It's actually surprisingly enjoyable to see the decade-later return of the Scream gang, who still feel refreshingly like proper characters as opposed to machete fodder. Sidney (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers-Riley (Courtney Cox) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) are game as ever, with lines referencing Cox and Arquette's on-off marriage and the fact that Campbell isn't exactly an ingénue any more. The new kids on the block are pretty decent too, with particular props going to Eric Knudsen and Rory Culkin as Robbie and Charlie, horror movie fanatics in the vein of Billy and Stu from the first movie.
Boasting more red herrings than a Stalinist fish farm, the script occasionally calls to mind a plate spinner as it rushes all over the place desperately trying to live up to the claim that anybody could be the killer, but that's in keeping with this franchise. If you're a horror fan who's not into the whole post-modern, none-more-meta thing, why on earth would you pay money to see a Scream movie?
One difference that could have been cause for concern for franchise faithfuls is the certification of part 4, which is rated 15, where the previous installments were all 18. Perhaps times have changed, or the BBFC become softer, because Scream 4 is certainly the equal of its predecessors in the claret stakes.
And the best part? There's already been a Scary Movie 4, so we don't have to suffer through a limp satire of this already self-parodying movie. Touch wood.
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