Scream 4 has all the thrills and laughs from the original - ten years later. It doesn't take itself too seriously, with some great parodies of the past. The film also keeps up the suspense, much like all original Scream film, but offers a fresh, new take on the Westboro murders.
Sydney Prescott is back in Westboro for the 10 year anniversary of the mass murders. She has moved on from the original killings and has written a book about her experience. As part of her promotion tour, Westboro is her final stop. The people in Westboro have not forgotten the murders that plagued their city years ago; many of the teens not taking any of it very seriously.
One thing is true, they are all still obsessed with the "Stab" movies based on the original killings - there are now seven of them. When a copycat seems to surface trying to trump the originals - one upping what happens in the "Stab" movies, so no one is safe.
The film stays very true to the original, which is what people loved about Scream in the first place. Wes Craven doesn't try to reinvent the wheel and sticks with what he knows will be a hit - and it proves to work just fine.
Like the first three, no one is ever safe and the number of surprises are plenty. Although you can always tell when the killer was about to strike, the suspense is still at its peak and Craven does a great job of keeping you interested from start to finish.
The twist at the end is well played and even the most savvy horror/slasher fans might not see this one coming. Even if you do eventually figure it out, it won't be clear from the beginning and that adds a great deal of surprise and enjoyment for even the most avid horror fans. As always, it is a fun guessing game and you're always shown multiple killers - you could suspect everyone at some point in the film.
Craven also gets some great performances out of his actors. It's cheesy when it was supposed to be, but most of the performances are pretty realistic. It's just not as dark as the original - it has more fun. The returning cast brings a great amount of credibility to the remake and makes the film seem familiar, yet fresh.
If you don't like gore, this one has more gore than any of the other Scream films. It also doens't seem to bring the movie up a level at all. The characters are continuously talking about upping the original killers, but the killings are pretty much standard. It would have been nice to see some more creative sequences and a better evolution to the killings.
If you're looking for a well-developed plot, you're not really going to find it with this one. It's a little more cheesy and the cheesiness is funny, but it isn't as dark as the first three. If you're looking for a serious slasher film, you're not going to find it with this one.
Overall, if you're a fan of the Scream franchise, this one will not disappoint. The gore is there, the blood is there, and the suspense is there. Plus, it's nice to see the familiar faces come back for more fun!