Scream 4

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Scream 4
Directed by Wes Craven
Produced by
Written by Kevin Williamson
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Peter Deming
Editing by Peter McNulty
Distributed by Dimension Films[1]
Release date(s) April 11, 2011 (2011-04-11) (TCL Chinese Theatre)
April 15, 2011 (2011-04-15) (United States)
Running time 103 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[2]
Money made $97.1 million[2]

Scream 4 (stylized as SCRE4M) is a 2011 American slasher film and the fourth and most recent installment in the Scream series. Directed by Wes Craven (his final feature film before his death in 2015) and written by Kevin Williamson (who returned to the series after writing the first two films), the film stars an ensemble cast, which includes David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, Bonnie Somerville, Michael Goorjian, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Erik Knudsen, Mary McDonnell, Marley Shelton and Nico Tortorella. The plot involves Sidney Prescott returning to Woodsboro after ten years, as part of her book tour. As soon as she arrives, Ghostface once again begins killing students from Woodsboro High.

Originally, the series was intended to be a trilogy, but film production for a fourth installment was approved by Bob Weinstein. Filming took place in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan, from June 2010 to September 2010, with re-shoots in early 2011.

Scream 4 was released on April 15, 2011 and grossed $97 million against its $40 million budget. It received mixed reviews from critics, although many noted it as an improvement over Scream 3.

Plot[change | change source]

On the fifteenth anniversary of the original Woodsboro massacre, high school students Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper are attacked and brutally murdered by a new Ghostface.

The following day, Sidney Prescott returns to Woodsboro to promote her new book with her publicist Rebecca Walters. After evidence is found in Sidney's rental car, Sidney and her brother Jerry Prescott and his girlfriend Denise Thompson become suspects in the murders and must stay in town until the murders are solved. Sidney and Jerry's cousin, Jill, who is dealing with the betrayal of her ex-boyfriend, Trevor Sheldon, gets a threatening phone call from Ghostface, as does her friend Olivia Morris. Jill and Olivia, alongside their friend Kirby Reed, are questioned about their calls by Dewey Riley, who is now the sheriff, while one of his deputies, Judy Hicks, assists him in the case. Meanwhile, Dewey's wife, Gale Weathers-Riley, is struggling with writer's block and decides to investigate the murder instead.

Sidney and Jerry stays with Jill and their aunt Kate Roberts. Later that night, Olivia, who lives next door to Jill and Kate, is attacked and killed by Ghostface as Jill and Kirby watch in horror. Sidney, Jerry, Denise and Jill rush in to save Olivia, but the killer injures them and gets away; Sidney, Jerry and Jill are taken to the hospital. In the hospital's parking garage, Ghostface murders Rebecca. Gale, trying to solve the murders, enlists the help of two high school movie fanatics, Charlie Walker and Robbie Mercer, who explain that the killer is using the rules of movie remakes. Charlie concludes that the killer will likely strike at a party being held that night.

Gale goes to the party to investigate. Ghostface injures her but flees when Dewey arrives. Dewey takes her to the hospital. At Jill's house, Sidney and Jerry discover that the policemen assigned to guard the house are dead. She also discovers that Jill has left the house and gone to Kirby's. Sidney and Jerry go down to tell Kate, but the killer appears, kills Kate, and disappears again. After Deputy Judy Hicks arrives, Sidney, Jerry and Denise rushes to Kirby's house to save Jill on their own.

Jill, Kirby, Charlie, Robbie and Trevor are at Kirby's house when Ghostface appears and murders a drunken Robbie. Sidney, Jerry and Denise arrive at the house. Kirby is forced to answer horror movie trivia to save Charlie, who is tied up outside. Sidney, Jerry and Denise go upstairs to find Jill, promising to return to Kirby. After Kirby answers Ghostface's questions, she goes outside to untie Charlie, believing that she has won the game. He suddenly stabs her in the stomach and reveals himself as Ghostface, before leaving her for dead. Sidney and Jerry are confronted by Charlie and a second Ghostface, who is revealed as Jill. Jill explains that her motive was out of anger and jealousy because of the fame that Sidney had received for surviving the murders, and that they intend to frame Trevor as Ghostface; she then pulls Trevor out of a closet and shoots him in the head. Jill then betrays Charlie and kills him, too, to pin him as Trevor's accomplice and to make herself the sole survivor. Jill stabs Sidney in the stomach and mutilates herself to make it seem as if Trevor attacked her, and Jerry tries to take revenge by gets shot in the arm. Later, Dewey, Judy, and the rest of the police stumble upon the carnage.

Sidney, Jerry and Jill are then taken to the hospital. After discovering that Sidney and Jerry had survived, she goes to Sidney's hospital room and attempts to finish her. Dewey, Gale, and Judy intervene, having been clued by a detail about Gale's injury that Jill somehow knew. Jill subdues Sidney's rescuers, which gives Sidney and Jerry the chance to shoot her in the chest, finally killing her. Dewey calls in all police units, as media reporters outside confirm Jill as "the new Sidney Prescott", a title that would be short lived, and after Jill's death Jerry asks Denise to marry him and she accepts, and Dewey and Gale ask Jerry if they could attend their wedding and he accepts to let Gale and Dewey attend their wedding, and Denise became Denise Thompson-Prescott, and 10 years later Jerry and Denise have a son named George Thomas Prescott and Sidney became an aunt of Jerry and Denise's son.

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Scream 4". American Film Institute. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
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