Film: Scream 4

Opened: April 15, 2011

Directed by: Wes Craven

Starring: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Erik Knudsen, Marley Shelton, Nico Tortorella, Marielle Jaffe, Alison Brie, Mary McDonnell, Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson, Aimee Teegarden, Britt Robertson, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Lucy Hale, Shenae Grimes & Roger L. Jackson

In similar style to the other Scream movies, Scream 4 is self-aware and has just the right balance of comedy and horror to make this a film you’ll watch over and over, even if it’s not the greatest.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to Woodsboro 15 years after the original murders while on a book tour. When murders start happening again surrounding her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts), Sydney, Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox) hunt down Ghostface (Roger L. Jackson) once more.

Despite the time difference between this and the first film, Campbell, Arquette and Cox still put on a hell of a show and have you rooting for their characters. Except for a fantastic performance by Hayden Panettiere as Jill’s friend Kirby, there aren’t any new characters who make a lasting impression.

Final say: New rules, same killer. ★★★★☆

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