The Painful Reason Why This ‘Scream’ 1996 Horror Movie Scene Was So Believable

Nobody in a horror movie wants to die, but Ghostface always asks if they do. The Scream 1996 horror movie ties satirical comedy with brutal terror. After it hit theaters, loyal fans dutifully watched each installment. Now, there is a new Scream movie approaching the big screen in 2022.

Fans should know the answers about the first movie’s production process. But did they know that the film recorded a cast member’s brutal injury?

A Comic Con attendee in character as Ghostface from the Scream horror movie franchise
A Comic-Con attendee as Ghostface from ‘Scream’ | Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

The ‘Scream’ 1996 movie introduced satire to the genre

A few critics still wonder, why do many moviegoers enjoy this franchise? Those with a Scream aversion see it as another bloody, gory horror series. But there is a reason why Scream 1996 hooked a ton of fans.

Scream 1996 was a sheer mockery of older horror films. Horror enthusiasts know the drill—a killer hunts down aloof young adults, then stalks one woman who clumsily escapes her death. Scream‘s Sidney Prescott initially scoffs at this “insulting” tradition. But her life soon unravels into its own horror movie.

Upon its premiere, Scream 1996 derided the film genre with comical moments. Character after character educates one another on classic horror movie customs, such as saying, “I’ll be right back.” Nevertheless, the most educated ones are either victims of Ghostface or the killer themselves. The “whodunit” theme keeps audiences guessing.

By the time each flick unveils the killer(s), viewers root for their favorite characters to stay alive.

What happened to this ‘Scream’ cast member on set?

The Scream 1996 movie cast includes Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, and Rose McGowan. Drew Barrymore commences the film. Her presence on-screen can fool viewers, assuming that she is the lead character. That assumption quickly dies when Ghostface mercilessly kills her.

The cast experienced a few bumps in the road during production. According to Screen Rant, Ulrich was injured while filming. He played Sidney Prescott’s boyfriend and Ghostface stalker, Billy Loomis.

In Scream 1996’s final scene, Sidney turns the tables on Stu and Billy. As she reemerges in the Ghostface gear, Sidney stabs Billy with an umbrella. This umbrella had a retractable tip on set, which should protect an actor from injury. Not only that, but Ulrich also wore a protective vest. So the crew doubted an injury was possible.

But Campbell’s stuntwoman accidentally missed the vest and stabbed Ulrich’s chest. To make matters worse, the motion impacted his wound from open-heart surgery. Wes Craven didn’t comment whether the Scream movie cast member faced problems from the injury. Nevertheless, the camera recorded the actor’s genuine pain. Craven opted to keep his reaction in the horror movie.

Will the new ‘Scream’ movie have a day-and-date release?

In case any horror movie fans haven’t heard, there will be a Scream 5. Actors Campbell, Cox, and Arquette will reprise their roles.

Many 2021 films switched to day-and-date streaming releases. So future films could have the same premiere option. Universal Pictures’ long-awaited Halloween Kills will stream on Peacock on its Oct. 15 theatrical release date. The action caters to all moviegoers, those who want to visit theaters and those who prefer to watch from home.

If production companies normalize day-and-date releases, the new Scream movie could have a hybrid premiere. That decision is up to Paramount Pictures. Scream 5 premieres on Jan. 14, 2022.

The 2022 Scream movie cast includes Dylan Minette (13 Reasons Why), Melissa Barerra (In The Heights), Mikey Madison (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood), and Jenna Ortega (Insidious: Chapter 2).

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