Behind The Scenes Saturday: Scream (2022)

I usually have a rule when it comes to my Behind The Scenes Saturday posts. I only do posts on movies that are at least 5 years old. However, this week I decided to make an exception. With Scream VI coming out next month, I wanted to do a post on 2022’s Scream! So, don’t forget to set the alarm, never say “I’ll be right back,” and enjoy these fun pictures and bits of trivia!!

(Trivia provided by

(Pictures provided by



  • In Dewey’s (David Arquette) trailer, you’ll notice his sister Tatum’s (Rose McGowan) ashes on the mantle. This was to make up for the fact that Dewey never talks about Tatum in any of the sequels. He does mention her in a deleted scene in Scream 4 after Olivia’s death.
  • One thing that stayed consistent throughout all 5 Scream films is Roger L. Jackson actually talking on the phone to the other characters as Ghostface, as opposed to having his voice placed in post-production.

  • David Arquette is a certified Bob Ross painting instructor. During breaks in filming, he taught the other cast members how to paint like Ross.
  • The character of Wes Hicks (Dylan Minnette) was named after the legendary director of the previous 4 Scream films, Wes Craven. Craven passed away in 2015 and Wes Hicks was named in his honor. After Wes is killed in the film, his friends throw a party in his honor. When the party toasts to Wes, previous Scream actors lent their voices, including Adam Brody, Jamie Kennedy, and Henry Winkler. So as the characters toast their friend, Scream alumni toast the man who brought us this wonderful franchise!

  • Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott) was initially unsure about coming back to the franchise. This is the first Scream film that didn’t have Wes Craven behind the camera. However, this film’s directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, sent her a letter talking about how much Craven and his movies meant to them as filmmakers, and she was ultimately convinced.
  • Because David Arquette and Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) were married and divorced in real life, filming Dewey and Gale’s reunion scene was very emotional for them. As they worked through the scene together, there were reportedly a lot of tears. One of the film’s writers, James Vanderbilt stated, “I remember they told us (after one particular take), ‘Okay, that one was not for the movie. That one was for us. We’ll get to the one that’s for the movie,’ and they were really working through some stuff.

  • The photo of Dewey and Gale were from David Arquette and Courteney Cox’s real life when they were married and not taken for the film.
  • As Dewey watches Gale on Good Morning America, Gale makes a joke that if she ever thinks about getting bangs again, someone should stop her. This is a reference to her bangs in Scream 3. The bangs have been mocked for years by Scream fans and even became a meme.

  • In this film, it’s revealed that Sidney is now married to Mark Kincaid, Patrick Dempsey’s character in Scream 3. Neve Campbell didn’t realize at first that that was the Mark she was talking about in the film.
  • Since the script leak on Scream 2, the rest of the installments have had strict policies on keeping the endings as secretive as possible. This hasn’t changed for the set on this film, as none of the new cast members knew the final outcome.

  • During Wes’s death scene, Dylan Minnette’s surprised reaction to seeing Ghostface was genuine. This was because the filmmakers snuck him into a take he wasn’t supposed to be in.
  • Due to Covid delays, the opening scene where Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) is attacked had to be filmed on the first and the last days of production. Ortega had a birthday in between filming, so she was 17 in the first half of the scene and 18 in the second half.

  • Although she plays their mother, Heather Matarazzo (Martha Meeks) is only 12 years older than Jasmin Savoy-Brown (Mindy) and she’s 14 years older than Mason Gooding (Chad).
  • Rose McGowan was asked to do a voice cameo like the other Scream alumni. She turned down the offer due to her conflicts with Harvey Weinstein and Miramax, even though neither Weinstein nor Miramax were involved with this film…

  • One of the voice cameos was provided by Drew Barrymore, who played Casey Becker in the first Scream film. She was the voice of the high school principal announcing the new town curfews.
  • The tattoo on Vince Schneider’s (Kyle Gallner) knuckles was the address from A Nightmare On Elm Street, 1428.

  • Along with providing voice work for the party, Scream’s Matthew Lillard voiced Flamethrower Ghostface.
  • Kyle Gallner auditioned for the role of Richie but the role went to Jack Quaid. To make it up to Gallner, he was given the role of Vince Schneider.

  • Dylan Minnette’s band, Wallows, has a song in the end credits. The second song in the credits is called I Don’t Want To Talk, very fitting song title for a Scream film!
  • The original title was called Scream Forever.

  • This is the only Scream movie so far where a victim not only survives the opening attack, they survive the whole movie.
  • Sidney’s line, “I’m Sidney f***ing Prescott, of course I have a gun” was improvised by Neve Campbell.

  • In the first 2 Scream movies, Wes Craven filmed different versions of Dewey’s fate: one where he lived and one where he died. Courteney Cox tried to convince Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin to do the same for this film. However, they decided killing him off was the right decision to show audiences that absolutely no one was safe.
  • Much like Dewey in the first film, Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) was supposed to die in Scream 4, but her fate was rewritten. Both characters ended up getting killed in this film.

  • Chad and Mindy’s attacks and survivals were mirrored from Dewey and Randy in the first film. Like Dewey, we’re made to believe Chad is dead until he shows up alive in the ambulance at the end of the film. Also, Mindy is stabbed in the same spot her uncle, Randy was shot in the first film.
  • In a moment of foreshadowing, when Richie gets hit in the head by Tara with a phone. He asks, “Did you just hit me with a phone?!” This is a reference to when Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) hit Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) with a phone.

  • When discussing the moment he found out his character died, David Arquette stated, “I haven’t talked about it much. It’s a very fresh wound. They had not given me a heads-up, so I was like (mimes thumbing through the script) ‘Wow, Dewey’s got some good stuff to play this time!’ And then ‘Oh, that’s why!’ I had to put it down, I had to walk around and kind of process it. I understood where they were coming from, as far as gutting their audience. It was hard. It’s been such an ongoing film series throughout my life, 25 years of my life, so it definitely cut deep.
  • When talking about shooting his death scene, David Arquette also said, “That morning, I got up, cooked myself some breakfast, and then I went to work and did the scene. I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen. We amped up the fight scene a little because I’m a professional wrestler. We made it a little more intense. If you have a lot of action, you’re going to get banged up a little, and if you have blood on you, the longer it goes it’s just kind of sticky and uncomfortable. So you’ve got to get into a Zen place, so you’re not angry. And I was angry anyway. So I just had to get into a real Zen place, just breathe through and know that this will be over soon. But it was emotional. I did it, and I hopped in my car, drove home, washed all the blood off, and that was it. I packed up a few things and hit the road.

  • To prepare for the role of Richie, Jack Quaid hopped on Scream movie forums under the name Stabhead and commented on the forums as if he was Richie.
  • In Scream 4, one of the new rules of survival is that you have to be gay. Mindy, the first gay protagonist in the franchise ends up surviving, so far confirming the rule.

  • In the original script, Tara and Amber (Mikey Madison) were ex-girlfriends. They changed their story due to the fact that the ending would’ve mirrored the first film too much. Like Sidney giving her ex, Billy the final shot, Tara would’ve killed her ex, Amber with one final shot to the head. They made Mindy an LGBTQ+ character instead.
  • The film’s writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick decided to separate and watch the first 4 Scream films. They both took notes while watching the movies to find out what they wanted to put in the new film. After watching the movies, they reunited and compared notes. Surprisingly, the majority of their notes were practically the same. Both writers wanted to return to Stu Macher’s house, and both felt that one of the legendary characters needed to die.

  • After Amber is set on fire, her burnt ear resembles Freddy Krueger, another Wes Craven character from A Nightmare On Elm Street.
  • Because of Covid, Skeet Ulrich was available at first. Melissa Barrera (Samantha Carpenter) had to do some of their scenes with a stand-in doing Billy’s lines. Once Ulrich could do his scenes, Barrera redid her lines so he could react to her.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s