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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

Movie review by David Blackwell

111 minutes, rated R
STUDIO:  Dimension Films/ Corvus Corvax Productions/ Outerbanks Entertainment/ Midnight Entertainment
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  4-15-2011

STARRING Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin
WRITTEN by Kevin Williamson
Directed by Wes Craven

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is back in Woodsboro after 10 years as the part of the first stop of her book tour for Out Of The Darkness.  She shows up and the Ghostface killings begin anew and the killer is even filming the new kills.   Sidney, Sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and retired new reported Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) are reunited once again to stop Ghostface who promises to kill everyone close in Sidney's family and make her suffer. 

SCREAM 4 is better than the horrible SCREAM 3.    It does have some interesting turns and yet it is mostly predictable except I didn't see part of the ending coming (but I guessed some of the rest after the twist came).   After this movie ended, I don't know how exactly they could do a SCREAM 5 and 6.    Part of me wishes they stopped after SCREAM 2 while another part wonders what the point of SCREAM 4 as it becomes more and more of a slave to the rules of the horror movies it makes fun of and refers to.   Maybe it really needed a game changer and took even more risks.

Sometimes the the original three characters take too much of a backstage to the new characters we barely even get to know as the story tries to spread itself too thin to introduce us to all of them while weaving in the story (and all of the gory and bloody kills).   It makes nods to the SCREAM films and make fun of the STAB films (and various horror sequels notably SAW 4).

All this talk about SCREAM 4 makes me wonder if we need as many sequels to horror films.  I would like to see a horror trilogy that is the horror equivalent of LORD OF THE RINGS or STAR WARS instead sequels made because the first one really made lots of money (and they need to come up with an idea for a sequel).   I would like to Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson to come up with new ideas that strike gold like the first SCREAM did even though sometimes success is like lightning in the bottle.   SCREAM 4 is like a trip of nostalgia that is also trying to introduce a new audience to SCREAM.   It does have a little troubled history as the Weinsteins wanted to rush it into production with a finished script and had to get the writer of SCREAM 3 to rewrite it (and even shoot for an extra four days this year to punch the movie up).   Maybe if they do SCREAM 5, we can let the original characters rest and put a new cast through it

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