Scream 4

Director Wes Craven
Written by Kevin Williamson

David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Mary McDonnell, Marley Shelton, Alison Brie, Marielle Jaffe, Erik Knudsen, Nico Tortorella, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin, Lucy Hale, Shenae Grimes, Brittany Robertson, Aimee Teegarden.

Ten years have passed since the last attacks, and Sidney has been mostly absent from Woodsboro for many years. Her return to her hometown for a book launch is thwarted by a new killer, who seems be targeting her cousin (Roberts) and her friends. As the body count rises, who could be the next victim, and who could be the killer?

This is not terrible a terrible film by any means, but has the poorest opening of all the Scream movies, with too many fake outs, by the time the opening kill has actually occurred, we the audience aren’t sure if this is the real kill, and there is little to know or like about any of the characters (all previous movies, and latter movies at least gave us some sort of understanding who the character was for a little while before they were killed off).

Most of the new supporting characters are poorly written, and are either flat out imitations of characters of movies past, and possible red herrings, or just flat out irritating for the sake of being irritating and then being added to the body count. Once again some are only in one or two scenes before their death.

Where it ranks on the scale in the Scream saga (in my opinion), sadly this one is the second worse of the entire franchise. While I initially did enjoy this upon its release, on re-watch it just does not hold up, and pales in comparison to the first two films in the franchise.

The saving grace of this film is the character Kirby, and might just be the best character in the entire franchise. Her fate would be left ambiguous up until the next film eleven years later. Marco Beltrami’s score is also on point, especially during the tense moments of the film.

Sadly this would also go on to be legendary director Wes Craven’s final film, and he passed away not long after this movie was made.


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