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I Screamed, But Not In Terror

By Brittany Valentine
On October 28, 2011


The Scream franchise is well known amongst horror movie fanatics. Ever since the release of the original scream in 1996, these movies have combined fear with a comic twist in a unique way. Scream 4 attempts to follow the path of its predecessors, while making a mark of its own. Unfortunately, this is no easy task.
Scream 4 carries follows through with the comedic trends of the previous films, but fails to "horrify" as expected. The gore is present as expected, but the overly bloody murders don't always create chills on the viewers as it would in the 90's. Horror movies today need something more. They need a plot; they need a sense of realism in order to live up to the standards of today's cinema, and that is something that this film lacks.
It seems as though Scream 4 was dragged on and it simply should have ended at Scream 3. It's never a good sign when people are only laughing at a horror movie, instead of closing their eyes in fright. Usually a combination of the two—comic and horror—is what Scream movies bring to the table, but this time that certainly was not the case. 
Sidney Prescott, returns to her hometown of Woodsboro, as a last stop on her book tour. She is now the author of memoirs, which she shares her experiences about all she has survived. She has had a decade of peace and has settled into her new lifestyle, but that all changes on her return to Woodsboro. 
Sidney's book tour comes to an end, when she once again becomes a victim. This time her younger cousin, Jill, is also a target, who also happens to attend the same high school Sidney did. Things are becoming repetitive, and this time around, the killer is stalking Jill and her friends. 
Sidney is reunited with Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley, who are now married. The three of them once again become a team and work together to try and figure out who is behind the murders this time around.
Though Scream 4 was a bit disappointing as far as being frightened, it did indeed have a good twist at the end of the movie. In all honesty, that was the only good part of the entire film. The movie ran almost 2 hours and I was not once scared or caught off guard. I honestly predicted what happened every time, with one exception. That one exception came at the end of the movie. I was disappointed that I had to wait 2 hours to get that surprise and thrill I was looking for. 

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