#65 / 365 – ‘Scre4m’ – 111 mins
Cinema Challenge #30 / 115
Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), survivor of Ghostface’s first killing spree and now the author of a self-help book, returns to her home town of Woodboro on the anniversary of the original massacre. There she reconnects with fellow survivors Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox), and meets her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts). The trouble is, you can’t keep a good maniac down, and its not long before Sidney, along with her friends and family, are once again stalked by an unstoppable killer in long black robes.
So after an 11 year absence the grand master of horror slasher flicks Wes Craven, returns Ghostface to our screens. Rarely does a sequel or in particular a fourth film live up to the expectations set by the first one (unless it’s the ‘Godfather: Part II’) and this is brilliant referenced by Sidney “You forgot the No. 1 rule for remakes: Don’t fuck with the original.”
Whilst Craven doesn’t direct anything too fanciful in the film where there very few elements of surprise and jumpy moments, he doe’s brilliantly allow it to self parody itself, particularly in the earlier scenes.
Scream 4 is a definite treat especially for those who have followed the series right from the start, as there are plenty of references here pertaining to it’s earlier instalments. In a nutshell, Scream 4 is a solid and fun crowd-pleasing bloodbath where it delivers an impressive body count and is surefire recommendation for Scream fans to wipe away that bad aftertaste of ‘Scream 3’.