Scream 4 Blu Ray Review
Released by Roadshow
favourite scary movie?"
15 years ago, one horror film reinvented
the slasher genre and made it fresh, smart and frightening. Now, the franchise
is back - with a new film expected to be the start of a fresh franchise of fear
On the anniversary of the first
killings in Woodsboro, Sidney Prescott (the ever luminous Neve Campbell) heads
back into town to promote her self help book. But her arrival heralds a new
round of mayhem perpetrated by Ghostface - and soon, her friends, family and
everyone in Woodsboro is a new target.
with a phone ringing - and a very smart analysis of opening scenes from the
Scream films (it's difficult to talk too much without giving spoilers so forgive
vagueries) and the initial fake outs throw you off guard before the real action
begins to take place. It's this self awareness which pervades the film - and
makes it more entertaining than the two sequels which preceded it.
That said, the latest entrant seems a little muted
compared to what we've become used to.
Arquette is mightily impressive as doofus Dewey the sheriff; Courtney Cox is
bitter and angry as Gail, the would be writer who's now trapped in small town
Woodsboro; and Campbell really brings the psychological plight of a victim/
survivor to the fore. Throw in a new group (a next generation if you will) of
teens (Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts as Sid's cousin, two new film geeks) and
there's a veritable pot pourri of characters on show.
There's a lack of suspense at times to be frank - and if you're after
a blood spattered night out, this isn't the film for you.
Granted the scenes of teens/ adults being stabbed are actually quite
horrifying, but they're muted in comparison to the over the top death scenes of
the previous two films - and that's what impresses.
sequences are overlong and drawn out - and the revelations of ultimately who's
behind it make reasonable sense (partly because they spend an inordinate amount
of time explaining why they're doing it.)
there's plenty of running up stairs when going out the front door may have been
best; there's dark and deserted parking lots, shadows of things moving by
windows, but all in all this Screemake (or Screequel as the characters call
them) isn't a bad entrant into the franchise. As one line says :"You do a remake
to outdo the original"; certainly Scre4m (to give it its marketing title) brings
some new aspects to the genre, but the over peppering of the script with
commentary on the films and horror franchises may lead some to feel this latest
is a little flat and lacking in requisite suspense in places.