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Scream 4 Joy

Seeing his brother Mack in “Home Alone” must have made Rory Culkin (“Signs”) want to scream.

Rory and Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”) are just some of the fresh faces, along with Emma Roberts (Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh”) as Sydney’s cousin Jill, that horror master Wes Craven brings with him as he returns to Woodsboro with “Scream 4,” starting a whole new trilogy of terror.

It is a new decade, so new rules apply, including streaming the murders online as they happen. And it seems as if truly no one is safe.

Scream4 Poster
Scream4 Poster

Woodsboro survivor and now successful author Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has come home on a stop of her book signing tour, and finds out that in the last decade the original Woodsboro murders have changed from a local tragedy to a festival of the community and press.

The films that were made to chronicle the incidents are shown every year, and local teens have brought them fame to the level of real classics such as “The Hills Have Eyes” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.

Wes Craven does an excellent job of bringing his groundbreaking franchise that mixes horror, comedy and trivia back into the Hollywood fold, by breathing new life into a franchise and not messing with the original that started it all. He is clearly not a “Nick at Nite” re-run type of guy.

For the local fan base here in Michigan, you will see some familiar places and faces.

Some scenes of “Scream 4” were shot in and around Ann Arbor. Local news talent including WDIV’s Devin Scillian and WXYZ’s Glenda Lewis can be seen in the movie.

Not quite having the power of the original trilogy, “Scream 4” still has a startling end and leaves you wanting more. Over all, it’s an above-average horror flick in a market saturated with mediocrity. B plus.

For the fans of this series, the next slashing segment does not yet have a release date but is set to star Neve Campbell and David Arquette.

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor