Scream 4 was always going to receive heavy criticism, as most sequels and horror films do, but surprisingly, the film is a worthy sequel, and is certain to land a few scares, and a few laughs along the way.
The fourth instalment of the groundbreaking slasher franchise sees Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, return home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courtney Cox), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (played by Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell).
Unfortunately Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. The newest instalment in the acclaimed franchise that ushered in a new wave of horror in the 1990s is written by series creator Kevin Williamson and directed by suspense master and director of the first trilogy, Wes Craven.
Scream 4 does, what the first and second film (maybe not the third!) did, and challenge the horror genre, whilst making their characters well aware of “the rules” of how to survive a horror film. This technique is what made the scream franchise a success, and the fourth film does not disappoint.
The film stars an array of young, new talent which adds a breath of fresh air to the script. Stars including: Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin, Lucy Hale and Shenae Grimes.
Whilst it’s true that Scream 4 will not be winning any awards, who can argue with a film where at the end, when the credits begin to roll, people start cheering and clapping? Bet that didn’t happen at the end of The Kings Speech…
By Laura Browse