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Summary: The owner of a luxurious resort invites a group of people to spend time at the resort and live out their ultimate fantasies with horrific results.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th February 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 2nd July 2020

Australian VOD Release Date: 3rd June 2020

Country: USA

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow, Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach

Cast: Jeriya Benn (Lila), Kim Coates (Devil Face), Joshua Diaz (Alejandro), Portia Doubleday (Sloane Maddison), Evan Evagora (Nick Taylor), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Julia), Lucy Hale (Melanie Cole), Ryan Hansen (J.D. Weaver), Robbie Jones (Allen Chambers), Goran D. Kleut (Valet Milton), Andrew Lees (Will), Edmund Lembke-Hogan (Himoff), Josh McConville (Sarge), Charlotte McKinney (Chastity), Michael Pena (Mr. Roarke), Maggie Q (Gwen Olsen), Josh Randall (Valet Chester), Ian Roberts (Dr. Torture), Michael Rooker (Damon), Nick Slater (Greg), Austin Stowell (Patrick Sullivan), Mike Vogel (Lieutenant Sullivan), Mark Weinhandl (Pig Face), Tane Williams-Accra (Fischer), Jimmy O. Yang (Brax Weaver)

Running Time: 109 mins

Classification: M (Australia)

 

 

OUR FANTASY ISLAND REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Fantasy Island Review:

It is always a weird feeling when you like a film that other people seem to dislike. You always feel like you want to defend the film to the hilt, but the same time you can’t help but wonder if you are horribly wrong. The best way to look at it is that you like what you like and as long as you like it it doesn’t really matter what others think.

This whole scenario recently happened with me when it came to Blumhouse Productions re-working of Fantasy Island. Now I am not going to sit here and say that it is film of the year or one of the best horror films ever made, but if you’re looking for a horror film that will entertain you for a couple of hours then this is a film that will not disappoint.

For anyone who watched the original Fantasy Island television series the concept here may be a little strange. Fantasy Island never traditionally had a horror feel to it, but here director Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare) and his team give the story a warm welcome into the Blumhouse horror universe.

The film centres around the mystical island run by Mr Roarke (Michael Pena – Ant-Man). It is an island where people go to live out their fantasies and the latest group to have arrived includes jaded youngster Melanie Cole (Lucy Hale – Pretty Little Liars) who dreams about getting revenge on those who bullied her at school and two brothers Patrick Sullivan (Austin Stowell – Whiplash) and Brax Weaver (Jimmy O. Yang – Crazy Rich Asians) who dream of living the life of the rich and famous.

It is here where the film first runs into its major hurdle. See that list of characters above could have almost filled this page. Aside from the ones I have already mentioned there is Maggie Q (Divergent), a wannabe solider who wants to learn about his father and a crazy man who seems to appear out of nowhere but wants to warn everybody about the dangers of the island… and even then that isn’t everyone. Yes the problem here is that there are just way too many characters in this film, at times it even becomes difficult to try and keep track of who is where.

What is a shame is that when the film keeps to its horror roots it is ten time the film it is when it tries to do things a little bit differently. There are scenes that depict Melanie getting revenge on a High School bully that is reminiscent of a Saw movie and it times like that when the film works its best. When Fantasy Island sticks to the basics and remains a simple film about an island where people’s fantasies quickly become nightmares it is a film that captivates its audience and draws it in. However, when the film tries to get too smart and interweave stories while bringing in a convoluted supernatural plotline that I still can’t get my head around it trips itself up and becomes a film that is simply trying too hard.

If the film had kept to the storylines involving Melanie, Patrick and Brax it would have been an absolutely brilliant horror film. Those are the storylines that you end up being drawn to the most and seeing those fantasies become nightmares for those involved is more than enough to have the audience wondering whether Mr. Roarke has a hidden sinister, psychopathic side or if something supernatural is at work. The rest of the story threads that the writers have tried to infuse into the film are just unnecessary overkill.

Also enhancing the film are some of the acting performances at hand. Michael Pena is perfectly cast as Mr. Roarke and for all those naysayers out there who were taking swipes at the film before it was even released no he is not playing a character that is meant to represent Tattoo, the role made famous by Herve Villechaize in the original television series.

Also shining in their roles are Austin Stowell and Jimmy O. Yang who bring their A-Games to a film that you wouldn’t expect it in. As actors they are put through a true wringer of emotions as at times they become the comedic relief for the film but then at other times they are called to do some action sequences and moments of horror as well. It is a well-rounded acting performance that you certainly don’t expect in a film like this.

Last but not least there is the amazing performance of Lucy Hale. Grouped together with her performance in Truth Or Dare Hale is now rightfully considered one of the best up-and-coming actresses in Hollywood. Like some of her co-stars here she is put through a range of emotions of this film and clearly shows why she is only a few steps away from becoming an A-Lister.

Fantasy Island does have some major weaknesses but there are times throughout the film where it is a genuine popcorn horror that has the ability to entertain its audience. While one of the weaker Blumhouse films from recent years it is still certainly a film that is worth a look.

 

 

 

 

 

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IMDB Rating:

Fantasy Island (2020) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Fantasy Island Reviews:

You can read our Fantasy Island review which appeared in The Phuket News right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/fantasy-island-delivering-dreams-and-nightmares-76594.php

 

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Don’t forget that time is running out to enter our fantastic Truth or Dare giveaway.

Thanks to our good friends at Universal Pictures we have five double passes to giveaway to the brand new supernatural thriller – Truth Or Dare which hits Australian cinemas on April 12th.

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Truth or Dare.  A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.

So to enter private message our Facebook page and tell us whether you would choose truth or dare if you were playing the game.

 

Straight Outta Compton

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
  2. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicica Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  3. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  4. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  5. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  7. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  8. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  9. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds
  10. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  11. The Witch (2015) – Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings
  12. Victor Frankenstein (2015) – Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott
  13. Sinister 2 (2015) – James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan
  14. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  15. American Ultra (2015) – Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo
  16. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  17. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  18. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Roben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  19. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen
  20. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Syler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  21. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  22. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton
  23. Dark Places (2015) – Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz
  24. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  25. The Hateful Eight (2015) – Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins

 

Fantastic Four

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  2. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  3. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
  4. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  5. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Dbicki
  6. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  7. The Hateful Eight (2015) – Jennifer Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson
  8. Pretty Little Liars (201) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton
  9. Deadpool (2016) – Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano
  10. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  11. Goodnight Mommy (2015) – Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz, Hans Escher
  12. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  13. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, marguerite Moreau
  14. Westworld (2016) – Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr., Ed Harris
  15. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  16. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  17. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  18. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  19. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  20. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  21. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  22. Aloha (2015) – Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin
  23. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  24. Supergirl (2015) – Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David harewood, Mehcad Brooks
  25. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  2. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  3. Deadpool (2016) – Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller
  4. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  5. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau
  6. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  7. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  8. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  9. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  10. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  11. Descendants (2015) – Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce Booboo Stewart Sofia Carson
  12. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  13. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  14. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  15. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage
  16. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  17. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  18. Suicide Squad (2016) – Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Jared Leto
  19. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  20. Orange Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  21. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton
  22. 6 Years (2015) – Tarissa Farminga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard
  23. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015) – Masako Nozawa, Ryo Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Masaharu Sato
  24. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  25. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Terminator Genisys

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  2. Magic Mike XXL (2015) – Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez
  3. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  4. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  5. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  6. Orange Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  7. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  8. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  9. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  10. Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  11. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  12. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  13. Ted 2 (2015) – Mark wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth
  14. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  15. The Gallows (2015) – Reese Mishley, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford
  16. Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham
  17. Goosebumps (2015) – Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette, Halston Sage, Jack Black
  18. From Dusk Til Dawn (2014) – D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia, Eiza Gonzalez
  19. Snowden (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nicolas Cage
  20. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  21. Sense8 (2015) – Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
  22. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston
  23. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  24. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  25. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

Terminator Genisys

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  2. Magic Mike XXL (2015) – Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez
  3. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  4. Orange is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  5. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  6. True Detective (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Rachel McAdams
  7. Ted 2 (2015) – Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth
  8. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  10. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  11. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  12. Scream (2015) – Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karma, Amadeus Serafini
  13. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  14. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  15. Legend (2015) – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan
  16. Sense8 (2015) – Aml Ameen, Doona Be, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
  17. Teen Wolf (2011) – Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Holland Roden, Tyler Hoechlin
  18. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston
  19. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  20. Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Staham
  21. London Has Fallen (2016) – Gerard Butler, Charlotte Riley, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo
  22. Creed (2015) – Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordon, Tessa Thompson, Graham McTavish
  23. Max (2015) – Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham
  24. Jurassic Park (1993) – Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
  25. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton

Scream 4

Summary: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th April, 2011

Australian DVD Release Date: 13th October, 2011

Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven

Screenwriter: Kevin Williamson

Cast: Anthony Anderson (Deputy Perkins), David Arquette (Dewey Riley), Kristen Bell (Chloe), Alison Brie (Rebecca Walters), Adam Brody (Deputy Hoss), Mark Aaron Buerkle (Dr. Orth), Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers-Riley), Rory Culkin (Charlie Walker), Dane Farwell (Ghostface), Shenae Grimes (Trudie), Lucy Hale (Sherrie), Roger Jackson (The Voice (voice)), Marielle Jaffe (Olivia Morris), Eric Knudsen (Robbie Mercer), John Lepard (Mr. Baker), Mary McDonnell (Kate Roberts), Gordon Michaels (Deputy Jenkins), Hayden Panettiere (Kirby Reed), Anna Paquin (Rachel), Emma Roberts (Jill Roberts), Britt Robertson (Marnie Cooper), Marley Shelton (Deputy Judy Hicks), Aimee Teegarden (Jenny Randall), Nico Tortorella (Trevor Sheldon)

Runtime: 111 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘SCREAM 4’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Scream 4’ Review: If you ever needed further proof that screenwriter, Kevin Williamson and legendary director, Wes Craven know horror fans better than anyone else than Scream 4 is all the proof that you will ever need. These two know that fans have been disappointed with how the recent Saw films forget about storylines and simply become “torture porn” and they know how fans feel about series re-boots. So what do they do? They reboot their own famous Scream series of films and then make fun of themselves for doing so because as Sidney Prescott so elegantly puts it in Scream 4, you ‘don’t f**k with originals’.

Scream 4 sees Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) return to Woodsboro ten years after the last spate of killings. Here Sidney finds that Dewey Riley (David Arquette) is now Sheriff and still married to Gale Weathers-Riley (Courtney Cox). In fact the only concern seems to be that Deputy Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) has her eyes on Dewey. However, with Sidney back in town to promote her book, we soon see the re-emergence of Ghostface as he begins a new killing spree this time centered around Sidney’s family, her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and Jill’s friends.

The great thing is that while Williamson and Craven do use Scream 4 as a vehicle to air their concerns about modern horror films they certainly don’t forget that they are actually making a film. While they poke fun at all the modern horror ‘rules’, they have developed a storyline that means that Ghostface is back slicing and dicing, and as usual the audience sits there, occasionally jumping, while desperately trying to work out who the killer his. And now because the audience has come to love Sidney, Dewey and Gale, the killings seem more personal… you certainly don’t want something to happen to any of them.

And while Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox don’t really do anything to show that their acting has got better over the years, some of the younger cast members do use Scream 4 to show Hollywood that they are ready to take some big steps in their careers. Hayden Panettiere has chopped off her hair and shows she is ready to shake off her Heroes-actress tag while Jericho fans will be pleased to see Eric Knudsen up on the big screen. His portrayal of the geeky, Robbie Mercer proves that he is the next Jesse Eisenberg in the making.

Scream 4 certainly does a give a voice to the disgruntled horror fans that have been disenchanted with what Hollywood has been serving up recently, now we just have to hope that they listen. And yes as you would expect from a Kevin Williamson script you are kept guessing who is behind the Ghostface mask until the very end.

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:Scream 4 (2011) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Scream 4′: This review was first published in Buzz Magazine.

We should have known that when screenwriter, Kevin Williamson (TV’S Hidden Palms & The Vampire Diaries) and Wes Craven (My Soul To Take, Paris, Je T’Aime) teamed up once again to bring us Scream 4 that it was never going to be a simple re-boot of the series. While telling a story of its own Williamson and Craven use Scream 4 to take a swipe at the current Horror Kings (those behind the Saw franchise) while pushing across the point ‘don’t f**k with originals’ (which is how Sidney Prescott so elegantly puts it), and considering that audience members have been clapping the line you can only be left thinking that it’s a popular belief amongst serious horror fans.

Scream 4 sees Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell – TV’S The Simpsons & Sea Wolf) return to Woodsboro ten years after the last spate of killings. Here Sidney finds that Dewey Riley (David Arquette – TV’S Jake And The Neverland Pirates & Medium) is now Sheriff and still married to Gale Weathers-Riley (Courtney Cox – TV’S Cougar Town & Web Therapy). In fact the only concern seems to be that Deputy Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton – Elektra Luxx, The Mighty Macs) has her eyes on Dewey. However, with Sidney back in town to promote her book we soon see the reemergence of Ghostface as he begins a new killing spree this time centered around Sidney’s family, her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts – Homework, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story) and Jill’s friends.

Like the previous movies in the series Scream 4 certainly doesn’t itself too seriously. While Craven and Williamson do make sure that it contains a story of its own they do actually poke fun at the horror genre, this time highlighting some of the “rules” in a series re-boot. You can see what you are going to get from the opening of the film when they openly make fun of the genre and then continue with outrageous scenes including one with a main character yelling “you can’t kill me I’m gay.” While they haven’t gone for a whole Scary Movie spoof they do show that the aim of Scream 4 is to give the audience a few frights while highlighting the plight of the modern horror film.

Acting-wise it is good to see Neve Campbell back in the big-screen and while David Arquette and Courtney Cox don’t offer up anything spectacular some of the younger cast certainly do step-up., the highlights being Eric Knudsen (Beastly, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World0 continues to show why he is the new Jesse Eisenberg (although anyone that watched Jericho knew he had a big future ahead of him), while Hayden Panettiere (Alpha & Omega, TV’S Heroes) sports a new look and certainly shows the film world that her career is on the rise.

Scream 4 certainly does a give a voice to the disgruntled horror fans that have been disgruntled with what Hollywood has been serving up recently, now we just have to hope that they listen. And yes you will be kept guessing who the killer is until the very end.

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