Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Scream 4 - DVD Review

ll 1/2

Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Hayden Panetierre, Emma Roberts, Alison Brie, Rory Culkin, Anthony Anderson, Marley Shelton, Adam Brody, Erik Knudsen, Mary McDonnell, Marielle Jaffe, Nico Tortorella, Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell. Directed by Wes Craven.

The Scream movies are fun, but they have diminishing returns. This movie is so self-aware and so self-referential, so "meta", that you half-expect Neve Campbell to say, "And look, my name isn't Sidney, it's Neve, and see that camera over there? That's Wes Craven filming this."

It's been a while since Ghostface slaughtered the citizens of Woodsboro, but now Sidney has returned to promote her new book, all about surviving the different people who wanted to dress as Ghostface and kill everyone around her before monologuing and then somehow getting killed themselves. There's a mix of old and new generation, and a distinct feeling that the only three to survive all three movies (Courteney Cox's Gail and David Arquette's Dewey being the other two) may not be so safe this time around.

There's a breezy energy to it, but the extreme predictability, high body count, and neverending winking at the camera don't add up to a whole movie. I'd rather see Scream 5 than sequels to most other horror franchises floating around, but there's only so much of its own tail the Scream team can eat.

No comments: