So, another installment of the Scream franchise finally has come to work. A couple of my friends were really excited about this as they were fans of the original series. I've heard from a couple of them the Scream films are "the last true slasher films". Without getting into the others (as they will have their own reviews) I didn't have high expectations for this film. I mean it couldn't possibly be worse than the third film, right? Kevin Williamson writes this installment (also wrote the first 2) and Wes Craven returns at the director spot. Also returning are the following Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette.
I think people (including myself) tend to like sequels just because it's a way that we can see the characters back on the screen. Many of the times the sequels leave little to be desired for. Eleven years later and here we are. The opening of the film (again no spoilers) is one of the most clever openings to a film I have seen in some time. Anyway, Sidney has come back to Woodsboro to sell a book about the Woodsboro Murders, and when she does, the murders start to happen again. At this point, Gale is an irrelevant writer who can't figure out what to type and Dewey is the sheriff of the Woodsboro police. Without giving out any spoilers, Scream 4 really redeems itself from Scream 3. Of course you can pick out the occasional Ehren Krueger line in it, which sticks out like a sore thumb. Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts deliver decent performances. It could be worse, but they actually ended up surprising me. Rory Culkin delivers another good performance. Overall, this is a very good film to see if you're a fan of the Scream series, or just a fan of horror.
Great Film: C
Enjoyable Film: A+