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In December 20 1996, was released one of the most famous movies from the 90’s, ‘Scream’. The movie talks about Sydney Prescott, who about 1 year after her mother’s death, see her friends start to 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.

Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

Director: Wes Craven

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.

  • The use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of this film.

  • 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.
  • Courteney Cox and David Arquette met and fell in love on the set of this movie. They eventually married, but divorced in 2013.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the Scream(1996) and other pop culture horror films like it: Scary Movie (2000).
  • Skeet Ulrich was cast because of his resemblance to a young Johnny Depp, who was in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
  • 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.
  • The mask is based on the painting “Scream” by Edvard Munch.
  • 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.


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