Movie Review: ‘Scream 4′

Note: This review was originally published earlier this week.

The Scream series has always been a great, commercial representation for our love of cinema. They’re the rare movies that said, “If you are a fan of movies, this is for you” and actually found success. The problem with that, however, was as the films got more and more self-aware, character and storyline took more and more of a back seat. There in lies the problem with Scream 4. It tries so hard to be smarter, funnier, gorier and scarier than all of its predecessors that it often misses the mark. When it hits the mark, it hits it hard and in a near totally redeeming manner, but it’s impossible to totally redeem a lazy narrative structure that’s almost devoid of scares. Fans of the franchise will find plenty to enjoy, but others might find themselves frustrated.

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New ‘Scream 4′ Photos

We’re just over a month away from the April 15 release of the 11-year in the making fourth installment in the Scream saga, Scream 4. In this new version, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is a best-selling author who comes back to town to do a book signing. There she reunites with some friends (David Arquette and Courteney Cox), family (Emma Roberts and Mary McDonnell) and also the Ghostface killer. Check out four, brand new, official images and more after the jump. Read More »

‘Scream 4′ Movie Trailer

A full-length movie trailer has been released for Wes Craven‘s Scream 4, unveiled by the film’s Canadian distributor Alliance Viva Film (via Bleeding Cool). The trailer features a lot of new footage not shown in the initial teaser trailer, and in my mind shows both improvement and promise. Watch the trailer now embedded afte the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The big Elijah Wood news in the past couple days was that the actor will appear in The Hobbit to reprise his character Frodo from The Lord of the Rings. (Details on that appearance here.) But he’s also got another role booked: he’ll be Ben Gunn in a Sky TV adaptation of Treasure Island, scripted by Stewart Harcourt and directed by Steve Barron (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Eddie Izzard is playing Long John Silver, which is brilliant.

After the break, Neve Campbell books a role to follow Scream 4, and Michael Fassbender circles a Sean Penn film.
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Spoiler-Lite ‘Scream 4’ Plot Synopsis Unmasked

The fourth Scream film, either called Scream 4 or Scre4m, depending on where you look, is rapidly approaching. But even with the April 15 release date coming relatively soon, the film is still in the midst of the post-production process. Test screenings of the Wes Craven-directed horror sequel are underway and the flyer for the test screening has a brand new plot synopsis. There’s nothing too revealing about this, especially if you’ve seen the trailer, so feel free to check it out after the jump. Read More »

Ghostface Scream

Halloween is right around the corner, which means horror films like Paranormal Activity 2 and Saw 3D are set to rule the box office. It’s also a perfect opportunity for studios to pimp their impending horror fare and no horror movie coming in the next few months is more highly anticipated than Scre4m. Once again directed by Wes Craven with returning stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox along with a slew of famous franchise newcomers, the film is set for release on April 15, 2011. At the Spike TV Scream Awards, which shot over the weekend and air Tuesday, several of the cast members were on hand to present the world premiere of the teaser trailer and the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has interviews with the cast that provide an idea of how Scre4m is going to fit into the series. Hit the jump for more. Read More »

New Photo: Scream 4

Dimension Films has released the second official production photo from Wes Craven‘s Scream 4 has been released on E!. The new photo features our first look at David Arquette, reprising his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley. He appears to be handling a situation in a book store, as Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott and Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers-Riley wait in the wing. We’ve previously learned that since the last time we saw her, Sidney has become an author. And she is set to return to the scene of the crime for a book reading/signing in Woodsboro. Hit the jump to see the photo.

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More Scream 4 Footage and Interview with Neve Campbell

Last week, Entertainment Tonight aired an on-the-set report for Scream 4 featuring some footage and interviews with cast members. /Film reader Jedz has alerted me that ET Canada has now begun airing their own coverage of the set visit, which includes a bunch of new on the set footage and an exclusive interview with star Neve Campbell. Hit the jump to watch the short segment online.
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We don’t know much about the plot of Scream 4, but we do know what Wes Craven told us in April:

“We have fun with the idea of endless sequels, or “sequelitis” as Kevin calls it in the script. Sid goes through these three horrendous things, and Stab was based on those horrible things. And then they’ve been taken by a studio and run into the ground in a series of sequels. She has been off by herself and living her own life, and she’s even written a book that has gotten a lot of critical acclaim. She’s kind of put her life back together in the course of these 10 years. But, certainly, there would be no Scream without Ghostface, so she has to confront him again, but now as a woman who has really come out the darkness of her past.” … “This is a film about the progress of, at this point, three core characters, and how all of these events have changed their lives, and how the events in their lives have been reflected in the movies around them, which they might like or might really not like at all. I think that makes it really different.”

So what is Sidney Prescott been up to in the last decade? What is she doing now? Well, she is an author, of course! And she’s returned to Woodsboro to promote her nHit the jump to see the photo from the set which reveals Sid’s book cover. See set photos from downtown Woodsboro on BeforeTheTrailer.com.

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Ghostface

As you already know, Scream series stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have all returned to reprise their roles in Scream 4, which is currently shooting. But who cares about those guys and gals — We have just learned that Roger L. Jackson, the voice actor who provides the creepy voice of the killer (aka Ghostface), is also set to return for the fourth film.

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