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Scream (1996)

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Phone Voice (voice)
Kevin Patrick Walls ...
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Casey's Father
Carla Hatley ...
Casey's Mother
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Lawrence Hecht ...
Neil Prescott
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Lois Saunders ...
Mrs. Tate
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Joseph Whipp ...
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Storyline

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started 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. Written by Joss Oran

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Solving This Mystery Is Going To Be Murder. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scary Movie  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,354,586, 22 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$103,046,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,046,663
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 35 mins) When the phone slips out of Billy's hand and hits Stu's head, it was completely unintentional. Wes Craven kept it in because of Stu's realistic reaction. See more »

Goofs

(at around 31 mins) When the police arrest Billy after Sid's first attack, they place him in the car and close the car door, in which the windows are closed. After they've driven off, Sheriff and Dewey go to check on Sid and in the background we can still hear Billy calling out for Sid crying out "SID!" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Casey: Hello?
Phone Voice: Hello.
Casey: Yes?
Phone Voice: Who is this?
Casey: Who are you trying to reach?
Phone Voice: What number is this?
Casey: Well, what number are you trying to reach?
Phone Voice: I don't know.
Casey: I think you have the wrong number.
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Crazy Credits

No thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board. See more »


Soundtracks

Whisper
Performed by Catherine
Written by Keith Brown, Kerry P. Brown & Mark Rew
Courtesy of TVT Records
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User Reviews

Thrilling, refreshing horror tale
18 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Watching this film for the first time in the basement of a four story house, with no-one else in was the perfect setting for this film. From the very first scene I was gripped and I could not wait for the climax to discover the murderer and his motives. The script was extremely original, as they had purposely set out to parodie the typical slasher style movie.

It was written in a way that deceived and tricked and had you jumping out of your seats but also laughing at the paradoxical black humour. For anyone looking for a good horror film with a twist, you won't find a better one than Scream.

Overall I give it 9.5/10


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