Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Scream 4

Looking back, it’s hard to believe it has been 15 years since the original Scream came out. 11 years since the previous installment. I loved the first one back in ’96 and really enjoyed the sequel in ’97. The third film was by far the weakest and now Scream 4 (or Scre4m as it’s spelled on some posters) doesn’t alter that fact whatsoever. Scream 3 is still the low man on the totem pole.

Back together again is Wes Craven directing with Kevin Williamson doing the writing. These two are reunited after Erhen Kruger handled the writing duties back in 2000 for Scream 3. Which in my opinion was a great payoff. Also back for a fourth time are stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette.

Set 10 years later, we get to see Sidney Prescott return to where the mayhem began…Woodsboro. Being a survivor of such horror she decides to write a book about her misfortunes. Of course her hometown is one of many cities she stops for her book tour. Doesn’t take long for more slicing and dicing to begin and the new town sheriff Dewey Riley is hot on the case with his fame seeking wife Gail Weathers-Riley at his side.

New movie also means new blood (pun intended). Coming aboard are some young recognizable faces along with a couple fresh ones. Emma Roberts appears as Sidney’s young cousin Jill. She becomes the focus of the Ghostface killer along with Sidney. Like the previous movies, our lead focus has some friends at her side. Not quite the spot you want to be in, but hey, you need a body count in these types of movies. Along with Jill her friends Kirby (tv’s Heroes Hayden Panettiere), Olivia, Robbie, estranged boyfriend Trevor, and Charlie (the youngest Culkin, Rory) face-off against the odds of being around for Ghostface’s return.

Someone doesn’t like Nancy Drew and is going to act on those agressions.

After these many years most people were skeptical of what to expect this time around. I went in open-minded and I have to say pleased with the results. This was one of those movies where you are going to like it or hate based on your view of how it was written and played out. Scream 4 actually plays off the other three and kind of pokes fun at its past. This is something that is shown right from the get go with doing the traditional big star cameo opening that features plenty of well-known actresses such as True Blood’s Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, and 90210’s Shenae Grimes. While I took the writing as fun, I can definitely see some take it as too campy and unoriginal. I personally enjoyed the mish mash Willamson did with these characters by almost combining the characteristics of those from the previous three films.

Overall I felt Scream 4 was enjoyable and worth the wait. I’m pleased to see this series pick back up and not leave us with what Scream 3 did. After being creative and giving us a nice guessing game in the 1st two films, Scream 3 came out from left field with some it’s aspects didn’t do the others justice. This film brings back its orginal wirter and its orignal charm.


Posted on October 3, 2011, in Devil's DVD Advocacy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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