Perhaps it was the extended hiatus, (or maybe it’s my lenient standards for movies) but Scream 4 was a fairly pleasant experience – as far as slasher movies can be pleasant.

The opening was an extended post-modern joke, a bit gimmicky; the storyline incorporated the right contemporary updates – Facebook, video blogging, webcams, references to horror movies remakes – the right story updates to the characters, and other nice touches (for example, horror movie cliches as drinking games). There were supposed to be parallels to the first film, but I just couldn’t remember it.

However there were numerous plot implausibilities, particularly in the revelation of Ghostface (despite the seeding of suspects), and I frequently felt that the characters should just have ganged up to take the assailant down. There was a sequence in the latter part of the movie that went bit far with Emma Roberts. I liked Hayden Panettiere’s character, and thought that Marley Shelton was pretty funny.

This was a decent movie in the franchise.

Hayden Panettiere.


2 responses to “Scre4m

  1. More than decent I would say “average”…
    If the aim is to re-define the rules for the new generation, they fail completely, as this feels just like a cash-in exercise and an excuse to revive something by re-hashing and regurgitating everything that we have already seen.
    Behind all the talk about going against the clichés and trying to ridicule the various the character-less horror of the last few years, there is actually very little new. There a sense of Déjà-vu throughout and (aside from its far fetched ending) it is all rather predictable in its non-predictability.
    Admitting a theft (or a reference) may ease the conscience, but it certainly doesn’t make it OK, nor it makes it a good film…. Also, it might make it funny, but certainly not scary!!
    I LOVED the first Scream, but this is just tired… Still enjoyable, but they should really stop before it becomes the parody of itself…

    • I got zero sense that Scream 4 was trying to innovate or redefine genre rules; too much effort was spent on self-reference to leave any for a genre horror movie (eg Kirby’s recitation of remakes only makes sense metafictionally). Craven seemed more interested in acknowledging the passage of the intervening years, and casting elements of the first movie in a more contemporary setting (eg Cox’s once media-savvy character struggling to make an impact with the video-blogging cinema club).

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