After 15 years, two sequels and countless spoofs, Scream returns this spring with SCRE4M, once again written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. Starring Scream veterans Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell, the Ghostface survivors are joined by newcomers Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin and Erik Knudsen.
SCRE4M sees Sidney Prescott (Campbell) return to her hometown of Woodsboro on the anniversary of the legendary Ghostface killings. She reunites with Dewey Riley (Arquette) and Gale Weathers-Riley (Cox). But Ghostface isn’t done with the trio yet, returning to wreak havoc on the small town community once more.
SCRE4M is masterfully written, completely self-aware and thoroughly meta. There are philosophical and critical layers to this movie that are surprising and wonderful to watch played out onscreen. The film manages to please existing fans of the franchise while speaking to modern sensibilities of the social networking, Paranormal Activity and YouTube generation. Not only is this the best movie of the franchise, it is one of the best movies of the year and one of the best horror films, transcending genre tropes and entering a class of academic-meta-commentary-cinematic-existentialism all its own. Read the full review here.