Scream's Iconic Drew Barrymore Opening Scene Was Originally A Play

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Scream's Iconic Drew Barrymore Opening Scene Was Originally A Play

Scream writer Kevin Williamson reveals that he originally wrote the 1996 film’s iconic opening sequence with Drew Barrymore as a one-act play.

Scream‘s iconic opening scene with Drew Barrymore was originally intended to be a play, says the film’s writer Kevin Williamson. Released in 1996, Scream is a satirical slasher film from director Wes Craven. The film follows Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as its main character, a high school student in the fictional town of Woodsboro, California who, a year after the murder of her mother, becomes the target of a mysterious killer in Halloween costume known as Ghostface.

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The film is known for combining dark humor with a whodunnit mystery and elements of the slasher genre to satirize horror movie cliches found in popular films like Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), and Wes Craven’s own A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). After the success of Scream, the film went on to launch a franchise that is still ongoing today. There have been three sequels to date with another on the way, releasing in January 2022.

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