Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Scream 4 Movie Review - October 5, 2011

When it comes to the horror/scary movie genre, I just am not interested in it. I used to watch them when I was younger at times but just have no time for them anymore. Well, except for one that I made an exception for and that is the Scream franchise. I went with a group of friends to see the first Scream at the movies back in 1996 and we were glued to it. My memory of watching that in the theater was me and my friend constantly leaning over to one another saying "that is the killer". Truth is that we probably had it right at one point cause we probably named every character in the movie by the end of it. It has become one of my favorite movies of all time and I did watch all of the sequels to it. I was speaking of Scream 2 and 3. Well, 2011 hits and it is time for a remake to be released. Scream 4 hit theaters earlier this year and has now just been released on DVD and Blu-ray as well. When I first heard that there was going to be a fourth movie, my first reaction was not very positive. You always have to be careful when franchises continue to go high in their number of movies. Most of the time they will get worse. When the talk was about bringing back the original cast, it made me think more optimistic. When the promotion started for Scream 4, all the negative thoughts went away and I thought I have to see this movie. I have to know where the story goes from here. With the DVD release, I checked out Scream 4. I am not going to go into spoilers on this movie because part of the fun of these movies has always been the guessing game that ensues. I will however kind of preview it for you to give you an idea of what the story is going to be. The Scream franchise has always been more than a just normal horror type series. I think part of the allure of these films has been the mystery and suspense of them. Trying to guess what is happening. Who is behind it? What will happen next? This fourth installment of Scream does a great job of recreating itself while also paying homage to the original. Back for this new movie are Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox-Arquette, and David Arquette in their original roles. Has Neve Campbell aged at all??!! She looks like she could jump right back into those original movies. Her character of Sidney Prescott has moved on in her life including her writing a book and being on a book tour. Deputy Dewey is now Sheriff Dewey. He is also married to Gayle Weathers now. The town of Woodsboro is now 15 years removed since the murders in the town. The town has become famous for what occurred with some treating it more as a joke than as a tragedy of what occurred. That ties us to the new cast members. Woodsboro High School's new students who know of what occurred and are soon brought into the tragedy of it very quickly. I really enjoyed the casting in this movie. Emma Roberts is cast as Sidney's cousin and does a really good job in the role of Jill. Hayden Panetierre was another great addition to the cast. One thing that is mentioned in the behind the scenes documentary of the DVD is that the cast really is a good representation of this current group of young Hollywood just like the original Scream movie was 15 years ago. There were countless people that I saw from a bunch of different shows that I've watched in the last couple of years. Pretty much familiar with everyone or at least knew their face if I didn't know their name. The movie takes the elements of what worked in the original and brought it into this new world of technology. I liked the movie for the most part. There was one scene that I could have done without obviously (LOL). I was also very satisfied with how it ended and tied together. I thought it did well in staying true to the original with bringing it into this new generation. If you were a fan of the original Scream movies, give this one a look. Fitting enough that I laughed at myself later after I watched the movie. I had left my car running in the driveway unlocked. When I got in the car, my brain just went into instinct mode and I clicked on the interior lights checking the back seat to make sure no one was there. LOL.

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