Scream 4, the fourth installment of the iconic horror franchise, was released in 2011 and continued to revitalize the genre of slasher films. Starring a slew of popular actors and actresses such as Neve Campbell and Emma Roberts, Scream 4 is a thrilling addition to the series that will have you on the edge of your seat.

This movie review will dive deep into all aspects of the film – from plot points to performances and more. So get ready for a scare because we’re about to explore what makes this horror classic so beloved among its fans.

What is Scream 4?

Scream 4 is a 2011 American slasher film directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. It stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Emma Roberts. The plot revolves around a woman named Sidney Prescott (Campbell), who has been targeted by a killer known as Ghostface (Roberts) since she was a teenager.

Photo: Scream 4 (2011)

The film was released on April 15, 2011, and grossed $97 million against its $40 million budget. It received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its humor and acting while others criticized its plot and lack of scares.

The Cast of Scream 4

The cast of Scream 4 includes some familiar faces, as well as some new blood. Neve Campbell returns as Sidney Prescott, the heroine of the franchise who has been haunted by Ghostface since the original movie. She is joined by fellow survivors David Arquette and Courteney Cox, who reprise their roles as Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers respectively.

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The new generation of Scream is represented by a group of younger stars including Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin and Niko Nicotera. They play a group of friends who are targeted by Ghostface, and must team up with Sidney to try and survive.

Scream 4 also features a cameo from original Scream star Drew Barrymore. She appears in a flashback scene that shows her character Casey Becker being killed in the first movie.

The Plot of Scream 4

The plot of Scream 4 is set in the present day, ten years after the events of Scream 3. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now a successful author, has returned to her hometown of Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. Meanwhile, Ghostface has once again begun killing people in a new string of murders. As the body count starts to rise, Sidney finds herself drawn back into the world she thought she had left behind as she tries to uncover the identity of the new Ghostface before he claims any more victims.

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Scream 4 is a suspenseful and thrilling ride that will keep you guessing until the very end. Neve Campbell delivers a strong performance as Sidney Prescott, and the supporting cast is also excellent. The movie is packed with twists and turns, and just when you think you know who the killer is, another twist comes along to throw you for a loop. If you’re a fan of horror movies, then Scream 4 is definitely worth checking out.

The Reception of Scream 4

Scream 4 was released in 2011 to mixed reviews. Some critics praised the film for its humor and self-awareness, while others felt that it failed to live up to the standards set by the previous films in the franchise.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 50% approval rating, based on 155 reviews with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site’s consensus reads, “Scream 4 finds franchise creator Wes Craven and star Neve Campbell returning for a fun – if familiar – round of scares.

Photo: Scream 4 (2011)

On Metacritic, the film has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews“.

Many fans of the Scream franchise were disappointed with Scream 4. They felt that it wasn’t as scary or clever as the first three films. However, there are still many people who enjoy the film and think that it’s a worthy addition to the series.


Scream 4 was a well-made, entertaining horror movie that kept viewers on the edge of their seats. It is definitely worth watching if you are looking for some jump scares and suspenseful moments. Despite its flaws, it is still an enjoyable film that can provide a few hours of entertainment.

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