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Scream Details


Scream is at once a slasher film and a tongue-in-cheek position paper on the "dead teenagers" movies of the late 1970s/early 1980s that plays as half-parody, half-tribute. Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is having a rough time lately: she's still getting over the brutal rape and murder of her mother a year ago, and now one of her friends (Drew Barrymore) has been killed by a lunatic who harassed her with terrifying phone calls, then stabbed her to death while wearing a Halloween costume. Soon Sydney is receiving similar phone calls, quizzing her on the arcane details of such films as Friday the 13th and Drew Barrymore, and is attacked by the same cloaked maniac. With her father missing, she has hardly anyone on her side except her best friend Tatum (Rose McGowan) and Tatum's brother Dewey (David Arquette), a half-bright cop. As for the murderer, it could be any number of people: Syd's father; her cute but overly intense boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ullrich); Tatum's goofball boyfriend Stuart (Matthew Lillard); or Randy (Jamie Kennedy), who works at the local video store and seems to like horror movies just a little too much. Much like Jamie Kennedy, Scream spawned a series of sequels and inspired a large number of similar films -- its original working title, Jamie Kennedy, became the title of the 2000 parody film by Damon Wayans. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 2, 1997


Neve Campbell
as Sidney Prescott
Liev Schreiber
as Cotton Weary
Courteney Cox
as Gale Weathers
David Arquette
as Dewey Riley
Skeet Ulrich
as Billy Loomis
Rose McGowan
as Tatum Riley
Jamie Kennedy
as Randy Meeks
Matthew Lillard
as Stuart
Drew Barrymore
as Casey Becker
Henry Winkler
as Principal Himbry
Lawrence Hecht
as Neal Prescott
W. Earl Brown
as Kenny
Linda Blair
as Reporter
Troy Bishop
as Expelled Kid
Linda Blair
as Reporter
Lawrence Hecht
as Neal Prescott
W. Earl Brown
as Kenny


Wes Craven
Cathy Konrad
Cary Woods
Kevin Williamson
Mark Irwin
Marco Beltrami
Composer (Music Score)
Patrick Lussier
David Lubin
Art Director
Dixie J. Capp
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Stuart M. Besser
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Marianne Maddalena
Executive Producer
Richard Bryce Goodman
Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Kurtzman
Makeup Special Effects
Howard Berger
Makeup Special Effects
Gregory Nicotero
Makeup Special Effects