The first Scream movie opened in theaters in 1996 and brought the classic horror film back to the mainstream theaters likes of which we hadn’t seen since Friday the 13th or Nightmare On Elm Street. It went on to make $103 million domestically at the box office with a production budget of only $14 million. It was considered a huge success. Since then, Scream 2 went on to make $101 million and the third movie make $89 million. Now, Director Wes Craven is looking to scare a whole new generation of kids what the Scream franchise.
For those who haven’t seen, been warned I will write spoilers below. You’ve been warned.
Ten years after the third movie, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now a published author, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Unfortunately, Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with all of their friends and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.
What I Liked About It;
Things that were hip back in the day are coming back in full force. Everything from clothes, cartoons and even movies. While most remakes and sequels are horribly done, I have to admit being a fan of the Scream franchise, I was very impressed with this fourth installment as I walked into the film with high expectations.
Director Wes Craven got smart and brought back the good things that made the first one great. Witty dialog, humorous death scenes are always over the top and storyline that didn’t take it’s self seriously though gave the audience the right amount of suspense. Really it was all about getting back to a classic horror flick with this movie. The horror genre has changed since the first movie so does Scream 4 and Craven does an amazing job at having the franchise adapt to the new rules of horror.
Once again Neve Campbell brings Sidney Prescott character to life. Though this time rather than a helpless victim, her character shows more confidence in handling the situation. Which is refreshing to see. Because when you’ve already made 3 movies, you do need to change it up a bit.
Repriving their roles is Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers and David Arquette as Dewey Riley. I have always enjoyed both of their characters. They bring this campy and humorist tone to the story and pop up perfectly when the audience needs a quick breather from the suspense.
But who really stole the show was Emma Roberts as… the killer. Her ability to go from a “girl next door” character to psycho killer shows the amazing range she has as an actress. Mark my words, she is going to have a long career in Hollywood.
What I Think Didn’t Work;
There really isn’t anything wrong with this movie. It was fun and suspenseful and that’s exactly what I wanted from this movie.
All in all the movie is worth your time and money. I would suggest checking it out on the big screen. This is one of those movies I am definitely picking up on DVD.
Check out the trailer below.