Halloween Count Down Day 30 Scream 4

New decade. New rules.

Scream 4
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Release Date: April 15. 2011
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette
Director:  Wes Craven
Writer:  Kevin Williamson
Run Time:  111
DVD Extras:

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. 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.

Scream is one of the only bright spots's when it comes to 90's horror. And Kevin Williamson hands down was the best writer in the 90's. The man is responsible for the Scream series I know what you did last summer, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Dawson's Creek and Cursed!  Man, he sure knows what eye candy to put on the screen for us young boys!

So after ten years, Bob Weinstein thought it was the right time for another film. Scream was intended to only be a trilogy Scream 4 is intended to be the first of a new trilogy. Campbell, Arquette, and Cox are the only returning cast members from the previous films and were the first to sign on to the film in September 2009. Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin were the first of the new cast to jump aboard. Ashley Greene was initially the choice of the lead character, Jill, but the role eventually went to Emma Roberts.

Scream 4 was released on April 15, 2011 to mixed reviews. It took in $19.3 million its opening weekend the second-lowest opening since the first film.

Ghostface once again begins killing students from Woodsboro High. Prescott, Gale Weathers-Riley, and Dewey Riley once again team up to stop the murders, but not before having to learn from a new generation the "new rules" of surviving horror films.

The following day, Sidney Prescott returns to Woodsboro to promote her new book with her publicist. Sidney becomes a suspect in the murders after evidence is found in her rental car, and she must stay in town until the murders are solved. No shock so far. Her cousin, Jill  who is dealing with the betrayal of her ex-boyfriend, Trevor gets a threatening phone call from Ghostface.

Ok in true Williamson tradition we have set up a few people who could be the suspects. That was something I really like about his writing style it really keeps you guessing.

 Later that night, Olivia, who lives next door to Jill, is attacked and murdered by Ghostface as Jill and Kirby watch in horror. Sidney and Jill were injured in their attempt to save Olivia and are taken to the hospital, where her publicist Rebecca is murdered in the parking garage. Witch was one of the better kills. I'm just not to keen on the sound effects used for the knife. It sounds more like a sword being drawn.

Gale, trying to solve the murders, enlists the help of two high school movie geeks, Charlie Walker , and Robbie Mercer who explain that the killer is using the rules of movie remakes to murder. Charlie concludes that the killer will probably strike at a party being held that night.

So what does Gale do? Well duh, she  goes to the party to investigate but is attacked and injured by Ghostface, who flees as Dewey arrives. He has her taken to the hospital. 

Spoiler Alert!

Jill, Kirby, Charlie, Robbie, and Trevor are at Kirby's house when Ghostface appears and murders a drunken Robbie. Sidney arrives at the house. Kirby is forced to answer horror movie trivia to save Charlie, who is tied up outside. Sidney goes upstairs to find Jill, promising to return to Kirby. Believing she has won Ghostface's game, Kirby goes outside to untie Charlie, but he stabs her in the stomach and reveals himself as Ghostface. Charlie and his accomplice attack Sidney, the accomplice is revealed to be Jill. She explains that she wants the attention Sidney got and that the two want to become famous for being the survivors of the murders and framing Trevor for it; she then pulls him out of a closet and executes him with a shot to the head. Jill kills Charlie too, to pin him as Trevor's accomplice, making her the sole survivor. Jill stabs Sidney in the stomach and mutilates herself to make it seem as if Trevor attacked her, while Dewey, Judy, and the rest of the police stumble in on the carnage.

Problem number 2. Why does it take the cops so long to get there? And is Dewey there for comic relief?

Jill is then taken to the hospital but after discovering that Sidney had survived, she then attempts to murder Sidney. After a drawn out cat fight Sidney finally  puts down Jill and outside the  media reporters  confirm Jill as the "sole surviving hero".

So was this a good movie well yes but my big concern was this trying to be a horror comedy. If so they felt way too short. And I feel like they were ripping off Halloween 4 in a big way. The sound effects are the true loser in the movie. One of the bright points I was only 1/2 right on who the killer was.

3.5 Bloody Brains out of 5


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