Family-Faith Film Review: Scream 4
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Scream — The latest installment in director Wes Craven’s slasher franchise, begun in 1996, wallows in the same mindless havoc that characterized its predecessors. Trouble brews anew when the survivor of the first three rampages (Neve Campbell) returns home to Woodsboro while promoting her new book about the highly publicized saga. Alongside other returning characters — such as Courtney Cox’s journalist and David Arquette’s sheriff — the next generation of potential victims is using new-media tools to absorb and recycle the formulaic mayhem wrought by the killer known as “Ghostface.” The line “sick is the new sane” aptly summarizes the profanity-riddled, blood-soaked proceedings of this deeply cynical — if admittedly well-constructed — horror flick. Excessive gory violence; pervasive rough, crude and crass language; some profanity and sexual banter; and two scenes of underage drinking. O — morally offensive. (R) 2011
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