Friday, 18 May 2012

Scream 4

"Scream 4" or "Scre4m" (2011, Wes Craven, Dimension Films) is the fourth installment in the Scream franchise.

I first saw this film in the cinema with a good buddy of mine called Steff. She and I used to be flatmates and our mutual love of horror (and also our other amazing flatmates) made my second year of University most enjoyable!

"Scream 4" laughs at itself; it's definitely a horror-comedy. Craven's magical talent to create films with successful and numerous sequels has struck again, albeit with one of the lowest-grossing films of the series. "Scream 4" knows it's daft and it's going to rub it in your face! And you're going to enjoy it.

Kind of merging the killings of the original "Scream" movie and the horror-movie-analysis style of all of the sequels, the film follows the life of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell); one of the three survivors from the massacres, the other two being, now Sheriff, Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and ex-reporter-now-struggling-author, Gail Riley, née Weathers, (Courteney Cox).

Sidney has returned to Woodsboro for the final leg of her book tour with her publicist Rebecca Walters (Alison Brie). Naturally, Sidney's return sparks a bunch of murders by the new 'Ghostfaces', but is it someone she knows? You'd think she'd learn by now to just keep away from Woodsboro around the anniversary of the massacres!

There's a lot of references to the original 3 movies; Billy Loomis' name is brought up a lot, bulletproof vests, there's a Stab-a-thon party... It's all in jest, and it's a nice little in-joke with the audience.

Also, I do love a few false starts to a movie.

All in all, Emma Roberts (who plays Sidney's cousin Jill Roberts) gives a good unhinged performance.

Also plenty of gore!

There's a few cameos (Anna Pacquin from Tru Blood and X-Men, Kirsten Bell from Veronica Mars) and I enjoyed Hayden Panettiere's character, Kirby Reed; the popular chick who likes horror movies (me thinks this is a little bit of wishful thinking on the part of Kevin Williamson, the writer).

All in all a good laugh and an excellent tongue-in-cheek addition to the already tongue-in-cheek series that is "Scream".

[Picture: Dimension Films]