Scream 4 takes place a good 10 years after the 3rd installment, where we find it is the anniversary of the original blood bath and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has returned to Woodsboro. She is promoting her new book, and all of this seems to spark a brand new terror with bodies starting to pile up again and a new killer (or killers) is on the loose. I don’t feel comfortable revealing any more about the plot, I went into this basically plot blind and that was certainly a good thing. So how does a sequel 10 years after the previous one hold up? Surprisingly well I have to say, and Wes Craven really stepped up his game. After the complete and utter mess that was My Soul To Take I was almost ready to give up hope on the director (you can read my dissection here) but he has proved he still has it. Now this isn’t as good as the original Scream, I don’t think he was ever going to stop that and New Nightmare but this is definitely up there with the likes of Scream 2 and A Nightmare On Elm Street. I just want to say thank you Wes for a damn good time.
On the acting side of things I loved that the main trio were back, with Neve, Courtney Cox (as Gale) and Davie Arquette (as Dewey) all returning. They are these characters and it seemed they all hadn’t missed a beat. All the chemistry was still there, and the quirks which made us love these characters through the series. The new comers were all actually pretty good with Emma Roberts (as Sid’s cousin Jill) being the real surprise, I think she has managed to prove that she has some serious talent on her. Hayden Panttierre was pretty good as well, there is no question the girl can act. I quite enjoyed Rory Culkin, Erik Knudsen (He looks like Jesse from Elm St 2) and Nico Tortorella who rounded out the rest of the high schoolers. The smaller roles were all entertaining with the likes of Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson and Marley Shelton playing the law enforcement, and the lovable Alison Brie playing a huge bitch! I loved it and her! I mean sure the performances aren’t the greatest but everyone did an admiral job and it was mostly very credible.