Scream some more!
The third Scream film was true to its formula but took the action to Hollywood, had a huge cast, and perhaps saw too big. Scream 4 brings us back to the simplicity of the original film. If Scream 2 was about sequels and Scream 3 about trilogies, this one is all about remakes. It is somewhat a revision of the first film; this time around, though, in a world of smart phones and webcams.
The series reboots itself by introducing an ensemble of young actors in a configuration similar to 1996's Scream's. They go to college and love horror movies, but grew up on movies like Scream and Saw; not Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Friday the 13th. How's that for meta horror? Our three favorite leads return. The performers give it all they have and do a convincing job, as always.
It finds inspiration in an obvious era of remakes, found-footage horror and torture porn. The murders are rough and bloodier. The characters are varied but slightly underdeveloped. You wish you could spend quality time with them but the script is a little packed. Scream 4 plays it low key and feeds a certain nostalgia. It's yet another terrific sequel with excellent writing, directing and photo.