• 1. To keep Drew Barrymore looking scared and crying, director Wes Craven kept telling her real life stories about animal cruelty.

  • 2. Wes Craven found the Scream mask in a store while location-scouting in California.

  • 3. Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for the role of Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell).

  • 4. The special effects artists used about 50 gallons of blood. The blood was made out of corn syrup and food dye.

  • 5. Janeane Garofalo turned down the role of Gail Weathers (played by Courtney Cox).

  • 6. When Bob Weinstein watched parts of the first scenes filmed, he said that the mask used was “idiotic.” He asked the producers to film one scene with seven different masks and let him choose the one he liked the most. Producers didn’t agree. They told him to wait until the first sequence (Drew Barrymore’s) was completed and then he could decide. After watching it, he happily agreed to the mask used and didn’t make another complaint for the rest of the filming.

  • 7. Being a favorite of the writer Kevin Williamson, Molly Ringwald was offered the role of Sydney Prescott, but turned it down, saying she’d rather not be playing a high school student at the age of 27.

  • 8. The use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of Scream 1.

  • 9. Scream was originally titled Scary Movie.

  • 10. The Scream killer was loosely based on a Florida serial killer, the “Gainesville Ripper.”

    Read more about The Gainsville Ripper here.

  • 11. Courteney Cox and David Arquette met and fell in love on the set of this movie. They eventually married.

  • 12. Roger Jackson was the voice of the killer in all 3 Scream movies. Roger Jackson’s other most famous role is Mojo Jojo in The Powerpuff Girls.

  • 13. Freddie Prinze Jr. auditioned for the role of Stu.

  • 14. Scream revitalized the slasher film genre in the late 1990s, similar to the impact Halloween had on late 1970s film, by using a standard concept with a tongue-in-cheek approach that combined straightforward scares with dialogue that satirized slasher film conventions.

  • 15. Many different molds of masks were created to avoid any claim of copyright by the original Scream mask creators, Funworks. Eventually, Funworks and Scream producers made an agreement to use the mask in the film.

    This was one of the molds created and eventually rejected by Wes Craven.

  • 16. Wes Craven had seen Neve Campbell in Party of Five and had her audition for the part because he thought she could portray a character who was “innocent” but realistically handle herself while dealing with the physical conflict and emotions required of the role. Campbell had been reluctant to act in a horror film so soon after her supporting role in The Craft, but Scream offered her the first opportunity to be the leading star.

  • 17. Courtney Cox took the role because she wanted to play a “bitch” character and remove her “nice” Friends image.

  • 18. Scream is the 13th highest grossing horror film of all time.

  • 19. As the film neared completion, the Weinstein brothers had the films title changed from Scary Movie to Scream after being inspired by the Michael Jackson song that Harvey Weinstein had been listening to on a radio.