I have mixed feelings about this one. I'd say it's on par with the first two sequels but not any better. They all mix good moments liberally with bad. I did get some nostalgic pleasure from seeing this group on-screen again. And Craven is definitely on his game. The staging of most of the murders is clever if not original. And he manages to build palpable tension around some of them. But I was really underwhelmed with the new cast. For me, the main appeal of the original lies in the lovingly drawn and endearingly played characters (although I'm also allergic to Lillard). This new bunch is dull on paper and undistinguished on the screen. None of them have enough personality to rise above the types they're meant to represent. That hurt the movie for me since I never cared who lived or died. I also think the screenplay was seriously lacking. It spews nonstop self-aware commentary--but it lacked the snappy dialogue that elevated it beyond a gimmick in the original. By the end reveal I was pretty tired of the relentless self-consciousness. The fact that most of the jokes fall completely flat doesn't help either (especially the opening, which I found completely uninspired). I'd only recommend this to existing fans of the series. If you didn't like the first 3 stay far, far away. And here's one final random thought. Is anyone else really struck by how well the Scream franchise documents Courtney Cox's decline? I thought she looked bad in 3. But in 4 she's almost as scary-looking as Barbara Hershey.