For all of the scenes where Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) is on the phone talking to the killer on the other line, the voice on the phone was actually one of the assistant directors, who just read the lines in the room. She had no idea what the killer's voice was going to sound like until she watched the final cut.
In season one, episode ten, "Revelations", characters discuss using a landline in Brooke's (Carlson Young's) home to call for help. Jake (Tom Maden) then asks "A land line? What is this, 1996?" 1996 is the year that Scream (1996) came out.
The killer's mask was originally stated by the producers as being made of flesh, and can vaguely be seen in promotional teasers. After the pilot episode was finished, the mask was digitally altered in the opening scene and certain scenes re-shot to include the white mask used instead.
It was announced in September 2014 by Fun World, the company that holds the rights to the mask, that Ghostface will not be in the television show. That may change in later years, but as of now, he is not in it.
In a Q&A on her Facebook page, a fan asked Bella Thorne if she was starring in the Scream television series. She replied saying, "Yes it is true. i will re-enact the famous scene of Drew Barrymore in the original series."
In the classroom in season one, episode three, "Wanna Play a Game?", Wild Things (1998) is briefly referenced. Neve Campbell starred in this movie, as well as playing the lead role of Sidney in the Scream film franchise.
In season two, episode thirteen, "Halloween Special", the address of the house on the island, at which Emma and her friends were staying, was said to be 45 Lampkin Lane. This is the same address of the Myer's house in Halloween (1978).
On Feburary 22, 2015, it was revealed that Joel Grestch (who originally played Sheriff Clark Hudson) had left the show as producers thought his character should go down a different path. This is the second actor or actress to leave the show, the first being Amy Forsyth, who was originally playing the role of Audrey Jensen before being replaced by Bex Taylor-Klaus.
The name of the coffee shop that Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) works at (and other characters frequent) is called "The Grindhouse". In respects to cinema, a Grindhouse is a term used to define a theater that centers on displaying exploitation films, which typically center on niche genres and explicit content.
It was announced on June 3, 2012, that former MTV network executives, Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, were looking for someone to write a pilot for a potential series based on the Scream film franchise. In 2013, it was reported that Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin of Criminal Minds (2005) fame had been hired to write the script for the pilot episode.
The childhood home of Maggie Duval (Tracy Middendorf), where she takes Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) in season one, episode six, "Betrayed", is the same house used for Mike Wheeler's (Finn Wolfhard's) house in Stranger Things (2016). You can tell, as from the side view you can see the white boards on the second story of the house, and the garage on the right side of the house. This show was also distributed by Netflix.
In a scene in season two, episode nine, "The Orphanage", where Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) receives a tape in her locker, on the mirror it says "Play Me". A nod to the Saw film franchise as Jigsaw would place tapes around the rooms he used for the people he "tested", and left notes that says "Play Me".
Prior to the premiere, Neve Campbell was asked if she was willing to appear in the series as a different character. She said she would consider it if the series was good. She hasn't appeared on the show yet.
Keke Palmer, who portrayed Kym in the third season, had previously portrayed main character Zayday Williams in the short lived Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk developed FOX comedy horror slasher series, Scream Queens (2015). In both series, she found herself the target of masked killers and appeared alongside Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis. Roberts having had previously starred in Scream 4 (2011), as Sidney Prescott's teenage niece Jill Roberts. Curtis, famous for being the ultimate scream queen for her portrayal of Laurie Strode in the Halloween film franchise, among a few other slasher films, her horror filmography referenced numerously throughout the Scream film franchise and the MTV series, the latter of which a primary influence on original Scream Creator and Screenwriter Kevin Williamson's idea for Scream (1996).
Tyler Posey, who portrays Shane in the third season, previously appeared as a Brandon James "Ghostface" victim, along with his fellow Teen Wolf (2011) star Holland Roden and several other MTV series stars, in the season television promotional "Killer Party".
Jessica Sula (Liv) appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's Split (2016) as teenage victim Marcia. Shyamalan's filmography, in particular his first major feature, The Sixth Sense (1999) is referenced throughout the series and film franchise.
In the pilot episode, when Audrey's (Bex Taylor-Klaus's) video is re-shared and posted everywhere, one of the websites' ads says "Wes's Ta---" but it's cut off. This is a reference to Wes Craven, who directed the Scream movies.
Marks the return of the series' slasher horror icon: Ghostface, as the previous series of Scream featured all-new killers, the fourth Scream film of 2011 marking the iconic killer get-ups last appearance.
Tyler Posey had previously been featured as an MTV star promo victim for the initial Scream series (2015-2016) during the show's very first season. He had previously dated the first series' opening victim Bella Thorne and starred in the 2018 Blumhouse teenage slasher horror film Truth or Dare alongside Scream 4 actress Lucy Hale, who was also a victim of the iconic killer.
Paris Jackson, the celebrity daughter of Michael Jackson features as the star opening victim, who along with blonde short hair and an ominous phone call from Ghostface, pays homage to Drew Barrymore's famous opening victim Casey Becker from the original Scream (1996).
The fifth entry: following Scream (1996), Scream 4 (2011), MTV's Scream Season 1 (2015) and Scream Season 2 (2016) to feature a high school setting, and primary cast of high school student protagonists.
Actors Tyler Posey and Gideon Emery who portray Shane & Officer Reynolds had previously starred together in the hit genre series Teen Wolf (2011-2017), a show with heavy similarities and influence from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). Sarah Michelle Gellar the lead star of that genre series had featured as a prominent Ghostface victim in Scream 2 (1997), accompanied in her scene by actress Marisol Nichols who had starred alongside Posey and Emery in Teen Wolf.
Queen Latifah, who served as an executive producer on the show's third season, appeared as the Oracle in Scary Movie 3 (2003), which began with its first installment in 2000, primarily parodying the Scream (1996) franchise.
In season two episode thirteen, "Halloween Special", there is a moment when Kieran (Amadeus Serafini) stands in front of the poster for a horror film titled The Orphan Killer (2011). This foreshadows the later reveal that Kieran is the allusive second killer, making him an orphan killer himself.
Bella Thorne will be returning in future episodes, supposedly in flashback scenes. Thorne told us that episodes down the way will be explaining what happened to her character leading up to the events of the pilot.
There are several references to Twin Peaks (1990). Both shows have the same underlining plot: an important and popular girl is murdered, and it affects the whole town. To begin with, Mr. Branson's (Bobby Campo's) name is later discovered to be Seth Palmer, who shares a surname with the main character of Twin Peaks (1990), Laura Palmer. Also, the character Audrey Jensen (Bex Taylor-Klaus) has the same first name as Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks (1990). Audrey Horne's character is very similar to Audrey Jensen's. Not to mention, Detective Brock (Sophina Brown) comments that the town reminds her of Twin Peaks to the Sheriff during season one, episode six, "Betrayed".
There will not be a death in every episode. However, all episodes are focused on the deaths that occur. The difference being that in some episodes, viewers will get to see characters mourning and coping with the deaths featured in other episodes.
Season two, episode thirteen, "Halloween Special", takes place on a remote island during the off season in which all of the characters are stalked by a killer. This storyline is reminiscent of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), which is another franchise that stems from Kevin Williamson.