Scream 4: Why It Falls Short [Review 54 for FQ13]

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Why I Saw It: I’m a huge fan of the original SCREAM film, and although the second and third installments fall WAY short, I had hope for SCREAM 4. The reviews had indicated that it was a significant step forward, and there were a few young actors whose performances I was looking forward to seeing, namely Alison Brie (COMMUNITY), Aimee Teegarden (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) and Emma Roberts (IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY).

What Was It About?  “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.

My Rating: 7.3 out of 10

Memorable Performances: Nothing from this film was particularly memorable about this film, aside from the fact that it was a significantly better installment in the series than 2 and 3.

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:  

  • None

Favorite Parts: The opening of the film was creative, with how they integrated the opening scenes of the fictional “Stab” films.

The Regrettable Aspects: There were a few. The reveal for the killer’s identity was interesting, but the scenes which followed that up were lackluster, and the performance left something to be desired from the individual who was capable of better than the over-dramatic way it played out. The roles for Aimee Teegarden and Alison Brie should’ve been larger, as well.

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Why It Falls Short: The original Scream film is a classic, and it’s very disappointing that the sense of humor and meta-without-being-TOO-META feel that it had hasn’t transferred into the follow-ups. The original was cool, sexy, had a great soundtrack, and had very natural performances from actors who aren’t considered abundantly talented. SCREAM 4 doesn’t recapture any of those aspects. It was far less creative than it could’ve been.

Would I watch it again? I will eventually watch it again at some point when I rewatch all of them, potentially when SCREAM 5 is released or at the 20th anniversary of the original.

To Whom Would I Recommend It?  I’d say that everyone who saw SCREAM 3 should go ahead and see this one, because it was a significant improvement. And for those who only saw the first SCREAM, I’d go ahead and recommend they check this one out, even if they didn’t see the sequels. It was a disappointing film, based on the potential, but it wasn’t necessarily a BAD movie.

Other Recommendations:

SCREAM – If you haven’t seen it, certainly don’t start with the fourth installment. And if you do end up watching the fourth one, you’ll likely find yourself in the same boat that I’m in, whereby you go back and watch the original again.

CABIN IN THE WOODS – It’s hard to explain why, without giving too many spoilers, but this film had a lot in common with the SCREAM series, and it’s certainly a better flick than all of the films in the series aside from the first. (my full review)

– TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL – It’s a very entertaining horror film, moreso than the two other recommendations I’ve listed. It’s more of a comedy than it is a slasher flick, but it’s clever in a lot of the same ways as the original SCREAM. (my full review)

If you’ve got recommendations for alternatives to SCREAM 4, or for other similar films, let me know!

Next up, DR. NO.

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