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Now a popular author of a self-help book, Sydney Prescott returns to her hometown Woodsboro for a book tour. Sydney is quickly reunited with her good friends Sheriff Dewey Riley, and Gail Weather who have now married. When a new Ghost-face killer is on the loose , Gale, who once was a reporter, is given the chance to become a reporter again, but Sheriff Dewey and his loyal Deputy Judy Hicks are sharing as little with her about the case as they possibly can. Since she wants to solve the case with him and find the killer as a team like they used to, but he doesn't want her to get hurt. Desperate for information, Gale teams up with Charlie Walker, a film geek that seems to know a lot about scary movies and remakes.
Sydney who is now under police protection because the killings started when she returned and since she's always the target of the Ghost-face killer she will have to protect herself and her cousin Jill as well as her friends from the new killer.
For the record, I'm not a fan of remakes or sequels especially when they go past two films. What made the original Scream so good was it's originality and the freshness it injected into the horror genre at the time but to me each sequel got worse and worse. So you can only imagine the dread that came over me when Scream 4 was announced, I thought enough is enough already and after watching it I still feel that way because I think Hollywood needs to come up with some new ideas.
Enough ranting, I did go into Scream 4 with an open mind and I have to say it isn't half bad, sure I got the whole "I've seen that before" feeling but the film was a nice mix mix of violence and laughs and it had several twists I never seen coming. The film has some of the original cast in it like Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox plus it replaces some of the older face with some fresh ones like Emma Roberts and Rory Culkin both of whom did a great job.
Production wise it's what you would expect from Wes Craven so everything is good there.
The bottom line for me was, if you seen one Scream you seen em all but this one at least brought some of that same freshness and fun we had with first film plus I did enjoy the numerous twists it tossed at us. If you like the franchise I recommend checking this installment out, you will enjoy it for sure and if you never followed the the series after the first film that's not a problem either because you really don't have to see the others to enjoy this one.
Available on a Single DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo Pack, both come with Special Features that include:
Wes Craven Commentary for Feature and Deleted Scenes
“Making Of…” Featurette
Over 15 Deleted Scenes
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
*** 1/2 Out Of *****