The Thrill Is Partly Gone
Release Date: April 15, 2011
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: Dimension Films/Weinstein Co.
Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Kevin Williamson
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In this installment, the original trilogy’s lead character Sidney (played by Neve Campbell) returns home to small-town California to sign and discuss a self-help book she wrote about overcoming tragedies. Sidney discovers that the killings have resumed, and she’s threatened again. As she goes into hiding, original trilogy characters Gale (Courtney Cox) and Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) are now married and bickering, but each ultimately puts their gripes aside to save each other and the town.
The killer this time is a high school student, and the reveal is less shocking than it should be because the actor playing the killer is unconvincing once they have to show real menace without a mask on their face. Throughout the movie, there is some incisive dialogue commenting on the current Internet age in which completely unworthy people can become famous for no apparent reason, and how the quest for fame has corrupted much of society. The ending has some clever albeit violent twists. However, the frequent brutal killings coupled with sarcastic jokes about the deaths make this an abhorrent movie.
The bloom is off the rose in this new installment, though the ending has some clever, albeit very violent, twists. There’s also some incisive dialogue on the current Internet age where completely unworthy people can become famous for no apparent reason. Some of that dialogue asserts that the quest for fame has corrupted society. Despite this, SCREAM 4’s attempts to find humor in violent, murderous mayhem remain reprehensible. Also, the reveal of the killer is less shocking than it should be because the actor playing the killer is unconvincing once they have to take off the scary mask. Thus, media-wise individuals and families will want to steer well away from this abhorrent SCREAM too.