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    How Skeet Ulrich Got Hurt For Real In "Scream," Plus 49 Other Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Franchise

    Turns out wearing the vest doesn't always save your chest.

    WARNING: This post contains 🚨spoilers🚨 for the new Scream.

    Read on for some (mostly) fun facts about the Scream franchise, and be sure to file it all away in case Ghostface gives you a call.

    1. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson got the idea for Scream after watching a documentary about the Gainesville Ripper.

    2. Wes Craven had to be convinced to direct Scream.

    Wes Craven sitting near a Scream poster

    3. Craven, who directed the first four Scream movies, also has uncredited cameos in them all.

    4. The Scream movies have a special connection to Dawson's Creek.

    Jen in Dawson's Creek on the phone holding a knife

    5. The body count for the Scream franchise is anywhere between 45 and 50, depending who you ask.

    Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell in Scream 4

    6. Scream 4 has the highest kill count of the series.

    Rebecca being stabbed in Scream 4

    7. The first Scream was originally going to be called Scary Movie.

    8. The studio also wanted to change the killer's mask at first.


    9. Drew Barrymore was originally supposed to play Sidney Prescott.

    Casey Becker in Scream

    10. Casey Becker's line about liking the first Nightmare on Elm Street but thinking the rest "sucked" almost didn't make it into the movie.

    Heather Lagenkamp in Nightmare on Elm Street

    11. Drew Barrymore actually called 911 during filming, after Scream prop master JP Jones had forgotten to unplug the phone.

    Casey Becker in Scream

    12. Courteney Cox had to fight to play Gale Weathers.

    Gale Weathers in Scream

    13. The high school scenes in Scream were supposed to be shot at Santa Rosa High School in California, but ended up being filmed at the Sonoma Community Center.


    14. Matthew Lillard auditioned to play Billy Loomis.

    Stu and Billy in Scream

    15. The party scene — known as Scene 118 on set — in the original Scream is 42 minutes long and took 21 nights to shoot.

    Scream party scene

    16. When Sidney stabs Billy with an umbrella, Skeet Ulrich's cry of pain is authentic.

    17. Deputy Dwight "Dewey" Riley, played by David Arquette, wasn't supposed to survive the first movie.

    Dewey in Scream

    18. The original Scream and Scream 2 were released within a year of each other.

    Phil and Maureen at the movies in Scream 2

    19. Those first two movies earned about $150 million combined in 1997.

    20. Use of caller ID reportedly tripled after Scream was released.

    Sidney on the phone in Scream 2 looking at a caller ID device

    21. There were multiple versions of the Scream 2 script, including one featuring Sidney's boyfriend Derek and her roommate Hallie as the killers, and another where Dewey was Ghostface.

    Derek, Sidney, and Hallie in Scream 2

    22. Jada Pinkett Smith asked for her character Maureen Evans "to die the most horrific death that has ever happened in a horror film."

    Maureen Evans in Scream 2

    23. The Stab scenes featured in Scream 2 were directed by From Dusk Till Dawn director, Robert Rodriguez.

    People watching Stab at the theater in Scream 2

    24. If the Omega Beta Zeta sorority house in Scream 2 looks familiar, it's because it was also used as Miss. Trunchbull's mansion in Matilda.

    Omega Beta Zeta house in Scream and the same house in Matilda

    25. Matthew Lillard pops up in the background of the sorority party in Scream 2.

    Matthew Lillard cameo in Scream 2

    26. Selma Blair voiced the girl Cici, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was talking on the phone in Scream 2.

    Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions

    27. As with the rest of the Scream movies, Roger L. Jackson was actually on the phone as Ghostface when filming Scream 2, to get more authentic reactions from the actors he was speaking to.

    Cici in Scream 2

    28. According to Matthew Lillard, Stu Macher was supposed to be the original villain of Scream 3.

    Photo of Matthew Lillard

    29. Despite playing a fan-favorite character in Scream 3, it seems that Parker Posey isn't all that attached to the movie.

    Jennifer Jolie in Scream 3

    30. ...Even though Cox punched her for real.

    Jennifer Jolie in Scream 3

    31. Scream 4 was the last film to be directed by Wes Craven.

    Wes Craven talking into a microphone

    32. Scream 4 was also the first movie in the franchise to use a CGI knife.

    Ghostface with a knife in Scream 4

    33. During a scene at the high school in Scream 4, a bust of Principal Himbry (played by Henry Winkler in first Scream) can be seen in the hallway.

    Bust of Principal Himbry in Scream 4

    34. Dewey's missing limp was explained in the Scream 4 script.

    Screenshot of part of the Scream 4 script, reading: INT. BATHROOM - MORNING - MOMENTS LATER / Gale is at the sink, brushing her teeth. Dewey enters.Silence. He goes to the toilet room. His limp is nearly nonexistent. Years of physical therapy.

    35. The new Scream is the first in the franchise whose score wasn't composed by Marco Beltrami.

    36. Scream directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett hit up social media for inspiration.

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gillett said they consider themselves part of the fan community, adding: "We looked at Twitter, at Reddit, at all the message boards, because it’s such an interesting place to gather a sense of what the momentum [is] of those communities."

    37. Neve Campbell was hesitant to return to the Scream franchise without Wes Craven.

    Neve Campbell in a white suit

    38. In addition to David Arquette teaching the Scream newcomers to paint like Bob Ross, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox had their own special moments with them as well.

    39. A number of characters in the new Scream had more scenes in the original script.

    You didn’t think #scream was gonna crush? Hahahaha! That’s hilarious.

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    In the script, Vince and Dewey had an altercation at the bar, and Vince's death scene was much more elaborate. Dewey also had a scene with Sheriff Judy, and Liv had an additional scene where she pulled out a bedazzled knife for protection.

    40. Tara and Amber were also originally dating.

    Photo from Jenna Ortega's Instagram story of her hugging Mikey Madison

    41. Just like Dewey was supposed to die in the first Scream, Mason Gooding's character, Chad, originally didn't survive Ghostface's attack.

    Mason Gooding's character Chad in Scream

    42. The directors of the new Scream almost didn't bother using de-aging technology on Skeet Ulrich.

    43. Jack Quaid took after Ulrich in more ways than one.

    Richie in Scream 5

    44. Melissa Barrera had a close call with a knife on the set of the new Scream.

    Sam in Scream 5

    45. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett filmed a quick shot to be used in the event Dewey actually survived the new Scream.

    Dewey in Scream 5

    46. We almost saw more of Kirby Reed in the new film.

    Kirby in Scream 4

    47. Panettiere did get to participate in the new Scream, though, along with a few other former franchise stars.

    Hoss in Scream 4

    48. Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, and Jamie Kennedy also had sneaky cameos in the new Scream.

    Chrome mask Ghostface with Scream 5

    49. The "For Wes" sign at the party made Neve Campbell cry.

    Wes Craven and Neve Campbell

    50. Neve Campbell is adamant that Sidney is never killed by Ghostface.

    Sidney in Scream

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    Sam Claflin and Verónica Echegui standing on a street below the film's title