It’s the year 1996, the date is December 20th and the horror genre changed for the better. Wes Craven (may he rest in peace), the director of Scream, made it completely appropriate to incorporate comedy with terror. Scream also managed to include horror movie trivia and homages throughout the film. Craven’s horror-comedy is also the inspiration for MTV’s Scream: The TV Series. If you’re fan of the franchise, check out this iHorror article with some other trivia. On this day in horror history, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Scream. Let’s take a look at 10 interesting unknown facts about Scream from IMDb:
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
1.) Courteney Cox, who played Gale Weathers, and David Arquette met on the film’s set and eventually married in June 1999. The pair had a daughter named Coco Arquette and ended up divorcing in May 2013.
2.) The killer is very frequently specified as “Ghostface” but not many realize that the costume used in the film is actually called “Father Death.” Deputy Dewey, played by David Arquette, brings the costume into the police station.
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3.) The killer’s black robe was initially going to be white, but in fear of being compared to the apparel of the Ku Klux Klan, it was switched to black.
4.) Drew Barrymore was first cast as Sidney Prescott, who eventually ended up being played by Neve Campbell, but decided it would be more impactful if she played Casey Becker. Barrymore’s character was killed within the first 15 minutes, similar to Janet Leigh’s character Marion Crane getting murdered early in Psycho, the 1960 film.
5.) The character Tatum Riley, who was portrayed by Rose McGowan, actually fit through the dog door in her death scene. McGowan suffered from bruises on her torso and arms from filming the scene.
7.) Drew Barrymore and Neve Campbell had actual cell phone conversations with Roger Jackson, the voice actor for the masked killer calls.
8.) Molly Ringwald turned down the offer to play Sidney, a high school student, because she was 27.
9.) Rose McGowan dyed her dark hair blonde to differentiate from Neve Campbell’s black hair.
10.) Craven was hesitant to direct Scream because he wanted to steer away from gory horror films. When Barrymore signed on, that convinced Craven to direct. He also wanted to please fans who enjoyed his 1977 film, The Hills Have Eyes.