Trivia: The murder of Principal Himbry was added after producer Bob Weinstein noticed there were about thirty pages in the script (which roughly translates to thirty minutes of screen time) in which nobody died. The scene also resolved the climax at Stu's party, as it gave all the guests a reason to leave.
Trivia: A scene near the end required Skeet Ulrich to throw a phone receiver in frustration, and he wound up accidentally hitting Matthew Lillard in the back of the head with it, prompting Lillard to yell at him, "You hit me with the phone, dick!" Wes Craven found this so hilarious that he decided to use that take in the film.
Trivia: When Sidney and Tatum are talking on the porch, Sidney says, "...If I'm wrong, that means the killer may still be out there..." Tatum replies, "Don't go there, Sid. You're starting to sound like some Wes Carpenter flick." This is an inside joke about "Scream" director Wes Craven. He often jokes about how people always confuse him with "Halloween" director John Carpenter. (00:54:10)
Trivia: Drew Barrymore actually called 911 multiple times in the opening scene since the propmaster forgot to unplug the phone. So she would call, scream, and then hang up. The police eventually reached the set, calling the phone back during one of the takes. The crew had to quickly explain to the police (who were concerned about the woman who kept calling, screaming, then hanging up) that they were just shooting a movie and that nobody was really in trouble.
Trivia: When Scream was reviewed by the MPAA, the executives utterly refused to release the film with the violent opening scene, considering it "too intense." As a result, Wes Craven had to lie to them, claiming that was the only take he was able to get and cutting the scene would downgrade the rest of the movie. After a few more cuts, the MPAA agreed to release the film under an R rating.
Trivia: If you look at Stu in the scene where everyone is watching Halloween and some guys are talking about Jamie Lee's breasts, Stu starts looking down the shirt of the girl in front of him. (01:09:55)
Trivia: In the beginning when Casey's parents come and hear her choking on the phone, Casey's dad says "Listen, I want you to drive to the MacKenzie's house and call the police." At the end of the movie Halloween, Laurie Strode tells the two little kids she's babysitting to walk over to the MacKenzie's house to call the police.
Trivia: Casey says about the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films that "the first one was scary but the rest sucked." This is a cute little reference to the fact that the first film was directed by Wes Craven, while most of the sequels weren't. Craven reportedly wanted to cut the line because he felt it made him seem like an egomaniac, but kept it in as he did direct the sort-of spin-off/sequel "New Nightmare," so the line was also making fun of him a little bit.
Trivia: The school scenes were originally meant to be filmed in the Santa Rosa High School. However, right before filming began, the school officials pulled out of the project. The crew was forced to scramble to find another school at the last second. Director Wes Craven was furious at the school board, and decided to poke some fun at them in the credits. If you wait around long enough, you'll see the message "No thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board."
Trivia: The killer's costume in the Scream movies has come to be known as "Ghostface". When the costume's package is first shown to the Police Chief by Dewey, it is actually called "Father Death". The only time "Ghostface" is actually mentioned is by Tatum right before she dies, when she calls him "Mr. Ghostface". (00:35:05 - 01:06:15)