Cast. Emma Roberts, Neve Campbell
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Director: Wes Craven
* and a 1/2 *'s out of four
*****NOTE**** This review will contain spoilers so if you have not seen this movie and don't want any of the surprises revealed. Please exit the page although I do appreciate the support. For all others read on.
I was not really excited to view the new entry in the "Scream" franchise since the third one was so bad. But after seeing the 59% rating on RottenTomatoes.com and reading positive reviews from IMDB. I decided to give this one a look and it was the only one playing in the next ten minutes.
In this story Sidney Prescott( Neve Campbell) decides to go back to her hometown to plug a book she wrote about the murders and how she survived it. Right away I was asking what sort of sick twisted publication would put this as stop on a book tour? They even scheduled it on the anniversary of when her friends were murdered. Why she agreed to come back was never fully explained but I guess in her mind she must have thought that the nightmares are over and it's time to move on.
While Sidney is there two young girls are killed in the same ways as the movies "Stab"(based on the murders that happened for real in "Scream") and her cousin Jill Roberts(Emma Roberts) begins getting phone calls from the voice that sounds like Mr Moviefone if he called a sex line. Right than Sidney should have packed up her things and leave, but does she? No. The victim's blood is in the trunk of her car and she still decides to stay, what an ungrateful bitch. By now Sidney knows god damn well that anyone associated with her is going to get killed. She even fires her publicity manager but does nothing to help make sure that nothing bad happens to her. The killer even tells Sidney that he is going to wait and kill all her friends before he goes after her and the bitch still doesn't leave town.
Now if past experiences of dealing with the same shit would have taught Sidney anything at all. She would have know that the killer is someone she has become recently close with. In each sequel,one of the killers has a relationship with our heroine at some point. If that's true Sidney would immediately begin looking in at any one that is close with her in any way. Dewy and Gail "Weathers"Riley(David Arquette and Courtney Cox) have lasted too long to be considered suspects so that really only leaves her cousin Jill. In one key scene Sidney asks her to hide under the bed so she can lure the killer away, but when she returns Jill is gone. Right there a light bulb should have at least flickered in her head to make this girl at least a suspect. But no, Sidney goes on searching for a different killer.
(Photo: Dimension Films)
Scream 4 did have a chance to get a higher rating after Sidney is killed and the focus switches to Jill and how she is going to pretend to be a victim and become famous for surviving. I thought this was a really good idea and should have been done a lot earlier in the story. Now the audience will want to see if Jill will get away with it and the empathy is switched over to the killer's side. It's the same technique Hitchcock used on "Psycho" and it would have worked effectively here. However that is not the case. Sidney miraculously survives(don't they all) and a obligatory battle between the two girls is fought resulting in Jill being shot.
I'm a fan of the first "Scream" and will watch it every now and than even if I know the outcome because it's a really good story. The characters were interesting and I liked all the inside jokes about horror movies. In Scream 4 it looked like screenwriter Kevin Williamson was on a message board and just wrote down someones comments about other horror movies and used that. They only good parts of the movie was the opening with all the false starts and you see someone watching a different "Stab" Movie and when you see Robert Rodriguez's name as the director of the first "Stab". If "Scream 4" was suppose to be a statement about reboots or remakes. Why not just show the movie "Stab" which was supposed to be the glossy Hollywood version of the events that happened in "Scream". Right after the character of Jill is shot. Sidney responds "Don't fuck with the original." Couldn't have said it better myself.