Scream 4

Scream 4 ★★★★½

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Probably the most interesting Scream sequel, while still slightly behind 2 in terms of surface style. This is all about young people grappling with cyclical trauma, and it is trauma they're aware of. Watching "Stab" sequels, discussing their stupidity, and then being slain by the very same misunderstanding of the rules. It has a quality of reckoning with media, and whether it is worth the trouble of studying our past mistakes if we're doomed to repeat them. Deeply sad at points, and grisly and fun in equal measure as the best Scream movies are. Hayden Panettiere's performance is excellent. A standout in the cast.

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