Scream (1996)

106m (UK), 107m (Germany – director's cut), 111m (Netherlands, Sweden, USA)
35mm, 70mm [blow-up], Clairmont-Scope, colour, 2.35:1
Dolby, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American horror film directed by Wes Craven. Simultaneously a spoof of and tribute to the films of the previous decade, it proved hugely successful, starting a franchise and revitalising the slasher genre.

Plot 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…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Wes Craven
© 1996 Miramax Film Corp.
A Dimension Films presentation. A Woods Entertainment production. A Wes Craven film
Executive Producers: Bob Weinstein & Harvey Weinstein and Marianne Maddalena
Co-executive Producer: Stuart M. Besser
Produced by: Cary Woods and Cathy Konrad
Co-producer: Dixie J. Capp
Associate Producer: Nicholas C. Mastandrea
Written by: Kevin Williamson
Director of Photography: Mark Irwin
Editor: Patrick Lussier
Music by: Marco Beltrami
Sound Mixer: Richard Goodman
Costume Designer: Cynthia Bergstrom
Key Make-up Artist: Carol Schwartz
Key Hair Stylist: Barbara Olvera
Special Effects: K.N.B. EFX Group Inc
Special Effects Supervisor: Frank Ceglia
Production Designer: Bruce Alan Miller

David Arquette (Deputy [Dwight] Dewey [Riley])
Neve Campbell (Sidney [Prescott])
Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers)
Matthew Lillard (Stuart [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 (Steve [Orth])
David Booth (Casey's father)
Carla Hatley (Casey's mother)
Lawrence Hecht (Mr [Neil] Prescott)
Lois Saunders (Mrs Tate)
Lisa Beach (TV reporter 1)
Tony Kilbert (TV reporter 2)
C.W. Morgan (Hank Loomis)
Henry Winkler [Principal Himbry] *
Linda Blair [obnoxious reporter] *
Wes Craven [Fred the janitor] *

Alternative Titles

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

Scream 2 (1997)
Scream 3 (2000)
Scre4m (2011)
Scream (2022)

Includes extracts from
Frankenstein (1931)
Halloween (1978)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Prom Night (1980)

Extracts included in
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998)
Mørkeræd (1998)
Scream: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001)

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 (1981)
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 III (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)
Jiang jian zhong ji pian zhi zui hou gao yang (1999)
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)
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 (1990)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
When a Stranger Calls (1979)

Production Notes

Censorship History
In 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.

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.

Meanwhile in the States. 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.



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  • Screen International no.1112 (13 June 1997) p.6 – note
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  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.469-472
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  • Svenska Dagbladet 1 August 1997 – review (Hotfullt och högljutt by Jan Söderqvist)
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) pp.17, 188
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani p.27 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review