Scream 4 Movie Review

Scream 4 is a 2011 horror movie distributed by Dimension Films. It stars David Arquette as Sheriff Dwight “Dewey” Riley, Courtney Cox Arquette as Gail Weathers Riley, Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, Emma Roberts as Jill Roberts, and Hayden Panettiere as Kirby Reed. It’s written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven.
Marking the 15-year anniversary of the Woodsboro massacre perpetrated by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher, two more teens are brutally murdered at the hands of a new “Ghostface” killer. One of the survivors of the original massacre, Sidney Prescott, returns to town the next day to promote her new book. Sheriff “Dewey” Riley forces her to stay in town after some bloody evidence is found in the trunk of her rental car. She stays with her aunt and cousin Jill while Dewey attempts to solve the murders and find the killer. Meanwhile, several more victims are claimed as the killer reveals to Sidney that he is going to make her suffer through it before coming after her.
One underlying theme of all the Scream movies, guardaserie including this one, is the typical way a horror movie and series progresses. For the first Scream, it was about the basic rules of surviving a horror movie like, for example, never having sex or doing drugs. The sequel was about the conventional rules of a horror movie sequel such as a higher body count and more “elaborate” death scenes. The third, and seemingly final sequel, was about the particulars governing the rare occurrence of “a concluding chapter of a trilogy” in a horror movie series, the most obvious being that the star, in this case Sidney Prescott, could be killed in the end. Now this new sequel plays on a popular stereotype of movies these days: remakes, or reboots as they are frequently called. These rules are partially taken from the original movie with some new things added in by the (usually) different writer. Although, in this particular case, Kevin Williamson, who wrote the first two Scream movies returned to write this one.

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