Wes Craven’s highly anticipated fourth entry in the “Scream” franchise, over a decade since the third film seemingly wrapped things up, opens today and already the reviews are pouring out.
The reaction has been surprisingly divisive. The common consensus seems to be that if you liked the second and third film you’ll like this one, if you’re not a fan of the series then this won’t sway you as it’s very much for the fans.
Personally I enjoyed myself while watching it but wasn’t particularly taken with it. I love the first film, like the second, didn’t mind the third. This one fell between the second and third for me – some clever moments and some really dumb ones too, while the general plot is as cookie cutter as the very films it lampoons. Yet the entire series has been like that, so it’s hardly a surprise. I got exactly what I expected.
The broader critical reaction is decidedly mixed. On Rotten Tomatoes it’s sitting at 60% positive with a 5.9/10. On Metacritic its 52/100. Some horror film reviewers who praise some rather terrible films are hating this with a passion, some who don’t like horror are loving it. Now’s the chance to voice what you think in our comments section.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Read the comments at your own risk, frankly I’d strongly advise avoiding them if you haven’t seen the film and don’t want to know the ending. This is the kind of film where you know some dickweed will spoil it for others if they can, some “noted” critics already have. The board is being moderated and users who do spoil things will be barred and have their comments removed, but remarks can slip through the cracks. You’ve been warned.