|Still from Scream 4|
Sidney returns as the celebrated Heroine of Woodsboro, in-town promoting her Memoir. Reuniting with good Friends Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette), Gale (Courteney Cox) and her distant Cousin Jill (Emma Roberts), she soon realizes that Ghostface Killer is still in her wake after receiving a bloody warning. And not only does he want to hurt those around her. This time he really, really, really, really wants Sidney dead.
Anyone familiar with the Scream Franchise should come to expect a certain level of camp and implausibility. Craven clearly is out to cater to the un-weak hearts of Fans. Filled to the brim with appearances from Girl-Next-Door cameos from the likes of Lucy Hale, Aimee Teegarden, Shenae Grimes, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell and more, it’s clear which demographic is being targeted with Scream 4.
Where the Horror/Comedy stumbles most is that Sidney part-way though the Film seems to lose presence with the abundance of new story lines running in tandem with hers. Our attentions really should always be focused on her and her struggle to escape/confront Ghostface Killer. As much as I am fond of the latest descendant in the Roberts line, Emma, she falls just short of being convincing in one of her most daunting assignments to date. Supporting performances from Cox, Arquette and the Marley Shelton as Deputy Judy Hicks in a bit of an incongruous Love Triangle, are thoroughly entertaining.
Craven delivers on his promise of thrills and laughs to Fans with Scream 4. Does it surpass some of its earlier predecessors? No. Is it a fun Girls Night Out? Totally. Alliance Films releases Scream 4 nationwide on April 15, 2011. Grade: B-
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