That was until the reviews came in, one more horrible than the next. People were damning this movie from every angle possible. From the acting, to the casting, to the effects and lighting. One even went so far as to say that Scream 4 brought shame to the very franchise that had brought horror back to the mainstream in the first place.
So I did what any poverty stricken wuss would do, I listened to the reviews, saved my 20 bucks, and figured I’d catch it on DVD. Which I finally did last week when it hit the local RedBox.
All I have to say, is I will NEVER fall for a mainstream review again. I LOVED this movie! From the two false beginnings, to the surprising end.
First of all, having the original cast was awesome. I forgot how much I loved Gale Weathers. Secondly, the storyline is put together nicely, as we are introduced to the new teenagers of Woodsboro. They aren’t completely irritating, they aren’t completely cliché, and personally I think Hayden Panettiere stole the screen on more than one occasion. I really enjoyed how the movie was able to mock itself and still retain its dignity. Also, I was impressed how easily the new cast fit in with the old cast, it never felt crowded.
Of course more than ten years later, the murders are more of a joke than a tragedy (let’s be honest, that part is pretty realistic) Local students hold a ‘Stab-a-thon’ every anniversary (a large party featuring the Stab movies) The teens break down the new rules, you’re no longer safe if you’re a virgin. However, if you are gay, life may be on your side. I even found it hysterical there was an app for the Ghostface voice on their iPhones.
Without going into too much detail and ruining anything, I will say this. I wish I had seen it in theaters. I got more than one laugh out of the clever one-liners,the fearless way the movie makes light of itself, and I thought it was brilliantly cast.
Also, a rarity for me, I had the killer pegged wrong the entire movie. Therefore, that aspect was very refreshing.
Overall, order this one up for the weekend, whether you’ve seen it or not, it gets even more amusing after the first time you watch it.