Sunday, November 27, 2011

"You forgot the first rules of remakes: Don't fuck with the original!"

    The horror series that reignited a dying genre is back in top form as SCREAM 4 sees the return of SCREAM vets Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox, as well as a new generation of 'screamers' that includes Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Alison Brie and Nico Tortorella.

Dewey(Arquette) and Gale(Cox) must work together to stop a new Ghostface in SCRE4M, on DVD/Blu-Ray now.


     Set 10 years after the events of SCREAM 3, Sidney Prescott(Campbell) is now a successful author, having just published a self-help book and making Woodsboro her last stop on her book signing tour.  Upon her return, Sidney reunites with Sheriff Dewey(David Arquette) and his wife, Gale(Courtney Cox).  Along with reconnecting with old friends, Sidney also reconnects with her aunt Kate(Mary McDonnell) and her teenage cousin, Jill(Emma Roberts), who shows a striking resemblance to Sidney from the original movie.
     To round out the rest of the cast is Jill's best friend, Kirby(Hayden Panettiere), ex-boyfriend Trevor(Nico Totorella), and horror geeks Charlie(Rory Culkin) and Robbie(Eric Knudsen), giving the film a modern twist with facebook, twitter, live web streaming and texting all woven into the plot nicely.
     But not all is well in Woodsboro, as Ghostface is waiting for Sidney and is more than ready to finish her off once and for all.  Its a new decade.  There are new rules.  And no one is safe.

 Emma Roberts is about to come face to face with a 'ghost' from the past.

       Kevin Williamson's script is full of the same tongue-in-cheek humor, this time giving it a more modern twist with facebook, twitter, texting, and live web streaming woven into the plot, albeit quite nicely.  The film revisits the discussion of the horror movie survival rules that gave the original SCREAM its edge.
     Director Wes Craven knows the horror genre inside and out. The undisputed master of horror knows what he's doing and SCREAM 4, while not as revolutionary as the original, is still relevant today.

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