out to be kind of silly (not as silly as the previous film, but still silly). Here's my full review:

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4:34PM on 04/17/2011
I thought it was good (not great), and I'd be down with seeing a Scream 5.
I thought it was good (not great), and I'd be down with seeing a Scream 5.
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4:23PM on 04/17/2011
I personally think it's the best one in the series. The first half was like the previous Scream films but it takes a turn in the second half, which I enjoyed a lot. The third act is jaw-droppingly amazing and the climax was just overall fantastic. 8/10
I personally think it's the best one in the series. The first half was like the previous Scream films but it takes a turn in the second half, which I enjoyed a lot. The third act is jaw-droppingly amazing and the climax was just overall fantastic. 8/10
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2:45PM on 04/17/2011
wes craven directed music of the heart
wes craven directed music of the heart
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12:27PM on 04/17/2011

"..DONT F**K WITH THE ORIGINAL.."

Wow this was a pretty awesome scream movie, def the best since the original, loved the clever open sequence and the finale was surprising but the best ending for any scream!! The cast old and new were brilliant especialy Emma Roberts who is a gem!! Wes is back on form and hopefully this will not be the last scream but it will be hard to be original following this!!!
Wow this was a pretty awesome scream movie, def the best since the original, loved the clever open sequence and the finale was surprising but the best ending for any scream!! The cast old and new were brilliant especialy Emma Roberts who is a gem!! Wes is back on form and hopefully this will not be the last scream but it will be hard to be original following this!!!
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10:35AM on 04/17/2011

''it was alright''

isn't camp attall like some previous entries.alot of potential humour/fun is lost within the 'ageing' actors.the script is very cartoony in parts.the kills are very,'Saw',like.the reveal is VERY unexpected & surprising,the final act does make up for any floors-well worth the buck.stays with you.8/10
isn't camp attall like some previous entries.alot of potential humour/fun is lost within the 'ageing' actors.the script is very cartoony in parts.the kills are very,'Saw',like.the reveal is VERY unexpected & surprising,the final act does make up for any floors-well worth the buck.stays with you.8/10
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8:53AM on 04/17/2011

See?

This is how you make a Horror Movie. I loved the first and second SAW, but this is what a Horror flick is suppose to be. Lots of fun, Good scares, and a plot and characters that have just enough substance to make you care. Hollywood, please bring back the Slasher flick! PLEASE!!
This is how you make a Horror Movie. I loved the first and second SAW, but this is what a Horror flick is suppose to be. Lots of fun, Good scares, and a plot and characters that have just enough substance to make you care. Hollywood, please bring back the Slasher flick! PLEASE!!
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7:52AM on 04/17/2011

Fun Times

Scream 4 was pretty great for what it was. It was a good fun time and my date and I highly enjoyed it. It by far was the best sequel to the original so far. Some parts got a bit cheesy but overall it was great to see the return of the franchise to the big screen!! Recommend highly to fans of the original.
Scream 4 was pretty great for what it was. It was a good fun time and my date and I highly enjoyed it. It by far was the best sequel to the original so far. Some parts got a bit cheesy but overall it was great to see the return of the franchise to the big screen!! Recommend highly to fans of the original.
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5:44AM on 04/17/2011
I'm not going to pretend this was some form of high art, but damn what a good time at the movies. Definitely the best since the first.
I'm not going to pretend this was some form of high art, but damn what a good time at the movies. Definitely the best since the first.
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4:22AM on 04/17/2011

Not my cup of tea

Didn't really get into this film. I felt that it tried TOO hard to swerve the audience, yet I had one of the killers pegged from the beginning. (By the way, the opening of this movie really blew.)

I don't know . . . I'm 32 . . . maybe I just didn't connect with the younger characters and therefore was irritated with them throughout. I never once sympathized with any of them, and to me, that's what was really missing from this film. Also, Neve Campbell felt hollow, kind of like "Really?
Didn't really get into this film. I felt that it tried TOO hard to swerve the audience, yet I had one of the killers pegged from the beginning. (By the way, the opening of this movie really blew.)

I don't know . . . I'm 32 . . . maybe I just didn't connect with the younger characters and therefore was irritated with them throughout. I never once sympathized with any of them, and to me, that's what was really missing from this film. Also, Neve Campbell felt hollow, kind of like "Really? This again?"

To me, this is the "Freddy's Dead" of the Scream franchise. Too campy for my taste.

Lucky for me . . . there was a midnight showing of "Fight Club" that I watched afterwards, so the night wasn't completely wasted. ;-)
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1:42AM on 04/17/2011

Want My Money & Time Back

....Wasn't my idea to go see this, as I'd only seen the original and parts of the others. Movie was completely flat, no scares, was so concerned with looking hip and self aware and Po Mo that you really didn't give a shit about anything happening on the screen. Neve Campbell held out for this script? Sorry, Wes, but this is one time back to the well too often. Saw Insidious last week and that was far more creepy and unsettling than this, and gee - was played straight. Who'd a thunk that?
....Wasn't my idea to go see this, as I'd only seen the original and parts of the others. Movie was completely flat, no scares, was so concerned with looking hip and self aware and Po Mo that you really didn't give a shit about anything happening on the screen. Neve Campbell held out for this script? Sorry, Wes, but this is one time back to the well too often. Saw Insidious last week and that was far more creepy and unsettling than this, and gee - was played straight. Who'd a thunk that?
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11:25PM on 04/16/2011

Great

Thought it was a great [link] Really is the best one since the first. "Don't Fuck With the Original!"
Thought it was a great [link] Really is the best one since the first. "Don't Fuck With the Original!"
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11:25PM on 04/16/2011

Honestly...

I walked in with the mentality that I was going to hate it, but walked away an overall fan. Wasn't happy with the beginning or some of the cheesiness, but it picked up and did turn out to be the best sequel. I enjoyed it and can't wait until it hits dvd/blu-ray!
I walked in with the mentality that I was going to hate it, but walked away an overall fan. Wasn't happy with the beginning or some of the cheesiness, but it picked up and did turn out to be the best sequel. I enjoyed it and can't wait until it hits dvd/blu-ray!
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8:41PM on 04/16/2011

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! No Complaints I warned you.

The 3 Rules to successfully ruin a Scream sequel.

1. Make the Killer more technologically savvy. The Use of webcams and cell phone apps will help film connect to the techi addicted audience of today. But under no circumstances allow any of the characters in the film to be smart enough to dial 911 with their cellphone when they are in danger.

2. Remember how self aware all the characters were in the original, that made it so great? Well that's out the door, too 90's. In the age of 80's
The 3 Rules to successfully ruin a Scream sequel.

1. Make the Killer more technologically savvy. The Use of webcams and cell phone apps will help film connect to the techi addicted audience of today. But under no circumstances allow any of the characters in the film to be smart enough to dial 911 with their cellphone when they are in danger.

2. Remember how self aware all the characters were in the original, that made it so great? Well that's out the door, too 90's. In the age of 80's horror movie remakes, the kids in Scream 4 will all act like the naive unaware teenagers from 1985. They will ignore just about all slasher film correlations and wait till a single character can explain everything in a monologue/rant that felt longer than the first 3 screams combined.

3. Or what I like to call the Scooby Doo rule. Remember in Scooby Doo when you could always figure out who the masked ghost was because they were always the really really nice one that you least expected and all the other suspects were overly mean for no reason just to throw you off? Well thats back now. Gone our the days when a scary movie could be intelligent by grounding is us in some reality, by actually making the killer believable. In the original Scream, Billy is obviously not the killer, because he obviously is the killer. back then you were assuming the scooby doo rule applied, but no. Billy acts like a creepy selfish psychotic film fanatic throughout the film, because he is! In the 4th film every body will act overly suspicious, no matter how out of character or ridiculous it seems to throw you off the real killer, because this film is so unoriginal it actually made the nicest person the masked ghost.
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8:21PM on 04/16/2011
Up until the reveal of the killer, I was having a blast. Then the wheels came off and the movie sucked ass. Stupid motive, bad twist. They've now used the same twist in all but one of the Scream movies. Too bad. They missed an opportunity here.
Up until the reveal of the killer, I was having a blast. Then the wheels came off and the movie sucked ass. Stupid motive, bad twist. They've now used the same twist in all but one of the Scream movies. Too bad. They missed an opportunity here.
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5:30PM on 04/16/2011
Just got back from Scream 4 and man, do I love it. It was so good and I had such a fun time seeing my first Scream movie in the theaters. I'm definitely seeing that again here next week.
Just got back from Scream 4 and man, do I love it. It was so good and I had such a fun time seeing my first Scream movie in the theaters. I'm definitely seeing that again here next week.
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4:09PM on 04/16/2011
I found it to be a fun ride. This was definitely a "check your brain in at the door" movie (as most slasher flicks are). About halfway through the movie it becomes kind of obvious who the killer is (especially if you've seen any of the other Scream movies), but there's still enough ridiculousness to make it a fun ride.
I found it to be a fun ride. This was definitely a "check your brain in at the door" movie (as most slasher flicks are). About halfway through the movie it becomes kind of obvious who the killer is (especially if you've seen any of the other Scream movies), but there's still enough ridiculousness to make it a fun ride.
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3:56PM on 04/16/2011

Best since the 1st

Scream 4 was far better then I expected in large part to the new cast of youngsters as well as Good Ole Neve Campbell. Ignore the ney sayers and go see it for yourself. Critics for the most part suck anyway. If you liked Scream, you will like Scream4.
Scream 4 was far better then I expected in large part to the new cast of youngsters as well as Good Ole Neve Campbell. Ignore the ney sayers and go see it for yourself. Critics for the most part suck anyway. If you liked Scream, you will like Scream4.
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2:59PM on 04/16/2011
Scream 4 was doing pretty well for itself right up until the killer was revealed. It wasn't so much which character it was, but the actor, they were just completely unconvincing as a psychotic serial killer.

Some of the kills were cool, and the dark humor that is Scream's trademark was definitely intact, but I wonder if that's becoming the series' downfall. It just isn't scary anymore (if it ever was).

Before the killer was revealed I would have given the movie a 6.5/10, but the last
Scream 4 was doing pretty well for itself right up until the killer was revealed. It wasn't so much which character it was, but the actor, they were just completely unconvincing as a psychotic serial killer.

Some of the kills were cool, and the dark humor that is Scream's trademark was definitely intact, but I wonder if that's becoming the series' downfall. It just isn't scary anymore (if it ever was).

Before the killer was revealed I would have given the movie a 6.5/10, but the last 15-20 minutes of the film ruins it. 4/10
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3:35PM on 04/16/2011
That was one of my issues with it as well. Aside from just not being able to care about the new cast members, I felt the killers identities were a joke. I mean who are they kidding? Are we really expected to believe that THEY overpowered all of those people and pulled the whole thing off? I'm sorry, but that's a joke. In the other ones, I could totally buy it. In this one, I rolled my eyes.
That was one of my issues with it as well. Aside from just not being able to care about the new cast members, I felt the killers identities were a joke. I mean who are they kidding? Are we really expected to believe that THEY overpowered all of those people and pulled the whole thing off? I'm sorry, but that's a joke. In the other ones, I could totally buy it. In this one, I rolled my eyes.
1:04PM on 04/16/2011

Scream 4 was FUCKIN' AWESOME!!

I am a MAJOR Scream fan so I knew I was gonna LOVE Scream 4. It was much better than Scream 2 and 3 and it was just as good as the original. The opening scene was CLASSIC and Ghostface was EXTREMELY BRUTAL in this one.
I am a MAJOR Scream fan so I knew I was gonna LOVE Scream 4. It was much better than Scream 2 and 3 and it was just as good as the original. The opening scene was CLASSIC and Ghostface was EXTREMELY BRUTAL in this one.
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12:59PM on 04/16/2011

Awesome

I loved it and thought it was definitely the best one since the original. My girl Hayden was looking sexy as ever and Kevin Williamson showed he can still write with the best of them.
I loved it and thought it was definitely the best one since the original. My girl Hayden was looking sexy as ever and Kevin Williamson showed he can still write with the best of them.
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12:12PM on 04/16/2011
Really liked the movie a lot. Don't know how likely there is to be a fifth one, since it only made around 8 million on friday. but still.
Really liked the movie a lot. Don't know how likely there is to be a fifth one, since it only made around 8 million on friday. but still.
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6:47AM on 04/16/2011

Loved it!!!!

10/10 amazing best of the series
10/10 amazing best of the series
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6:16AM on 04/16/2011

For me, it was a let down.

Man, I really wanted to like this. I loved the first three and couldn't wait to see it. This was such a let down. It didn't have the charm or humor of the first three. The story line sucked as well. When we found out who the killer was, and the reason for why they did the killing, I was like....meh, so what?
Man, I really wanted to like this. I loved the first three and couldn't wait to see it. This was such a let down. It didn't have the charm or humor of the first three. The story line sucked as well. When we found out who the killer was, and the reason for why they did the killing, I was like....meh, so what?
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4:40AM on 04/16/2011

I fucking loved it!

Without a doubt the best one since the original. Dark and twisted at the same time as being campy and comical. Such a damn good time at the movies.
Without a doubt the best one since the original. Dark and twisted at the same time as being campy and comical. Such a damn good time at the movies.
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3:46AM on 04/16/2011

Bland. Just very very bland

The Weinsteins tried to convince the public there was life left in the franchise but no, it's as dead as Chris Brown's career. The first half of the film holds up but then it's downhill from there. It also has the worst ending I've seen in a long time. A half-assed job by everyone involved
The Weinsteins tried to convince the public there was life left in the franchise but no, it's as dead as Chris Brown's career. The first half of the film holds up but then it's downhill from there. It also has the worst ending I've seen in a long time. A half-assed job by everyone involved
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9:53AM on 04/16/2011
Guess you haven't been paying any attention to the music charts lately.
Guess you haven't been paying any attention to the music charts lately.
2:17AM on 04/16/2011

Don't F**k With The Original

The original scream, without a doubt, redefined the genre. So many imitators popped up after that movie came out and the subsequent sequels became exactly what the original was parodying. With each sequel in a horror franchise, the quality seems to be watered down, since we are treated to the same stuff over and over again. This happened to the Scream trilogy. I dug the second one, but the third was a horrible mess. The third works on paper, but not in execution. So here comes the fourth Scream
The original scream, without a doubt, redefined the genre. So many imitators popped up after that movie came out and the subsequent sequels became exactly what the original was parodying. With each sequel in a horror franchise, the quality seems to be watered down, since we are treated to the same stuff over and over again. This happened to the Scream trilogy. I dug the second one, but the third was a horrible mess. The third works on paper, but not in execution. So here comes the fourth Scream film, trying to recoup what it had lost, but can a 4th film in a series really be fresh and exciting?

I must say that Scre4m did surprise me, I liked it more than I thought I would. In fact, I think it's probably the best since the original. The film feels like the first two, mashed into one. Smart move not to try and copy the third. There are scenes that imitate the original and the sequel, it has a nostalgic feel to it. What Scre4m manages to do is bridge the decades together rather well. It feels like a 90's slasher, but updating for this generation. Mission accomplished to Craven and Williamson.

It's great to see Campbell, Cox and Arquette reprise the roles that made them famous (ignoring the fact that Cox was in friends). Sidney has become a stronger woman, Dewey is more confident as the Sheriff and Gale, is still a cold hearted bitch. It's these three characters that we care about, we gives a crap about the new young cast. They're just there to get sliced and diced. I must say that Dewey does seem to have less screen time here, he's always coming in at the last second. He was never in any real danger, it felt off to me.

This is probably the goriest out of all of them. It has to be, if it wants to compete with the films today. Simple stabbing deaths aren't going to cut it. The film acknowledges this, as well as all the crap that happens in remakes and sequels. I had an inkling as to who the killer(s) was before the reveal, I was never 100% confident though. We are still treated to the same thing that has happened in the previous films. Killer(s) reveal, then a spiel of their motive and of course the climax. Scre4m hits all the same notes the previous films did and it doesn't feel stale.

I think fans of the series will really like this one. Characters do really stupid things, like opening doors and leaving their car when the killer is right outside, instead of staying locked in and calling the cops. Yet this is a series that thrives on that. We the audience, know they will be stupid, Wes Craven knows this, even the characters themselves know this. The film has humour and doesn't take itself too seriously. It manages to stay true to the original films and make a fresh new start.
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12:35AM on 04/16/2011
i liked it a lot
i liked it a lot
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12:23AM on 04/16/2011

B+

Solid fun. Great twists and despite minor flaws (lackluster score, final pacing) it rocks.
Solid fun. Great twists and despite minor flaws (lackluster score, final pacing) it rocks.
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11:22PM on 04/15/2011

It's better sequel than most other franchises can make...

Spoilers: I'm neutral. I loved the beginning and the ending, but the middle of the story could have used some work. There's obviously a lot that ended up on the cutting room floor. The one screenshot they released is of the first murder, yet we never see it, where the girl is hanging. The boyfriend, Trevor, felt so random. He just kept showing up and feeling out of place throughout the picture. Either they're planning on an unrated version for Blu-ray/DVD or the Weinsteins just kept
Spoilers: I'm neutral. I loved the beginning and the ending, but the middle of the story could have used some work. There's obviously a lot that ended up on the cutting room floor. The one screenshot they released is of the first murder, yet we never see it, where the girl is hanging. The boyfriend, Trevor, felt so random. He just kept showing up and feeling out of place throughout the picture. Either they're planning on an unrated version for Blu-ray/DVD or the Weinsteins just kept fucking with things. And like Balboa6 said, most of these characters felt expendable. Nothing made me care about any of the new characters. Maybe there wasn't enough sympathetic moments? Also, I missed all of the red herrings from the first two films, where the characters were blantantly obvious of a suspicious person. In this film, Trevor is creepy as shit. Hicks is strange around Gale, but no character brings this to the audiences' attention. Yes, the audience is noticing, but the characters just feel less real not picking up on this themselves. I did like this film, but I'm not sure where it stands in regards to the original trilogy. It's not as good as one, but in all honesty, the best surprise about part one is the fact that there are two killers. So now, in all of the sequels, they can change it up as much as they want. The number of killers isn't a surprise. It's better than 3, and I can't decide if I enjoyed 2 or 4 better. I think that perhaps the idea of seeing two Ghostfaces at the same time might be interesting, where you know there's at least two before they're revealed who they are, or perhaps, you know there's two Ghostfaces, but they only reveal one killer in the film, meaning that an unknown killer is making it into the next film. I don't know. Just a suggestion of what I think might be cool, but anyways, that's where I stand.
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8:27AM on 04/16/2011
um...dude...your last few words were fucking GENIUS. I don't think you even know how brilliant that is, to have an unknown 2nd killer sneak into a next film. I wish the Weinsteins spent more times checking out forums like these for decent ideas rather than shoving their heads up each other's asses to look for ideas.
um...dude...your last few words were fucking GENIUS. I don't think you even know how brilliant that is, to have an unknown 2nd killer sneak into a next film. I wish the Weinsteins spent more times checking out forums like these for decent ideas rather than shoving their heads up each other's asses to look for ideas.
11:21PM on 04/15/2011
I actually really liked SCREAM 4. It was smart, funny, and bloody. Just a fun movie, nothing groundbreaking. The end didn't bother me and I found the motive to be sufficiently interesting. Some really funny lines in this movie and great dialogue about how SAW movies suck.
I actually really liked SCREAM 4. It was smart, funny, and bloody. Just a fun movie, nothing groundbreaking. The end didn't bother me and I found the motive to be sufficiently interesting. Some really funny lines in this movie and great dialogue about how SAW movies suck.
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10:58PM on 04/15/2011

bloody great sequel

i thought it was the best one out of all 4 movies,bloodier,funnier,more entertaining and had a more shocking twist,i loved every minute of it and that bruce willis line had me cracking up.
i thought it was the best one out of all 4 movies,bloodier,funnier,more entertaining and had a more shocking twist,i loved every minute of it and that bruce willis line had me cracking up.
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10:55PM on 04/15/2011

i really loved it

i might have changed 1 or 2 things, but i really enjoyed it... loved most of the performances... definitely better than 2 and 3...
i might have changed 1 or 2 things, but i really enjoyed it... loved most of the performances... definitely better than 2 and 3...
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9:51PM on 04/15/2011
I have mixed feelings about Scream 4, honestly. I will say this: I liked the movie. I don't think it's as good as the original or Scream 2, but on par with Scream 3. I loved everything about the trio and the return to Woodsboro. It was very clever in parts and had some new, fresh ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed the opening--I think those who have seen it will understand why. I think what kept me from absolutely loving it was the lack of character development with the new cast. The problem is, I
I have mixed feelings about Scream 4, honestly. I will say this: I liked the movie. I don't think it's as good as the original or Scream 2, but on par with Scream 3. I loved everything about the trio and the return to Woodsboro. It was very clever in parts and had some new, fresh ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed the opening--I think those who have seen it will understand why. I think what kept me from absolutely loving it was the lack of character development with the new cast. The problem is, I just genuinely didn't care about the new cast members. Hayden Panettiere, I felt, did a good job but all of the cast members--aside from the trio--just seemed so expendable. I just didn't care whether the vast majority of them lived or died. In the original, for example, I actually cared about all of them--Sidney, Dewey, Gail, Randy, Stu, Billy and Tatum (Billy and Stu, obviously before the final revelation). Hell, I even felt concern over whether Sidney's dad was going to die or not. That same concern carried over into Scream 2 (I couldn't fucking believe it when Randy was killed), and to some extent in Scream 3, but in Scream 4 it was just kind of ho hum. But there were good things about it, like I mentioned earlier and it was a very effective thriller. I'm anxious to see what they'll come up with for Scream 5 and 6, if they're made.
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9:31PM on 04/15/2011
I enjoyed it, thought it was a lot fun actually.
I enjoyed it, thought it was a lot fun actually.
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5:23PM on 04/15/2011
Best sequel of the series! nothing beats the original but it was definitely better than its predecessors. It was by no means perfect but we got some fresh characters that still managed to be great homages to the original group of friends as well. Great suspense and a kickass ending that had me shocked!
Best sequel of the series! nothing beats the original but it was definitely better than its predecessors. It was by no means perfect but we got some fresh characters that still managed to be great homages to the original group of friends as well. Great suspense and a kickass ending that had me shocked!
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2:42PM on 04/15/2011

Very disappointing!

After some good reviews I was psyched to see this and was really disappointed. Scream 4 was a boring and predictable sequel with very little of the cleverness or suspense that made the first a classic. After 10 years away this is the best Craven and Williamson could come up with? Even the kills lacked imagination or impact and in a slasher flick, that's unforgivable.
After some good reviews I was psyched to see this and was really disappointed. Scream 4 was a boring and predictable sequel with very little of the cleverness or suspense that made the first a classic. After 10 years away this is the best Craven and Williamson could come up with? Even the kills lacked imagination or impact and in a slasher flick, that's unforgivable.
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4:16PM on 04/15/2011
No offense, but what exactly were you looking for in terms of kills? All the Scream deaths have primarily been via knife. If you want some kind of torture set up or unexpected shock factor deaths, then you need to watch the Saw and Final Destination franchises.
No offense, but what exactly were you looking for in terms of kills? All the Scream deaths have primarily been via knife. If you want some kind of torture set up or unexpected shock factor deaths, then you need to watch the Saw and Final Destination franchises.
5:12PM on 04/15/2011
Regardless, kills still had no impact. That wasn't even my main criticism, Even without the kills comment, flick was still boring and predictable. Not a fan of those franchises so, that wasn't my point. Point was that at least the kills can add to a slasher and here even they did nothing for the film.
Regardless, kills still had no impact. That wasn't even my main criticism, Even without the kills comment, flick was still boring and predictable. Not a fan of those franchises so, that wasn't my point. Point was that at least the kills can add to a slasher and here even they did nothing for the film.
5:23PM on 04/15/2011
Slasher films aren't about kills, believe it or not. They're about pacing, and the sense that people are being "stalked". Zombie movies are about kills. Hell, the beginning of Saving Private Ryan is more about death that the Scream franchise. It's simple to look at this series with a "surface level" point of view, but any untrained eye that looks a little harder can see that these films serve as a commentary on modern pop culture. The fact that all of these idiot kids in this film seem to be
Slasher films aren't about kills, believe it or not. They're about pacing, and the sense that people are being "stalked". Zombie movies are about kills. Hell, the beginning of Saving Private Ryan is more about death that the Scream franchise. It's simple to look at this series with a "surface level" point of view, but any untrained eye that looks a little harder can see that these films serve as a commentary on modern pop culture. The fact that all of these idiot kids in this film seem to be oblivious to the seriousness of the situation is a testament to how numb we are as a society ourselves. Really, isn't there something macabre about sitting in a sit and watching people get stabbed to death for 2 hours? That being said, that is why there is a plot and a back story, because without them, you're simply watching a snuff film. So, in conclusion, kills in these movies (believe it or not) are probably the least relevant component of the formula. Kills don't need imagination -- dialogue does. Kills don't need to be exciting -- the narrative does. Death is as much as an afterthought in these films as it is to the whacked out antagonists whose very motives seem to drive their indifference toward life and death. These are "Scream" movies. The "Stab" movies you're looking for are the ridiculous "movies within the movies" that are very satirical center of these rather smart films.
5:49PM on 04/15/2011
Well put iamclarkparker. But I found the story boring. Kills was a minor critique that was somehow percieved as the main focus of my mini-review. It is not. There was no suspense. The story was weak and there was no development for new characters. Hence, as per your statement, it is a poor slasher flick.
Well put iamclarkparker. But I found the story boring. Kills was a minor critique that was somehow percieved as the main focus of my mini-review. It is not. There was no suspense. The story was weak and there was no development for new characters. Hence, as per your statement, it is a poor slasher flick.
6:00PM on 04/15/2011
Also remember guys, I have been watching horror movies for over 4 decades.I have seen thousands, many classics in a theater when they first opened, and I am probably harder to please at this point. But, I loved the original Scream and this disappointed me. I really did want to like it. Didn't happen.
Also remember guys, I have been watching horror movies for over 4 decades.I have seen thousands, many classics in a theater when they first opened, and I am probably harder to please at this point. But, I loved the original Scream and this disappointed me. I really did want to like it. Didn't happen.
6:05PM on 04/15/2011
I do see your point. However, it being a "Slasher" flick (a title that that is, in and of itself..."self referential")...can there really be any genuine suspense? You know people are going to die. You know that the plot must be accelerated without much pause, so you know the death scenes will be as brief as the pace will allow. They are classified as "Slasher" films after all, right? I think maybe we ought to start redefining some terms here. A movie shouldn't just be called a "slasher" because
I do see your point. However, it being a "Slasher" flick (a title that that is, in and of itself..."self referential")...can there really be any genuine suspense? You know people are going to die. You know that the plot must be accelerated without much pause, so you know the death scenes will be as brief as the pace will allow. They are classified as "Slasher" films after all, right? I think maybe we ought to start redefining some terms here. A movie shouldn't just be called a "slasher" because people get cut up. The first Scream I wouldn't call a pure slasher because it was more of a well executed thriller. Number 4 is definitely a slasher. And I agree with you, it was predictable and there wasn't much suspense...but these have become slasher films. I go see them for the little bit of "thriller" elements that they have left. But I can't sit here and say they're bad slasher films...because at the end of the day isn't a slasher just a really lazy thriller?
6:12PM on 04/15/2011
Again, well put. Very true.I like "lazy thriller" never heard it that way before but it fits perfectly. Like I said, maybe I'm just jaded at this point.
Again, well put. Very true.I like "lazy thriller" never heard it that way before but it fits perfectly. Like I said, maybe I'm just jaded at this point.
6:47PM on 04/15/2011
well shit i don't blame you. i think i just went into, not with low expectations...just very specific ones. Had those expectations not been adjusted, I'd probably end up in a tree in Wes Craven's back yard throwing DVDs of the first Scream at his bedroom window out of pure rage. But with all respect to the entire series (which I do enjoy as a whole merely from an entertainment perspective) I do wish I had the memory-eraser thing from Men in Black so that I can relive the glory of watching
well shit i don't blame you. i think i just went into, not with low expectations...just very specific ones. Had those expectations not been adjusted, I'd probably end up in a tree in Wes Craven's back yard throwing DVDs of the first Scream at his bedroom window out of pure rage. But with all respect to the entire series (which I do enjoy as a whole merely from an entertainment perspective) I do wish I had the memory-eraser thing from Men in Black so that I can relive the glory of watching Scream for the very first time. Glorious!
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2:19PM on 04/15/2011

Loved It!!!

Definitely the second best of the series. The Bruce Willis line was hilarious. I would love to see a new trilogy, I just have no clue how they could pull it off, they got away with this one.
Definitely the second best of the series. The Bruce Willis line was hilarious. I would love to see a new trilogy, I just have no clue how they could pull it off, they got away with this one.
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5:27PM on 04/15/2011
That Bruce Willis line deserves to be printed on T-shirts all across America
That Bruce Willis line deserves to be printed on T-shirts all across America
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1:15PM on 04/15/2011
I gave it a 7/10 on imdb. I enjoy it a lot. For a slasher film, everything about it was well done. It was filmed very effectively, the acting and characters were good and fleshed out. I'd also argue that this is Craven's best film in years. For Scream standards, it didn't quite get there. I actually found the motives of the killers to be the weakest of all the films, and in a Scream film, the motives are extremely important for rounding out the film. However, I did appreciate the message behind
I gave it a 7/10 on imdb. I enjoy it a lot. For a slasher film, everything about it was well done. It was filmed very effectively, the acting and characters were good and fleshed out. I'd also argue that this is Craven's best film in years. For Scream standards, it didn't quite get there. I actually found the motives of the killers to be the weakest of all the films, and in a Scream film, the motives are extremely important for rounding out the film. However, I did appreciate the message behind everything. It was also nice to see that they added a larger body count. It was a good balance between the dramatic and the kills. And, yes, yes, yes, a slasher film with actually tension and scares. There hasn't been one of those in a long time. So, gj Wes Craven.
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12:52PM on 04/15/2011
Like ROCKY BALBOA, SCRE4M is another franchise mulligan. A far superior sequel on equal ground of the original, felt like a reboot of 1996 again nicely updated for the Millenial generation. My only complaint are the time and placement of the killings, completely implausible, but hey its an afterthought 12 hours later. Just the opening and ending alone are worth the inflated 1996 ticket prices :) If your a late Gen X kid who finished your highschool years on SCREAM & the following
Like ROCKY BALBOA, SCRE4M is another franchise mulligan. A far superior sequel on equal ground of the original, felt like a reboot of 1996 again nicely updated for the Millenial generation. My only complaint are the time and placement of the killings, completely implausible, but hey its an afterthought 12 hours later. Just the opening and ending alone are worth the inflated 1996 ticket prices :) If your a late Gen X kid who finished your highschool years on SCREAM & the following Dimension Film knockoffs, you will be throughly surprised and enjoy it. A great throwback, cant wait to see how they expand the franchise forward. After SCREAM 3, I was sure this franchise was dead, never thought another sequel could be so enjoyable Thanks to whomever returned the long since forgotten Craven & Williamsons brain back to their rightful owners :)
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12:50PM on 04/15/2011

Scream 4 = 4/5

Hayden Panettiere was smokin' hot, wasn't she? Deff a fan favorite. The original trio was great. 2nd best in the series. GO SEE IT NOW :)
Hayden Panettiere was smokin' hot, wasn't she? Deff a fan favorite. The original trio was great. 2nd best in the series. GO SEE IT NOW :)
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5:28PM on 04/15/2011
Hayden stole the show. Any role that goes against the "dumb blonde" archetype will get my vote any day!
Hayden stole the show. Any role that goes against the "dumb blonde" archetype will get my vote any day!
12:26PM on 04/15/2011
Loved SCRE4M!!! Exactly what everyone else has been saying. Best sequel yet, and i love 2 and like 3. Hilarious, brutal, and had some clever things to say about the world today. Loved all the characters with Hayden P stealing the show for me. Can see why people wouldnt like the ending but I enjoyed it. Dont really see where a fifth could go but we'll see. 8/10 imo.
Loved SCRE4M!!! Exactly what everyone else has been saying. Best sequel yet, and i love 2 and like 3. Hilarious, brutal, and had some clever things to say about the world today. Loved all the characters with Hayden P stealing the show for me. Can see why people wouldnt like the ending but I enjoyed it. Dont really see where a fifth could go but we'll see. 8/10 imo.
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12:01PM on 04/15/2011
...Craven looks so uncomfortable in this interview. Its not because of the interviewer though, he's just trying to make it interesting for a horror director. But really uncomfortable non-the-less. My review on Scream 4 though. Was an extremely fun movie to watch.
...Craven looks so uncomfortable in this interview. Its not because of the interviewer though, he's just trying to make it interesting for a horror director. But really uncomfortable non-the-less. My review on Scream 4 though. Was an extremely fun movie to watch.
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11:12AM on 04/15/2011

INDEED !

My thought exactly ! Second best Scream after the first...
They respected their own first rule : DON'T FUCK WITH THE ORIGINAL
My thought exactly ! Second best Scream after the first...
They respected their own first rule : DON'T FUCK WITH THE ORIGINAL
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10:50AM on 04/15/2011

Without spoiling anything, I agree with iamclarkparker

Best Scream film since the original- a rock-solid 4/5 for me. A great update of the series, but I struggle to see where 5CREAM could innovate any further.
Best Scream film since the original- a rock-solid 4/5 for me. A great update of the series, but I struggle to see where 5CREAM could innovate any further.
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10:37AM on 04/15/2011

Second Best "Scream" Film, Best "Scream" Sequel

5 Words That You Won't Understand Until You See The Film For Yourself:

Bruce. Willis. Will. Be. Pissed.

That is all. But no, the movie was not perfect, but honestly, who expects it to be? It fucking rocked more than I anticipated! The kills are hardcore without being gross for the mere point of being gross. The opening sequence is epically genius and though the finale isn't exactly "sensible", it brings back that the true slasher spirit and really brings to mind images of the original
5 Words That You Won't Understand Until You See The Film For Yourself:

Bruce. Willis. Will. Be. Pissed.

That is all. But no, the movie was not perfect, but honestly, who expects it to be? It fucking rocked more than I anticipated! The kills are hardcore without being gross for the mere point of being gross. The opening sequence is epically genius and though the finale isn't exactly "sensible", it brings back that the true slasher spirit and really brings to mind images of the original film and just how brave of an effort it was. Some of the dialogue that follows the big reveal is an excellent commentary on a world gone mad = a world we're currently living in right now. So whether you love it or hate, one thing you can't deny is that at least "Scre4m" makes an attempt to be witty -- which is more than I can say for gutless, no talent wannabes like Eli Roth and who ever makes those special ed Saw movies. These are the kinds of movies you should see with girls. That torture porn shit is more or less for circle jerk participants.
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6:07PM on 04/15/2011
Not picking on you bro but, you just sent me a note saying kills are not the important part to a slasher but, yet, it's the first thing you mention in your review. Does kinda contradict what you just wrote me... just messin' with ya. In the end the important thing is, We share a love of horror flicks and that's all that matters. You have an intelligent and well written way of presenting your opinion which is refreshing when so many "discussions" degenrate into pissing contests. Good work.
Not picking on you bro but, you just sent me a note saying kills are not the important part to a slasher but, yet, it's the first thing you mention in your review. Does kinda contradict what you just wrote me... just messin' with ya. In the end the important thing is, We share a love of horror flicks and that's all that matters. You have an intelligent and well written way of presenting your opinion which is refreshing when so many "discussions" degenrate into pissing contests. Good work.
9:24PM on 04/15/2011
lol you got me. i was all over the place today, could barely keep up with a lot of my points! after a bit of afterthought though, I think what I liked was that the kills didn't seem to go creativity, but more of a brutal-type feel. Don't you feel like Ghostface was manhandling people? At one point I thought he'd drop the knife and just start beating people to death!
lol you got me. i was all over the place today, could barely keep up with a lot of my points! after a bit of afterthought though, I think what I liked was that the kills didn't seem to go creativity, but more of a brutal-type feel. Don't you feel like Ghostface was manhandling people? At one point I thought he'd drop the knife and just start beating people to death!
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