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The party scene near the end of the film runs 42 minutes long. It was shot over the course of 21 days from the time the sun set to the time it rose. After it wrapped, the crew had t-shirts made that read " I SURVIVED SCENE 118" (which was the name of the scene during shooting). The cast and crew jokingly called it "The longest night in horror history."
(at around 1h 35 mins) Matthew Lillard ad-libbed "My mom and dad are going to be so mad at me." Wes Craven thought it was so funny that he kept it in the film.
(at around 1h 35 mins) When the phone slips out of Billy's hand and hits Stu's head, it was completely unintentional. Wes Craven kept it in because of Stu's realistic reaction.
(at around 10 mins) When the killer smashes his head through a window and Casey hits him in the face with the phone, Wes Craven is actually wearing the costume and was really hit in the face.
The use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of this film.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette met and fell in love on the set of this movie. They eventually married, but divorced in 2013.
The film's high school scenes were to be shot at Santa Rosa High School in California in the Santa Rosa District. However, very close to the shooting date, the school board read the script and denied the film to be shot there due to the violent nature, as they had been under the impression the film was a comedy, and production was moved to Healdsburg, CA. As payback, Wes Craven put in the end credits under the special thanks section "NO THANKS WHATSOEVER TO THE SANTA ROSA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD."
The film was released in December, five days before Christmas. The studio did this because during the holiday season, family friendly movies are usually released, and the studio wanted to give the horror audience something to see during a time when no horror movies would be out. It opened at #4 with $6.4 million, which led the studio to believe the film had flopped. However, the film's good word of mouth is what led to its success at the box office. With every week it went up or stayed at the same place in the box office. By the end of its run, it ended up making over $100 million at the United States box office.
These are the horror film rules as stated in the movie:
  • 1. You will not survive if you have sex
  • 2. You will not survive if you drink or do drugs
  • 3. You will not survive if you say "I'll be right back"
  • 4. Everyone is a suspect.

Two additional rules come from the killer:
  • 5. You will not survive if you ask "Who's there?"
  • 6. You will not survive if you go out to investigate a strange noise.
The film was sent to the MPAA over nine times for re-consideration, as they were going to slap the movie with a NC-17 rating. With each time the MPAA made Wes Craven cut out more of the films gore heavy shots. Bob Weinstein eventually had to step in, which secured the films R rating. Wes Craven wanted to know what Bob Weinstein had said to the MPAA to get them to give the film its R Rating - he told them to view the film as a comedy and not a horror film. This completely changed the MPAA'S view point.
Drew Barrymore and Neve Campbell did not meet Roger Jackson, the actor who played The Voice, before shooting commenced. Whenever they are talking on the phone to the killer, they are actually talking to him.
Wes Craven discovered the Ghostface mask while scouting for filming locations in California. Craven was walking throughout a possible filming-house, and inside one of the rooms he saw the mask hung on a wall. He sent a photo to Dimension Films and they told him to have the prop department make a mask similar to the mask in the bedroom, as they did not own the rights to the mask.
(at around 1h 35 mins) Matthew Lillard (Stu) adlibbed the line "Ah... Houston, we have a problem" when he discovered that the gun was gone.
(at around 2 mins) Casey claims that all of the sequels to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) "sucked." Wes Craven sold the rights to sequels before the film was released and became a success and disliked many of the sequels. See also: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985).
(at around 1h 40 mins) Stu's line "I always had a thing for ya, Sid!" and Sidney's response "In your dreams!" were ad-libbed by Matthew Lillard and Neve Campbell. It references A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Rose McGowan discovered that she could actually fit through a pet flap.
During production, Ghostface's signature black robe was going to be white, to make him appear even more like a ghost. This was changed in fear of people comparing the costume to those that the Ku Klux Klan wear.
Drew Barrymore was originally cast as Sidney Prescott (eventually played by Neve Campbell). But Drew Barrymore insisted that if she played Casey then it would make the audience think anything could happen.
(at around 1h 30 mins) It is mentioned near the end of the film that they used Corn Syrup dyed red for the blood in several famous horror movies. During the films climax, the production crew really did use corn syrup dyed red.
To keep Drew Barrymore looking scared and crying, director Wes Craven kept telling her real life stories about animal cruelty. She is a keen animal lover in real life.
Originally titled "Scary Movie," which was later used for a parody of Scream (1996) and other pop culture horror films in the Scary Movie (2000) series. The term "Scary Movie" is mentioned 5 times.
When Bob Weinstein watched parts of the first scenes filmed (rough cuts), he said that the mask used was "idiotic". He asked the producers to film one scene with seven different masks and let him choose the one he liked the most. Producers didn't agree and threatened to shut down production. They told him to wait until the first sequence (Drew Barrymore's) was completed and then he could decide. After watching it, he happily agreed to the mask used and didn't make another complaint for the rest of the filming.
Jamie Kennedy was chosen for the role of Randy because he would often improvise humour into his lines which made Wes Craven laugh.
The boyfriend in Psycho (1960) is named Samuel Loomis. Samuel Loomis was the doctor in Halloween (1978). In Scream, the teens are watching Halloween. In Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), the teens are watching Scream 2 (1997). This makes the films self-aknowledging, showing that in the Halloween franchise, movies were made based off of the murders, and in the Scream franchise, there's obviously the Stab films.
The special effects artists used about 50 gallons of blood.
(at around 14 mins) Scream pays yet another homage to Halloween (1978) movie by using the song 'Dont Fear the Reaper' by Blue Öyster Cult. This version is a remake and is played while Billy sneaks into Sidney's room towards the beginning of the movie. In Halloween it is playing in the car while Laurie and Annie are on their way to babysit.
As revealed on The Directors (1997) in 2007, Wes Craven originally turned down "Scream" because it was too violent, but reconsidered making one more gory movie for the hungry fans who continually told him that his best movie was The Hills Have Eyes (1977).
Courteney Cox approached the production herself to pursue the role. She was interested in playing a "bitch" character to offset her "nice" Friends (1994) image. This image was the main reason why the producers initially refused to consider Cox for the part. Cox continued to lobby the studio as she felt she could believably play the character; her efforts ultimately succeeded.
(at around 12 mins) At the beginning of the movie when Casey's parents come home to find something is wrong, her father tells her mother to "go to the McKenzie's," which is the same thing Laurie tells Lindsey and Tommy to do in Halloween (1978), of which this movie contains many references.
(at around 49 mins) David Arquette's character Dewey is specified as being 25 years old, approximately 7 years older than most other lead characters who are in high school. However, Arquette is roughly the same age as most of his costars and is actually slightly younger than Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, and Jamie Kennedy, who all play high schoolers.
At one point during the filming of the opening scene, somebody forgot to unplug the phone that Casey used to try and call the cops. This resulted in real, puzzled 911 operators hearing Drew Barrymore screaming for her life on the other end.
Rose McGowan dyed her hair blonde in order to contrast her black hair from Neve Campbell's.
All the killer's phone calls were really done by Roger Jackson on set with a cell phone. At one point, the crew were contacted by the police demanding to know who they were because they thought there was a real killer making the phone calls.
The mask is based on the painting "Scream" by Edvard Munch.
After the bathroom attack there was a scene in the script where Sidney bursts into the Principal's office and reports the incident crying for help. Although the scene was not included in the final cut it explains why Himbry ultimately decided to suspend the lessons and dismiss the students.
There was a 5 page treatment for Scream 2 (1997) at the end of the screen play, written by the screenwriter Kevin Williamson. It was written into a full blown script after the movie became a smash hit at the box office.
Rose McGowan was so small that when she was in the pet door she kept falling out. They had to nail her shirt to the inside of garage door to prevent from falling out.
David Arquette and Matthew Lillard were initially considered for the role of Billy Loomis before being eventually cast as Dewey Riley and Stu Macher respectively. Arquette was also considered for the role of Stu.
On The Directors (1997) in 2007, David Arquette revealed that he presumptuously turned down the role of "Billy" in favor for playing "Dewey", which was originally written as a hunky, leading man part.
Being a favorite of the writer Kevin Williamson, Molly Ringwald was offered the role of Sidney Prescott, but turned it down, saying she'd rather not be playing a high school student at the age of 27.
The filming of Scream is Rose McGowan's favorite filming experience in her career.
Kevin Patrick Walls, who plays Drew Barrymore's ill-fated boyfriend, was given this small part as compensation for not getting the role of Billy.
(at around 54 mins) Tatum says that the situation is like a Wes Carpenter film. This is a reference to Wes Craven, who directed the movie, and John Carpenter, who directed Halloween (1978), which is featured in the movie.
Freddie Prinze Jr. auditioned for the role of Stu.
Joaquin Phoenix turned down the role of Billy Loomis.
The bathroom that Sidney is attacked in is the same one used on the "Stab 3" set in Scream 3 (2000).
Tatum's house is right across the street from the house in Santa Rosa, California used in Pollyanna (1960). It is also across the street from the house used in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943). The house in the opening scene was next door to the house used in Cujo (1983).
The Weinsteins wanted to film in Vancouver as it was estimated that they could save $1 million in costs compared to shooting in the United States. Wes Craven was adamant about filming in the US, as he wanted the setting to look like an all-American, suburban small town. Locations in North Carolina were initially considered, but rejected due to the fact that the sites that looked promising would've required costly modification and repairs to be usable for a film production. The argument over where to film almost led to Craven being removed from the project, but the Weinsteins eventually agreed to keep the production in America.
(at around 52 mins) When Henry Winkler opens the closet his black leather Fonzie jacket (from Happy Days (1974)) is hanging in it.
Wes Craven had seen Neve Campbell in Party of Five (1994) and asked her to audition for the part. He believed she could portray a character who was "innocent", but who could also realistically handle herself while dealing with the physical conflict and emotions required by the role.
(at around 35 mins) Although the killer's costume is often referred to as "Ghostface" the costume is actually called "Father Death". Dewey brings a costume in the package into the police station after Sidney is first attacked.
Melissa Joan Hart, Brittany Murphy, Alicia Witt, Melanie Lynskey and Melinda Clarke all auditioned for the role of Sidney Prescott.
(at around 13 mins) At the beginning of the film Billy climbs through Sidney's bedroom window, startling her, just like Glen did to Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
(at around 46 mins) The cheerleader in the washroom scene was played by one of Skeet Ulrich's girlfriends.
Rose McGowan still has her 'Scary Movie' wine bottle with the wine still in it, that the cast and crew received at the wrap party
Winner of the 1997 Mtv Movie Award for Best Picture.
Neve Campbell and Matthew Lillard dated briefly.
(at around 58 mins) Tori Spelling was considered for the role of Sidney Prescott. At one point in the movie (when discussing who would play her in the movie), Dewey says he sees Sidney as a young Meg Ryan. Sidney replies with, "With my luck, it would be Tori Spelling."
Breckin Meyer and Jason Lee had auditioned for the role of Randy Meeks. Meyer, Lee and Jamie Kennedy all were in the final callback for the audition process. Kennedy ended up getting the role.
Dewey in the script was envisioned as a hunk - and David Arquette was asked to play the role of Billy at first. But he opted to play Dewey and the character was rewritten to become a lot more bumbling and comedic to fit.
Marco Beltrami decided to intentionally disregard conventional horror score styles. He approached the film as a western, taking influence from Ennio Morricone.
The rare slasher series where the original director helmed every film in the series. Wes Craven directed every Scream movie. That's never happened before or since.
(at around 14 mins) When Billy sneaks into Sidney's room, he mentions that he was watching The Exorcist (1973). Linda Blair, who played Regan, has a cameo in the film as a reporter (at around 39 mins).
Mark Irwin, the director of photography, was fired a week before shooting was to end. Wes Craven, upon reviewing the dailies, found that the footage was out of focus and unusable, and Irwin was ordered to fire and replace his camera crew. When Irwin responded that they'd have to fire him too, they did just that.
Skeet Ulrich and Neve Campbell had worked together on The Craft (1996). They believed the experience helped them be more comfortable with each other, which allowed a more natural portrayal of the relationship between their characters.
Marco Beltrami landed scoring duties after Wes Craven's assistant was on an Internet chat site, asking if anyone knew of any fresh musical talent.
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.
The Jiffy Pop popcorn in the first scene acts as a clock. It goes from normal to out of control as does the scene.
Filming took place over eight weeks.
The producers had originally intended to use Roger Jackson's voice only as a placeholder, dubbing over it during post-production. They decided that Jackson's contribution was perfect and kept it. Wes Craven described it as an "intelligent" and "evil" voice that would become irreplaceable to the series.
Matthew Lillard was cast as Stu Macher by chance after accompanying his then-girlfriend to an unrelated audition taking place elsewhere in the same building. Casting director Lisa Beach saw Lillard in the hallway and asked him to audition for the part.[6] He got into the role with "incredible ferocity".
Rebecca Gayheart auditioned for the role of Tatum Riley, but scheduling conflicts with her film Somebody Is Waiting (1996) prevented her from landing the role. She later turned up in Scream 2 (1997) playing a sorority sister.
The opening with Drew Barrymore lasts for 12 minutes.
Despite competition from other box office fare such as Jerry Maguire (1996) and Mars Attacks! (1996), its release during the Christmas season, and Variety labelling it "D.O.A." before it was even released, it became the fifteenth highest-grossing film of 1996, well placed amongst big-budget blockbusters released that year such as Independence Day (1996) and Mission: Impossible (1996). It was shown in cinemas for nearly eight months after its release.
The sheriff is played by Joseph Whipp the same actor who played a police officer in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Neve Campbell was initially reluctant to perform in another horror film so soon after her supporting role in The Craft (1996).
Reese Witherspoon turned down the lead role.
Brooke Shields was nearly cast as Gale Weathers after Janeane Garofalo turned the role down.
In his script, Kevin Williamson had only described the antagonist as a "masked killer", which gave Wes Craven no specific information on what type of mask to use or how to conceal the body.
Sony Pictures filed a lawsuit against Dimension Films and Miramax, claiming that the title "Scream" infringed on the copyright of Sony's own Screamers (1995), released the previous year. After the case was settled out of court-the details remain confidential-Scream 2 (1997) producer Marianne Maddalena considered that the case was a result of other issues between the two companies and did not truly pertain to the film's moniker. Maddalena confirmed that the studio was free to use the Scream brand for future films.
Ben Affleck was considered for the role of Billy Loomis.
(at around 1h 8 mins) After Billy takes Sidney upstairs, Randy is upset and tells Stuart "There goes my chances with Sid." Stuart says "As if," to which Randy replies "Okay Alicia." This was a nod to another pop culture classic that was released a year prior Clueless (1995), which starred Alicia Silverstone.
Actor W. Earl Brown, who played Gale's assistant Kenny, also appears in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) and Vampire in Brooklyn (1995).
In the United States, without adjusting for inflation, the film is the twentieth highest-grossing horror film, and remains the highest-grossing slasher genre film, directly followed by Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000).
Stu's house, which is the location for the entire third act, is a house on Tomales Road east of Tomales Bay that had only recently become available after the death of its owners.
(at around 1h 4 mins) When Tatum enters the garage, it is noted by many viewers that her nipples are extremely erect through her shirt. This was not a prosthetic- they were Rose McGowan's real nipples.
Justin Whalin was considered for the role of Billy Loomis and even screen tested opposite Neve Campbell while she was auditioning for the role of Sidney Prescott.
On the movie cover which shows the cast, Skeet Ulrich has a mustache and goatee, although he is completely clean shaven in the film.
KNB Effects created over 50 gallons of fake blood, normally composed of corn syrup and food dye, to create the visual effect of severe wounds.
Drew Barrymore shot all of her scenes in the first five days of production.
Bob Weinstein approached Robert Rodriguez, Danny Boyle, George A. Romero, and Sam Raimi to direct. Kevin Williamson said that they "didn't get it"; he was concerned that having read the script, many of the directors believed the film to be purely a comedy.
Kevin Williamson was partially inspired by a real life series of student murders in Gainesville, Florida in 1990, perpetrated by killer Danny Harold Rolling who was later dubbed "The Gainesville Ripper." He was inspired to draft an 18-page script treatment about a young woman, alone in a house, who is taunted over the phone and then attacked by a masked killer. The treatment remained as a short story while Williamson worked on another script, Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), a thriller that he would eventually sell but that would languish in development hell for many years. Struggling to pay his bills, Williamson secluded himself in Palm Springs and focused on the development of his Scary Movie treatment, hoping for a quick sale to meet his financial needs. Over the course of three days, Williamson developed a full-length script as well as two separate five-page outlines for potential sequels-Scary Movie 2 (2001) and Scary Movie 3 (2003). He hoped to entice buyers with the potential for a franchise. In an interview, Williamson said that one reason he focused on the Scary Movie script was because it was a film he wanted to watch, born of his childhood love of horror films such as _Halloween_, but "nobody else [was] making it".
(at around 1h 3 mins) Randy says Jamie Lee Curtis is "The Scream Queen." 19 years later she went on to star in the popular show Scream Queens (2015).
After filming was completed, Wes Craven spent two months editing the final product.
The scene depicted on the poster, with Drew Barrymore covering her mouth, never actually happens in the movie.
David Arquette and Courteney Cox appeared in an episode of Friends (1994) together; Friends: The One with the Jam (1996), before this movie came out.
In the party scene at the end of the film, video boxes from other Miramax Films can be seen on the TV, including Smoke (1995) and Kevin Smith's 90's classic Clerks (1994). Scream was released by Dimension Films, an offshoot of Miramax.
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Matthew Lillard and Sarah Michelle Gellar, a sorority sister in Scream 2 (1997) as well as Freddie Prinze Jr., a consideration for the role of Billy Loomis in the first film all co-starred as lead cast in Scooby-Doo (2002).
Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Gale Weathers, but was immediately turned down due to the backlash she received for Showgirls (1995) one year earlier.
(at around 7 mins) Contains spoilers for Friday the 13th (1980).
This is Drew Barrymore's only slasher movie. In fact, it's most of the cast's only slasher movie.
Kevin Williamson listened to the soundtrack for Halloween (1978) for inspiration while writing the script. Excerpts from the soundtrack appear in the film
KNB developed multiple design sketches for the killer's mask, varying from deformed faces to monstrous visages riddled with fangs.
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The house of Casey Becker is situated southeast of Santa Rosa on Sonoma Mountain Road, directly facing the house used in Cujo (1983).
Kevin Williamson's script became the subject of a significant bidding war among a host of established studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Morgan Creek Productions. The final two bidders were Oliver Stone, who was at the time working under Cinergi Pictures, and the Weinsteins.
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The production moved to the Sonoma Community Center in the City of Sonoma for the high school scenes. It was always scheduled to be shot in the Healdsburg area.
(at around 39 mins) At the breakfast table, Tatum can be seen pouring milk from a Lucerne milk carton. Lucerne is a local dairy company located in Sonoma County, CA, where the movie was filmed.
For the penetrating effect of knives, the production used collapsible blades to prevent injury.
Melinda Clarke turned down the role of Tatum Riley.
Neve Campbell, the star of the movie, isn't even in the front or the center of the promotional poster for the movie. Within the group of actors depicted in the poster Drew Barrymore is in front, then Skeet Ulrich is behind her, then Neve Campbell, then Courteney Cox and then David Arquette.
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Rose McGowan and Neve Campbell are not strangers to spooky. Both actresses played witches. McGowan played half-Halliwell after witch, Page, in Charmed (1998) and Campbell played a burned scarred witch in The Craft (1996).
There's never any black killers in the Scream movies. This might be because of political correctness, there rarely are any black victims in this or any other slasher either. The only slasher series with a black villain is Candyman. Scream 2 was originally going to have a black killer. Hallie, Sidney's BFF, an African-American character, was originally going to be unveiled as the killer along with Derek, Sidney's boyfriend, doing a Mickey and Malory type thing, but the original script was leaked to the press so they had to change it.
William Faulkner's novel "As I Lay Dying" (1930) features two characters named Skeet McGowan and Dewey. This film features actors Skeet Ulrich and Rose McGowan, and a character named Dewey.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider.
The scene in which Casey is being chased outside with the killer directly behind her, the camera is positioned so that they are both running at the screen, in slower motion than normal, with the killer in the background appearing much larger and wielding a weapon directly above the victim's head in the darkness, closely resembles the famous scene from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
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Tatum's home is situated on McDonald Avenue in Santa Rosa, next to the houses used in Pollyanna (1960) and Shadow of a Doubt (1943).
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(at around 12 mins) The "Mackenzies" live down the street from Laurie in _Halloween_ and Casey in "Scream".
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At the party Randy Meeks states that if you are in a horror movie and do drugs or drink you will not survive. However in Halloween (1978) Laurie shares a joint with Annie and she survives. Also we see Ginny drinking at a bar in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and she also survives.
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The title was inspired by the Michael Jackson song of the same name.
During the Halloween viewing scene, someone makes a comment that the "blood is all wrong" and "it's too red". Halloween, funnily enough, doesn't contain a drop of blood in the entire film, let alone that specific scene they're watching
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Rose McGowan (Tatum Riley) says Scream (1996) was her happiest and most enjoyable filming experience.
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When Tatum sees Ghostface and thinks it's Randy she teases saying "What movie is this I spit on your garage" she's referencing Zeir Mairchi's I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
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When called by the Killer, Sidney who dislikes horror movies bad-mouths them saying "What's the point? They're all the same. Some stupid killer stalking some big breasted girl who can't act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door. It's insulting." Ironically When Ghostface attacks moments later, Sidney tries to run out the door but can't as she locked it and seeing no other option, runs upstairs to her room.
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Courteney Cox and David Arquette were lovers on-screen and offscreen in the Scream series.
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Skeet Ulrich would co-star with Jamie Kennedy again in As Good as It Gets (1997).
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Had several sequels-all blockbusters-and was spunoff into a TV series. The only other horror movie that has been this prolific is Friday the 13th, which also spawned several sequel movies as well as a spin-off TV series.
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"Gale Weathers" is a pun: A storm is a gale, a storm is part of the weather.
A.J. Langer screen tested for the role of Sidney Prescott.
Charlotte Ayanna was considered for the role of Tatum Riley.
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Patricia Arquette, David Arquette's older sister, had -starred in another Wes Craven slasher about ten years before this; A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987).
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Prescott's boyfriend in the film was named Billy Loomis. That is the same spelling as the Doctor from Halloween (1978)'s last name "Loomis," although Doctor Loomis never mentioned anything about whether or not he had children of his own.
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In order to keep animal lover Drew Barrymore scared and crying was that director Wes Craven kept telling her real life stories of animal cruelty. During the DVD commentary, Craven said: "The night before we started shooting, she told me a horrible story about a newspaper article about a dog being burnt by its owner. Petrified her. And she started crying as she was telling me this. So, every time that I needed her to get over that edge and into complete tears, I would just say: 'Drew, lightning the lighter' and she would just burst into tears."
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Justin Shenkarow loved the screenplay so much that he elected to take a minor behind-the-scenes role. His name appears 25th from the bottom of the credits.
Michael Landes auditioned for the role of Billy Loomis.
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Chloë Sevigny auditioned for a part.
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There are at least fifteen scary movies mentioned throughout the film. They are: The Bad Seed (1956), The Howling (1981), Terror Train (1980), Prom Night (1980), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Evil Dead (1981), The Exorcist (1973), Friday the 13th (1980), Halloween (1978), Carrie (1976), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Psycho (1960), Hellraiser (1987) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
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Linda Blair: (at around 39 mins) the auburn reporter who says, "People want to know, they have a right to know." She starred in another classic horror film - The Exorcist (1973). Wes Craven had previously cast her in Summer of Fear (1978).

Director Cameo 

Wes Craven: (at around 52 mins) Fred, the janitor. He's wearing a red and green shirt, just like Freddy Krueger. They are also the actual clothes from the movie.

Director Trademark 

Wes Craven: [Establishing] Wide, establishing exterior shots of Casey's home.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

at around 1h 40 mins) When Sidney comes out of the closet and stabs Billy with an umbrella, the stunt man was supposed to hit a pad on Skeet Ulrich's chest. The first hit got the pad but the second one slipped and hit him in the chest. Ulrich's chest has metal wiring beneath the skin from open-heart surgery he had as a child, which causes him intense pain should it be struck or have pressure applied to it. Thus, when the umbrella accidentally stuck his chest, his shocked expression and scream of pain were genuine. Wes Craven kept it in because of its authenticity.
at around 1h 22 mins) The scene where the killer is sneaking up behind Randy is the only one where the person in the costume is actually one of the actors rather than a stunt man. Skeet Ulrich has specifically asked if he could wear the costume for one scene.
The death of Principal Himbry was added to the film after Bob Weinstein noticed that there was about 30 pages in the script where nobody died and told Kevin Williamson that "somebody must die". Subsequently, the addition of the scene gave Kevin Williamson a good reason to have all the party guests leave the party near the climax.
The MPAA wanted to cut out the graphic shot of the killer stabbing Casey Becker at the beginning, but director Wes Craven claimed it was the only take of it they had filmed (which wasn't true). The shot remained intact.
Dewey (David Arquette) was supposed to die from the stab wound to the back. Director Wes Craven filmed the scene at the end of the film, where Dewey is alive and being taken to the hospital, just in case he changed his mind about killing Dewey. The screen-test audience loved the character Dewey so much that Craven decided to add his survival scene in the final cut. If you watch closely during the part where Gale (Courteney Cox) is knocked out by Billy (Skeet Ulrich), you can see that Dewey is not breathing when Gale lands on him because Dewey was intended to be dead. Every time Dewey is shown after he is stabbed before the final scene is intended to be his dead body, not him lying unconscious.
at around 1h 22 mins) In the scene where a drunk Randy is telling Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween to turn around through the TV, he repeats, "Jamie, turn around. Turn around, Jamie!" as the killer is slowly creeping up behind him. This is somewhat of an inside joke, as the actor who plays Randy is also named Jamie (Jamie Kennedy) and the killer is behind him.
at around 1h 21 mins) There is a scene towards the end of the film where Sidney runs through Stu's house in order to escape the killer. One of the rooms she runs in is decorated extensively with macabre imagery, including several mutilated dolls hanging from the ceiling. Sidney barricades this room with a surf board, a clue that she's in a teenager's bedroom. This is all a hint that Stu is the killer (he's later revealed to be one of two), and further development of his character, as his motives for homicide are never fully explored.
After filming Tatum's death in the garage. Rose McGowan was bruised all up her torso and her interarm from hanging in the petdoor for hours.
The idea of the pet door in the garage came from Kevin Williamson's assistant. Originally, Tatum's death scene was to be a fist fight with the killer, and having the door come down on her neck.
In Scream 2 (1997), the fictional "Stab" movie, which is a movie about the events of Scream, re-enacts the opening scene. During the real scene, the shadow of a crew member is briefly visible for a moment when Drew Barrymore is running. In "Stab," they recreate this goof, but the entire silhouette of a person is visible while she is running.
When filming Tatum's death scene, Rose McGowan went to the producers and told them that she can't scream. McGowan still tried and managed to make a few screams and squeals.
The only film in the series where both killers are previously suspected of being the killers.
Two of the most complex visual effects in the film were the corpses of Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) and Steve Orth (Kevin Patrick Walls). Their deaths involved the character being gutted from ribcage to pelvis, essentially hollowing out the torso of internal organs, with the guts "rolling" from the wound. To allow Walls to continue to move and feign death while displaying the wound, KNB designed a chair with no back. The actor would kneel behind it while his upper body, head, and arms were positioned within the chair's seating area. An anatomical model representing the character's torso and legs was positioned in the chair and disguised so that the actor's upper body and the model appeared to be one piece. The fake abdomen was filled with rubber, latex, and gelatin pieces smeared in fake blood-the "internal organs"-which could then fall free. The other effect involved Casey being gutted and hung by the neck from a tree. The team utilized a similar approach, but replicated Barrymore's entire body, as it would be impossible to conceal her real body and display the visual effect of her character having been gutted.
None of the Scream films show Dewey mourn the death of his sister, Tatum.
Drew Barrymore was the most famous of the cast members, so she was prominent in the promotion for the film, even though she dies in the opening scene. It was an unexpected move to kill the film's "star," but Alfred Hitchcock used the same trick on his audience. In Psycho (1960), Janet Leigh was billed as the "star" of the film, only to die less than halfway into the story.
at around 51 mins) When the principal turns and scares himself in the mirror after answering an empty door, he begins to fix his hair like he did when he was Fonzie from Happy Days (1974).
According to Skeet Ulrich at a convention, it was Billy who kills Tatum in the garage.
at around 14 mins) When we first see Billy, the song "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult is heard in the background. Billy is later revealed as being one of the "reapers".
at around 1h 6 mins) The killer is addressed as Ghostface once by Tatum in the garage: "please don't kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I wanna be in the sequel".
This is the only film in the series in which the opening title card appears before the opening murder.
There are 7 deaths in the movie (8 With Maureen): Maureen Prescott, Steven, Casey, The Principal, Tatum, Kenny, Stu (2nd Killer), Billy (1st Killer).
Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) correctly identifies both Stu and Billy as the killers during the movie. He accuses Stu at the beginning when all the kids are at school talking about the Casey/Steve murders (at around 21 mins), and then he accuses Billy in a scene at the video store (at around 55 mins); in both cases he was right.
at around 1h 7 mins) After Tatum dies, Sidney calls out for her and someone says "No one here but us chickens". In Rebel Without a Cause (1955), James Dean and Natalie Wood say the same line when Sal Mineo is looking for them in the abandoned house.
Concerning the killer's motive, Kevin Williamson felt it was essential for the audience to learn why the antagonists had become killers, but he also felt it was potentially scarier if they had no motivation. Opinions at the studio were split between those who believed a motive was needed for resolution and those who felt the action was scarier without one. As there were two killers, Williamson decided to do both: Billy Loomis had the motive of maternal abandonment, while the second killer, Stu Macher, jokingly suggests "peer pressure" as his motive when prompted.
at around 1h 30 mins) Billy says that Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter didn't have motives. Both characters would later get prequels detailing their backgrounds - Hannibal Rising (2007) and Bates Motel (2013).
at around 51 mins) After Principal Himbry announces that classes are suspended, Sidney, Tatum, and Stuart are walking away from school. Stuart grabs Tatum and throws her over his shoulder. Tatum is caught with her ribs on Stuart's shoulders, with her right arm stuck behind her and her left arm reaching out, while she looks up and groans in (fake) pain, struggling to escape. This foreshadows her death, when she is caught in the garage door in this very same position, looking up at the ceiling and groaning in pain.
at around 1h 8 mins) When Billy takes Sidney upstairs, Randy asks Stuart, "What's Leatherface doing here?" This is a homage to another horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), where the killer was called "Leatherface." This could also be a foreshadowing to Billy's character being one of the killers.
This uses the Murder on the Orient Express plot device of having multiple killers when there only originally appeared to be one.
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The killer, or one of the two killers, always turns out to be a friend or relative of Sidney's in these movies. In part I it is Billy and Stu, a boyfriend and a friend; in part 2 it is Mickey, a friend, and Mrs. Loomis, her boyfriend's mother; in part 3 it's Roman, her long lost brother, and in part 4 it's Jill, her niece/cousin.
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at around 1h 3 mins) When everyone is watching Halloween (1978) and some guys talk about "Jamie Lee's breasts" Stu starts looking down the shirt of the girl in front of him.
The only slasher movie where the Final Girl dates the killer.
Most of the movie borrows from When a Stranger Calls (1979), the 1979 slasher movie with Carol Kane as a babysitter who's being phone stalked by a maniacal killer who turns out to be in the house. The opening scene with Casey and Ghostface, then Sidney has two conversations with Ghostface that echo "When a Stranger Calls", and then at the ending Sidney turns the tables and phone stalks Billy and Stu.
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Twice in the movie Randy is thought to be the killer. When the killer calls Sidney the first time (at around 26 mins), she says "Randy you gave yourself away", and later, when Tatum sees the killer (at around 1h 6 mins) she says "is that you Randy?".
At the video store Randy calls Stu "A little lap dog" for defending Billy's actions this is a foreshadowing to Stu being revealed to be one of the killers.
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One of the only slasher movies featuring murderers in high school. Usually a bunch of high school kids are stalked by a slightly older killer, usually someone in their twenties or older. See _Halloween_, Friday the 13th (1980), etc.
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at around 1h 30 mins) Billy, one of the killers, mentions "Carrie" towards the ending. He licks fake blood he has splattered on him and says "Corn syrup. Just like they used in Carrie (1976)". This is ironic since he is splattered in blood like character Carrie was in that movie. It's also ironic since his name is Billy; the villain of that movie was named Billy too (Billy Nolan, played by John Travolta).
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Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich were in The Craft (1996) together prior to this. Although in that movie Neve was a villain, she was a witch, and Skeet was a victim of her coven's spells. In Scream Neve is the heroine and Skeet is the villain.
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Whether or not Billy and Stu were actually gay and acting out some sort of Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb scenario is a question that has haunted viewers since this movie came out, since Stu comes up behind Billy, puts his head and hand on Billy's shoulder and taunts Sidney physically smashed up against Billy at the ending. Stu pulls a similar move with Randy at the video store, taunting Randy from behind, and then Billy comes up face to face with Randy on the other side; the two of them bullying him from both sides. Were they bullying him, or flirting with him, or a little of both. There's also Sidney's "pansy-assed mamma's boy" line which might play into the Billy-is-gay theory (if you hold stock in stereotypes). Billy clearly seems to be interested in Sidney; he has sex with her, and so is Stu, although perhaps all that is a cover; or perhaps they're both bisexual. Kevin Williamson is himself gay, and a vocal proponent of gay rights and eliminating stereotypes in the media, so it's likely that he would say no, that was not a conscious attempt on his part to perpetuate those kinds of anti-gay stereotypes (gays as serial killers, etc). But political messages aside, viewers and critics continue to ask the question, which means something unintentionally came across in Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard's performances that maybe nobody consciously planned.
at around 7 mins) In the beginning of the movie the killer taunts Casey Becker on the phone by asking her who was the killer in the original Friday the 13th (1980). She gets the answer wrong by saying it was Jason, when it was really his mother who was main villain. Ironically one of the killers in Scream 2 (1997) turns out to be Billy Loomis's mother. In both movies the main female villain goes on a murderous rampage to avenge their son's death.
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Ghostface calls Casey six times before he murderers her.
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According to the DVD Commentary, it was Wes Craven's idea for Casey (Drew Barrymore) to take the killer's mask off before he kills her.
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The teenager who suggests that everyone go look at Principal Himbry's body is one of the boys who was expelled and threatened by Himbry earlier for their practical joke.
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The handgun which Dewey, then Sidney, Billy, Stu and Gale use at the end is a Beretta 92fs.
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Wes Craven mentioned that the fact Sheriff Burke wears the same kind of boots as Ghostface (visible in the scene where he smokes and talks to Dewey) was intended as misdirection.
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Kenny's (W. Earl Brown) death was originally longer and more graphic. In the earlier cut he stared at Ghostface in disbelief, almost questioning why he was being killed, while blood flowed from his neck. The scene was cut down to avoid an NC-17 rating. According to Wes Craven, the edited cut resulted in all the humanity being taken out of the scene and sensationalized Kenny's death in a way that the original version didn't.
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Matthew Lillard usually plays a bad guy, or a weirdo, or both. He plays both in this movie, the goofy, off-the-wall serial killer Stu, he has an affair with George Clooney's wife in The Descendants (2011), and he plays the silly stoner Shaggy in the Scooby Doo movies.
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