You just knew it was gonna suck, right? Us too; Wes Craven has been on a weak roll with his films as of late (My Soul to Take, Cursed); it's the 4th installment of a slasher series; and it's a Hollywood Horror flick, which let's face it, means that it's most likely going to be glossy and lame. So we weren't that hyped to see it, although we were admittedly curious about it all... but, ha! It didn't suck! In fact, it was pretty damned good.
The Scream movies have always been a fun, tongue-in-cheek love letter for the Horror Genre, by the Horror Genre. The first one worked so well back in 1996 because it was self aware, and it told us that it was alright to love it, even with all of its cliches' and flaws. The sequels were decent enough, but all critiques aside, they were just fun Slasher flicks, and that's that.
Let us not forget that the first Scream single-handedly breathed life into a DEAD Horror Genre in the late 90's. Go to Wikipedia and look up Horror films: 1990's... some gems can be found here and there, but for the most part it was slim pickin's as far as quality goes. So, 15 years later, here comes Uncle Wes once again bringing us back to Woodsboro for another go around with Ghostface.
|Much respect to the original Ghostface Killah, aka Tony Starks. Wu-Tang forever!|
|Old, wel-armed friends.|
The big questions that everyone seems to have regarding part 4 are "does Sidney die at the end?" or "is it revealed that she is the killer this time?" We aren't going to spoil anything that big of course, but we will say that while you might see the ending coming a bit before it arrives, it's pretty cool. We actually found ourselves surprised when certain people got knocked off by Ghostface, because we were just sure it was them doing the killing. These movies have always been fun little guessing games, and this one is no different.
|What are you doing creeping around with that knife, Sidney?|
That was all pretty good.
Anthony Anderson have lived? We like him; Not enough time was spent on Sidney's character, because the ensemble was so big... she/Neve was great in this, and deserved to have more to do.
Hayden Panetierre's hair... what the hell? You still look cute with it cut short, but let it grow back, girl!
|What is that craziness, Hayden!|
Emma Roberts, make some nudity happen. Please. *Same goes for you, Hayden, Alison, Marley, Kristen, etc...
... and speaking of the Hotties of the movie, click the banner below to see some pictures of them. You will be pleased.