Early Test Screenings: ‘Scream 4′ Might Actually Be Good?

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scream 4 might actually be a good movie Early Test Screenings: Scream 4 Might Actually Be Good?

While the original Scream film was almost universally loved (I include myself in that universe), the second and third were, at best, widely tolerated. Still, as with all film properties I once held dear, I’m more than willing to give a sequel a chance – even when it’s being made ten years later for an audience that has all but forgotten Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and, dare I say it, Wes Craven.

Scream 4 has had a number of behind-the-scenes issues: rewrites, Campbell’s reluctance to return, studio interference, the breakup of Hollywood’s sweethearts, Cox and Arquette, et cetera. Color me surprised then that an early test screening is getting all kinds of excellent buzz.

The screening, which took place Thursday, January 6th in Pittsburgh, elicited a number of positive reactions which can be found strewn across the internet, from Twitter to Scream-Trilogy.net to IMDB.com. (Thanks to /Film for finding the quotes.) Check out the various reactions below:

From DanielleRocks of Scream-Trilogy.net:

“It was phenomenal! What can I say. This outshines the 3rd one easily. Definitely the bloodiest of all of them, but I feel like they’ll edit some of it down. An unrated DVD would be nice to have though. All the acting was superb. Not one flaw. The opening scene was hilarious and brutal. Definitely a lot of great Williamson writing. The characters all felt very genuine. Gale was back to her bitchy self, and had a bunch of great one-liners. The ending was insanity. Easily the best of all the series, in my opinion, anyways. The crowd experience was great, and everybody was totally into it. Cannot WAIT to see this in theaters come April. Hopefully they don’t change anything. Loved it loved it loved it.”

Here’s a bulleted breakdown of other reactions to Scream 4, almost all of which were glowing:

  • Scream 4 has the best opening scene of the series — smart, hilarious, and absolutely brutal
  • The movie is very similar to the original Scream and nearly as scary
  • It’s better than Scream 2 and 3
  • One of the roles was severely miscast — the commenter declined to say which one

Alas, there was at least one person in attendance whose reaction was, shall we say, less than positive. /Film points out one viewer who thought the ending was very dragged out and wasn’t impressed with the killer.

Thankfully, there’s still time to improve, because the print – which was between an hour and forty-five minutes long and two hours – was far from finished, as it was missing more than a few effects shots.

Never Campbell in Scream 4 Early Test Screenings: Scream 4 Might Actually Be Good?

The official Scream 4 plot sees Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell, now a self-help book author, returning home to Woodsboro as the final stop on her book tour. She reconnects with Sheriff Dewey, played by David Arquette, and Gale Weathers, played Courteney Cox. Death and mayhem, of course, ensue shortly thereafter.

The film also stars Emma Roberts, who plays Sidney’s cousin, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson, and Alison Brie. Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin are also in the film, but let’s be honest (SPOILER?), they’ll probably be dead less than ten minutes in.

Check out the teaser trailer for Scream 4 below:

Frankly, it’s hard to tell if the above positive reactions are those of diehard Scream fans just happy to get the chance to watch an early screening of number four, or if they’re genuinely positive reactions. Either way, I’m happy to hear that people enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to this fourquel even more than I was before. (Read: slightly.)

Scream 4 hits theaters April 15th, 2011. That’s not exactly a primetime horror movie month, but maybe it’ll be so good that won’t even matter.

Source: /Film

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  1. the cast is good enough to have me waiting to see it.

    though the reasoning behind 2 and 3 werent that good, the 3 movies themselves were pretty good

  2. I cant wait for this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. i cant tell you how happy this makes me. im a huge fan of the original trilogy.

  4. “Scream 4 hits theaters April 15th, 2011. That’s not exactly a primetime horror movie month, but maybe it’ll be so good that won’t even matter.”

    Ah, but you’re forgetting one thing, Ben…April 15th is the prime bloodletting day here in America; it’s the last day to file your income taxes for the preceding year, which causes much anguish, terror, and screaming.

    So it’s perfectly positioned, IMHO!

  5. Better opening than the previous 3? WOW talk about bold statements. we’ll see. The opening to the first one at the time was shocking.

  6. I loved the first one the other 2 were ok I guess I just hope they don’t over hype this one and it let’s me down although if the opening is as good aa made out I will be a happy camper

  7. Very, very cautiously optimistic.

  8. If anything it will be a guilty pleasure movie ;)

  9. The first movie was a masterpiece, so I don’t want to get too optimistic about this one, considering the previous 2 movies. I’ll just stay with ok espectations, and we’ll see what happens.

  10. The original is one of those movies that makes the list of movies I’ll always remember seeing in the theater. The audience was wired and really into it. Hopefully this one won’t disappoint either, though an April release doesn’t shout ‘classic horror’.

  11. Cautiously optimistic for this.

  12. Just like most of the comments here I am cautiosly optimistic about this. There is no argument that the 1st Scream was a classic and if you where lucky enough to see it in the theater the experience was what movie going is all about. People went nuts during that film and I’ll never forget it. IMO 2 was still pretty good but 3 was pretty bad. I think Williamson being back is going to be the difference. And it seems like we are about at that time where Carven gets back on our good side again…

  13. oh joy! how wonderful!
    I can’t wait!

  14. I’m dieing to know who will participate in the final climax and were it will be. If anyone knows for sure can you please post it. I can’t figure out if the final climax is were syd is wereing that blue outfit or is it were she is wearing the green one. if you don’t know what i am talking about look at the begining of the trailerand see. Pleeeeeeeese post if you know.

  15. The killer is Jill and her mother

  16. How was Scream 2 just toloerated?
    It got amazing reviews, some better than the original. Only 3 was a let down.

  17. They are showing different endings at different screenings…so the audience will have no idea who the killer really is until the movie comes out. So to anyone begging…how about just wait a few months and go see which one they select.

  18. I cant wait. I’ve got my friends hooked on the series and we’re going to go see it for my birthday…it should be fun