Film Screening 23rd August, 2011

Poster for Scream 4

Scream 4 

8:00 PM, 23rd August, 2011

  • MA
  • 111 mins
  • 2011
  • Wes Craven
  • Kevin Williamson
  • David Arquette, Neve Campbell,  Courteney Cox

On the fifteenth anniversary of the original Woodsboro killings, a new copycat killer begins brutally killing students from Woodsboro High… yet again! Sidney Prescott (Campbell) reunites with the now-married Gale Weathers (Cox) and Sheriff Dewey Riley (Arquette) and quickly learns from a new generation of horror fans – including Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere – that the rules to survive a horror movie have changed. Together, they must work to survive and stop Ghostface once and for all.

You may be asking yourself: ‘Is a fourth Scream really necessary?’ After all, the first three instalments deftly explained the ‘rules’ dictating the plot of a horror movie, its sequel and a trilogy. What more could there possibly be? Within minutes, however, you’ll have your answer as you’re reminded why the franchise was so innovative and successful in the first place: an unmatched combination of suspenseful horror and twisted meta comedy.

In addition to the returning key cast, Scream 4 also brings back writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven, both widely attributed with reinventing and reinvigorating the horror genre with the original film in 1996. As before, the plot, the dialogue, the characters, and even the killings are all an elaborate commentary on what makes for a good horror film – except now the rules have changed to include a fascination with graphic torture, thanks to the Saw and Hostel films. With an ending that is both awesomely twisted and the perfect climax, Scream 4 is smart, surprising and very scary.

Rob Lidgard