'Scream 4' Clips Are Scary For The Wrong Reason

Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts in Scream 4
Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts

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 Roberts) 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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