Scream is an American meta horror film franchise, that comprises of four installments and there might be the
release of the fifth installment in 2021.
All of the films were a huge hit and started the all new genre of movies.
The first four series were directed by Wes Craven who is also known for directing A Nightmare on Elm street.
Scream stars some of the very renowned faces like Neve Campbell , Courteney Cox, David Arquette,Drew Barrymore, Emma Roberts etc.
Scream has till date been the most successful horror film franchise,
It was released in December, 1996.Craven was successful in creating a complete package of horror with a twist.
Craven’s horror-comedy is also the inspiration for MTV Scream:The TV series.
Since the fifth installment to be created is very much in news therefore to get over nostalgia , bring back the
most thrilling horror franchise and to remember the most spooky film;
Here are some of the bizarre and unknown facts about the Scream franchise which are quite astonishing and surprising.
11 unknown-spooky facts about Scream
1)The first film was based on a true story
Creepy! I know right, the first time I found about this I was completely astonished,
With a creepy murderer and a high body count Scream is definitely scary enough all on its own and as per the
facts Scream has the highest number of body count than any other horror movie ever.
It’s even scarier, though, when you consider that the first film in the franchise was partially inspired by a true story.
Kevin Williamson incorporated some aspects of a real-life killing spree as he was writing his screenplay.
Although the relation between the two stories is less but the writer has tried to add some parts of the case related to the Gainesville Ripper.
In 1990 a case involving 5 college students was reported which was very high profile case with lot of high profile
investigation and trial.Ultimately, a 36-year-old drifter named Danny Rolling confessed to the murders and was sentenced to death.
Williamson included the elements of the Gainesville case into his original screenplay – for example,
the false imprisonment of Cotton Weary for Sidney’s mothers death was inspired by the police’s initial arrest of a
schizophrenic young Gainesville student.
Even though there is a loose relation between the two stories but the movie story being inspired by a real life
event makes it a lot more spooky to watch.
2)There could have been a completely different cast.
Sidney Prescott and Billy Loomis are a perfect horror movie couple but they could have been all different if the actors that were first considered would have agreed.
Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich have indeed worked a lot to bring in such story to life but these actors weren’t
the first picks many other actors were considered for the role including Brittany Murphy and Justin Whalin.
At one point, Reese Witherspoon was offered the role of Sidney, though she turned it down to star in another spooky film named Fear.
Joaquin Phoenix, on the other hand turned down the role of Billy Loomis.
Drew Barrymore on the other hand was also offered to play much bigger and main role of Sideny Prescott but
she had taken up the shorter role due to her schedule.
Although Drew did the short role but it is her opening scene which binds every one to the movie , she has perfectly portrayed Casey.
3)The High School Scenes
The High School scenes were originally set to be shot in Santa Rosa High school in Santa Rosa,California but
despite getting approval from the school’s administration, the city school board banned the production weeks
before the shoot began over concerns that the script glorified violence.
Therefore, the High School Scenes Were Shot at a Community Center in Nearby Sonoma in California.
4)Many top-notch directors were considered for Scream
The Weinstein brothers initially approached noted horror directors George A. Romero and Sam Raimi for
directorial duties, but they both turned the project down.
Wes Craven, who had directed the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, initially passed on the project as well, but
he signed on to direct after Drew Barrymore agreed to appear in the film in the lead role of Sidney Prescott.
The veteran director was Bob Weinstein’s first choice for Scream, because he’d done such a good job in the past with the horror genre,
Craven, on the other hand, was busy working on other projects at the time and was not sure that he wanted to
do horror films at that time and was busy exploring other dimensions.
Although, when Craven heard that Drew Barrymore had signed on to star in the film, he reconsidered the offer
because he thought that a movie like Scream might make its separate name in the genre of horror movies,
and he was definitely correct Drew wasn’t able to do the lead role but she made her mark in the opening scenes
and the project not only did stand out but has also been a major hit.
5)The unnoticed-famous Cameos
Wes Craven also made a cameo in the movie and if you did not notice then try to remember the janitor in the
hallway and the other amusing part being ,he was dressed as Freddy Krueger’s , wearing the same hat and
sweater, try to recall A nightmare on Elm Street
The other cameo involved Linda Blair, the star of The Exorcist.
She made the cameo as one of the news reporters outside of the school. She’s the one with the bright orange
blouse. Later on, she’s the reporter who confronts Sidney in Dewey’s police car.
6)It was originally named Scary movie
The original title of the film was Scary Movie, but it was changed to Scream by the Weinstein brothers decided on
the change because Harvey Weinstein was listening to the Michael Jackson song “Scream” in his car with his
brother Bob. They both liked the title for a horror movie.
The title Scary movie was later given to the Wayans Brothers when they created their own satirical series in 2000.
One of the main movie that The scary movies parodied was Scream.
7)The Ghost Face was actually on the phone and was the person we know through something else
While we all know Billy and Stu were the two young men wearing the cloak and mask, of the Ghost face but an
actor named Roger L. Jackson was the man behind the scary voice.
This veteran actor has played the role of Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls.
To make the scene and to bring out the tension in the actors Craven did not let Jackson meet others and to bring
out the intense scene of the actors Neve Campbell and Drew Barrymore over the phone with the Ghost Face
,Craven took to an unorthodox method where the actors where actually talking on the phone to bring in the tension.
He separated Jackson from the actors and had him actually talk to them over the phone to make their reactions feel more genuine
8)First movie whose script was leaked online
As soon as the sequel was announced people went gaga over the much anticipated story the fans were eager to see what kind of fresh horror awaited Sidney, Gale, Randy and Dewey – and whether wes could achieve in the sequel what he did in the first installment.
This was back in 1997, when the internet was very much a thing,
The writer Kevin Williamson then had to fix a lot of plot points and other main significant parts so that people remain unaware about the faces behind the mask and have a thrill watching the movie at the theatre.
Later on the script and the other important points and details of the other installments were kept a complete secret , the writer even wrote multiple conclusions in the third installment and left others to figure out the real one.
In the fourth installment the writer mocked that he had taken help from the CIA to fix the plot points.
9)The film’s iconic mask was not approved in the beginning
The killer’s now-iconic mask was a simple Halloween mask which was found by the director, Craven and a producer found it at a house they were location scouting.
The producers did not approve of the mask in the beginning and called it rather goofy than scary,
Bob Weinstein watched some raw footage from the early days of Scream’s shoot and complained that the mask wasn’t scary at all, but rather “goofy.”
Some producers wanted to halt production, but Weinstein asked that they continue on filming.
He tried multiple masks in the scenes of the movie but finally found out that the mask used earlier was okay and
did the job well.
Ultimately, the producers found out the mask to be suitable for the role and the rest is history.
Now, the mask is the stuff of legend and enormous Halloween costumes.
10)Longest night in the horror history
The 42-minute final act, taking place entirely during the party at Stu’s house, took 21 successive nights to shoot. The cast and crew jokingly called it “The longest night in horror history.
The final climax was indeed needed to be perfect hence the 42 minute scene turned to a very very long night.
11)Scream 4 was Wes Craven’s final movie
Wes Craven died in 2015, he left behind his remarkable works and projects including his first super hit Horror project A Nightmare on Elm Street to all the way to his amazing Horror franchise Scream.
He paved the way for future horror filmmakers.
He also tried his hands on other genres and some of the famous and much hit blockbusters were movies like Paris je t’aime and Music of the Heart,
but most importantly he was a perfect scare-master.
Scream 4 was Wes Craven’s last movie , although it wasn’t as much hit as the other parts but it definitely brings out all the elements of the perfect Craven movie,
the movie is full of thrills and suspects and scares and is a perfect portrayal of a classic Scream installment.
Scream 4 starred Neve Campbell and Emma Roberts .
The next installment is set to release in 2021.