Scream 4 is set 10 years after Scream 3. As the tag line says, “New Decade. New Rules.” This movie lives by that mantra. We can no longer count on the traditional rules that the first three films lived by, so throw those out your window before you sit your fanny in that slightly sticky theater seat. Scream 4 brings us back into the small town of Woodsboro, where Sidney Prescott has returned for a promotional stop on her book tour. Just as she comes into town, murders begin happening again. Murders that resemble the very ones that Sidney survived. Sheriff Dewey and (his now wife) Gale Weathers, are on the case, though (or are they?). Now also at risk, is Sidney’s younger cousin and all of her high school friends.
The great thing about the Scream franchise is that it never takes itself too seriously. It demands respect as a horror film, but never needs to be reminded that it is, in fact, a horror film. Scream 4 is no different – the makers of the movie are in on the joke. The film is very meta – more so than the original three, actually. The self referential quips only endear you more to it, and that’s a great thing. In the 10 years since the last installment, technology has become even more integral to our lives, and that’s not lost in Scream 4. Twitter, cell phones, and even a Mac all make appearances in the film.
While the film is certainly not going to win any Oscars, nobody was expecting it to – especially it’s creators – writer Kevin Williamson & legendary director Wes Craven. If you weren’t a fan of the original trilogy, this one probably won’t have you joining the fan club. If you did enjoy the original trilogy though, Scream 4 is probably the best installment after the original Scream.