Trivia / Scream
Works in this franchise with their own Trivia pages:
Trivia for the franchise in general:
- All-Star Cast: It certainly qualifies, particularly the sequels.
- Divorced Installment: Kevin Williamson wrote a script for Scream 3 that was never used, focusing on a "fan club" for the Woodsboro killers and the Stab movies seeking to become famous. Years later, he dusted off his old idea, removed all references to Scream, and created the TV show The Following.
- Genre-Killer: An attempt at a deliberate example of this... which didn't really work out.
- Irony: The prop for Ghostface's knife was based on the Buck 120 hunting knife, which was chosen because it had a massive eight-inch blade that looked scary on the screen. In real life, this knife was discontinued because the blade was so long that it made it difficult to gut animals... that is, the one thing that knife is most famous for in the movies.
- Mutually Fictional:
- In the first scene, the film Halloween (1978) is the subject of one of the questions Ghostface asks Casey. Later, Halloween is shown at a party, with Randy loudly protesting at the mistakes Laurie Strode is making. Likewise, in the Halloween sequel Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, a couple of characters are watching Scream 2 in one scene.
- Also, in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the duo stumbles upon the the filming of a Scream movie. The first movie in the series had a poster for Clerks, a movie in the same continuity as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jay and Silent Bob themselves also show up in a brief cameo in Scream 3, where they mistake Gale for Connie Chung and try hitting on her, receiving a middle finger in response. (That said, it's not explicitly stated to be a Scream film; some fans believe it could have been a Stab sequel.)
- Trope Namer: For Gutted Like a Fish.
- Unintentional Period Piece:
- In the first film, Billy has a cell phone, which casts suspicion on him as being the Ghostface killer in the first act of the movie. Nowadays, it would be more suspicious if he didn't have a cell phone.
- Likewise, a pivotal scene in the first film takes place in a video rental store. 'Nuff said.
- The image of horror films that the Scream series runs on is the slashers of The '80s. While these movies were seen as dated and trite even in 1996 (the whole reason Scream was making fun of them), they were still reasonably modern at the time, the sort of films that teenagers watched at parties. With the rise of Torture Porn, Found Footage Films, and supernatural horror in the '00s and '10s, slashers are nowadays seen as retro, which Scream 4 had to address when it came out in 2011.