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15
Cast
Neve Campbell
David Arquette
Courteney Cox
Emma Roberts
Lake Bell.
Directors
Wes Craven.
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Kevin Williamson.
Running Time
111 minutes

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Scream 4
New decade. New rules. Old hat.


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Plot
Having survived the original Woodsboro murders and the Hollywood horrors that followed, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) returns home to Woodsboro to promote her survivor-tale bestseller, only to find a new killer – or killers – terrorising the town, once again wearing the Ghostface mask.


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Scream 4
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Fifteen years ago, irony man Kevin Williamson and veteran horror director Wes Craven rewrote the history of the splatter genre by knowingly embracing its rules — or, less kindly, its clichés — allowing filmmakers and audience to collaborate in a bloody, and bloody funny, exercise in pre-millennial postmodernism.

The inevitable sequel — even the lamentable House had a Second Story – followed in 1997, allowing Williamson and Craven to play on a movie-literate audience’s familiarity with the tropes of sequels, including the one about them never being as good (or, at least, as original) as the original. True to traditional genre form, the threequel (2000) arrived belatedly, wasn’t as good as its predecessors, but managed to wrap up the trilogy and leave the audience wanting — well, not quite less, exactly, but certainly not more. The same year, Scary Movie put the last nail in Scream’s coffin.

And now there’s Scre4m, the ostensibly redundant, nobody-but-the-studio-was screaming-for-it fourth instalment, born less of a desire to satirise recent genre tropes such as done-to-death remakes, zombie flicks, handycam horror and torture porn, and seemingly more on the need to flog a few Scream box sets. For the comeback movie, it is customary to bring back the original cast and crew — although Craven’s old Nightmare On Elm Street series had notched up six instalments before his New Nightmare (1994) gave his postmodern muscles a pre-Scream workout — and die-hard genre fans will already have glanced at the credits to be sure the original gang (Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Williamson, Craven) is back to join the requisite newcomers (Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts), even as they brace themselves for the customary diminishing returns of a moribund franchise twitching back to life. Wisely so.

Scre4m tries hard to show us what a Scream movie might be like in the age of Facebook, iPhones and YouTube, and there’s sporadic fun to be had wondering who’s behind the killings, and why, and how many new Twitter followers the murders will get them.

Today’s audiences, jaded and impatient, are likely to be way ahead of Williamson, making the outcome predictable or tiresome, or both. It’s not entirely witless, but after the imaginative contraption-killings of the Saw septology, watching multiple knife murders, however ironically intended, is about as thrilling as standing in line at the butcher’s — without a bag of sausages to make it worth your while.


Verdict
A desire to Know What You Did Last Instalment is likely to be the biggest draw for Scream number four, but if this proves to be the last in the series, it’s a bloody shame it ended not with a Scream but a whimper.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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RE: "One generation's tragedy is the next one's joke."

Not as good as the first two, way better than the third. ... More

Posted by bozo at 13:30, 09 November 2013 | Report This Post


"One generation's tragedy is the next one's joke."

Yet another disappointing sequel to the outstanding original, Scream 4 seems to have finally done the franchise in for. It appears Ghostface has committed suicide with his own knife and taken his supporting cast with him... metaphorically speaking, of course. ... More

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L: Drooch No, I'm here to debate whatever the topic is at hand. Your need to invent drama is your problem here. Just discuss the topic and leave it at that, it's quite simple. hing is, this whole debacle started when you presented this fatuous and utterly bizarre argument that Kim Newman is "punishing" good film-making by giving a frankly average film a 2/5 rating. You also posited the argument that this sends the wrong message to studios and they'll stop making films you deem to be ... More

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L: rawlinson You do realise that the only times this thread gets mentioned anywhere else on the board are when people are laughing at you? I mean either you're being genuine and you can't understand the difference between a thread being mentioned because people are interested in your views and a thread being mentioned because people dislike you and are actively mocking your posts, or you're just trolling for attention. t was being mentioned, which reminded me of it, that's all. So, d... More

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L: Drooch L: Hood_Man As DC pointed out, there's a 12 month gap between posts... either you've subscribed to the thread AND are in possession of the quietest email address since Alexander_G_Bell_1847@aol.com, or you're telling porkies.he thread was brought up in various other threads.ur facts straight before you embarrass yourself more, ok? Remember, just because you're on a message board doesn't mean you have to be a complete dick. e=7].../i]quote]ORIGINAL: Drooch makes my skin... More

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L: MonsterCat I really don't want to go down this rabbit hole again but I would like to point something out, though. L: Drooch L: horribleives When's Scream 5 out? ote] Soon, maybe, according to disgustinguote] So obviously The Brothers Weinstein don't care that critics were "punishing" Scream 4 if they're sort of considering a fifth film. As if studios actually give a tuppeny fuck what critics think anyway. f Scream 5 goes ahead then it'll b... More

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You do realise that the only times this thread gets mentioned anywhere else on the board are when people are laughing at you? I mean either you're being genuine and you can't understand the difference between a thread being mentioned because people are interested in your views and a thread being mentioned because people dislike you and are actively mocking your posts, or you're just trolling for attention. ... More

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L: Hood_Man As DC pointed out, there's a 12 month gap between posts... either you've subscribed to the thread AND are in possession of the quietest email address since Alexander_G_Bell_1847@aol.com, or you're telling porkies.thread was brought up in various other threads. Get your facts straight before you embarrass yourself more, ok? Remember, just because you're on a message board doesn't mean you have to be a complete dick. makes my skin crawl on the internet more than watching... More

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L: DancingClown There's a twelve-month gap between your post and the previous post. This stuff about being prompted to respond because this thread had been "brought up" is horseshit of the most pungent kind. o it isn't. The thread was brought up in various other threads. Get your facts straight before you embarrass yourself more, ok? Remember, just because you're on a message board doesn't mean you have to be a complete dick. ... More

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I really don't want to go down this rabbit hole again but I would like to point something out, though. L: Drooch L: horribleives When's Scream 5 out? ote] Soon, maybe, according to disgustinguote] So obviously The Brothers Weinstein don't care that critics were "punishing" Scream 4 if they're sort of considering a fifth film. As if studios actually give a tuppeny fuck what critics think anyway. ... More

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You followed this: L: Drooch More worrying is that you describe a debate about objectivity in film criticism as a 'vast foreboding wall of soul crushing and utterly pointless ripostes' instead promoting, and joining in with, e of mouth-breathers who want to turn the Empire forums into something that would make the imdb look respectable. If the mods start being as fuck-stupid and bitchy as the lowest cretins on the boardhope is there? ith this: s hope it doesn't go that way. Here's hopi... More

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L: homersimpson_esq L: Drooch L: homersimpson_esq L: Drooch Secondly, a two star review could be justified if the reviewer showed signs of having seen the film and provided proper criticism, instead of lazy padding about the series' history and a couple of useless sentences about how the film might be received. He then dismissively tosses out two stars, damaging the prospects of the (good) film, and the series. ou comment that PA is "brown nosing" to Empire w... More

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