Reel Watchers: Scream 4

For Scream 4, master horror director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson are both in fine form, bringing back their franchise after an absence of 10 years. It's a great addition to the slasher/horror flick genre, and sure to please any Scream fan.

Now a published author, Sidney (Neve Campbell) comes back to her hometown for a stop on her book tour, just in time for the anniversary of the original killings from the first film. And wouldn't you know it? Another appearance by Ghostface, who is still dead set on killing Sidney and pretty much everyone else around her.

Sidney is staying with her aunt and cousin Jill (Emma Roberts), who has plenty of friends and classmates ripe for Ghostface's slicing and dicing. Along for the ride are Courtney Cox-Arquette and David Arquette, reprising their roles as the now-married investigative reporter Gail and Sheriff Dewey, along with a slew of recognizable TV and movie actors to fill out the periphery.

There isn't much to the plot and the acting is ho-hum for the most part, but the fun of horror movies isn't the acting, it's those heart-pounding, jump out of your seat moments, which Scream provides in aces. The previous three films were funny, but this one was much more so and laughing was a welcome break from the bloodbath. They did go a little too far congratulating themselves for being clever and "meta," as the characters say throughout the movie, but the pros far outweigh the cons for this movie and it wasn't overly distracting.

It's rated R for graphic violence, and very strong language.

This isn't a movie for everyone, obviously. If your idea of a good time is a bloated body count, buckets of blood, cute chicks and inside movie references, then this is for you. I'll give the movie three out of four Miners.