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MOVIE REVIEW: Scream 4

Wes Craven, Courteney Cox, David Arquette & the rest of the cast are back to kill again

  • Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers in "Scream 4."
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It was crazy to hear about Courteney Cox and David Arquette public divorce, and stories of affairs and other craziness. A few months later Scream 4 was released, and they’re together doing all the press junkets.

I also found it weird that they got the cast they did for a horror film. This movie had Mary McDonnell, Emma Roberts, Heather Graham, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Neve Campbell, Rory Culkin, Anthony Anderson, and Hayden Panettiere.

I haven’t seen Scream 1, 2, or 3 … so I wondered if I’d be lost in all the slit throats and blood shed.

The first 40 minutes of this is campy fun. There’s a lot of humor in it that works. There are a few scary scenes, and it plays as a nice homage to horror flicks. After the 40 minute mark, it becomes tiresome, and merely a movie that it was previously making fun of.

Director Wes Craven, who did the previous Scream pictures as well as the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, thought this material was more clever than it was.

The film geeks that have a club at school where they show horror films, talk about all the things you see in horror movies – blondes left alone, opening a door when you don’t think anybody is there, etc. Well, those things have been joked about for at least 25 years now. What was the point of doing it now in an attempt to be hip?

And with all the technology people have that they incorporated into the movie – cell phones, video cameras, etc – I thought more could’ve been done with the villain and those devices.

It made me think about how the ending of The Blair Witch Project, with the camera falling in the final scene, was so effective.

There were some great lines in this movie. Some of those include “I’m the Daniel Radcliffe to your J.K. Rowling.”“Those downtrodden little fucks.”And my favorite, as a cop lays dying after having a conversation about what happens to police officers in movies – “Fuckk Bruce Willis!”

I heard one guy complaining as we left the theatre “How could this be R rated and not show a single boob?” It was a decent point. I might’ve said “pair” instead of “single,” but that’s me. I was more perplexed by the fact that this movie is getting better reviews than Water for Elephants.

I’m giving this a D+.