Sunday, 16 October 2011

Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4,2011,USA
Director:Wes Craven
Stars:Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette

15 years ago the original "Scream" was known to have rejuvinated the slasher genre,the film also inspired a slew of teen slashers that included a number of less superior films and there sequels such as "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Urban Legend".My question is while Scream was a great film,did it really "Save" anything? The horror genre hasnt really been lit alight since 1996,What We've seen in the last 15 years is such things as the introduction of "Torture Porn" with films like "Saw" in 2004,which had seven sequels along the same lines as "Hostel" in 2005 and to a lesser extent "The Human Centipede" in 2009,Found footage horror films such as "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity" and the endless stream of Hollywood remakes of classics such as the Michael Bay produced "Friday The 13th" and "A Nightmare On Elm Street".With the horror genre back in a bad palce, a fourth instalment in the Scream franchise is extremely welcome,but after 11 years since the third instalment can Scream maintain the self awarenesses and cleverness that it brilliantly executed in the 90's?
Its Ten years later and Sidney Prescott has returned to Woodsborro to promote her new book,but unfortunently her arrival coincides with a brutal murder from a killer donning the Ghostface costume,Now Sidney must fight to survive for the fourth time along with her old friends Gale,Deweyy and this time stakes are added as her family members are in danger including her niece Jill(Emma Roberts)
Wes Craven returns for directing duties here for the fourth time and Kevin Williamson who was absent in the third instalment returns to write Scream 4.The opening kill scene has always been something Scream has been renowned for.Here we get a good one,that supplies twist after twist and is extremely clever and also features stars Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell.Although the rest of the film doesn't keep up with the chaotic opening,Instead we get a formulaic slasher film that is against everything the original Scream parodied.
The film is entertaining though, but being a die hard Scream it just left me slightly disappointed.

The film features a lot of new actors,Some good i.e Roberts,Hayden Panettiere,Rory Culkin and some bad i.e Nico Tortorella,Adam Brody and Anthony Anderson.

Overall Scream 4 is indeed an Unnecessary sequel,although it has a great opening and a decent ending with a great killer,The film just feels flat(even more so than the extremely mediocre Scream 3) and disappointing and comes absolutely not where near the impact or greatness that the original Scream achieved.i cant help but miss Billy,Stu and Randy.

Tom: 2/4

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