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Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phone Voice (voice)
Kevin Patrick Walls ...
Carla Hatley ...
Lawrence Hecht ...
Lois Saunders ...
Joseph Whipp ...


1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. Written by Joss Oran

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Someone's Taken Their Love Of Scary Movies One Step Too Far! See more »


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scary Movie  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,354,586 (USA) (20 December 1996)


$103,001,286 (USA) (18 July 1997)

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Technical Specs


| (cut) (PAL DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wes Craven initially turned down the film. He was already busy developing a remake of The Haunting (1963) and was considering distancing himself from the horror genre. He was growing weary of the inherent misogyny and violence. He signed on to direct after Drew Barrymore agreed to appear in the film. See more »


When Stu is talking to Sidney at near the end of the movie, he hands the phone to Billy, who gets mad and throws it back at Stu. The phone is shown that it hits him and falls to the ground but when Stu picks it back up to talk on it, its on the counter and easier for him to pick up. See more »


[first lines]
Casey: Hello?
Phone Voice: Hello.
Casey: Yes?
Phone Voice: Who is this?
Casey: Who are you trying to reach?
Phone Voice: What number is this?
Casey: Well, what number are you trying to reach?
Phone Voice: I don't know.
Casey: I think you have the wrong number.
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Crazy Credits

Right before the credits roll, there is a quick flash of the killer's face (Ghostface), so quick, it causes the viewer to doubt they actually saw it. See more »


Referenced in Thir13en Ghosts (2001) See more »


School's Out
Performed by Alice Cooper
Written by Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

Thrilling, refreshing horror tale
18 April 2000 | by (London,) – See all my reviews

Watching this film for the first time in the basement of a four story house, with no-one else in was the perfect setting for this film. From the very first scene I was gripped and I could not wait for the climax to discover the murderer and his motives. The script was extremely original, as they had purposely set out to parodie the typical slasher style movie.

It was written in a way that deceived and tricked and had you jumping out of your seats but also laughing at the paradoxical black humour. For anyone looking for a good horror film with a twist, you won't find a better one than Scream.

Overall I give it 9.5/10

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