Scream 4 Movie Review

Ghostface in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream."

Scream Brings Back the Teen Slasher Flick with Humor

It seems like we’re in the time of remakes. Everything old is new again, or at least the movie studios are trying to bring back fan favorites. Yes, it’s a hit of nostalgia that is leading these reunion shows, reboots, and new additions to movie series. But, we can’t be alone in asking – why? Why now? After all this time? Do we need another Scream movie?

Scream, the fifth movie in the Scream series, and one that shares a name with the original is hitting theaters this weekend. It brings back three (or more) of the original cast members and back to Woodsboro where Ghostface seems to be back again. The movie, much like the originals is very self-referential and even addresses the audience with a bit of humor. It has nods to the original, locations, and even a character named after the original director Wes Craven. But is it a movie that fans are going to accept into the pentalogy?

Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s “Scream.”

Scream (remember it is Not Scream 5), brings back the ultimate teen slasher movie. With jump scares; bloody deaths and a twist you might not see coming. It even makes fun of itself a bit debating the whole reboot/sequel surge and deciding what is happening is perfect for a Requel – a combination reboot and sequel to bring a new audience to the story.

L-r, Dylan Minnette (“Wes”), Jack Quaid (“Richie”), Melissa Barrera (“Sam”) and David Arquette (“Dewey Riley”) star in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s “Scream.”

The humor throughout the film is one that will have you laughing between the kills that will inevitably happen shortly. It pokes fun at the scary movie tropes and brings back to the screen what fans loved about the original movies. And even with all that, it even brings up the point that sometimes sequels are too disconnected from the original for fans to enjoy it – like Stab 8 that has gone off the rails compared to the original horror film.

Melissa Barrera (“Sam”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s “Scream.”

Scream simply has everything fans of the original movies will love – slasher style kills, humor, and a mystery wrapped in one. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the original movies, but want that hit of nostalgia Scream has it in spades. While some parts are a bit predictable, the movie will have you guessing up until the end. It’s simply a fun slasher flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is made for fans to enjoy.

Scream is in theaters on Friday the 14th and is the perfect popcorn flick to watch with friends.

Overall Rating:

Four and a half Star Review

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About Scream:

Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. 

Neve Campbell (“Sidney Prescott”), Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) and David Arquette (“Dewey Riley”) return to their iconic roles in Scream alongside Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sonia Ammar.

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