31 Favorite Horror Movies

#9.  Scream (1996)

Directed by Wes Craven


  • No, please don’t kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I wanna be in the sequel! - Tatum
  • Now Sid, don’t you blame the movies. Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative! - Billy
  • What’s your favorite scary movie? - Ghostface
  • There are certain RULES that one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie. - Randy


  • The party scene near the end of the film runs 42 minutes long. It was shot over the course of 21 days from the time the sun set to the time it raised. After it wrapped, the crew had t-shirts made that read “ I SURVIVED SCENE 118” (which was the name of the scene during shooting).
  • The film’s high school scenes were to be shot at Santa Rosa High School in California in the Santa Rosa District. However, very close to the shooting date, the school board read the script and denied the film to be shot there due to the violent nature, as they had been under the impression the film was a comedy, and production was moved to Healdsburg, CA. As payback, Wes Craven put in the end credits under the special thanks section “NO THANKS WHATSOEVER TO THE SANTA ROSA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD”.
  • The boyfriend in Psycho (1960) is named Samuel Loomis. Samuel Loomis was the doctor in Halloween (1978). In Scream, the teens are watching Halloween. In Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), the teens are watching Scream 2 (1997).
  • The use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of this film.
  • 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.
  • The mask is based on the painting “Scream” by Edvard Munch.
  • Drew Barrymore was originally cast as Sidney Prescott (eventually played by Neve Campbell). But Drew Barrymore insisted that if she played Casey then it would make the audience think anything could happen.
  • The film was released in December, five days before Christmas. The studio did this because during the holiday season, family friendly movies are usually released, and the studio wanted to give the horror audience something to see during a time when no horror movies would be out. It opened at #4 with 6.4 million, which led the studio to believe the film had flopped. However, the film’s good word of mouth is what led to its success at the box office. With every week it went up or stayed at the same place in the box office. By the end of its run, it ended up making over 100 million at the United States box office.
  • Rose McGowan discovered that she could actually fit through a pet flap.
  • The Jiffy Pop popcorn in the first scene acts as a clock. It goes from normal to out of control as does the scene
  • Dewey (David Arquette) was supposed to die from the stab wound to the back. Director Wes Craven filmed the scene at the end of the film, where Dewey is alive and being taken to the hospital, just in case he changed his mind about killing Dewey. The screen-test audience loved the character Dewey so much that Craven decided to add his survival scene in the final cut. If you watch closely during the part where Gale (Courteney Cox) is knocked out by Billy (Skeet Ulrich), you can see that Dewey is not breathing when Gale lands on him because Dewey was intended to be dead. Every time Dewey is shown after he is stabbed before the final scene is intended to be his dead body, not him lying unconscious.