Scream 4 (2011) - Wes Craven

68/100

A GOOD ENTRY IN A ICONIC SERIES!

Director: Wes Craven
Producers: Wes Craven, Iya Labunka and Kevin Williamson
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Erik Knudsen, Mary McDonnell, Marley Shelton and Nico Tortorella
Studio: Corvus Corax Productions, Outerbanks Entertainment, The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films
Release Date: April 11, 2011
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $40 million
Box Office: $97.1 million

Scream 4 is an American slasher film from director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. Released on April 15th, 2011 by Dimension Films. It’s a sequel to the Scream franchise that Craven and Williamson had created. We get an ensemble cast with David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Erik Knudsen, Mary McDonnell, and Marley Shelton.

Sidney Prescott has written a book about getting over her experiences with the Ghostface killers. She is on a book tour that includes Woodsborough following a ten-year absence. Unfortunately, someone has taken up the Ghostface moniker again and started slicing and dicing the high-school students again. A cinema club and young partiers are new victims for the new Woodsborough Murderer. Could this encounter be the one that drives Sidney over the edge?

Effects-wise, this was an all-time low for the series. A CGI knife is where I draw the line. I get removing that danger element from the picture is a nice idea, but it’s not a very good decision when making a movie. This war on practical effects has to stop. I appreciated the copious amounts of violence, blood, and gore. But something has to be done about that knife. The cast was good and the story was an improvement from Scream 3, but it can’t outdo the original.

Scream 4 is a really good slasher movie. All of the old tropes are on display with a modern upgrade. Returning actors like David Arquette, Neve Campbell, and Courteney Cox are great and it feels good seeing them. But this is a feature for new victims like Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts, who are perfect fits. The Scream series has always been a great commentary on horror movies. This entry comments on resurrecting a film-franchise that had already jumped the shark. Very meta! This was the last entry to the series before Wes Craven passed away in 2014. I personally hope they don’t make another one.