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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Scream can be found here.

No. Scream is based on a script by American screenwriter Kevin Williamson who meant to present a satirical view of other slasher movies, e.g., Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980), so these movies can be said to provide part of the ideas on which Scream is based. Scream is also partly based on the Gainesville Ripper (real name: Danny Rolling), an American serial killer who murdered five students in Gainesville, Florida. Due to its box office success, Scream was followed by Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), and Scream 4 (2011).

Billy is suspected of being the killer by the cops and Sidney, largely because he has a cell phone. Sheriff Burke even asks what he is doing with one. This may confuse modern audiences who live in a world where you get them for free with a plan and can literally find them in your local 7-11. However, you must look at the time the movie was made. Back in the mid 90s cell phones were mostly a luxury item not readily available to everyone. It would have been rare, though not entirely suspicious, for a teenager to have a cell phone.

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Who killed whom?

CASEY AND STEVE: Billy and Stu were both there, Billy was the caller and Stu was the attacker. Kevin Williamson was the one who confirmed it was Stu. If you pay attention when the friends were having lunch, Stu said he dated Casey for like two seconds before she dumped him for Steve so it was a personal motivation for Stu

SIDNEY'S ATTACK: Same as the Casey/Steve attacks, Billy was the caller and Stu was the attacker. This one is pretty obvious when Billy comes through the window and drops the phone. This one was on purpose because Billy wanted to get framed and arrested so when Stu calls Sidney at Tatum's house he tells Sidney that she framed the wrong guy. This was all a plan for Billy to guilt trip Sidney into convincing her that he's not a killer and to get her to have sex with him.

SIDNEY'S BATHROOM ATTACK: This one was most likely a student playing a sick prank, if you looked very close the attacker didn't have a knife or any weapons in his hands.

THE BUSHES AND STORE: Again this was a prank, that's not exactly attacking, that's just plain stalking. Besides both Billy and Stu were at the video store talking with Randy.

HIMBREY'S DEATH: It was Billy, Stu was busy inviting party guests.

TATUM: Also Billy, Stu was inside entertaining his guests.

SNEAKING UP ON RANDY: This one was Stu. But in real life believe it or not Skeet Ulrich was in the costume.

KENNY: Probably Stu, Billy was "dead" in the bedroom.

STU: Obviously Sidney.

BILLY: Again, Obviously Sidney.

Prior to its theatrical release the movie had to be cut to obtain a R-rating. Several violent scenes were trimmed down a bit, but the Unrated Director's Cut is indeed available on home media mediums. The US LaserDisc features that unrated cut but not the DVD, and there are the German and Japanese DVDs that contain the unrated version as well. A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.

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