Scream 4: Final Cut

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Scream 4: Final Cut
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Original Release Date:
2011
Original Running Time:
111
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152
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Brief Synopsis:
While SCREAM 4 was mostly considered as a return to form after the lackluster third installment, I still believed that the pacing and overall tone of the film could be improved with the addition of deleted scenes and the removal of some humor and other bits that hurt the movie.
Intention:
- remove attempts at humor that fall flat
- add edited deleted scenes to improve pacing and characterization
- make the Woodsboro Police look more competent
- increase suspense and scares
- re-edit the opening and ending to bring it closer to the original screenplay
- color correct the entire movie
Release Information:
  • Digital
  • Digital
Editing Details:
The editing process was fairly simple, aside from the new opening sequence which involved merging together the theatrical and alternate scenes, removing blood from Ghostface's mask and the furniture, as well as creating 3 shots from different elements in order to bridge the two sequences. This was by far the hardest sequence I've had to edit and I hope everyone who watches the movie enjoys it.
Cuts and Additions:
THE FOLLOWING LIST OF CHANGES CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE:

PROLOGUE
- timing of Ghostface jumping out at Trudie changed
- Pay-Per-View audio added ("Tru...Oh my god!")
- "Stab 7" title appears differently on-screen
- Jenny’s reference to “The Twilight Zone” removed
- Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin scene only appears on TV, muted
- DELETED SCENE: Alternate Opening
- 3D Ghostface behind “SCREAM 4” title card removed

RETURN TO WOODSBORO
- "Something to Die For" by The Sounds replaced with acoustic version
- shot of Sidney walking added from the trailer
- continuity error of Gale typing fixed
- DELETED SCENE: Crime Scene
- DELETED SCENE: Jill and Trevor at school
- Perkins' "Damn!" and "Cover up your kid's eyes!" removed
- Gale trying to peek in Sid’s bloody car trunk trimmed

POLICE STATION
- Deputy Judy peeking in interrogation room trimmed
- Sidney’s “It’s nice to see you even under the circumstances" removed as it appears in a deleted scene later
- continuity error of Dewey sitting down twice fixed
- Rebecca's phone call to Henry removed
- music during Gale and Rebecca's conversation lowered
- Rebecca's "Testy!" removed
- DELETED SCENE: Discussing the murders

ROBERTS RESIDENCE & OLIVIA ATTACKED
- DELETED SCENE: Dewey's test
- Kate’s “Oh…well…fine” reaction trimmed
- Ghostface’s “It will be” removed
- bystander's "You're just like your mother" replaced by "Stay out of our town"
- DELETED SCENE: Kate outside Olivia’s house

HOSPITAL & PARKING GARAGE
- DELETED SCENE: Gale on the trail
- Rebecca's "downtrodden fucks" speech trimmed
- Rebecca in elevator removed
- door handle breaking removed, Rebecca's death scene trimmed
- Gale's "Out of my way amateurs!" removed

CINEMA CLUB & STAB-A-THON
- Charlie's "You pretty much have to be gay" removed
- Gale's "I really want the location" removed
- Jill's "That's the view from my cell" removed
- Gale's "Go ahead if you have the guts!" from trailer added
- Dewey's "Get out of the way you morons" and “Dammit!” removed

SIDNEY ATTACKED
- Perkins getting startled at nothing removed
- Perkins getting stabbed in the head trimmed, “Shit” and "Fuck Bruce Willis!" removed
- frames of Ghostface at the Roberts door trimmed

KIRBY’S AFTERPARTY & CLIMAX
- Hicks’s phone call to Dewey trimmed
- frames of Ghostface opening the door before stabbing Robbie trimmed
- Robbie's "I'm gay!...If it helps" removed, death scene trimmed to hide CGI blood
- frames of Sidney at Kirby’s door trimmed
- Jill's "Shut up…dick" trimmed
- Trevor and Jill's exchange "I loved you!"/"Shut the fuck up already!" removed
- Jill cartoonishly running head first in a picture frame happens off-screen
- film ends after Dewey tells Jill that Sid might survive
- "Bad Karma" by Ida Maria replaced with "Red Right Hand" by Arctic Monkeys

EPILOGUE
- cliffhanger resolved after end credits
- DELETED SCENE: Dewey visits Gale at the hospital
- Jill's "Get your skinny ass out here" removed
- Jill's "Clear?" removed
- Deputy Hicks fainting removed
Teaser

User reviews

5 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(5)
Visual Editing
 
9.8(5)
Audio Editing
 
9.6(5)
Narrative
 
9.6(5)
Enjoyment
 
10.0(5)
Overall rating
 
9.8
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
First off, this is my go-to in my Scream 4 rewatches. I have seen this version just as many times as the theatrical release. It's just a smoother experience and plays out better than what was released theatrically. It feels like the Ehren Krueger influence on the script is tamped down and a lot of the Wes Craven rewrites fit better with what was in the original production.

The meta film-within-film-within-film in the open is brought way down (perhaps a little too much, as I don't know if I fully understand the dialogue about how Stab 7 starts with the Stab 6 open, as that's cut out here). However, once we are with our real opening scene, I feel this is a much better mix of the originally shot open and the reshoots. It's much more effective for me and a lot less clunky than the released version.

Just wonderful to see Sidney back and even utilizing some trailer shots that were removed for no reason whatsoever. Seeing Dewey be a leader in several deleted scenes bring his character more to the forefront and he's much less the goofy guy who's out of his element. Here, he has more control and has a guiding hand in the investigation and protection of Sidney. Gale is also stronger, trimming down a little bit of her dressing down of Hicks making Gale's arc more about her feeling relevant TO HERSELF and not to others. Also having Gale's trailer line "Go ahead if you have the guts!" should have never been removed.

Hicks, Rebecca, and Kate all benefit in this edit. Hicks is less the red herring, Rebecca is less over-the-top, and Kate feels slightly more like a character (there's only so much you can do here).

The new cast is all elevated in the new cut with some deleted moments back in the film, audio from the PPV cut, and some very smart trims to the Kirby after-party which removes humor that doesn't work, without cutting out what does. The reveal of the killer is much more effective here and doesn't devolve into camp by going to far. It's effective and brutal.

The fake-out ending works really well here, HOWEVER, I do feel that it takes too long to get back to the hospital ending. I love the idea that the credits would start with a cliffhanger, but the scene should have continued after the mid-credits instead of a full post-credits finale. That way we have a bit of the fake-out but it doesn't go too far in the execution.

All told, this is an excellent edit of Scream 4 and it's my third favorite in the franchise (I have yet to have seen 5), being just a tiny sliver under Scream 1&2. Excellent work!

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Yes
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Owner's reply February 20, 2022

Thanks for the review! I see a lot of people commenting on the fact that the epilogue should be moved earlier in the credits, but my intention was to recreate the cliffhanger of the original Williamson script as close as possible. I only included the rest of the ending after the credits to keep the series' canon.

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Overall rating
 
9.8
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
Great job Butcher. I love what you did in the opening scene, best version I've seen so far. There are a few small cuts I'd do here and there but that's just my editor mind screaming, it happens in every single edit I watch lol. Oh, and the audio goes slightly out of sync in the final scene in the hospital. But overall, congrats, great edit.
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Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
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10.0
This edit is remarkably well done. From a technical standpoint, it looks great. The audio mix is a little unbalanced at times. I found myself riding the volume quite a bit, almost always during deleted scenes that were reincorporated. Narratively, all of the extra scenes do a great job at fleshing out the characters more. Personally, I am a fan of the extended false opening of the theatrical cut, and some of the bits that were cut out ("Fxxx Bruce Willis"). I see why they were cut but I would love a version that keeps everything in. Also, the false ending and post credits epilogue are great, however the credits are too long and it takes forever to get back to the story. I think the scene should be moved up to the mid-credits, then the rest of the credits could play after. Still an excellent edit. This Scream fan is VERY happy!

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Although I never minded the original it's not as good as the original scream which is one of my favourite movies, The Butcher has done a great job of bringing this movie closer to the original which makes it a much more enjoyable experience and an edit that I would watch again. All the editing is done perfectly and wouldn't be noticeable to a first time viewer, so overall this is my go to version in the future and I would definitely recommend this to someone rewatching or a first time viewer.
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The definite way to view Scream 4. The audio and visual editing are perfect and the quality is pristine. I'm always on board for an edit that emulates the original intention of a film, so I loved how The Butcher found a way to recreate Kevin Williamson's original screenplay and ending while also giving the film a proper conclusion. Top notch fanedit, and excited to see how it pairs with Scream 5.

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Owner's reply August 08, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to post a review (such a glowing one too!) and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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