Day 299 & Day 300 – Scream 3 & Scream 4

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Movie Title: Scream 3

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Scream 3 reintroduces Ghostface and creates a trilogy around the character of Sidney Prescott. The core group of players around Sidney all return to the silver screen. Liev Schreiber returns as the short lived Cotton Weary, Courteney Cox returns as a less vicious Gale Weathers, and David Arquette returns as the bumbling Dewey. They even manage to reintroduce Jamie Kennedy as his previous character despite the fact that his character is dead. It definitely adds a nice touch to the movie.

By creating a trilogy Scream 3 decides it is going to defy the rules that defined the previous movies in the series and it does. Ghostface is repeatedly shot, but never injured. He has superhuman endurance. There are many ridiculous plot points and a lot of great cameos. Roger Corman the godfather of schlock horror, Lance Henriksen, Jenny McCarthy, Patrick Warburton, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and Carrie Fisher all have small roles that really knit the movie together.

The plot is practically irrelevant. Someone has donned the Ghostface mask again and has decided to kill Sidney Prescott on the set of Stab 3. In order to create their own twisted fantasy, the current killer has decided to kill the members of the cast in the same order they were killed off in the script. Sidney has withdrawn into isolation, so Ghostface uses the set to draw her out with great effectiveness. An inept police department tries to intervene, but to practically no avail. Ultimately there is a huge reveal that ties the film up. It is same old, same old, but the movie still has some meta charm in it.

Verdict:

Scream 3 is definitely the weakest in the series, but it is still a good time if you don’t take it too seriously. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Scream 4 (2011)

 

Movie Title: Scream 4

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Scream 4 returns the core cast of the Scream movies to the silver screen eleven years after Scream 3. All the major plays return in their familiar roles which boils down to Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette returning. It also introduces a lot of new players to the Scream series including Lucy Hale, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Emma Roberts, and Aimee Teegarden. They pull off their roles as teenage fodder well.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has renewed herself. She no longer feels like a victim. She has started a career as an author and is on a book tour with a stop in Woodsboro where she intends to visit family and old friends. She is staying with an aunt and getting to know her teenage cousin whom she barely knows. This is fine until some of her cousins friends start winding up dead with all signs pointing toward Sidney being the murderer. There is an overzealous deputy of Sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette) that gets in the way while Riley’s wife Gale Weathers-Riley (Coureney Cox) tries to infiltrate a local horror movie scene to try and solve the murders. The three primary characters frequently take a backseat to nonsense teen drama that is not particularly interesting to watch though it is certainly visually appealing.

Scream 4 introduces social media into the Scream universe and this is by far the least interesting element of the movie. It leads to Gale Weathers-Riley running around frantically placing webcams, it leads to some of the main characters in the movie vapidly recording everything around them, and rampant tedium. The teen drama is lame and the core cast of characters do not get enough screen time. This is balanced off with some creative kills that were a lot of fun. I also particularly liked the killer reveal and the concept of Scream 4 being a remake with the new rules that go with it.

Verdict:

It is a nice continuation of the series. If you have seen the others and liked them. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Venom (2018)

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