Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Kevin Williamson
New Decade, new Rules, same old re-hashed, re-booted, regurgitated garbage. You know, I was all ready to actually like Scream 4. The beginning was promising with the whole movie within a movie before the actual movie even starts shtick. I really thought Scream 4 was going to go places that “Scream 2” and the abhorrent “Scream 3” had only had wet dreams of going. But alas, ‘twas to no avail as Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson rob our wallets with yet another Sidney Prescott pity party slash (pun intended) psycho with a knife and a stupid mask mash-up. We all know that Sidney is going to return and the body count is going to begin anew. We all know that the killer will be someone we least expect, but suspected all along. We all know that the hot chicks with big tits and small brains are going to have their guts rearranged. Hey, here’s a newsflash, Wes; TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T FUCKING KNOW!! Where is the Wes Craven who directed such horror masterpieces as “The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Last House on the Left” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street?” Where is the Wes Craven who wasn’t afraid of controversy and pushed the envelope as far as it could be pushed? I’m terribly fucking sorry, but that Wes Craven is dead. He was crushed beneath the weight of bad sequels. His epitaph reads, “Here lays a man who was once an individual who believed in the power of his craft. Now he is merely a franchise that believes in King Dollar.” May we all rest in peace.
Ashley Greene was considered for the lead role, but ultimately, Emma Roberts was cast.
The film suffered two casting changes in quick succession as shooting had begun. Lake Bell had originally been cast as Judy Hicks but was forced to drop out (which she announced via her Twitter account on June 24th 2010) due to “scheduling conflicts.” She was replaced by Marley Shelton. Six days later, Lauren Graham, who was originally cast as Kate Roberts, dropped out also citing “scheduling conflicts” as well as “script changes.” She was replaced by Mary McDonnell.
Each of the new central characters is an archetype for one of the characters from the original: Jill (Sidney), Kirby (Tatum), Trevor (Billy), Charlie (Stu), and Robbie (Randy).
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