As the October EYG Halloween Horror Bingefest continues, we revisit the fourth movie in a franchise that brings meta filmmaking to a new level. Scream 4 features Neve Campbell as the ultimate victim-turned-bad ass Sidney Prescott, and directed by horror icon Wes Craven.
Murder is the name of the game in Woodsboro once again as super survivor Sidney (Neve Campbell) returned to face off again with the next version of Ghostface. This time, Ghostface is targeting Sidney’s cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and her friends, in order to film his murders.
The basic pattern of the film follows the original Scream, which is actually a piece of the plot of the film. Our favorite characters Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) are married now, but that does not prevent them from being blade deep in this story.
We meet a bunch of new high school students, some of which are obsessed with movies and others who are there as red herrings to make the audience wonder if they might be the returning Ghostface. There must be something in the water at Woodsboro High to keep cranking out these weirdos.
I could understand someone saying that this movie is nothing more than repetitive, but I feel that the film uses that as a hook to the franchise. There is so much meta story telling going on in the Scream franchise that, with the inclusion of Stab, the movie-within-a-movie, it works.
You would think that, after all this time, Sidney might get herself a permit to carry a gun. Seems to me she could absolutely find an argument for why she needed one.
With the news of a fifth film coming from this franchise, you would have to argue that Scream is one of, if not the, best horror franchises of all time. While none of the sequels reach the campy goodness of the original, all three sequels are fun and entertaining, with lots of positives with them. Even the much maligned Scream 3 contains lots of positives and enjoyment to be had.
Scream has avoided the problem of being repetitive, actually turning that into a strength of the story, and we have recurring characters that we cheer for and want to see again.