Saturday, February 18, 2012

Scream 4

I look back in fondness for the first Scream movie. It's one of those movies where you remember where you were the first time you saw it. It was the film for the 90s teen scene.

When I heard they were making a fourth film I was not pleased. My worry was tamed a bit when I learned that the main characters were coming back. But once again, we're dealing with a series that was successful many years ago and they're trying to bring it back ten years later. I'm trying to think of any positive example where this worked...

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to her hometown with her new book. Police Officer Dewey (David Arquette) is now the Sheriff and his wife, Gale (Courtney Cox) is trying to get her swagger back.

Since they are too old for the current generation, new characters have been added to the bloodbath. We have Sidney's younger cousin and her classmates who basically rehash the original characters with less depth. (If that's even possible)

The reveal is one of the worst of all time in horror who-done-it. The motive frighteningly resonates with the current media-saturated/youtube loving kids. But this movie isn't as scary as the originals were. Ghostface was relegated to the jump out and "gotcha" moments instead of the truly horrifying pursuit moments.

I thought the language was extreme for this outing. I couldn't remember this many F-bombs being thrown around with the first film. The blood was obviously fake and perhaps they were aiming for the camp near the end of the film.

I'm afraid Emma Roberts was not ready for this level of spotlight. I don't care if you're related to Julia.

1 comment:

Jake said...

If you thought SCREAM 4 dropped the bomb like crazy. I think the Taking of Phelam 123. Out did it. Every other word out of Travolta's mouth was the F-word.