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What he said:

He

It’s easy to forget, but Scream put the horror genre back on the map. Plagued by countless sequels and all kinds of other mindless slasher flicks, the genre was hurting for quite some time. Then one day a writer named Kevin Williamson decided to write a horror movie of a different kind. He decided to spoof the genre. He took the Horror movies have become something of unintentional joke. Well he turned it on its head and made a horror/comedy that redefined the genre.

I know all of this because I just saw a really cool documentary on the movie this past weekend. It was a welcome break from the countless Halloween sequels that AMC was running over-and-over again. Plus, it was really quite cool little special. It’s easy to take Scream for granted, but it reminded me of just how clever the whole concept was.

I actually haven’t seen a Scream movie in years. I can’t remember the last time I came across one on TV. Fortunately, I’ve seen the first one enough times to remember it fairly well. That’s pretty much all the back story you’ll need for this latest version; as it references the original the most.

Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is returning to Woodsboro for the first time in ten years. She’s been busy with a book tour, plus you know, she was kind of avoiding the place being that her high school boyfriend tried to kill her.  There are many new faces in town, as it is now several generations removed from her horrific past, but some familiar faces remain.

Dewey is now a Sheriff and is living happily ever after with his wife Gail. Gail has given up journalism and turned to writing fiction, which ended up being much more profitable. Though lately she is struggling to come up with a new concept for her latest book, so when old Ghostface pops up again, she figures this is a great way to reignite her career.

Also along for the ride are Sydney’s cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and her group of friends. The groups dynamic is clearly trying to recapture that of Sydney’s and Co. from the original. However, as stated many times, this is a different generation and there are different rules.  It all plays into the ending fairly nicely.

I remember Scream and Scream 2 fairly well. I do not remember Scream 3 all that well, as I think I’ve only seen it once. If I remember correctly, I think it was considered the weakest of the series. The spoof had unintentionally become a spoof of itself, but again I haven’t seen it in quite some time so I can’t really say for sure. I do know that this movie fits very nicely with the first two. I felt like I was watching Scream again, but with enough twists and other added elements to make it relatable to today’s culture.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was given the He said, She said seal of approval on November 2, 2011.

 

What ahe said:

She

I’m sorry Rotten Tomatoes, you’re sooooo wrong on this one.  Scream 4 deserves far more than a 58 percent.  Yes, the movie practically re-tells the plot of the first movie over again, but it’s all in a poignant homage to the predecessors in this series and the industry at large. 

Scream 4 brings Neve Campbell back (not sure where they dug her up from), as well as Courtney Cox and David Arquette.  Sidney Prescott, who has been out of the loop for a while, returns to her home town as the last stop on her book tour.  As soon as she arrives the crap hits the fan.  People start dying like crazy.  She is forced to stick around and shack up with her aunt and a cousin, Jill, (Emma Roberts), who she doesn’t really know very well.  As Jill’s high school friends perish one-by-one, it’s up to the old crew aka Sidney, Sergeant Dewey, and Gale Weathers, to find the killer and stop them dead in their tracks.

I thought this movie was great.  It had the feel of the original, and enough intrigue and death to keep me hooked.  There’s lots of blood, which is great, plenty of twists, and some fun hokey stuff that serves as throwbacks to the previous Scream movies and the horror genre.  Some thought this movie was stale, but I disagree.  I felt that Scream 4 diverged from the recent trend of plotless blood baths, zombie flicks, and ghost stories that have overwhelmed the horror industry of late.  The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still manages to thrill with “who done it” mind bends.  My only lament is that things lagged just a little toward the middle of the film, but they pick back up with a stellar ending.  You’ll either be dead on in your guesstimation of who is behind the murders, or surprisingly shocked.

Scream 4 is a fun piece of fluff that will particularly resonate with those with an enduring allegiance to the original.  The Blu-ray is also stocked with enjoyable features.

Thumbs up.