Scream 4

Trivia: While the film is primarily written by "Scream" and "Scream 2" writer Kevin Williamson, due to a hectic production schedule, "Scream 3" writer Ehren Kruger was brought on to do some last-minute rewrites during filming. However, Kruger chose to go uncredited, as he mainly worked on "polishing up" scenes originally written by Williamson.


Trivia: When Deputy Perkins is pretending to be dead in the squad car, Deputy Hoss reveals Perkins' first name to be "Anthony". Anthony Perkins was the name of the actor who played Norman Bates, the killer in the original "Psycho".


Trivia: Towards the beginning of the movie when Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere are standing in the hallway next to their lockers at school, next to them is a bust of Henry Winkler's character who played the principal in the first film and was killed.


Trivia: In the beginning, one of the girls mentions how bad the Saw series is. Erik Knudsen (who plays Robbie Mercer) was in Saw 2 as Matthew.

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Trivia: Something odd to notice: "Scream 4" is the only one of the four films to feature the iconic image of "Ghost-Face" (the name of the mask the killer wears) on the US poster or DVD cover. All three previous films had just pictures of the cast and the title arranged over a black background. (Although the DVD cover does retain this look, a profile image of Ghost-Face has been added into the background.) Somewhat ironic, as the films are so synonymous with the mask.


Trivia: "Scream 2" was released only one year after the original, while "Scream 3" was released three years after the second film. By contrast, it took an entire eleven years for the fourth film to come out. Originally, "Scream 3" was meant to be the final film in the series. Series director Wes Craven and series creator Kevin Williamson, along with producer Bob Weinstein, felt that given the increasing numbers of remakes and reboots that began to come out after "Scream 3", that it would be fun to make a fourth film in the series that satirized the concept of redoing old ideas. Thus, "Scream 4" was born.


Trivia: The final film of director Wes Craven, who tragically passed away from brain cancer in 2015. While a fifth film has been rumored in the years since this movie's release, series star Neve Campbell and series writer Kevin Williamson have said it would be difficult to do without their friend and director Craven at the helm, and have expressed doubts about wanting to be involved.


Trivia: The only "Scream" film where the characters Cotton Weary and Randy do not appear. Although the character Kirby was modeled after "Randy" to be a similar figure for the "next generation" of characters.


Trivia: Aspects of this film (including the motivation of the lead killer) were actually left-over ideas from Kevin Williamson's original plan for "Scream 3." After he was unable to commit to writing "Scream 3", a new writer was brought on who wrote an entirely new script. Williamson re-worked portions of the original "Scream 3" story-treatment into the plot of his television series "The Following", and then subsequently re-worked other portions of the story-treatment into "Scream 4."


Trivia: The only "Scream" film not to feature the song "Red Right Hand." The previous films all featured the song either during the film or during the end credits.

Trivia: In the room where the Cinema Club gathered, there are many different horror movie posters. One is for The Hills Have Eyes, a classic directed by Wes Craven himself.


Trivia: SPOILERS: The only "Scream" movie in which one of the killers isn't shot in the head during the climax. (Albeit, one of the killers is shot in the chest instead).


Trivia: The character Kirby was originally going to be revealed to have definitely survived, leaving her open to appear in a sequel. However, the scene revealing she survived was cut due to timing and pacing issues. Director Wes Craven instead decided to leave her fate intentionally ambiguous so they would have the option of bringing her back in a future film if they wanted - she was stabbed and last seen bleeding profusely, but was still moving slightly.


Trivia: Something subtle many don't notice - the blade on the knife in many murder scenes is actually CG, with only the handle being real. This was done for several reasons - first, because rubber knives tend to look a bit "iffy" on-screen, second for safety and third, because it aided in the gore effects, since they could have the killer actually shove the handle into the victim and digitally animate the blade going in, making a more seamless stab effect possible.

Trivia: The only "Scream" film where director Wes Craven doesn't have a cameo. The scene he was in was cut for timing reasons.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jill and Charlie are revealed as the killers, Jill is holding a knife to Sidney's throat and a gun in her left hand as she explains her motive. When Jill and Charlie are getting ready to stab each other, the shot changes and Charlie hands Jill the knife, even though she just had it in her hand pointing it at Sidney.

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Trevor Sheldon: Why is Sidney Prescott staying with you? I mean, that's like being on Top Chef with Jeffrey Dahmer.

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Question: When Jill and Kirby were watching "Shaun of the Dead", and Ghostface calls them, how did he know they were watching that?

Answer: Remember that Jill and Charlie were the killers and were working together. Therefore, Jill probably told Charlie the film they were planning on watching. Meaning when he called Kirby he knew what she and Jill were watching, which makes the killer more sinister and omnipresent.

Answer: Also, pretty sure they told Olivia over the phone what they were watching and Ghostface was in the closet listening.

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