Can Sidney, Dewey and that seemingly unstoppable Ghost Face kill the crowd a fourth time around? Check out the answers to all with the DVD review of "Scream 4" out now from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films.
Title: "Scream 4"
Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Hayden Panettiere
Director: Wes Craven
Runtime: 111 minutes
Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Dimension Films
The Flick: Even though original "Scream" scribe Kevin Williamson is thankfully back, this fourth flick just feels like a been there, done that. Meaning for all the clever in jokes, horror film references and even attempts at freshness (the opening within an opening within an opening...) all fail due to a clear case of flat-out familiarity. It’s not even that much fun seeing the old characters again (Campbell looks bored, Arquette seems to now be 'playing' goofy and Cox is half the ‘bitch’ she used to be!) and the new ones are lackluster at best. (One star for Hayden Panettiere’s hair helmet though – that thing strangely sexy!) For an uninspired Craven and company "Scream 4" may have been a great way to pass the time, but for a fan of this series it’s like looking back at your most cherished memories and knowing they’re truly gone forever.
Best Feature: The Commentary track is interesting if only to show that the older folks (in this case Craven and Campbell via phone!) and younger ones (Emma Roberts and Panettiere!) just don't talk the same language.
Best Hidden Gem: Highly underrated Marley Shelton steals this film in a cool, quirky and even at times disturbing turn as Dewey’s new deputy – Williamson should have written more characters like this one! (And Shelton deserves better!)
Worth the Moola: For a purely pity buy maybe, but Craven has sold so many of his original ideas to remake wolves that he doesn’t need anymore of our hard earned dollars.