‘Scream 4′ Clips Are Scary For The Wrong Reason

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Wes Craven’s latest slasher sequel, Scream 4, will feature a whole slew of new teens scrambling to survive Ghostface’s latest reign of terror. Dimension Films hopes to kick off another trilogy with the fourth installment and Craven is game for that – though the director has admitted that in some ways the fourth Scream pic is not really “a Wes Craven film.”

Three clips from Scream 4 have been released and they offer a glimpse at some of the young faces that are new to the franchise – while also illustrating what Craven meant when he semi-disowned the movie.

To jog your memory, here’s the gist of Scream 4:

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (Emma┬áRoberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Unfortunately, Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

Check out three clips from the film below:

Maybe I’m just being finicky, but something feels… off in all three of these clips from Scream 4. The joke involving Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) as she realizes that the rules of the horror genre could mean she’s the next victim; the wink-at-the-audience bit with Jill and her boyfriend as they partially recreate a scene from the first Scream; even that brief exchange between Gale and the guys that run the Cinema Club (Rory Culkin and Erik Knudsen) – all these moments fall flat for me.

When the second Scream 4 trailer was released, I expressed my doubts about the footage on display. This new material seems like additional evidence to me that not only is the dialogue too self-consciously hip, but that Craven was simply going through the motions when he directed this – as opposed to trying to make an old act feel fresh and energetic again.

On the other hand, early test audience reactions were very positive and the R-Rated flick promises to deliver some creatively grotesque kills to satisfy its gore-loving fans. Here’s hoping naysayers like me get proven wrong when Scream 4 arrives in theaters next month on April 15th.

Source: Dimension Films

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  1. I like all 3 of the clips.
    Scream 4 has the vibe of a clever, comical, spooky flick.
    The reviews that continue to come out are still positive.
    I don’t see why there is need to be so cynical, but to each their own.
    I def. will go see this.

  2. the scenes really do seem too short to make any judgement off. Their not good but nothing about them seem to shout “Bad Movie”

    i’m still gonna give it a chance at the theaters when i see it

  3. I thought these clips were very good. I think you’re judging this too harshly. Afterall, these are just 3 clips from a 2 hour long movie. They may have fallen flat (to you) now, but maybe in the full movie form the wouldn’t.

    I can’t wait for this movie.

    • Heh, no, no, I quite agree – if this turns out to be quite good, I’ll gladly eat my humble pie without complaint. ­čśÄ

  4. I laughed, really liked “the interrogation” clip. LOL… This looks fun, can’t wait to check it out.

  5. I think the crips were pretty cool, but i don’t look deep into them and think if they are “flat” or not. I just enjoy them, it looks like a genuine scary movie to me. I will say that if Sidney, Dewey, and Gale all die i will be dissapointed. But i don’t think they all will.

  6. Huh. Looks fine to me.

  7. I dont want to spoil this one lol

    • You’ve seen the movie already?

  8. “It’s like being on Top Chef with Jeffrey Dahmer.” …geez. C’mon, now.

  9. I think that people are speculating and digging into every picture and clip to the point of being over critical. For all we know these could be scenes that did not make the locked cut or edited down. Wes said the film was kick ass that it would leave people wanting more, thatz a bold statement to make about a film, especially a film with a 4 on it. All we can do is wait and see. Hell, there are people who didn’t like and criticized the first film. That’s filmmaking for you though. Everyone can criticize but not everyone can do it.

  10. Wes craven, what more reasons do you need to see a horror flick

  11. Wes Craven has lost his effing mind. Has he done anything decent in the last ten years? I think not.

  12. I wish Hollywood would take a year off to come up with original story-lines instead of constantly pumping out sequels that suck dirty hairy monkey balls. Besides didn’t the scream trilogy end with 3? Copy-cat Killer idea is lame or its going 2b even lamer and have one of the original killers from one of the other movies make a comeback.

  13. I thought they were pretty stupid, to be honest. I mean, I’m still going to see this and all but I already HATED the idea of Emma and Hayden being in this movie, even though I love them I think they would just ruin this, especially Hayden. I usually love Gale but even that clip seemed pretty lame. I hope I’m wrong. And for some reason after seeing the 1st clip I have a feeling Gale’s the killer. Idk but then again that would just make the movie even more idiotic so idk.

  14. ^ I mean especially Emma, lol.