Writer: Kevin Williamson
Starring: Neve Campbell
Normally I would agree with the above statement, but in this case I have to say that fucking can sometimes pay off.
Scream 4 (or Scre4m) is the most recent entry into my favourite horror series. It sees the original trio, Sidney, Gale & Dewey reunite whilst a bunch of attractive teens get their shit handed to them. Now I know alot of people were sceptical about a 4th film, and unfortunately it didn't do aswell as the studio and the fans would have liked in the box office, which is a real shame. Whether it down to the gap between 3 - 4, or the fact they didn't use the often cheap looking 3D to bring in an audience, like the recent Nightmare remake...(Less said about that the better) is unclear. The reason is still being debated among fans, but i'm not here to tell you why it was unsuccessful, im here to tell you what people missed out on.
|Alison Brie, Marley Shelton, Adam Brody, Neve Campbell, |
Courteney Cox, David Arquette & Anthony Anderson
Now the rest of the film just gets better scene by scene. My favourite moment (apart from the first sighting of Ghostface) had to be seeing the trio back together, (Campbell, Cox & Arquette) they just slipped into their roles so perfectly and the chemistry was just as good as ever. If only we had seen that more, Gale and Sidney had maybe two scenes together, and apart from one scene with Sid and Dewey, there wasn't enough interaction with Sidney, Gale & Dewey at all. But the moments we had I loved!!! Cox & Arquette played the parts so well, and when Gale almost meets her maker I genuinly felt sad at the thought of losing her. Which shows how fond I am of both the characters and the actors, and how happy I am that all three returned.
The teens weren't as fresh and believable as the original teens but still bought what the Scream films have always needed, characters to sympathise for and scream at when they don't bloody RUN!!! First is Jill (Roberts) the 2011 Sidney shall we say, not as innocent for me and I couldn't feel for her at all, which was a shame as she was the main girl, Kirby (Panettiere) on the other hand I loved. She was sassy, clever, bright and the best character since Tatum in Scream. I felt for her, and wanted more than anything for her to survive, which is really a credit to Williamsons writing and Panettiere's acting.
|Eric Knudsen, Rory Culkin,|
Marielle Jaffe & Hayden Pannettiere
Robbie & Charlie (Knudsen & Culkin) were brilliant as the two film geeks. Knudsen really played it well and turned Robbie into a genuinely likeable character that I got quite fond of. He was also quite good and being the comic relief when he was needed as one. Culkin clearly has talent in his genes and it shows. He is funny, and you care for him and his geeky attraction to Kirby, but when needed to, he could turn on the creepy and really make quite a disturbing character.
Now the cops. Oh, dear...why it takes police 30 minutes to drive across a small town I will never know, and how they never were able to catch the killer at the easiest of opportunities will always puzzle me. Hoss & Perkins (Brody & Anderson) were nice enough characters but god were they crap at their job. We already have one sweet bumbling cop in Dewey, we don't need two more. Judy Hicks (Shelton) is slightly better, and her creepy persona and clear obsession with Dewey makes her no.1 suspect, which is a clear indication of Shelton's talent and knowledge of the horror genre.
|Neve Campbell, David Arquette & Courteney Cox|
One final thing I must say is how spot on and perfect Neve Campbell was in this film. She brought the pain of the character and really pulled it out of the bad. Subtle things like when she asks Dewey "Is this a prank?" or when she sees the murder of a character and just the despair on her face really show what a fantastic actress she is, and it angers me she is not recognised more for her talents.