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Scream (1996)

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A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

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Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Casey Becker
Roger Jackson ... Phone Voice (voice)
Kevin Patrick Walls Kevin Patrick Walls ... Steve Orth
David Booth ... Casey's Father
Carla Hatley Carla Hatley ... Casey's Mother
Neve Campbell ... Sidney Prescott
Skeet Ulrich ... Billy Loomis
Lawrence Hecht Lawrence Hecht ... Neil Prescott
Courteney Cox ... Gale Weathers
W. Earl Brown ... Kenny Jones
Rose McGowan ... Tatum Riley
Lois Saunders Lois Saunders ... Mrs. Tate
David Arquette ... Deputy Dewey
Joseph Whipp Joseph Whipp ... Sheriff Burke
Matthew Lillard ... Stuart
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Storyline

A year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. Written by Joss Oran

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Now someone is victim and someone is a suspect See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scary Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,354,586, 22 December 1996

Gross USA:

$103,046,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,046,663
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) (PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is basically an extended reworking of When a Stranger Calls; where you have a stalker terrorizing a teenage girl via the phone and then attacking her. And When a Stranger Calls is actually a reworking of Sorry Wrong Number, a Barbara Stanwyck drama from the 40s about a woman who overhears a series of phone calls about a murder via the phone, and winds up getting killed herself. So Scream is really a remake of Sorry Wrong Number. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 12 mins) At Stu's party, everyone watches Halloween. When they watch the scene when Michael Myers stabs somebody and nails him to the wall with his knife, someone complains that the blood in that scene is too red. However, this scene had no blood, however since they are drinking alcohol and are obviously intoxicated he couldn't have known. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Casey: Hello?
Phone Voice: Hello.
Casey: Yes?
Phone Voice: Who is this?
Casey: Who are you trying to reach?
Phone Voice: What number is this?
Casey: Well, what number are you trying to reach?
Phone Voice: I don't know.
Casey: I think you have the wrong number.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Henry Winkler, who played Principal Himbry, was asked to go uncredited because the producers did not want to detract any attention from the younger, lesser known actors. See more »

Alternate Versions

German DVD/VHS releases by VCL/MAWA were offered in two versions: the uncut 'Not under 18' version and a cut version which misses 4 minutes and has a 'Not under 16' rating. See more »

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School's Out
Performed by Alice Cooper
Written by Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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One of the coolest and more original horror movies I've ever seen
6 February 2000 | by XophianicSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed SCREAM. I haven't seen too many horror movies that struck me as great, especially since most of them are the same. I like THE SIXTH SENSE, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and SCREAM for the same reason, they are more original than the default horror flick.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is still mourning the death of her mother, who died nearly one year ago. She seems very distant, even from her best friend Tatum Riley (Rose McGowan) and her boyfriend Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich). She, and most everyone else, thought that the killer was already behind bars. But when people close to Sidney start to get killed, Sidney realizes the the killer is still at large. Deputy Dewey Riley (David Arquette) is there to protect Sidney and reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) is there to get the scoop.

I think the plot of this movie is very interesting and fun. The best part of it is that the killer does his murders in the style of horror movies. The rules of horror movies are often referred to and horror movies are even spoofed fairly often as well.

The actors do a very good job. Neve Campbell is excellent as the primary target/victim and main character of this movie. David Arquette does a fair job as the inexperienced cop (but not as good as in the sequel) and Courtney Cox does a great job as the bitch reporter. Drew Barrymore did very good in her very brief part as Casey Becker. Jamie Kennedy does an OK job as Randy Meeks, the movie expert (but again, not as good as in the sequel). Roger Jackson is the best possible choice for the phone voice and Henry Winkler had a great cameo.

The character development in this movie is good. You'll probably often yell "Look behind you, moron" or "Get out of the room, idiot" at your TV, which this movie is probably going for. Sidney is the most interesting character, with Dewey and and Gale at a close second.

I was surprised that I found Scream 2 to be even better than Scream was. But both are really good. Go out and buy them.


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