Scream 4 (2011)

Hi so it’s The Doc, not Renate if you’re wondering, wait this is a horror review… what’s going on? But I’ve been a fan of her content for a while and I’m glad to be featuring on her blog! Anyway here is my review below.

Ghostface is back in Scream 4, the latest addition in the famous slasher franchise, directed by Wes Craven, with survivor Sidney Prescott getting on with her life, things take a turn for the worst when Ghostface seems to re-emerge after 10 years of inactivity, the film stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere.

Scream 4 is a slasher for the modern audience maybe not that familiar with the older Scream films and maybe a bit jaded with your average slasher films and like other Scream films, it’s intentionally self referential and a bit meta, though it comes across as a bit obnoxious this time around in character monologues about slasher movie tropes and clichés, okay we get it, slasher films follow certain formulas. That in itself may be the problem with the film, which didn’t quite know what it wanted to be, it’s a borderline parody of slasher film at times with the ridiculous internal slasher movie in the movie that the characters are all aware of, though at the same time Scream 4 is also a continuation of Sidneys’ story and relationship to the ghostface persona.

The film is full of young actors to give the film more a modern feel and it works for the most part in giving audiences a youthful cast of some young talent, though some of the better actors unfortunately don’t get the screen time they should have (Britt Robertson, Aimee Teegarden). And the ones that do are okay but ham it up a bit too much, driving the film again into near parody territory when it’s trying to just be a slasher movie (Emma Roberts in some scenes), that being said the older cast are mostly good, with Neve Campbell as Sidney Courtney Cox as Gale and David Arquette as Dewey reprising their Scream roles and rolling back the years with some believable, good performances.

The plot plays out like classic Scream with a murder or two coming about, making characters alert to the situation as more and more bodies pile up, people panic and Ghostface emerges, this time around the rules have apparently changed but do they? No, not really, the film is updated with modern technology, vlogging and smartass teens but apart from that, it does feels like classic Scream.

The gore is back big time with some pretty intense scenes and as far as the Ghostface scenes go, they are done well enough, with some rather gruesome deaths in the film, Ghostface is once again faster and smarter than most characters and impossibly silent as a mouse (somehow). Ultimately Scream 4 is a bit if a disappointment in the franchise and for long time Scream fans I feel, being both an homage and a continuation of the story, it doesn’t really take the setting in any interesting new directions and serves as a bit of a weird, overly self referential outing that hams it up a bit too much.

6/10

. Film ironically falls into generic slasher territory it parodies in part

. Fails to capitalize on taking an interesting direction for the series

. Some fun writing and dialogue, interesting characters

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