New In Theaters Review: Scream 4

In the new Scream movie, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) comes back to her hometown of Woodsboro. Since leaving the town, she has written a self help book and is on a book tour. She is finishing off the tour in her hometown, where she got her inspiration for the book. Upon arrival, she meets up with her old friends Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), who are now married. Dewey is now the Sheriff and Gale has written several movie scripts based on the killings in Woodsboro, named the Stab movies. Sidney isn’t in town long before it someone resurrects the “Ghostface” killer and the killings begin once again. Now everyone close to Sidney is in mortal danger of becoming this apparent copycats victim. This time around, the killer seems to have no rules as to who he is going after, no one is safe. Can Sidney once again, with the help of Dewey and Gale, stop whoever is responsible for these murders? Or will this new menace mark the end of Sidney once and for all.

I enjoyed the previous Scream movies, and was very excited to see that they were getting the three main actors together once again for this fourth installment. The Scream movies have always been sort of like an encyclopedia into the workings of slasher movies. This one was no different. It starts off making fun of slasher movie sequels, and in a way, making fun of its own franchise as well, which has always been one of the key features in the Scream movies. It pokes fun at its own genre, and thereby makes the movie very funny as well as gory. The first two sequels after the original movie weren’t as good as the first one, but I would have to say that this one was equally as good as its original first movie. It was cool to see, how the characters have grown and basically how they all have been able to overcome the events of the first three movies. Like every Scream movie there was a lot of horror trivia thrown into the story, and horror formulas discussed. This was the unique way that the first movie grabbed audiences, by basically dismantling what you should and shouldn’t do if you’re facing a homicidal killer. Needless to say, the formula still works. I couldn’t figure out who was the killer, and that is what makes the Scream movies so good, they give you a lot of choices as to who you would think is the slasher, and then you find out that you were totally wrong.

Also once again, the person whose voice is that of Ghostface, is always hilarious while he’s on the phone talking to these potential victims. That’s another part of the charm of these movies is that he tells you ,you’re going to die, and these fools continue to have a conversation with him. Hang up the phone, and run! Even though this installment was a fun trip back to Woodsboro, and a great way to resurrect the Ghostface franchise for a new generation of horror buffs, I feel that it has done it’s time and should now be forever laid to rest. I gave this movie 2 cuts out of 4. There isn’t much added to the plot or storyline, it was just good to see an old fashion slasher movie, where the killer can actually be killed. The movie runs 1 hour and 50 mins. It’s rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking. It was written by Kevin Williamson. It was directed by Wes Craven. The movie was produced by The Weinstein Company. It was distributed by The Weinstein Company/Dimension

If you get a phone call, asking what your favorite movie is, say “Scream” and maybe your life will be spared. Ezo

Next movie review: TBD

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