Scream 4 (stylized as SCRE4M) is a 2011 American slasher film and the fourth and final installment in the Scream series. Directed by Wes Craven 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, 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, in 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. It was the final film directed by Wes Craven before his death four years later.