Monday, April 18, 2011
Scream 4 (2011)
This film had a lot going against it before it was even released. Re-shoots, re-writes, screenings and more tinkering....and Wes Craven's recent track record. But looming over all of that, one big question pierced through everything like one of Ghostface's lethal jabs: could a film series now over 10 years old be revived and more importantly, would anyone give a shit? Well, according to this past weekend's box office, it appears that very little do. Which is a damn shame because Scream 4 is a lot of fun and the perfect antidote to the constant stream of remakes and uninspired tripe that keeps getting rolled out en masse.
After a couple of false starts and the 'real' beginning to our film, we see Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell hasn't aged a bit!) back in Woodsboro, promoting a self-help book. Along with her 'in it for herself' publicist, they are quickly thrown into the mix as they learn that a twin killing took place the night before. After some artifacts are found in the back of her rental car which leads town Sheriff Dewey to believe that ol' Ghosty face is back, Sidney is advised to stay put. To complicate matters more, her teenage cousin and group of friends have been contacted by him and are believed to be his next targets.
So you pretty much know how this story plays from here on out: our kids (along with a handful of others) are stalked by Ghosty, tons of red herrings abound, and new 'rules' are established. Other reviewers state that they felt like they were pounded over the head with all of the social networking quips as well as commentaries on recent genre fare. For me, it was just right and I loved every one of 'em. This is a straight up middle finger to the current goings on that are taking place in our beloved genre.
Anyways, I won't go too much more into this as really, you need to see it as there are a lot of 'little' surprises before the grand finale. And it's a doozy. One you don't see coming. And it's absolutely brutal. In fact, this one is by far the most brutal and vicious in the series.
For the life of me, I don't understand all of the hate that's being spewed in its general direction by a lot of genre fans. Are we so cynical nowadays that we can't just sit back, relax and have a good time? I'm not saying Scream 4 isn't without faults (the soundtrack irritated me at times and the ending was REALLY drawn out). But for all of the incessant bitching, 10,000,000 blog posts spitting bile at remakes and PG-13 fare, why the hell are we not going out in droves in support of this? Wake up kids, get out, and go see this sucker.
Cortez the Killer