Scream 4

 

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to Woodsboro on the 10th anniversary of the Ghostface murders as part of her book tour. She has become a cult figure in the community (hard to tell if her popularity covered the entire US based on the movie), since her story has spawned a series of movies based on books penned by Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) regarding the murders.

She hopes her autobiography would show her in a new light as a survivor, after years of being depicted as the victim, particularly in Gale’s books. Perhaps, to further show her seriousness in this new role, she wears suits and her hair in a chignon.

Her past returns to haunt her as the community learns that two young females were murdered in their homes the night before Sidney’s arrival. Ghostface then contacts her new targets—Neve’s niece and her friends—by phoning them and asking for their favorite scary movie, as is his style.

What follows is a series of guessing games: new characters and murders are introduced and you are reduced to identifying and eliminating suspects.

It would have been a pleasant and funny movie—it was amusing to see Scream parodizing itself. However, in a bid to shock the audience (though, not really) in unveiling the murderer behind the mask, it overshot what would have been an acceptable possibility. In fact, the film was so bent on defending its choice of murderer, that the murderer had to have a long speech on why he/she did what he/she did. The movie went downhill from there, although that’s just about the last 20 minutes of the 111-minute film.

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Since I am reading Rogert Ebert’s book (see sidebar), this is my attempt to write a film review (admittedly, an Achilles’ heel) following his easy, breezy style 😛

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