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Last film directed by Wes Craven before he died from brain cancer.
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.
(at around 6 mins) 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: The Dream Master (1988) but the studio rejected it.
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.
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.
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.
Wes Craven stated he was not going to return as director unless the script was as good as the first Scream (1996).
Stars Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who were married in 1999 after meeting during the making of Scream (1996), had filed for separation in October of 2010. Although there was slight tension on the set, they were said to have remained professional and respectful of each other. They later divorced in May of 2012.
The roles of Chloe and Rachel were actually written with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan in mind.
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).
(at around 55 mins) 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 (1996)'s Rose McGowan and this film's Marley Shelton.
(at around 17 mins) 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).
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.
Scream 4 opened in US theaters 15 April 2011, 15 years to the date after the original began filming.
The first "Scream" movie not to feature the song "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Out of all four Scream films, this film has the highest kill count with 15.
(at around 18 mins) A bust of Henry Winkler (former Principal in Scream (1996)) can be seen briefly in the hallway.
Deputy Perkins' first name is Anthony, making his name Anthony Perkins, the same name as the actor who played Norman Bates in Psycho (1960). In Psycho, Norman Bates's line "We all go a little mad sometimes" is repeated by Billy (Skeet Ulrich) in the original Scream (1996). He also shares his first name with the actor that plays him, Anthony Anderson.
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.
One of 3 movies in which Emma Roberts has co-starred with a female lead from Friends (1994). Here, she worked with Courteney Cox. She previously worked with Lisa Kudrow in Hotel for Dogs (2009) and later with Jennifer Aniston in We're the Millers (2013).
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).
While scouting for a bookstore to use in the film, Wes Craven spotted a new bookstore that had not yet opened in downtown Northville, Michigan named Next Chapter Bookstore Bistro. Craven instantly loved the building as well as the name and decided to use both in the film. He also hired the owner's chef to prepare the food and pastry for a scene in the film.
(at around 55 mins) 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.
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.
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.
Each of the new central characters is an archetype for one of the characters from the original: Jill (Sidney), Kirby and Olivia (Tatum), Trevor (Billy), Charlie (Stu), and Robbie (Randy).
(at around 1h 2 mins) 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).
Rarely has a film series made it to four films with the titles staying so consistent (Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011)) without any subtitles or any kind of variation.
Lauren Graham was originally cast as Jill Roberts' mother. She made the announcement herself on The Jay Leno Show (2009). Two weeks later, she dropped out due to "script re-writes" and was soon replaced by Mary McDonnell.
In the deleted scenes, Dewey explains to Gale that character Neil Prescott (Sidney's father) has passed away since appearing in Scream 3 (2000) and this is the first time Sidney has returned to Woodsboro since his death.
In an early draft of the script, Gale and Dewey had a baby, but was changed after it was decided bringing a baby into the film would make shooting "impossible".
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).
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.
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.
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 had repeated clashes with the Weinsteins, resulting in them once again hiring Ehren Kruger for rewrites, and the script varied heavily from the original drafts.
Originally planned for a October 2010 release date, but after writing delays the scheduled release date is April 15th, 2011.
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.
Since Emma Roberts was the shortest cast member of the group of teens (standing at 5 feet 2 inches), she had to wear high heeled boots that gave her 3 extra inches to stand as tall as everyone else (the boots can actually be seen near the end of the film). She also had to wear hair extensions since her hair was relatively short before production of the film.
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.
Including Maureen Prescott's death, the total body count for the four Scream films is 43.
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.
Before shooting the movie Hayden Panettiere (who played Kirby) had a burglar break into her house and whilst the police were on their way she climbed out on to the roof and waited until they arrived.
(at around 26 mins) In traditional Scream fashion there are many scenes when the characters lives reflect/mock that of the actors real life. Notably, in the scene where Rebecca "geeks out" with Gale on the street she enthuses "you were my '90s" a reference to Courteney Cox's participation in Friends (1994). When asked "how long have you and Dewey been married" Gale replies "ten years". Cox had been married to David Arquette for ten years prior to filming.
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.
Lucy Hale and Shenae Grimes-Beech became good friends after shooting.
Ashley Greene was considered for the role of Jill Roberts, but ultimately, Emma Roberts was cast.
Emma Roberts' first horror movie.
The only film in the series in which no male character is featured in the opening scene.
Every film in the series features two people getting murdered in the opening scene.
The first teaser trailer debuted at the 2010 Spike TV Scream Awards.
After missing a Thanksgiving and January 4th deadline, Kevin Williamson delivered the first draft of the script in mid-February 2010.
After a test screening, Wes Craven and Bob Weinstein did not think two scenes played well for the audience. Aimee Teegarden and Alison Brie returned to Detroit for four days of additional shooting. The scenes involved Teegarden's character who is stalked at her home and Brie's character who is attacked in a parking garage.
(at around 12 mins) There is a copy of Sidney's book "Out Of Darkness" on Dewey's bedside table.
In keeping with the tradition set in the previous films (as well as keeping with the film's theme of remakes), the rules for Scream 4 are as follows:
  • 1. Don't f*** with the original (according to Sidney).
  • 2. You have to be gay in order to survive.
  • 3. Police officers will always die in horror movies (except for Bruce Willis), especially if they are near retirement, better looking than the other person or have a newborn baby on the way.
  • 4. The original ending is the false ending in a remake.
  • 5. The killer is always right behind you.
Filming ran for two weeks longer than planned.
Scout Taylor-Compton and Shane Dawson auditioned for roles in the movie.
Rory Culkin's third successive movie collaboration with Emma Roberts after Lymelife (2008) and Twelve (2010).
Each of the six actresses in the opening sequence are also a main character in a series. Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars (2010)), Shenae Grimes-Beech (90210 (2008)), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars (2004)), Anna Paquin (True Blood (2008)), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights (2006)), Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle (2011) and Under the Dome (2013)).
Selena Gomez was considered for "Jill Roberts"
(at around 19 mins) 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.
As of Scream 4, Sidney is shown to no longer be in possession of the Greek necklace that Derek gave her in Scream 2 (1997) (and she subsequently wore in Scream 3 (2000)). This may imply that Sidney moved on from his death in the decade since it occurred or the necklace was simply lost.
On March 22, 2010, Variety announced that Wes Craven was officially signed on as director.
This film reunites Marley Shelton and David Arquette - they previously appeared in Never Been Kissed (1999). Drew Barrymore, whom played the lead in that movie also started in the first Scream movie.
(at around 19 mins) A copy of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is visible behind Sidney in the scene at the book store.
Hilary Duff was attached for a brief time in an unspecified role.
Jenna Coleman auditioned for the role of Olivia Morris.
Cameo appearances by Anna Paquin & Kristen Bell as the two girls in the movie with in a movie watching "Stab 6"
Marley Shelton's character, Deputy Hicks, is a nod to the character of the same name played by Michael Biehn in Aliens (1986).
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(at around 1h 24 mins) During Kirby's phone call when Charlie is tied to a chair, one of the remakes mentioned is Piranha 3D (2010). Scream 2 (1997)'s Jerry O'Connell, who played Derek, plays in this movie. And ironically, his name is Derrick, and has an opposite personality of the character.
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This film reunites David Arquette and Anthony Anderson. They previously played friends in the comedy See Spot Run (2001).
Erik Knudsen, who appears as Robbie in this film, played Dale Turner on Jericho (2006) alongside original Scream (1996) star Skeet Ulrich.
This is the first Scream film in which Cotton Weary and Randy do not appear.
(at around 1h 11 mins) When Kirby and Charlie are discussing trivia during the "after party," Kirby makes a joke that she has powers. Hayden Panettiere starred in Heroes (2006) as Claire Bennett, who had the ability to regenerate.
Shane Dawson auditioned for a part and got a callback but one of the producers thought he was a nothing at the time and he didn't get a part, although he was invited to the premiere.
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Charlyne Yi auditioned for the role of Kirby Reed.
YouTuber Shane Dawson, a big fan of the Scream franchise, auditioned for an undisclosed role.
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Kevin Pennington was rumored for the role of Trevor Sheldon.
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Rory Culkin is the brother of Kieran Culkin who appeared in Music of the Heart (1999). Both films were directed by the late Wes Craven.
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Emma Roberts grew up watching the Scream movies.
On a 2015 episode of Watch What Happens: Live (2009), it was revealed that Alison Brie attended many tapings of the sitcom Friends (1994), which starred her Scream 4 costar Courteney Cox.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) There is a poster of the movie Tremors (1990) in Kirby's room.
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Rory Culkin (Charlie) and Emma Roberts (Jill) previously appeared together in Twelve (2010), directed by Joel Schumacher. Nico Tortorella (Trevor) appeared in Trespass (2011), also directed by Schumacher.
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The film was also released to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the release of Scream (1996), the first film in the franchise.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
at around 1h 5 mins) 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 Perkins is in the film, and the man actually took himself to the hospital.
Unlike nearly every other character in the franchise, the fate of Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) was never confirmed. According to Wes Craven the shooting script included a scene near the end where Kirby is revealed to have survived, but the scene was cut during production. Later on the DVD commentary Craven stated, "As you can see, Hayden was still moving... not saying she's coming back for sure."
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.
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 Weinstein, who thought the time jump disrupted the flow of the film.
In all the films with two killers, there is always one killer with an actual motive against Sidney (Billy, Mrs. Loomis, Roman and Jill) and the other who just wants to kill for the thrill (Stu, Mickey, Charlie).
Body Count: 15.
The fourth installment brings the total number of killers throughout the series up to seven.
As of 2011, the only "Scream" film where neither one of the killers is shot in the head.
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.
Charlie is the second killer in the series to be killed by "Ghostface" (his accomplice), but the first to die by stabbing.
The first film in the series in which the two victims killed at the beginning are of the same gender, in this case, Marnie and Jenny, who are both female.
This is the only Scream film in which Dewey isn't stabbed by the killer in some fashion. Instead, he is hit in the head with a bedpan by Jill.
at around 1h 22 mins) In the scene where Rory Culkin's character is tied to the chair, all bloody and Hayden Panettiere is behind the glass door looking at him, on the phone to Ghostface answering scary movie questions to save his life - this entire sequence mirrors the opening sequence from the first Scream film. The first film has Drew Barrymore's character looking onto Kevin Patrick Walls' character, attempting to answer scary movie questions to save his life.
This is the only Scream film in which the motive of the killer(s) does not have anything to do with the murder of Maureen Prescott, though her death is acknowledged and Jill states later that her own mother had to die in order to "stay true to the original."
Both actors who play the killers are descendants of established show business families; particularly, their fathers and paternal aunts: Rory Culkin (son of Kit Culkin (aka "Kit"), and nephew of Bonnie Bedelia), and Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric Roberts, and niece of Julia Roberts).
Confirmed to be the final film in the scream franchise. But a TV series was made and is currently being streamed on MTV.
Both this film and the original Scream (1996) have the same amount of running time at 1 hour and 51 minutes.
This film marks the third time that the Ghostface killer(s) attempted to frame someone else for all of the murders: Billy & Stu attempted to frame Sidney's father in Scream (1996) while Jill & Charlie attempted to frame Trevor in this film. Additionally, Roman attempted to frame Sidney herself for the murders in Scream 3 (2000).
Has the shortest killers in the series with Emma Roberts only 5 foot 2 and Rory Culkin only 5 foot 6.
at around 1h 2 mins) Anthony Anderson's line "not all cops die in the movies" is ironic because in The Departed (2006) he plays a cop who does.
The scenes when Jill (Emma Roberts) cuts her face, throws herself in front of a glass picture and then on top of a glass table were actually done by her stunt double Allison Caetano.
This is the first scream movie to not feature a character named "Steven". The first Scream (1996) 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.
In every one of the Scream movies a person who is from Woodsboro gets killed. In Scream (1996) and this film most of the victims lived there. Also in Scream 2 (1997) Randy Meeks was from Woodsboro and in Scream 3 (2000) Cotton Weary was from there.
Scream 4 is the only movie in the Scream franchise to end in a hospital.
Similar to Nerve (2016), Scream 4 (2011) stars Emma Roberts, features a character named Sidney, and uses instant fame as a cautionary tale. In Nerve, Emma Roberts also happens to star alongside Scream 4 co-star Alison Brie's husband Dave Franco.
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