I don’t know if this is a nationwide problem, but when two of the group I went to see Scream 4 with ordered their tickets they were instead given tickets to see Hop. This accidental boost to Hop‘s revenue was solely down to the fact that it was showing in Screen 4. Apparently some people watch films based purely on which screen they are on and not the film itself.
The film itself was much better at delivering what we wanted, a slasher that poked fun not only at modern remakes, torture porn and its cast but also at its own overly meta dialogue and the fact that it is the third sequel in a franchise carrying on long after anyone expected. In commenting on the state of horror, Scream 4 is almost as good as the original, explaining the tropes while carrying them out on screen.
Where Scream 4 fails is in being a horror movie itself. When every death is delivered with a huge nod and a wink it’s hard to get truly scared. The film has failed to evolve in the way it delivers scares, relying on the killer either lurking in the shadows or running frantically around a house. The Scream franchise should comment on horror while being horrifying itself but while maintaining the wit of the series they have forgotten to make the audience scared to leave the cinema.
If you want to see a clever film about horror movies starring everyone off of the telly then Scream 4 will not disappoint, but if you want to jump out of your skin you’ll need to look elsewhere.