- Cast: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Marielle Jaffe, Marley Shelton, Mary McDonnell, Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson, Alison Brie, Erik Knudsen, Roger Jackson, Nancy O'Dell, Brittany Robertson, Dredan McFall, Justin Michael Brandt, Kristen Bell, Shenae Grimes, Anna Paquin, Aimee Teegarden, Lucy Hale , Gordon Michaels
- Director: Wes Craven
- Writer: Kevin Williamson
- Producers: Wes Craven, Iya Labunka
- Co Producer: Carly Feingold
- Executive Producers: Marianne Maddalena, Ron Schmidt, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
- Art Direction: Gerald Sullivan
- Castings: Avy Kaufman, Nancy Nayor
- Costume Design: Debra McGuire
- D.O.P.: Peter Deming
- Editor: Peter McNulty
- Makeup: Peter Robb-King
- Music: Marco Beltrami
- Production Design: Adam Stockhausen
- Set Decoration: Helen Britten
Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Michigan, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: Corvus Corax Productions, Dimension Films, Midnight Entertainment, Outerbanks Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 28 June 2010 - 22 September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: Back in late 1996 when I first began covering film news, "Scream" was released and became more than just a sleeper hit. After years of genre movies being relegated to direct-to-video status, this comedic slasher spawned the biggest surge in the horror film genre since "Halloween" almost two decades before. Its post-modern stylings and witty self-aware dialogue went on to be a big influence on films and television in general.
Yet the "Scream" series itself never could quite capture that glory again. By the time the solid first sequel in 1997 and quite disappointing third entry in 1999 had been released, the franchise's time seem to have come and gone. Yet for a decade there's always been hints of a fourth film, one that director Wes Craven and most of the surviving main cast had no interest in for years but all have ultimately came back around to. It was in mid-2008 when the official announcement came that a film was happening and the $40 million production finally got underway last year.
Horror of course has since moved on from these films, albeit backwards in some ways. After the self-aware comedy horror trend "Scream" launched seemingly died off we had the Japanese supernatural remakes spearhead by "The Ring" and "The Grudge"; torture porn with "Saw" and its countless imitators; a resurgence of the zombie film genre with "28 Days Later" and "Dawn of the Dead"; horror classic remakes galore with the 'Texas Chainsaw', 'Friday the 13th' and 'Elm Street' amongst others; and the ultra low-budget stylings of "Blair Witch Project" a decade ago and "Paranormal Activity" more recently.
There's plenty of material there for mining comedic gold, however the approach of the original trilogy does seem old hat these days. Could Craven and writer Kevin Williamson strike gold again? As filming began, stories of a troubled production quickly emerged. The original "Scream" films had their own teething problems, though it was Craven and Williamson's extremely problematic werewolf collaboration "Cursed" that many were worried this would collapse into.
Various actors who were cast in supporting roles dropped out at the last minute. During filming some actors voiced difficulties with the way the production was done - namely the constant script re-writing, something that happened on all the previous films in the series. David Arquette & Courteney Cox’s reported marital troubles also led to a rather tense set. Yet ultimately, despite the shooting going slightly over and some additional last minute photography last month, everything was done and the film is still on track for a release mid-next month.
The promise here is a film that ups both the horror and the comedy. Test screenings in January hint that despite all the swipes at filmmakers and the genre, this is still a very dark and bloody film. Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell cameo in the beginning of the film, delivering a sequence along the lines of Drew Barrymore and Jada Pinkett Smith's in the first two films. The rest of the cast is the typical kind for this film from the returning main trio of Sidney, Dewey and Gale to several new faces including comic relief along with assertive and sassy friends. One doubts there'll be much in the way of originality, but we should hopefully get a few thrills and laughs.