"Scream 4 (2011/Blu-ray&DVD/Anchor Bay)" Review

Synopsis: 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.

Review: When Scream first came out into theaters back in 1996 I passed it up as just another over hyped horror film and waited until it came to VHS to check it out and at the time I wasn't into it but since then I have grown a new found respect for it and what it is, which was a slasher film that took the previously used "self aware" horror theme and made it into something fresh for the slasher sub-genre. It did go on to make 2 sequels before this one which I did not like and now I am faced once again by Ghostface in Scream 4 and how did I like it, well read on to find out!
Well I don't love this film but at the same time I don't hate it, I find it to be alright. Scream 4 does go in a little bit different of a way from the previous films but at the same time it does keep to it's classic formula. Like the other 3 you do get plenty of twists and turns to constantly keep you wondering who is behind the Ghostface mask this time and Wes Craven is great at doing that. There is alot of references to films they consider "torture porn" and as well as poking fun at remakes and reboots which is odd because this film is a reboot to a horror franchise. Also they do point out the facts about horror films like Saw that make a million sequels and how each one gets way more stupid and predictable as it goes along which they portray in the beginning.
Like the previous films in the series I could stand most of the actors in the roles and the characters they portrayed and sat there hoping those characters would just die already. It could of just been bad writing to be honest or my boredom from seeing the same rehashed characters for far too long. Now with that being said not all the cast was bad or stale, I did like to see David Arquette return as Dewey Riley and it was kinda cool to see Rory Culkin (Signs) as Charlie Walker who was a bigger character than I ever would of thought before I saw Scream 4.
The only thing that I go back to and keeps me going beyond my views of it being alright is that it felt too predictable even with it's new set of  twists. One very good thing is that you really only need to see the first film to get what is going on with the returning characters, in ways it acts like the previous 2 never happened which is a good thing. Bottomline is that this is a film that I am not going to bash because of the things I didn't like about it but I can't fully say it was great because of those things I didn't like. Wes Craven you can tell did give it his all when it came to this sequel and I can see that and I will praise him for that, but I can only say try and go into it with an open mind even if you have a bad taste in your mouth from the previous 2 sequels because you may just enjoy because it is entertaining in it's own way.

Picture: 5/5 Audio:5/5 Special Features: 5/5 Movie: 3/5

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror/Slasher/Thriller
Blu-Ray/DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2011
Time Length: 111 mins.
Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Website: www.anchorbayent.com