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Scream 4: The Weigh In

The word to describe this movie would have to be “nostalgic.”

While I am not a fan of gory horror movies, I am a child of the 90’s and like most of my friends, was captivated by the genius of the SCREAM movies. There was a certain edginess to how the trilogy played out the “formula” of a horror movie.  The first two flicks were a huge success while the 3rd fell flat with its ridiculous plot and subpar character additions…

Ten years later Scream 4, directed by Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven, absolutely redeemed the trilogy and brought back those same goosebumps I got from the first film as I clinched my seat hoping my favorite characters would survive the most recent reign of terror by the mysterious “Ghostface” on the people of Westboro.

Neve Campbell reprises her role as our heroine “Sydney Prescott” as if she were born for the part and David Arquette and ex-wife Courtney Cox jump back into the roles of “Dewey Riley & Gale Weathers” without missing a beat.  It was like being reunited with old friends.  To add some “New Millennium” flare to the flick the cast is joined by hot young stars like Hayden Panettiere, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Rory Culkin, and Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric Roberts and Niece of Julia Roberts).

This movie has enough twists and turns to keep you jumping out of your seat and the right amount of its trademark predictability to keep you guessing who it is behind the infamous mask this time.  And the ending is sure to surprise both new and loyal fans of the Scream movies.  I am usually great at figuring out who the killer is before the movie is over and this time…I HAD NO IDEA!!!!

If you aren’t old enough to be familiar with the previous movies I would encourage you to watch them before you see this one or the brevity of it WILL be lost to you.  Overall I give this move 2 thumbs up and both my Big toes too!!

-Michael Barlow for “The HIGH UP”

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