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Nothing New Unfortunately,
This review is from: SCRE4M [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
After 11 years the Scream series makes a return. It boasts "New Decade - New Rules" but I've just watched this movie and other than a handful of new teens for Ghostface to terrorise, there's not a great deal of "new" to be found here.
As a fan of the first two films (the third was pretty awful) it was good to see the return of Sidney, Gale and Dewey (Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, respectively) but their already over the top characters were taken to the extreme in this one and it felt like they were actually making fun of their previous roles (much like the Stab movies are mimicking the film that they're in) which cheapened the earlier films for me. Ghostface in this one is almost a caricature - I know he's always been clumsy but in this one he is just laughable (he was more like the one in the Scary Movie series). There's a couple of cameos (as usual with the series) but the one that startled me the most was from Mary McDonnell who seemed to not even be bothered to act (especially as she plays Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica so brilliantly). In fact the acting from the whole cast felt very half-hearted, which is disappointing after such a long wait (it was greenlit in 2008).
The story is ok, nothing great, certainly not new and original as advertised. It is a fairly enjoyable film but was way too predictable in every scene, it did feel just like a not so well made remake of the original really (they pretty much say this during the film too). If it wasn't such a big name I think this would have been a straight to DVD/Blu Ray movie but with the backing of the high profile cast and crew this has unfortunately gone the way of so many other horror franchises before it (Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street) where the numbers increase and the quality decreases.
If you're a fan of the series it's worth a rent but don't be expecting anything special. I'll also add that there are no special features whatsoever other than a trailer on the Blu Ray, which is very disappointing coming from New Line who usually know how to pack them full.
MOVIE - 2.5/5
PICTURE - 5/5
SOUND 4/5 (was a little quiet)
SPECIAL FEATURES - 0/5
OVERALL - 2.5/5
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2011 08:33:33 GMT
S. Vandal says:
Thanks for confirming the lack of DVD extras. Given that the US release has just over 26 minutes worth of deleted and extended scenes, I guess I'll be buying the US version.
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