Horror Review – Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4 ReviewSynopsis: Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven
Writers: Kevin Williamson
Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts

Love or hate the franchise, it has undeniably become a cultural phenomenon in the last decade and has turned many a youngster into horror fans. I was actually a fan of the original trilogy although I could have done without the third installment.

Scream 4 seemed to take its situation lightly. In the opening minutes of the film, it pokes fun at itself and slasher sequels in general making references to Stab in Space, etc. By the time that the actual opening of the film comes at you, you realize that they handled the situation about as well as they could have.

The film makes plenty of references to current trends, even at one point referring to Facebook as being passé. Of course, with current trends being at the forefront, the killer must now abide by an entirely new set of rules. Once again, I appreciate the smart approach to writing for Scream 4.

The main concern that I am sure many had with this film is how exactly they were going to recreate the magic of the first movie with a cast of characters that are no longer even relevant in Hollywood.

Overall, I think that the film was done fairly well and was an entertaining watch, albeit not very rewatchable. The mystery of who the actual killer was did keep you guessing throughout the entire film with plenty of swerves thrown your way so you never feel comfortable with your guess. When the reveal does come your way, you will probably be like me and feel cheated.

Neve Campbell

Scream 4

Courteney Cox - David Arquette

Hayden Panettiere

  • LOL. You are so right about the 3D bit. They poke fun at sequels and remakes all of the time, but still keep doing them.

  • I am sure they would have found a way to make it work even if you know who the killer is in a 5th part. They really blew an opportunity to end the movie on a high note instead of that ridiculousness. I’m with you, I don’t want to see another movie with Sid, Dewey, and Gale. The characters are old at this point, and their acting isn’t great. It would have been nice to start all over. Oh well, my prediction for a part 5 is Scream 5 in 3D. Like making fun of remakes in part 4, it will make fun of 3D while being in 3D to steal everyone’s money!

  • Without trying to give out any spoilers, I think that you would have liked the ending more if the killer was to walk away free. I would have as well. It was a fitting end and left it open for another trilogy. I really do not want to see three more movies with the same characters. I know that sounds dumb, but if they are planning to do the trilogy again, it would have been nice to do it with new characters. Of course, if it ended that way, then we would know the killer, but if they made all of the films copycat killers and they all walked away at the end, it might do something a little different. Who knows. Overall, it is watchable though, so I give them kudos to that. They could have done so much worse.

  • From our conversation, it appeared you weren’t going to take the movie seriously, and it appears you didn’t. In turn, it seems you liked the movie enough. For me, I was hoping the movie was going to be more serious like the first one. The original struck the perfect balance between horror and humor, but this movie was too much humor for me. Yes, it was funny, but it got old by the end. The opening was great, and might have been one of the funniest parts of the movie. You are right, it might not be very rewatchable. As far as the killer, they did through me off early, but then I narrowed it down enough that I wasn’t surprised with the reveal. And the ending was terrible. It needed to end way before it actually ended. They missed a great opportunity to end it for another sequel. Thanks for the review!

  • Brad

    Yeah I felt cheated as well. Felt like it was just the same old type of movie the last half. Maybe with Craven’s last few it’s time for him to call it a day.