Viewed – 04 October 2011 Blu-ray
It takes a brave man to make a sequel to one of the most satirised franchises in horror movie history, but that is exactly what director Wes Craven has done. Re-teaming with original writer Kevin Williamson and much of the original cast (Courtney Cox-Arquette, David Arquette), we meet former slasher survivor Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) who returns to her home town to promote a book about her getting her life back together. Stopping with her cousin (newcomer Emma Roberts), she stumbles upon a new wave of murders that closely resemble those of her first encounter, as in the first Scream movie, and soon the nightmare is happening all over again.
Wes Craven is not a stupid man. He knew that making a new Scream after quite a long break, (Scream 3 was back in 2000) was risky, but the script here is loaded with self-referrential quips and nods to Facebook and the online generation that certainly rings true, and the killer knows this too. This time around, it isn’t about the rules of the horror movie, but more the rules of the horror movie remake, something Hollywood seems to be stuck in and this movie nails perfectly. The kills themselves, whilst very bloody lack subtlety however but as the movie progresses they get smarter and more unexpected. There’s also some alarming moments of character stupidity that seem less like clever nods to the genre, but more just lazy writing. Yet I still didn’t guess the killer.
Perhaps the nods aren’t quite as assured as they once were, but at least the movie is trying, which can’t be said for a lot of horror these days, and looking at the franchise as a whole, it remains the weakest, mostly because it’s so damn familiar. But this still has it where it counts, and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
Verdict: 3 /5
This is the time of year when many of my viewing habits are of movies I missed out on seeing the previous year. You can expect reviews of some of the summer blockbusters and lesser known releases of 2010, amongst new cinema releases. This is one reason why an end of year top ten usually comprises of movies older than that year. Something that has been of much deliberation to me lately considering that originally I had placed 21 Grams as my movie of the year, then thought better of it considering its age. Yet that means classic movies such as The Sound Of Music will never qualify. But you must have rules or else such an end of year list will have no comparison to other people’s end of year lists.
Anyway I digress. In the coming months there are many movies I am looking forward to seeing, be it at the cinema or more than likely on Blu-ray. Of the movies that have got me most excited, Zack Snyder’s ballistic looking Sucker Punch is much-anticipated. Scantily clad babes with guns & samurai swords in a fantasy action adventure? Where do I sign? Also David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is one of those movie’s that just can’t fail – especially with Fincher at the helm. Wes Craven returns with the unexpected but no less appreciated Scream 4, a franchise I recall loving to bits, and hell, aren’t we in need of a clever-ass slasher movie after all the countless remakes we’ve endured? Consider my seat booked. It also has to be said, the Harrison Ford / Daniel Craig vehicle Cowboys and Aliens looks heaps of fun, and with Iron Man director John Favreau at the helm, all the ingredients are in place.
Movies I’m less looking forward to but could be worth seeing none the less are Cars 2, which knowing Pixar will be entertaining and look the biz, and this time with a secret agent storyline, may well be more interesting than the fish out of water plot previously. Having not seen the last Pirates movie, At Worlds End I wont be rushing to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides until I have got myself up to date – but the trailer does look like it will be great entertainment. Also Kung Fu Panda 2 is fairly assured entertainment even if it’ll be on the back burner compared to a few of the other big hitters. Oh and the idea of Transformers: Dark of the Moon fills me with dread after the mostly abysmal last movie, but then again the first Transformers in my opinion was superb, so it could go either way.
To conclude though, 2011 looks like being a great year for the movie industry with some great looking stuff coming our way. Colour me excited!!
- Trent Reznor to score The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (guardian.co.uk)
- Director Gives Exclusive ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Films Details (huffingtonpost.com)
- 2011 Hollywood movie preview (sfgate.com)
- Kevin Smith Goes Fanboy For Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman’ Reboot (splashpage.mtv.com)
I love the Scream movies. Yes they have been satirised to death in the Scary Movie trilogy, and to me the Ghost Face killer looks old hat now … but I have faith in Wes Craven, and this trailer looks very promising.