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Friday, April 15, 2011

The Scream Post with Trivia

     Today Scream 4  makes its debut in theaters. It's interesting to see how much horror has changed in this past decade or so. The original Scream was a break through when it came to horror films because for the first time the characters in the film were aware of the rules of horror. Sense the first Scream horror films have become much more self aware, seven-year-olds still dress up as Ghost Face(Even though many don't know what movie he is from.) and the rules of horror films have certainly changed. It was time for a sequel  that would put Scream back on the map again. After all  Scream was one of the most innovative and scariest films of its time. Today's post is a quick look back at the original Scream in honor of it making its way back to theaters.

The opening scene in the original Scream has become iconic and faced what seems like hundreds of parodies  right after its release. Lets face it, the original opening is pretty freakin scary, unlike the face-palm opening of Scream 2.

You can of course watch the first Scream on youtube.

Random Scream Trivia:

*Drew Barrymore was originally cast in the lead role of Sidney Prescott, but her schedule changed unexpectedly and she wasn't able to film the whole movie. It was her idea to take the role of Casey Becker, a less time-consuming but ultimately iconic role.

*Dewey Riley wasn't intended to live through the first movie. In the script, Dewey didn't survive his injuries. Wes Craven also filmed an alternate ending where Dewey survived, and when test audiences said they liked Arquette's performance the movie was re-edited and Dewey lived to appear in all four scream films.

*Kevin Williamson's script for the first film was originally titled "Scary Movie," and it wasn't until late in the shooting that executive producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein insisted on changing the title to "Scream."

The scary voice on the phone that taunts the victims before they're attacked is done by Roger L. Jackson. The same guy who does the voice of Mojo Jojo from the Power Puff Girls.

*From the beginning Wes Craven had Jackson on the set to actually talk to the actors over the phone. In order to heighten the realism the actor's were never allowed to see Jackson face to face.

*He nearly turned down the option to direct the hit Scream (1996/I) because the first scene with Drew Barrymore reminded him too vividly of the climax sequence of The Last House on the Left (1972), his first film.

*To keep Drew Barrymore looking scared and crying, director Wes Craven kept telling her real life stories about animal cruelty.
*The infamous Ghost Face Mask was found by Wes Craven  in a store while location-scouting in California.

* In the first Scream 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 use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of this film.
*The killer was based on a Florida serial killer, the "Gainesville Ripper."
 * Wes Craven makes a cameo in the film as janitor called Fred who is dressed in a similar manner as Fred Kruger from A Nightmare on Elm St.


-Horrorwood Doll

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