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Scream [1996]

Director:Wes Craven
Writer:Kevin Williamson
Composer:Marco Beltrami
Length:110 minutes
(1 hour 50 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:83%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A killer known as "ghost face" begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the "Rules" of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.

Reaction: This scary movie puts the fun back in the mixture. Though it definitely has fun with the blood.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Wes Craven => Director / Fred the Janitor (uncredited)
Kevin Williamson => Writer
Marco Beltrami => Composer
C.W. Morgan => Hank Loomis
Carla Hatley => Casey's Mother
Courteney Cox => Gale Weathers
David Arquette => Deputy Dewey
David Booth => Casey's Father
Drew Barrymore => Casey
Frances Lee McCain => Mrs. Riley
Henry Winkler => Principal Arthur Himbry (uncredited)
Jamie Kennedy => Randy
Joseph Whipp => Sheriff Burke
Kevin Patrick Walls => Steve
Lawrence Hecht => Mr. Prescott
Liev Schreiber => Cotton Weary
Linda Blair => Obnoxious Reporter (uncredited)
Lois Saunders => Mrs. Tate
Matthew Lillard => Stuart
Neve Campbell => Sidney
Roger Jackson => Phone Voice (voice)
Rose McGowan => Tatum
Skeet Ulrich => Billy
W. Earl Brown => Kenny

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of this film.
  • 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.
  • David Arquette's sister Patricia Arquette starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors written and produced by director Wes Craven.
  • 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.
  • Matthew Lillard (Stu) add-libbed the line "Ah... Houston, we have a problem" when he discovered that the gun was gone.
  • [?] Melissa Joan Hart, Brittany Murphy, Alicia Witt, Melanie Lynskey and Melinda Clarke all auditioned for the role of Sidney Prescott. Reese Witherspoon turned down the role. Rebecca Gayheart auditioned for the role of Tatum Riley, but scheduling conflicts with her film Somebody Is Waiting prevented her from landing the role. She later turned up in Scream 2 playing a sorority sister. Charlotte Ayanna was considered for the role.
  • 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.
  • 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.