Sunday, 17 April 2011

Scream 4 Review

I have to admit that I was geekily excited about the release of Scream 4. I was about 15 when the first Scream movie came out. My mum went to see it at the cinema and 'approved it' for my viewing. It was the first proper stalk n slash horror film I had been brave enough to watch and it had a cool young cast and soundtrack. From that I watched all the teen slasher films it spawned; I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend, plus all the really crap ones like Cherry Falls and Valentine. I went back to the films that Scream referenced; Psycho, Halloween, Friday 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. Then torture porn films started coming out and I went off horror films because they were too focused on gore and not suspense.

Scream 4 is a welcome return to those horror films I used to enjoy watching. It's clever, slick and made for fellow film buffs who know these movies inside out. I jumped, I laughed, I cringed. Now, I don't want them to drag out the Scream Franchise like they did with the Halloween movies and Friday 13th - but if Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson keep making them then I'm happy. Craven makes good horror, and Williamson is great at teen angst as proven in Dawson's Creek and The Vampire Diaries.

I say goodbye to the hundredth Saw film, and welcome back to smart horror.

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