Ghost­face is back for screams

SCRE4M (15) Truly low­brow tall tale Your High­ness (15)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith Da­mon Smith

Neve Camp­bell, Courteney Cox, David Ar­quette, Emma Roberts, Mary Mc­Don­nell

AT A piv­otal mo­ment in Wes Craven’s sel­f­ref­er­en­tial and sel­f­rev­er­en­tial slasher, a char­ac­ter says: “The first rule of re­makes: don’t mess with the orig­i­nal.” The same rule ap­plies to se­quels and screen­writer Kevin Wil­liamson, who has penned ev­ery in­stal­ment of the Scream se­ries, hasn’t been shy about re­cy­cling ideas from that in­flu­en­tial first film in sub­se­quent out­ings of his men­ace, Ghost­face. In Scre4m Neve Camp­bell, Courteney Cox and David Ar­quette reprise their iconic roles, flanked by some fresh faces, who not so much in­ject as spill and spray fresh blood into the fran­chise. It has been 10 years since the har­row­ing events of Scream 3 and sur­vivor Sid­ney Prescott (Camp­bell) has put her shat­tered life to­gether by pen­ning a self­help book. She em­barks on a book tour, in­clud­ing her home­town – only for Ghost­face to re­turn, threat­en­ing those clos­est to her. Scre4m set­tles into a fa­mil­iar pat­tern, nod­ding af­fec­tion­ately to ear­lier films, but is just too pre­dictable. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

Natalie Port­man.

Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Port­man, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Th­er­oux, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis.

VUL­GAR, puerile and re­lent­lessly potty-mouthed – and those are the chief sell­ing points of Your High­ness. David Gor­don Green’s olde worlde tale of good ver­sus evil is as cheer­less and charm­less as they come. There are no “happy ever af­ters” for us, hav­ing to en­dure a slurry of ob­scen­i­ties that leave us crav­ing a shower to wash off the filth. If the hu­mour was saucy or even bawdy with a mod­icum of wit, then the oc­ca­sional foray into gross-out ter­ri­tory would be eas­ier to swal­low. Un­for­tu­nately, the script has a one-track mind and strains at the breeches with chau­vin­is­tic quips, re­duc­ing vir­tu­ally all of the fe­male char­ac­ters to sim­per­ing wenches with heav­ing cleav­ages. It’s just not funny. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, Sex, Vi­o­lence.


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