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- Director: Wes Craven
- Release Date: April 2011
- Run Time: 110
- Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Tagline: Run Screaming or Die Trying
Kevin Williamson takes a risk remaking a classic via sequel. Yet, he hedged his bet by having horror porn legend Wes Craven direct Scream 4. Williamson handles his scripting duties very well, thank you very much, and his placement of Craven in charge of directing, he handled the main key to success with impeccable judgement. With Craven in charge of the shoot, Kevin Williamson’s script wasn’t out ahead of itself pursuing dramatic values such as mystery and intrigue, while the slashers ended up being half-baked rendition of Craven crafted standards for the genre.
For the uninitiated though, this isn’t the first Craven-Williamson Scream collaboration. Scream 2 was a Williamson creation. To some degree, this collaboration was a little less genius and a little bit of replaying Lady Luck that the two could pull it off some 14 years after Scream 2 came out in 1997. Scream 4 reunites the Queen of Scream, Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, now Sheriff Dewey Riley (David “I Married Monica” Arquette), and Courtney Cox, who is has since married the Sheriff Riley, and made riches off her books writing on the murders in Scream 1, Deux, and 3.
Neve and company have obviously aged since the first three Screams bled out across America. There have been new players added, Arquette’s deputy duo, played by Anthony Andersen and Adam Brody, because Dewey was promoted to Sheriff of Woodsboro. The rash of teen dullards who set themselves up for attack at the hands of the psychotic Ghostface slasher abound in the film. However, this generation is busy with phones and texting and video livestreaming the details of their lives; just like all good little social networkers of today. The action kicks off when Sidney comes home to promote her book about the carnage she has lived through during her teen years in Woodsboro, trying to get closure and make some sense of it.
I am like Sidney after seeing Scream 5, seeking closure and trying to make sense of all the blood in the final kitchen scene. Not a bad flick to spend a Saturday afternoon on, for sure.