Scream 4 (2011)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Lucy Hale, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Brittany Robertson, Neve Campbell, Alison Brie, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Aimie Teegarden, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Marielle Jaffe, Marley Shelton, Erik Knudsen, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody

Ten years has pasted since Sidney (Neve Campbell) survived the last murders. Sidney has since written a book about her experience. Sidney returns to Woodsboro for a book signing with her PR lady Rebecca (Alison Brie). Deputy Dewey is now Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) he is also married to Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox).

Upon Sidney return two students are killed by Ghost Face. Sidney cousin Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) with her two best friends Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) and Olivia (Marielle Jaffe) get the news along with Jill’s ex boyfriend Trevor (Nico Tororella). Video blogger Robbie (Erik Knudsen) and his partner Charlie (Rory Culkin) complete the school group line up.

With Sheriff Dewey in charge he has a new squad of deputies including his new partner Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) an old school friend of Sidney. The other two we meet are Deputy Perkins (Anthony Anderson) and Deputy Hoss (Adam Brody).

Using the ‘Stab’ movies as their reference points to how to make it out the situation the Jill, Kirby, Sidney all stay at Kate Roberts Jill mother and Sidney Aunt. Having a squad car with Perkins and Hoss in are they going to be safe?

The list of suspects is good and will keep you guessing all the way.

  • Is it the reporter who can’t write anymore
  • The Deputy who was ignored at school
  • The mysterious boyfriend
  • The film geeks who film their lives
  • The one who wants to be center of attention

Anyone could be the villain and every corner pushes a different prime suspect before pulling that name straight back off the table.

This movie keeps in the same trend of the original trilogy never taking itself too serious and having little pops at all over remakes. Even giving us the updated rules of the ‘Remake’. Add in the clever opening sequences puts you on the edge of your seat from start to brilliant revelation on the Ghost Face is. If you like the original movies you will like this fourth as it is same sense of tension through out. Even if your new to the franchise this isn’t a bad place to start up from as the back story isn’t important and what is needed to be filled in gets done in the short filled conversations.

My Rating 82%

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Identity (2003)

Director: James Mangold
Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, Alfred Molina, Clea Duvall, John C. McGinley, William Lee Scott, Jake Busey, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Rebecca De Mornay, Leila Kenzie, Holmes Osbourne, Bret Loehr,

Dr Malick (Alfred Molina) is doing research about a serial killer Malcolm Rivers. Rivers is going to be put to death the next night and Malick discovers something that could change the punishment of Rivers. Having a midnight hearing with Judge Taylor (Holmes Osbourne) the case is presented.

While the case goes on we go to a motel with a storm raging Larry (John Hawkes) meets a range of different characters looking for a room. starting with George York (John C. McGinley) carrying his injured wife Alice (Leila Kenzie) and step son Timmy York (Bret Loehr). The injury was caused in a car accident involving a driver Ed (John Cusack) and his fallen star actress Caroline (Rebecca De Mornay). After trying o get help Ed meets hooker Paris (Amanda Peet) and young couple Lou (William Lee Scott) Ginny (Clea Duvall). The final arrival is policeman Rhodes (Ray Liotta) and his prison transfer Robert Maine (Jake Busey).

After Caroline gets killed the guests at the motel start to panic to make matters worse Robert Maine has escaped. With this complex characters we are left to wonder who will make it through the night and what is the evidence to get this convected murder a new trial.

This is a good horror thriller using a basic concept leaving a group of people in the middle of nowhere with a killer on the loose. The story is pack full of twists and turns to keep you guessing from start until the big reveal at the end. The storm adds to the tension being built through out the movie.

A true thriller that hides all identities with shocking revelations on all characters a must for the thriller fans with part slasher.

My rating 78%