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Friday, April 22, 2011

10 Things You Need to Know About Scre4m

While a new crop of teens and older die-hard fans rush to see this newest installment in the cult classic Scream series, Scre4m captures some of the magic of the original while turning some of it into flaws. It's mildly clever, but less unpredictable. Less spooks, and more talk. Here are ten other items worth noting as you take a look at the new blood in Scre4m:

1) While it's been more than ten years since our favorite goofy cop Dewey (David Arquette) has been on the squad, he's been promoted to Sheriff...but still has no aim when he shoots.

2) Neve Campbell (who plays the eternal victim, Sidney Prescott) still cannot act, and is greatly overshadowed by hip new teen cast. But it's still comforting to see her step into the role she created.

3) Don't forget the rules of a slasher movie, as cleverly explained in Scream (and rehashed in Scream 2, Scream 3, and now Scre4m). As many times as we've heard them, we're still somehow shocked, even if it's mildly, when a character disappears after he/she says "I'll be right back."

4) While it's rated R for strong bloody violence, language and alcohol usage, it should be rated PG because it's really the under 17 crowd (and those who've never seen the original film) who'll be truly entertained.

5) It moves appropriately into the technology-age with Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter references keeping its cutting-edge vibe razor-sharp.

6) Teens are the game-changers. They're younger, they're quicker, and, doggone it, they're mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore! It's really their town; we're just visiting. Kudos especially goes out to Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin. They held it down.

7) Marley Shelton (who plays Deputy Judy Hicks, Dewey's second in command) is technically part of the new blood as a fresh face in the series. But her pitch-perfect silliness, coupled by her wide-eyed charm, steals the show. She blends in nicely with veterans David and Courteney Cox Arquette as well as Campbell.

8) The Ghostface mask is still haunting, and multiplying by the minute. Ghostface the killer, however, is still terribly clumsy (unlike his predecessors--and mentors--Michael Myers and Freddy Kruger). And, yes, he still has that throat cold (which is actually comforting).

9) Sidney Prescott is just bad luck. As long as she's still breathing, Woodsboro will always be at the mercy of Ghostface. But she's one of our beloved film victims. God bless her.

10) While not particularly fresh and often teasing itself into oblivion, Scre4m still manages to entertain, albeit the younger crowd primarily. Its gimmicks haven't grown up, although its older fan base has. The first, say, 2/3 of Scre4m is painfully arrogant at times, but the film picks up steam in the last 1/3 leading up to a bloody, hip and twisted ending. The last bit reminds us why we fell in love with it in the first place. But here's a new rule overlooked in the movies: Quit while you're ahead. This should be the final movie. But, in true slasher movie fashion, it will probably return.

Rating: C


rainydaymovies said...

I didn't really love it either and I don't plan on rewatching it. My favorite characters were Hayden and Culkin's. And Shelton kind of annoyed me.

(Also, there's a wayward "a" before the word "ten," and a "town" repetition.)

Dusty said...

Well, first off...that's a solid review. It tells me everything I need to know.

Secondly, the Scream movies (for me) have always been cable or video type entertainment. I never go out of my way, or pay top dollar, to see them. I wait until they find their way to me.

That (most likely) means that I just have lower standards for them. As long as they are entertaining, they "get the job done." I'm not expecting high art. So it sounds like No. 4 will meet my rather low expectations...when I eventually see it.

Unknown said...

I loved Scream 4. I'm a Scream fan and think this is the best.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of slasher films, but I have to say, your review is the first that has made me even slightly interested in seeing this movie. Good job!

Dan said...

I haven't seen Scream 4 yet but to add to your list of ten things, or perhaps question, is whether the new film's music is up to scratch. I thought the first three films all had a good range of modern rock music to give the film that hip edge it did have before the knock-offs diluted the brand somewhat.

Film Conqueror said...

I've always loved the Scream movies! They were original and entertaining at first, and even though I know they've gone downhill, I can't help but stay loyal. Great review, and I'm sure you're probably right about it being a largely crappy end to the installment...but I'll probably end up seeing it anyway! :)

Brittani Burnham said...

^^I agree, I'll stay loyal and check it out as well. Even though I'll end up seeing it alone.

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