"How meta can you get?" wonders Courteney Cox, back in old Woodsboro, and back as TV reporter-turned-scribe Gale Weathers, in Scream 4.
The first Scream in 11 years, the return of the Ghostface Killer is, according to the movie itself, either a "shriekquel" or a "screamake." Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson's baby is also a reconstructed deconstructionist text on the state of horror movies today and yesterday.
Beginning with a series of jokey set pieces in which cameoing Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell (among others) discuss the form and formula of slasher pics and at the same time serve themselves up as potential victims, Scream 4 brings together old cast mates (besides Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette return) and new classmates Emma Roberts, Nico Tortorella, Hayden Panettiere, Erik Knudsen, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, and Aimee Teegarden.