Title: Scream 4
Directed by: Wes Craven
Starring: David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson and Marley Shelton
Running time: 111 min, Rated R, Available on Blu-Ray
Sidney Prescott from the previous Scream films is back in Woodsboro on a book tour, and it just so happens to be the anniversary of the original murders that started the series. Ghostface is back as well, making his “What’s your favorite scary movie?” inquiry calls and the body count rises again. Sidney, her cousin Jill, Chief Dewey and his wife Gale do what they can to survive the ordeal and unmask the new killer posing as Ghostface.
The thing about sequels is they’re usually super lame, especially horror sequels and this one is no exception. Scream 4 is basically Scream 1 recast, some minor tweaks to the villains and fairly predictable. Rory Culkin is the new Jamie Kennedy, Hayden Panettiere is the new Rose McGowan and so on.
The special features include several deleted scenes including an alternate opening and ending, a making of Scream 4 segment, gag reel and commentary by Director Wes Craven, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Neve Campbell. Emma Roberts has a lot of favorite scenes, and is so compliementary I can’t tell if she’s faking or just abnoxiously cheerful and genuine.
Scream 4 is more of a date night rental or a tweenage slumber party movie – if it weren’t for the F-bombs, it would be safe enough to rate it PG13. If you must know the “twist” ending, find a spoiler site and go about your day.
Total rating: C
Reviewed by: JM Willis