My back was slouched, my eyes were heavy, my hopes and dreams were diminishing, but then…they actually made a fourth Scream movie!
After ten years, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to Woodsboro as part of her book tour. During her time at the bookstore the police arrive in response to an anonymous tip. Evidence is found in Sidney’s car trunk linking her to the fresh Woodsboro murders. It’s up to the old crew, Gal Weathers-Riley (Courteney Cox) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) to catch the new and mysterious “Ghostface”.
“Scream 4” was a big deal. Here I was thinking that the trilogy had ended and “Scream” would become an object of the past, so to speak. But I should have had more faith in the fact that something this good would find a way to remain alive!
With this, the fourth installment of the series, the plot contains more modern and technological aspects. There are “new rules” in killing people as a new age serial killer. No longer is it exciting enough for a murder to be printed in the paper, it needs to go viral, or heck, even live! This new addition to the series enables it to appeal to the tech savvy movie viewers as well as those devoted to “Scream” in general. In fact, I’d say that this was the movie’s greatest strength in being able to spread it’s appeal spectrum while maintaining plenty of the classic attributes that makes it so damn good.
So what about the new cast additions? Let’s see, Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts were the most impactable (yeah…I made that word up) new cast members. We know both of them from other movies and shows and I personally think that they were excellent performers. My only issue here, is that with the original “main” cast in place, “Scream 4” didn’t actually need other “famous” actors or actresses to survive. I detect some “try too hard” in this area, but whatcha gonna do, right? The movie is certainly not any less appealing, and come on, Hayden Panettiere is both talented and gorgeous!
I could never get tired of the “Ghostface” voice, the scary movie related questions, and the knife that is just so shiny it’s a shame to get it all bloody! Throw us some more of these movies! Just like “Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Saw”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, or even “Chucky”, the “Scream” movies shall live on, one way or another. Long live SCREAM!
Total Abstract Rating: 90% “What’s your favorite scary movie?”
Review by Chris McBride, author of Abstracticality.