For those of you not familiar with the preceding installments of the Kevin Williamson/Wes Craven franchise, believe you me, you’re missing out.
The original Scream redefined horror movies. It made them more modern, and assumed that the viewer was savvy to the rules. It was pure brilliance.
Everyone in the theaters for the first film found themselves utterly shocked when the biggest celebrity name in the movie (Drew Barrymore) found herself gutted and hanging from a tree, all in the first 15 minutes of the film.
What the hell? It was pure cinematic perfection!
Scream 2 followed the film’s heroine Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) to Windsor College, after the events of the first film. Sid thought she had escaped her past, but boy, was she ever mistaken.
The “Ghostfaced Killer” had plotted their revenge on her, and soon more gruesome murders happened on campus.
It became obvious that someone was trying to make a ‘sequel’.
Fans and critics panned the second installment claiming that it was sub-par to the first film. But I don’t think those people were paying close enough attention to the film’s point.
There is a scene in Randy‘s film class where the students discuss sequels. Randy flat out says about sequels “by definition alone, they’re inferior films”. So obviously, the writers planned to have the second movie NOT out do the first.
And with Scream 3 critics et al were even more brutal in their analysis. One critic claimed; “The new movie strays pretty far from the original idea — that the Scream characters are horror-movie savvy.”
But did they miss the part where the rules for a horror trilogy are explained to the cast? Dewey, Gale, and Sidney obviously had no idea what was happening around them. They were treating the events as though it were just another sequel.
That is, until a postmortem Randy via video tape explains that it’s possible that the killer(s) might be making the final installment of a trilogy.
The exposition of the 3rd film, might have been campy.. but wasn’t it intended to be by the filmmakers? That was the whole point of the series, was it not?
Anyways, now that we’ve got the past films covered, let’s focus on Scream 4.
It’s been 10 years since the events of the third film, and no ghostface killings have occurred in the interim.
Sidney Prescott writes a book, and on the final stop of her book tour, she returns to her home town of Woodsboro. Soon after her arrival, the murders start up again.
This time, everything seems centered around Sidney’s cousin Jill Roberts. It’s her friends that are being knocked off one by one…
Is history repeating itself? Sid seems to think so.
It’s rather difficult for me to say too much about this film without killing it with spoilers. I will however, let you in on the fact that this film is NOT ‘just another sequel’, but rather it’s fashioned after Hollywood’s recent obsession with REMAKES, and REBOOTS.
That being said, Sid starts to see many similarities between her experiences from the first film, and what cousin Jill is experiencing with this film.
Scream 4 puts itself right back on top of its game, where it can proudly stand side by side with its original. It was absolutely fantastic. A new Scream film, for a new generation.
Who done it? Well, you’ll be guessing all the way through the movie. And unless you’ve read spoilers, you will NOT guess correctly.
It is flawless. If you haven’t seen it yet, GO AND SEE IT.
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