‘Scream 4’ is like the Michael Jordan of Horror Films.

I want to first say that this is NOT a movie review of "Scream 4." OK?

 

"Scream 4" not only resurrected a once forgotten franchise, it also allowed Wes Craven to introduce his fun horror/comedy series to a whole new audience. It's kind of like Michael Jordan coming back to the Bulls to win another three-peat. When Jordan came back, fans realized how much they missed him. "Scream 4" is the same way. Don't be surprised if a "Scream 5" and six ensue.

 

I first was leery when the fourth installment came out; the first three films got progressively worse and I thought a train wreck was in the making. I was wrong. "Scream 4" is very good. Maybe time away from the series was what was needed for this film to be successful. It also helped that Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson returned, unlike the "Saw" movies where it seems that anyone can write the sequels if your agent is good enough.

 

My 16-year-old son watched a "Scream" marathon leading up to the fourth. I had the first movie on VHS and I thought this was going to be a mistake when he said, "What's a VHS?" You see, before the movie, there were coming attractions that began with "coming soon to VHS." If he was asking this question, "Scream" would definitely be an epic fail.

 

It turned out my son liked the movies. So going in to "Scream 4" he was as geeked as I was; and rightfully so. The main cast of characters was in full effect. Neve Campbell brilliantly played the lead (where has she been the last few years?). The movie saw its classic twist and turns, but this time the twist ending ended up twisting again, leading up to a hint of subsequent "Scream" movies.

 

Like Michael Jordan, Craven keeps fans on the edge of their seats. At the end of the film, my son and I wanted more. I hope Craven and Williamson return with five and six. However, if they do, I hope they know when to stop, something even the great Michael Jordan could not do.

 
 
 
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Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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