Halloween Horror Movie Marathon: ‘Scream 4’

Scream 4

Scream 4 (2011) Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Marielle Jaffe, Rory Culkin, Mary Shelton.

A decade has passed since the last film in the Scream series and apparently the fans have been… um, screaming for more. So now we have Scream 4, an attempt to revive the franchise and make a few bucks for some actors whose careers are going nowhere. The same director, Wes Craven, and the same screenwriter, Kevin Williamson, are here to cash in with key members of the original cast. Starring alongside them are some new young, attractive kids who are there to suck in the new generation of horror fans.

The original Scream is a great, self-aware horror flick in which the characters are conscious of the rules of the genre. It was clever, funny, and has a fantastic opening sequence. It was followed by two sequels that got increasingly worse as the jokes and interest ran dry. Now what do we have left in horror that necessitates looking in the well for further satire? Well, the last decade has seen a considerable rise in the Three R’s of the Apocalypse– Remakes, “Reboots”, and Reality TV. All right, sure, those are some worthwhile targets. Too bad the movie didn’t make me care enough to chuckle along.

I’m not gonna spend a lot more time on this mess. It suffered from too many characters, too many obvious red herrings, and too much winking to the audience, even for a Scream movie. The screenplay thudded and lurched along from scene to scene, none of them connected by a cohesive story. Yes, I guessed who the killer was but I suppose it doesn’t count if you figure on every person at one point or another. But as I chose a slasher I soon realized that the setup for the character was becoming a little too obvious, and I could rule them out quickly. Eventually I just lost interest. How do you keep the audience guessing about your movie’s mystery? Straight up confuse them, that’s how. It ended up being the bad actress with the veneers. Oh, wait, I’m afraid that doesn’t narrow it down enough.

Boring is the worst thing a movie can be and that’s Scream 4‘s greatest crime. It’s more of the same from the previous three movies so what’s the point? You know what would have been more interesting? A remake of the original Scream in the style of a Platinum Dunes/Rob Zombie production. Not much more interesting, no, but it might have made me feel something if only dirty and depressed, which I really don’t mind every now and then.

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One Response to “Halloween Horror Movie Marathon: ‘Scream 4’”

  1. Michael K Vaughan Says:

    Wait…there was a Scream 3?

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