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(1997)

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The cast were not informed of the identity of the killer until the last day of principal photography. Also, the cast did not receive the last ten pages of the shooting script until it was time to film the scenes contained therein. Furthermore, the last ten pages of the shooting script were printed on gray paper in order to deter illicit duplication of them. All cast members were required to sign confidentiality clauses as parts of their respective contracts that precluded them from discussing the outcome of the story and the killer's identity.
The girl to whom Cici talks on the telephone before the killer calls is Selma Blair.
Sarah Michelle Gellar became famous for playing 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer', a character designed by creator Joss Whedon as an antidote for the sexy blonde girl who always got killed in horror films. In 'Scream 2' she plays just such a character.
Usually when making a motion picture when an actor is heard on screen, but not seen, such as a voice on a telephone, the actor records his part during post production, which takes place after the completion of principal photography. However, Wes Craven had Roger Jackson, The Voice, on set and actually speaking to on-screen actors by practical, not merely prop, telephone in order to create reality and fear for them. When Jackson was on set he was kept out of sight of other actors so they could not put a friendly face to The Voice. Jackson said that the actors were intimidated by him, and would not talk to him any more than was absolutely necessary, with the exception of Sarah Michelle Gellar, who would converse amiably with him on the telephone between takes.
Sarah Michelle Gellar signed up for the movie before reading the script.
Robert Rodriguez directed scenes of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997). Rodriguez directed the Casey Becker scene and the Sidney and Billy scene.
Actors who auditioned for the part of Derek were asked to perform the scene in the cafeteria in which Derek sings "I Think I Love You" a cappella (without accompaniment).
Kevin Williamson had the idea for a sequel while writing the script for Scream (1996), discovering there was more to the story. Scream 2 (1997) began principal photography just six months after the release of Scream (1996); and it was released less than a year after its predecessor.
Randy's reference to fake nude pictures of Gale Weathers on the Internet was inspired by fake images of Courteney Cox that appeared on the worldwide web prior to production of Scream 2 (1997).
The scene of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), that recreates Casey Becker's death also recreates, and exaggerates, an apparent error of Scream (1996). In Scream (1996) Casey (Drew Barrymore) was stabbed in the chest with an obviously prop, retractable knife, and the wound did not bleed until the shot following the stabbing in which Casey falls to the ground. When Casey (Heather Graham) is stabbed in "Stab," the knife almost leaves her chest, revealing the sweater undamaged.
The rules for a horror-movie sequel as stated by Randy are: 1. the death total is always greater; and 2. the murder scenes are always much more elaborate, with more blood and gore. The third rule to surviving a sequel was cut from the movie, but appears in its trailer, "And number three, never, ever under any circumstance assume that the killer is dead."
In Scream (1996), Tatum asks Sidney, "If they make a movie about you, who's gonna play you?" Sidney answers, "With my luck, they'd cast Tori Spelling." In "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), Tori Spelling plays Sidney.
A number of sequences in Kevin Williamson's screenplay were described simply as "Wes Craven will make it scary".
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The plot twists were all a matter of top secrecy throughout production. The screenplay was heavily guarded and restricted to only the most crucial personnel. Certainly none of the cast knew how the film ended as the last 10 pages were withheld from them. Consequently when the first 40 pages of the script were leaked onto the Internet, Kevin Williamson was forced to do some hasty rewrites. This meant that the film went into production without a completed script.
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Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Silverstone were both considered for the role of Cici.
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When Randy talks about the nude pictures of Gale on the Internet, Gale says "It was Jennifer Aniston's body." Jennifer Aniston is Courteney Cox's best friend in real life.
Most of the outdoor scene are filmed at Agnes Scott College, a women's college in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Paulette Patterson, who plays the usher who hands masks to Maureen and Phil, won her role in a contest sponsored by MTV.
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Cici is telling her friend on the phone about a TV plot, "Sarah dumped Bailey". She is referring to the TV show "Party Of Five" starring Neve Cambpell.
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The opening kill scene of the first movie is a few seconds over 12 minutes. The opener for this one is just a few seconds under 12.
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Alicia Silverstone turned down the role of Cici Cooper.
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The Gothic statues that appear on the college campus are set decorations, not real statutes at the filming location, Agnes Scott. Although the Agnes Scott students on campus during filming were instructed to not tamper with or vandalize the set decorations, and although there was a security guard assigned to the statues, students at least once succeeded in evading the guard and dressing up the statues as a prank.
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Earned one third of its total gross of $101.3 million in its opening weekend.
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The Rialto cinema box-office LED display exhibits the date of the sneak preview of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), is 12 APR 97.
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In the movie trailer and television advertisements for the movie, the scene in which Sidney talks to the killer for the first time on the Lambda house telephone is altered. In the trailers, the killer replies to her question, "It's time, girlfriend!"; and in the theatrical-release version of the movie, the killer says, "I want you. It's show time."
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The tagline of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), is, "This Is Gonna Hurt."
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During the Fall of Troy scene, the images of Ghostface are played by choreographer Adam Shankman.
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The guitar solo in the musical cue during the first scene with 'Sidney' and 'Dewey' was performed by Grammy Award winner Duane Eddy.
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When Randy and Dewey are talking about the Stab movie, the character of Dewey is played by David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox's on-screen brother in the TV show "Friends".
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Eric Mabius, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Paula Marshall all auditioned for roles.
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Cameo 

Matthew Lillard:  Co-star of Scream (1996) is in the background at the frat party.
Kevin Williamson:  Cotton's interviewer on T.V.
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Director Cameo 

Wes Craven:  man in the background at the hospital.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The play that Sidney is in is Agamemnon, the first in The Oresteia, a trilogy of Ancient Greek tragedies. A running theme in this trilogy is murder and revenge. Clytemnestra kills Agamemnon for sacrificing their daughter and having an affair, and Orestes, their son, seeks revenge for his father's death and mother's affair by killing Clytemnestra, his mother. In this movie, Mrs. Loomis is seeking revenge from Sidney for the death of her son, who killed Sidney's mother for having an affair with his father. The climax of this film about familial murder and revenge plays out on the set of the play about familial murder and revenge.
The 10 deaths in the movie go as follows: Phil Stevens, Maureen Evans, Cici, Randy, Bodyguard 1, Bodyguard 2, Hallie, Derek, Mrs. Loomis (2nd Killer) (it is revealed that she killed Randy), Mickey (1st Killer).
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This is the only "Scream" film where the opening victims are not called by Ghostface on the telephone.
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Earlier scripts had the character of Joel getting killed.
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Body count: 10
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Liev Schreiber's dog (terrier) is led by a co-ed in front of the crowd that goes to investigate after news of Cici's murder.
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The first draft of the screenplay was titled Sequel to Scream, and it had three different killers than the final draft: Derek, Hallie, and Ms. Loomis. Cotton, after the Killer's reveals, attacked Sidney.
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