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(2011)

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With four installments, this landmarks the Scream franchise as being one of the only horror franchises to have its main characters return for all its sequels.
As seen in the gag reel, there was an ongoing prank on set where somebody dressed in the Ghostface mask would jump out and scare an actor at a time when Ghostface wasn't scripted to appear. For example, an actor would open a door expecting nobody to be behind it, and instead somebody in the mask would jump out. On at least one instance, this prank was pulled on an actress during a scene where she was scripted to be chased by a killer, rounded a corner and met an unscripted appearance by Ghostface.
Wes Craven stated he was not going to return as director unless the script was as good as the first Scream (1996).
At a table read on June 25, 2010, the actors were told to stop reading at page 75 to prevent those already cast in the film from knowing the climax.
Although the "Scream" series was intended to be a trilogy, a fourth movie was rumored on and off several times since the release of the third installment. The movie was officially announced in July of 2008 by The Weinsteins/Dimension in a press release and was released in theaters in 2011; eleven years after Scream 3 (2000).
Just as she does in her real life marriage to David Arquette, who plays Sheriff Dewey Riley, Courteney Cox's character, Gale Weathers, now has a hyphenated name. She is now billed as "Gale Weathers-Riley" since, at the conclusion of Scream 3 (2000), Dewey proposed to Gale and they are now married in this film.
In June of 2010 Wes Craven asked his fans following his Twitter account what his cameo should be. The cameo was ultimately cut from the film.
Each of the new central characters is an archetype for one of the characters from the original: Jill (Sidney), Kirby (Tatum), Trevor (Billy), Charlie (Stu), and Robbie (Randy).
The role of Deputy Perkins is played by Anthony Anderson. Anderson appeared in several of the "Scary Movie" sequels. The original Scary Movie (2000) was a spoof of the "Scream" films.
For the first time in the series, a CGI-added knife was used because Wes Craven wanted to avoid using prop knives that are rubber, cardboard and collapsible.
A dummy of Tatum stuck in the doggy door (a moment that is also echoed by the movie's opening sequence) is visible at the "Stabathon". Audience members dressed as Dewey and Gale can also be seen.
In this film, Deputy Hoss, played by Adam Brody, laments that it "sucks to be a cop in a movie unless you're Bruce Willis". One year prior to the release of this film, Brody co-starred (as a cop, ironically) alongside Willis in Cop Out (2010).
The outfit that Trevor wears in the final act of the movie is the same outfit that Neil Prescott is wearing in the final act of the original. Trevor is also bound and gagged identically to Neil Prescott.
In the scene where Jenny (Aimee Teegarden) explains to Marnie (Britt Robertson) the story about the Stab movies, she says "Stab 5 has time travel, which is by far the worst". Wes Craven had the idea of time travel in dreams for "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4" but the studio rejected it.
The scene where Kirby says that her favorite scary movie is Bambi (1942), mirrors the scene in Scream 2 (1997) where Randy tells the killer that his favorite scary movie is Showgirls (1995).
To make the acting more intense, Wes Craven didn't allow the actors to meet who was on the other end of the line when Ghost Face contacted them.
Scream 4 is the first film in the franchise not to be edited by 'Patrick Lussier', Wes Craven's long time editor. Since the third movie, Lussier has gone on to a directing career of his own that includes the remake of My Bloody Valentine (2009) which is one of the many horror film remakes mentioned in Scream 4.
Kevin Williamson, the writer of this film, has expressed a subtle annoyance towards the release of the film. During production, producers Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein brought in Ehren Kruger (the writer of Scream 3 (2000)) to polish up the script. Wes Craven later stated that the main ideas, story and concept of the movie were written by Williamson, with minor changes made by Kruger.
The roles of Chloe and Rachel were actually written with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan in mind.
A bust of Henry Winkler (former Principal in Scream (1996)) can be seen briefly in the hallway.
The first entry in the franchise in which Sidney does not witness the killer slit a man's throat during the final chase scene.
Scout Taylor-Compton and Shane Dawson auditioned for roles in the movie.
In July of 2009, after years of rumors and negotiations, David Arquette and Courteney Cox signed up to reprise their roles. Neve Campbell was confirmed in September 2009.
Originally planned for a October 2010 release date, but after writing delays the scheduled release date is April 15th, 2011.
The film suffered two casting changes in quick succession as shooting had begun. Lake Bell had originally been cast as Judy Hicks but was forced to drop out (which she announced via her Twitter account on June 24th 2010) due to "scheduling conflicts." She was replaced by Marley Shelton. Six days later, Lauren Graham, who was originally cast as Kate Roberts, dropped out also citing "scheduling conflicts" as well as "script changes." She was replaced by Mary McDonnell.
The first teaser trailer debuted at the 2010 Spike TV Scream Awards.
Neve Campbell and Emma Roberts, two of the lead actresses in the film, both admitted to being terrified of horror films. Emma Roberts stated she was hid under the covers while watching the first 3 'Scream' films. Also, Neve Campbell stated a while back that she can't watch the films, because she doesn't like being scared.
Ashley Greene was considered for the lead role, but ultimately, Emma Roberts was cast.
Scream 4 opened in US theaters 15 April 2011, 15 years to the date after the original began filming.
This is the first scream movie to not feature a character named "Steven". The first _Scream (1996/1)_ had Steven Orth played by Kevin Patrick Walls, killed in the first scene. Scream 2 (1997) had Phil Stevens played by Omar Epps, also killed in the first scene. And Scream 3 (2000) had Steve Stone played by Patrick Warburton, killed when Ghostface used a voice synthesizer to disguise himself as Dewey.
Despite being the most recognizable face of the "Scream" franchise, this is the only installment where Ghostface has appeared on any of the North American posters or home media release covers (the character has previously appeared on international posters for the series).
The film is heavily critical of horror remakes. Notably, director Wes Craven has previously produced a handful of remakes of classic horror films, including Carnival of Souls (1962), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), and The Last House on the Left (2009) (the latter two being remakes of films he'd directed).
The first Scream movie not to include Jamie Kennedy (as Randy Meeks), not feature or even mention Cotton Weary, and not include a main love interest for Sidney.
Jenna Coleman auditioned for the role of Olivia Morris.
On March 22, 2010, Variety announced that Wes Craven was officially signed on as director.
In May of 2010, Cathy Konrad, the producer of all three previous movies in the Scream series, filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company stating her production company had a first-rights deal with the Weinstein Company to produce all films in the Scream series. The lawsuit was eventually dropped.
Patrick Dempsey was rumored to reprise his role from Scream 3 (2000). The writer, Kevin Williamson, claimed the rumor to be false. Also, Dempsey would be filming Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) at the same time for shooting Scream 4, where as it would be unlikely to have the availability to reprise his role.
The first "Scream" movie not to feature the song "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Rory Culkin's third successive movie collaboration with Emma Roberts after Lymelife (2008) and Twelve (2010).
A copy of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is visible behind Sydney in the scene at the book store.
This time, the footage from Stab includes the credit "A Robert Rodriguez Film." Rodriguez really did direct the footage, and also made Grindhouse (2007) co-starring Scream's Rose McGowan and Scream 4's Marley Shelton.
Among the novels on the shelf as Gale enters the book store, one of the more prominently seen is Eragon, the first of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. A series that, like Scream, was originally intended as a trilogy, only to be expanded in to a four part series, the latest of which was released in November 2011, the same year as this movie.
Just like in the first film, where a VHS copy of Clerks. (1994) is seen. In this "remake" we get to see a copy of Clerks II (2006) in Kirby's house.
Lauren Graham was originally cast as Jill Kessler's mother. She made the announcement herself on The Jay Leno Show. Two weeks later, she dropped out due to "script re-writes" and was soon replaced by Mary McDonnell.
There is a copy of Sidney's book Out Of Darkness, on Dewey's bedside table.
Charlyne Yi auditioned for the role of Kirby Reed.
After missing a Thanksgiving and January 4th deadline, Kevin Williamson delivered the first draft of the script in mid-February 2010.
Erik Knudsen, who appears as Robbie in this film, played Dale Turner on Jericho (2006) alongside original Scream (1996) star Skeet Ulrich.
Kevin Pennington was rumored for the role of Trevor Sheldon.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Many fans of Scream (1996) have pointed out that although Tatum (Rose McGowan)'s death was a great set piece, garage door motors are not strong enough to lift a person off the ground, and have safety mechanisms in place to make her murder impossible. The opening sequence of Scream 4 however has a garage door close on a victim, then rise again once the safety sensors are tripped. This is more akin to what would actually happen if one were to try to crush someone in a motorized garage door.
Body Count: 15.
Despite the unrealistic way Deputy Perkins walks around after being stabbed in the head, this is actually medically accurate. Wes Craven was watching a television special about a man who was stabbed in the head just the way Hoss is in the film, and the man actually took himself to the hospital.
As of 2011, the only "Scream" film where neither one of the killers is shot in the head.
The first film in the series in which the two victims in the beginning are not a man and woman. Here two women are killed in the beginning of the film.
This is the first film in the series since the original in which the killer is among one of the characters pictured on the poster.
The fourth installment brings the total number of killers throughout the series up to seven.
According to Wes Craven on the director's commentary, the original opening would have taken place at a party celebrating Sidney's completion of her book, during which Ghostface would have attacked and Sidney would've been badly stabbed. The rest of the film would have then taken place three years later. However, this opening was vetoed by 'Bob Weinstien', who thought the time jump disrupted the flow of the film.
Both actors who play the killers are descendants of established show business families; particularly, their fathers and paternal aunts: Rory Culkin (son of Christopher Culkin (aka "Kit"), and nephew of Bonnie Bedelia), and Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric Roberts, and niece of Julia Roberts).

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