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[This Day In Horror] Wes Craven Makes Audiences ‘Scream’!

December 20, 1996.

That was the day Wes Craven’s groundbreaking Scream grabbed the attention of every teen across the Nation. By the end of its 19-week theatrical run, and an eventually re-release, Dimension Films’ slasher raked in a disgusting $100 million (it also made an estimates $70 million internationally).

Penned by Kevin Williamson, Scream featured the young, hip cast of David Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Lisa Beach, David Booth, W. Earl Brown, Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard and Jamie Kennedy. It has since swamped three sequels and a forthcoming rumored television series.

In the film that supposedly used 50 gallons of blood, “A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the “Rules” of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.

The script was originally titled “Scary Movie,” which provided the jump point for the Wayans’ spoof franchise.

Tell us your Scream memories!



  • STRIK9

    Horrible movie and franchise.Wes craven is a hack and doesn’t deserve half the attention he gets from the horror genre. He got lucky with ‘Elm street”People under the stairs’ and ‘The hills’.Other than that,his work is a bunch of weak ass shit.John Carpenter smokes his body of work anyday. Yes, I am a hater.

    • TRS66

      What the hell are you talking about weak ass shit? Have you seen The Last House On The Left? There’s no way in hell that’s weak ass shit it’s a million times stronger and more powerful than any Carpenter film!

  • minya

    I am 45 years old, at the time having seen Scream in it’s opening week, I was blown away!
    I was so tired of all the sequels, all the rip-offs, was becoming disheartened/disenchanted, and this, wow, cool scary, fun, LOVED it, and I’m proud of it!

  • itsnickkarcher

    I watched this movie for the fist time when I was four or five years old. I’m in high school now.
    This film has remained my favorite film of all time. It’s what introduced me to the horror genre and is the reason I’m on this site today. I don’t remember actually being scared by it but I’ve always loved the art of film-making since and there was something about Sidney that inspired me to create a character like her. I’m currently on course to become a screen writer and this movie is the reason why.

    • TRS66

      This comment is the story of my life!

      • itsnickkarcher

        ahaha, that’s so funny we have so much in common! Good luck to you and your future!

  • TRS66

    Scream is and has been my favourite film of all time! It opened me up to the world of horror and changed my view on the way I see film. I’m now an aspiring writer/director for film all because of this movie. Without Scream I would have never found my love for film and would never have found my love of directing!

  • Zombie-Killa

    Great stuff.

    I enjoy Halloween, Friday The 13th, and A Nightmare On Elm Street, but I actually grew up with the Scream franchise. The Scream franchise has a special place in my heart, because I saw every film as they were released, and I didn’t have to go back and learn anything! Unfortunately, I also grew up with Paranormal Activity. lol.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I was twelve when I saw ‘Scream’ on the big screen for the first time. It was thrilling, funny, scary and wickedly entertaining; I don’t think I ever experienced that very same thrill at the movies again. It was THE horror movie of my generation and I have some very fond memories of watching it over and over again in the theater. I knew after seeing it that I wanted to become a horror screenwriter.

  • doomas10

    One of my favourite films of all time and top 5 in horror. The psychological aspects of scream are fantastic. Damn I remember when I saw this in the 90’s – i was only 13 and couldn’t sleep in the night. Every time the phone was ringing, I thought that I am going to hear Ghostface’s voice (it doesn’t that my house is in the woods!). Love this film, love it!

  • VictorCrowley

    Scream was the movie I took the first girl I ever banged out to see. I guess it’ll always have that.

    Movies were alright. Never was a fanatic, but can sit back and watch them save for the 3rd one. Didn’t really care for that one.

  • joesey

    ha! i just watched all 4 screams back to back w/o knowing it was the anniversary of the 1st one. I miss and love these movies they are classic and hope to see another one get made.

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