Much like its three predecessors, Scream 4 is an easy watch that uses metatextual dialogue as a means of excusing itself from criticism (you see this a lot these days to varying degrees of success…I thought that the insufferably annoying Rubber was an utter failure, but I very much liked restrained nonsense of The Catachysm Cataclysm). Ten years have passed since the previous film, but little has changed for the franchise’s survivors outside of a job promotion and a published novel. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to Woodsboro for a stop on her book tour followed closely behind by the Ghostface Killer. A new batch of attractive young stars are killed off one after another in typical fashion until the true killer(s) is revealed. The reveal is ultimately a cheat, the film provides no clues regarding the killer’s identity. The screenwriter simply chooses a character at random and expects viewers to accept it as the logical truth. You already know if you’re going to see this or not, do what you will.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.