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Scream (1996)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1996
Running Times: 106 mins (UK)/107 mins (Germany - director's cut)/111 mins (Netherlands, Sweden, USA)
Length:
Format: Clairmont-Scope/35mm/70mm (blow-up)
Colour Format: colour
Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Dimension Films / Woods Entertainment
Executives In Charge Of Production: Cary Granat, Richard Potter
Executive Producers: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Marianne Maddalena
Co-Executive Producer: Stuart M. Besser
Producers: Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods
Co-Producer: Dixie J. Capp
Associate Producer: Nicholas C. Mastandrea

SCRIPT
Script: Kevin Williamson

DIRECTION
Director: Wes Craven

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Mark Irwin
Additional Director Of Photography: Peter Deming
Chief Lighting Technician: Jay W. Yowler
Lighting Technicians: Jason Boccaleoni, Kelsey Smith, Steven Strong, Terry Sullivan
Rigging Lighting Technician: Mark A. Lewis
Camera Operator "A" Camera: Paul Hughen
Camera Operator "A" Camera: Robert Tomer
1st Assistant Camera: Gary Ushino, Scott Ressler
2nd Assistant Camera: Renee Treyball, Jeffrey N. Civa
Steadicam Operators: Dan Kneece, Kirk R. Gardner, Mark Van Loon
Steadicam Assistants: Marie Pederson, Penny Sprague, Steven Mann
1st Company Grip: Charles M. Smallwood
2nd Company Grip: Kevin Ball
Dolly Grip: Charles J. Schray
Grips: Dick Dova, James Ronnei, Joe Allen, Mark Shankel, Nicholas Meeks, Norris Fong, Richard Dova
Rigging Grip: Ron Diggory
Assistant Gaffer: Scott Medcalf
Cable Person: James Distefano
Camera Loaders: Egor Davidoff, Lisa Ferguson
Colour Timer: Michael Mertens
Local Lead Person: Ken Montante
Video Playback 24 Frame: Bernie Druckman, Marty Brenneis
Video Assist Operator: Doug Hunt
Stills: David Moir
Cameras: Moviecam Compact Cameras, Clairmont Anamorphics
Camera Dollies: Chapman / Leonard Studio Equipment
Colour: CFI

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Post-Production Supervisor: Daniel K. Arredondo
Editor: Patrick Lussier
1st Assistant Editor: Peter Devaney Flanagan
2nd Assistant Editor: Yvonne Valdez
Assistant Editor: Paul Kieran
Apprentice Editor: Lynn Dupre
Post-Production Assistant: Ryan 'The Kid' Krayser
Negative Cutting: RD Negative Cutting Inc

MUSIC
Music Supervisor: Jeffrey Rabhan
Music / Conductor: Marco Beltrami
Songs: David Roeser (Don't Fear The Reaper); Keith Brown, Kerry Brown, Mark Rew (Whisper); Julee Cruise, Louis Tucci, Supa DJ Dmitry, DJ Silver (Artificial World (Interdimensional Mix)); Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Thomas Wydler (Red Right Hand); Chris Randall (Better Than Me); Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce (School's Out); Ammo (Youth of America); Peele Wimberley (Bitter Pill); Republica (Drop Dead Gorgeous); Richard Hall (First Cool Hive); Robert Ian McNabb (Whisper To A Scream); Marco Beltrami (I Don't Care)
Songs Performed By: Gus (Don't Fear The Reaper); Catherine (Whisper); Julee Cruise with The Flow (Artificial World (Interdimensional Mix)); Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Red Right Hand); Sister Machine Gun (Better Than Me); Alice Cooper (School's Out); Birdbrain (Youth of America); The Connells (Bitter Pill); Republica (Drop Dead Gorgeous); Moby (First Cool Hive); SoHo (Whisper To A Scream); Dillon Dixon, Marco Beltrami and Steve Carnelli (I Don't Care)
Music Consultant: Ed Gerrard
Music Preparation: Julian Bratolyubov
Orchestra Contractor: Ken Watson
Mus Orchestrators: Peter Anthony, William A. Boston
Score Mixer: Tim Boyle

SOUND
Sound Editing: Clay Digital Sound
Re-Recording Facilities: Buena Vista Sound
Dialog Editor: John Wilde
Effects Editor: Scott Tinsley
ADR Loop Group: Alice Livingston, Casey Bishop, David Mccharen, Doris Hess, Greg Finley, Jeremy Miller, Justin Shenkarow, Laura Galt, Noreen Reardon, Steve Alterman, Tara Boger
ADR Voice Casting: Barbara Harris

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Costume Designer: Cynthia Bergstrom
Costume Supervisors: Gary J. Saldutti, Mathew Clayton Hodey
Costumer: Patricia Kazmierowski
Costumer: Ricki Fournier
On-Set Dresser: Josh Elliot

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: K.N.B. EFX Group Inc
Titles / Opticals: CFI

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Bruce Alan Miller
Paint Foreperson: Teresa Nielsen

MISCELLANEOUS
Script Supervisor: Annie Welles
Production Accountant: David Crockett
Assistant Production Accountant: Ivan Genit II
Accounting Assistant: Robert Cable
Accounting Production Assistant: Michelle Stevens
Payroll Accountant: Ivan Genit II
Production Office Co-Ordinator: Dean Wright
Assistant Production Office Co-Ordinator: Andrew Durham
Office Production Assistant: Brian Dettor (uncredited)
Production Secretary: Katherine Zilavy
Production Assistants: Chad Maxwell, Christian Evol Wadman, David Denison, Ivy K. Lukas, James Capp, Jessica Closson, John D. Embry, Lauren Feige, Paul Boettiger, Sam Shank
Assistant to Craven: Julie Plec
Assistant To Konrad: Mo Milligan
Assistant To Maddalena: Lisa Mccampbell
Assistants To Woods: Kristen March, Lizzie Schwartz
Background Vocals: Rose Thomson
Craft Service: Mary Ellen Leonard
PDL: Chris Sparkes
Transportation Captain: J.T. Thayer
Transportation Co-Ordinator: Derek Raser
Drivers: Ben Davis, Brian Moore, Bruce Callahan, Carsten Rabehl, Chuck Visconte, Dan Porteous, David Joseph, Don Feeney, Earl Thielen, Geoff Teagardin, Glenn Midcap, Henry Travers, Jeff Coffman, Jill Wattles, John Martin, John Mattson, John Peters, Ken Skinner, Kevin Carstenson, Mike Ford, Mike Sawyer, Pete Brocco, Rick Suggett, Rose Malley, Steve Earle, Susan Rice, Tracy Thielen
Unit Publicist: Claire Raskind
Legal Services: Alexander, Halloran, Nau & Rose
Insurance: Dennis Reiff and Associates, Great Northern
Catering: Tomkats Catering

LOCATIONS
Locations: Bradley Video, Santa Rosa, California, USA; Glen Ellen, California, USA; Healdsberg Town Square, Healdsberg, California, USA; Healdsburg, California, USA; Santa Rosa, California, USA; Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, California, USA; Tomales Bay, California, USA
Location Manager: Eric Klosterman
Additional Location Manager: David Thornsberry
Assistant Location Manager: Thomas Harrigan
Location Assistant: Michael D. Gillis

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Special Thanks To: Film Finances Inc; The City of Healdsburg; The Santa Rosa Doubletree Hotel; The Sonoma Community Center; The Sonoma County Film Commission; Frank Okun; Les Perry; Sheree Green
No Thanks Whatsoever To: The Santa Rosa City School Governing Board
Ghost Mask Courtesy Of: Funworld Division of Easter Unlimited Inc
Halloween Footage Courtesy Of: Compass International Pictures
Frankenstein Footage Courtesy Of: MCA / Universal

CASTING
Casting Assistant: Sarah Katzman
Extras Casting: Merv Ladd, Nancy Hayes
Local Casting: Merv Ladd, Nancy Hayes
Local Extras Casting: Hayes & Van Horn Casting

CAST
David Arquette (Deputy Dwight "Dewey" Riley)
Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott)
Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers)
Matthew Lillard (Stuart 'Stu' Macher)
Rose McGowan (Tatum Riley)
Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis)
Jamie Kennedy (Randy Meeks)
W. Earl Brown (Kenny, the cameraman)
Joseph Whipp (Sheriff Burke)
Liev Schreiber (Cotton Weary)
Drew Barrymore (Casey Becker)
Roger Jackson (phone voice)
Kevin Patrick Walls (Steven Orth)
David Booth (Mr. Becker)
Carla Hatley (Mrs Becker)
Lawrence Hecht (Neil Prescott)
Lois Saunders (Mrs Tate)
Lisa Beach (TV reporter 1)
Tony Kilbert (TV reporter 2)
C.W. Morgan (Hank Loomis)
Frances Lee McCain (Mrs. Riley)
Troy Bishop (expelled teen 1)
Ryan Kennedy (expelled teen 2)
Leonora Scelfo (cheerleader in bathroom)
Nancy Ann Ridder (girl in bathroom)
Lisa Canning (reporter with mask)
Bonnie Wood (young girl in video store)
Aurora Draper (party teen 1)
Kenny Kwong (party teen 2)
Justin Sullivan (teen on couch)
Kurtis Bedford (bored teen)
Angela Miller (girl on couch
Henry Winkler (Principal Himbry - uncredited)
Linda Blair (obnoxious reporter - uncredited)
Wes Craven (Fred the janitor - uncredited)
Linda McCree (Maureen Roberts Prescott photograph - uncredited)
Lucille Bliss (checkout lady - scene deleted)

SUMMARY

Some time after her mother was murdered, teenager Sidney Prescott and her friends are stalked and murdered by a killer wearing a distinctive mask and cloak. The murders are covered by a pushy news woman, Gale Prescott, who has already written a trashy novel about the man Sidney claimed murdered her mother, Cotton Weary. As the body count rises, both Sidney and Gale find themselves hunted by the killer...

CAPSULE REVIEW

The first and still the best of the Scream trilogy and the best of the post-modern, 'ironic' horror films that flourished in the late 90s. Unlike some of its competitors (and indeed some of its sequels...) Scream is genuinely funny and chooses the targets for is lampooning wisely. A welcome return to form for Craven.

AVAILABILITY

Australia
Theatrical Distributor: Becker Home Video / REP Distribution

Belgium
Theatrical Distributor: RCV Film Distribution

Canada
Theatrical Distributor: Alliance

Finland
Theatrical Distributor: Scanbox Finland

Germany
Theatrical Distributor: Kinowelt Filmverleih / VCL Communications GmbH

Italy
Theatrical Distributor: Cecchi Gori Group

Japan
Theatrical Distributor: Asmik Ace Entertainment

Luxembourg
Theatrical Distributor: RCV Film Distribution

Netherlands
Theatrical Distributor: RCV Film Distribution

Portugal
Theatrical Distributor: Filmes Castello Lopes

Spain
Theatrical Distributor: Lauren Film

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Dimension Films / Miramax Films

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: MA

Chile
Rating: 18

Finland
Rating: K-16

France
Rating: -16

Germany
Rating: 16; 18 (director's cut)

Hong Kong
Rating: IIB

Italy
Rating: VM14

Japan
Release was delayed by several weeks when the original release date coincided with the discovery of the body of an 11 year old boy, apparently the victim of a serial killer. A note attached to the body taunted the police with the words "Can you catch me?" and the case caused a storm of controversy in Japan. In deference to public opinion, distributor Asmik decided to delay the film's release.

Mexico
Rating: B

Netherlands
Rating: 16? 18?

Norway
Rating: 15; 18 (director's cut)

Portugal
Rating: M/16

Singapore
Rating: PG

Spain
Rating: 18

Sweden
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: 18
For reasons that aren't really clear, the UK version was missing a scene where Tatum and Sydney are seen wheeling a shopping trolley through the car park to their car.

USA
Rating: R
The MPAA demanded cuts of 20 seconds that were later restored to the laserdisc version and - partially - on video. The cuts included: a close up of Steve's intestines falling from his stomach; the camera rushing towards Casey hanging from the tree (in the released version it was time compressed to give a hurried look); Tatum's head is crushed by the garage door; as Kenny lies dying after his throat has been cut, he looks up at the killer; Billy going berserk as he stabs Stuart; just after Billy and Stuart stab each other, a shot of Stu's hand dripping blood into a puddle was removed. On TV, the film has also been cut.

TIMELINE

1996
December

20: USA - theatrical release

1997
January

31: Brazil - theatrical release

February
13: Australia - theatrical release

April
10: Spain - theatrical release
11: USA - theatrical re-release
26: Finland - theatrical release

May
2: UK - theatrical release
8: Hong Kong - theatrical release

June
13: Norway - theatrical release
26: Netherlands - theatrical release
27: Denmark - theatrical release
27: Portugal - theatrical release

July
16: France - theatrical release
30: Belgium - theatrical release

August
1: Sweden - theatrical release
14: Singapore - theatrical release
22: Poland - theatrical release
23: Japan - theatrical release
23: Kuwait - theatrical release

September
11: Argentina - theatrical release
10: Greece - theatrical release
10: Switzerland (German speaking region) - theatrical release

October
30: Germany - theatrical release
31: Mexico - theatrical release

1998
January

8: Chile - theatrical release

March
18: Venezuela - theatrical release

May
7: Hungary - theatrical release
13: UK - television broadcast (on Sky Box Office)

September
Day Unknown: Finland - video release of director's cut

November
20: UK - television broadcast (on Sky Movies)

1999
January

16: South Korea - theatrical release

2000
October

29: UK - television broadcast (on Channel Four)

2002
March

31: UK - television broadcast (on Channel Four)

POSTER TAGS

Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far. Solving this mystery is going to be murder.

Don't answer the phone. Don't open the door. Don't try to hide. And whatever you do, don't Scream.

Make Your Last Breath Count.

don't answer the phone. don't open the door. don't try to escape

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Scary Movie - shooting title
Scream - Schrei! - German title

LINKS

SEQUELS
Scream 2 (1997)
Scream 3 (2000)

SEE ALSO
Basic Instinct (1992)
Black Christmas (1974)
Candyman (1992)
Carrie (1976)
Cut (2000)
Day of the Woman (1978)
Deadly Blessing (1981)
The Doom Generation (1995)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Evil Dead (1982)
The Exorcist (1973)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
The Fog (1980)
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Free Enterprise (1998)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D (1982)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Hellraiser (1987)
The Howling (1980)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
I Spit on Your Corpse (1974)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Mother's Boys (1993)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Prom Night (1980)
Psycho (1960)
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
Raped by an Angel 4: The Raper's Union (1999)
Scary Movie (2000)
Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th (2000)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Suspiria (1977)
Terror Train (1980)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
There's Nothing Out There (1991)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
When a Stranger Calls (1979)

INCLUDES FOOTAGE FROM
Frankenstein (1931)
Halloween (1978)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Prom Night (1980)

FOOTAGE INCLUDED IN
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998)
Mørkeræd (1998)

REFERENCES

We've found so many references for Scream that we've listed them on a seperate page - click here to see them all.

KEYWORDS

serial killers, stalk and slash, teenagers, high schools, teachers, phone calls, journalists

CONTRIBUTORS

Kevin Lyons; Steven Schneider

 


Last Updated: 1 January, 2009

 


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