Scream

Trivia: When Richie is watching YouTube, the video review he watches talking about "Stab 8" features a cameo from James A. Janisse and his wife Chelsea Rebecca. They are popular YouTubers who run various horror-themed shows on their channel "Dead Meat." As of 2022, they have over 5 million subscribers.

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Trivia: MINOR SPOILER ALERT FOR "SCREAM 4"/"SCREAM (2022)! When Richie is watching videos on YouTube, there is a thumbnail with an interview about a "Woodsboro Survivor," next to a picture of Kirby Reed from "Scream 4." It has been confirmed that this canonically means Kirby survived the fourth film, which has been a popular fan-theory, since she was stabbed and last seen in a pool of blood... but was shown to still just barely be breathing. (Her fate was left purposely ambiguous in "Scream 4.").

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Trivia: Part of the reason Mason Gooding was cast in the film is that he was a massive fan of the original "Scream," and even wrote an essay about it in college. He let the producers read the essay while he was auditioning. The producers were very impressed by his passion for the franchise and his audition, and he was immediately hired.

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Trivia: As a bit of fun, the principal cast reportedly had a "movie night" midway through shooting on Halloween, 2020 where they ate popcorn and watched the original 1996 "Scream."

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Trivia: The first film in the series not directed by Wes Craven, who tragically passed away in 2015. However, series creator Kevin Williamson, who wrote "Scream," "Scream 2" and "Scream 4," did return as an executive producer and has confirmed he worked closely with the new writers by offering notes, feedback and suggestions throughout the writing process to help them sculpt a proper "Scream" sequel.

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Trivia: The only "Scream" movie not to be scored by Marco Beltrami, who did the music for all four of the previous films. However, new composer Brian Tyler did use some pieces and snippets of Beltrami's themes in a few key places throughout the score.

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Trivia: The first "Scream" movie not produced/distributed by Dimension Films and its associated companies, which were partially owned by Harvey Weinstein. Spyglass Media Group bought the rights to the franchise after Weinstein's infamous sexual abuse scandal, when Dimension/The Weinstein Company began selling off their properties.

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Trivia: David Arquette enjoys painting in his free time, and even became an officially certified "Bob Ross Painting Instructor" by taking classes based on the popular artist's work a few years ago. He would often spend downtime on set having "art classes" where he would teach cast and crew how to paint like Ross.

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Trivia: Some theaters had a bonus scene that appeared right before the film started in which Ghostface (voiced by Roger L. Jackson) appears onscreen and essentially hints that he will murder anyone who gives away any spoilers.

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Trivia: There are tons of hidden voice cameos from former series cast/crew. Drew Barrymore provides the voice on the school loudspeaker. Matthew Lillard is the voice of "Ghostface" in "Stab 8." And during the party, Barrymore, Lillard, Adam Brody, Hayden Panettiere, Jamie Kennedy and Henry Winkler provide background voices, alongside series crew members Kevin Williamson, Marco Beltrami, Patrick Lussier and Julie Plec. Original director Wes Craven's widow Iya Craven also has a voice cameo at the party.

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Trivia: Samantha "Sam" Carpenter's surname is a reference to director John Carpenter. Her preferred first name is likely a reference to Sam Loomis from Psycho and Dr Samuel Loomis from Halloween, considering her father is Billy Loomis.

Trivia: Sam and Tara's mother Christine is said to have gone to high school with Sidney and Billy. In the original movie, a minor character who her friend calls "Christy" walks past Sid and Billy in the hall and shoots them a dirty look.

Trivia: !MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR "SCREAM (2022)! Towards the end of the movie, it is revealed that Tara's friend Amber is one of the two killers. If you look at the credits, the movie was co-written by famed screenwriter James Vanderbilt... whose wife also happens to be named "Amber." This is either an incredibly bizarre coincidence, or Vanderbilt decided to include a truly odd tribute to his wife in the film by naming a psychotic killer after her... either way, it's pretty darned funny.

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Trivia: When the group of friends are first introduced, if you look closely, Wes and Amber are snacking on a bag of grapes. This is a bizarrely specific reference to a scene from the first film, in which Tatum and Stu are also seen snacking on a bag of the same type of grapes. SPOILER ALERT: Just like in the original film, one of the people eating the fruit (Amber) is one of the killers, while the other person (Wes) is a victim.

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Trivia: During the scene that reveals Kirby is still alive via YouTube link, if you look very closely, you can also see a link to a YouTube conspiracy video called "Did the Real-Life Stu Macher survive?" This is an easter-egg referencing a popular fan-theory that Stu actually survived the original film and would return as the killer in a future installment.

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Trivia: When Dewey is watching Gale on the news, you can just barely hear a joke Gale makes about not wanting to have bangs ever again. This is a reference to Gale's unfortunate hairstyle in "Scream 3," which features some truly horrendous looking bangs. The look became something of a joke and later a meme, so the line was added as a subtle joke.

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Trivia: Neve Campbell almost didn't return because she didn't want to make a "Scream" movie without Wes Craven at the helm. What persuaded her was a letter she received from the new directors, explaining their passion, admiration and respect for Craven's work. The letter quickly won her over and she joined the film soon after.

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Trivia: When the dedication to Wes Craven appears at the start of the credits, you can faintly hear the sound of birds chirping. Craven was quite well-known for being an avid birdwatcher, and also fought to protect endangered species of birds. He even helped get legislation passed to ban the use of lead ammunition, which can fragment on impact and harm birds and other wildlife if accidentally ingested. The sound of birds was added as a tribute to his passion.

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Trivia: It is briefly mentioned that Sidney Prescott's former home is located on "Elm Street." This is a reference to the film "A Nightmare on Elm Street," which was directed by original "Scream" director Wes Craven. (Supposedly it was going to be mentioned in the original "Scream" as well, but the reference was cut for whatever reason).

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Trivia: SPOILERS: In the climax, Amber is soaked in hand sanitizer and set in fire. Amber's actress Mikey Madison had previously appeared in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" which came out less than three years prior... where her character is similar killed by being set on fire. (Albeit with a flamethrower.) Given Madison is only 22 and has only appeared in six live-action feature films... that's actually a pretty interesting (and darkly funny) coincidence.

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Character mistake: It's said that Sidney appeared in every "Stab" movie except Stab 8 - but in Scream 4, Jenny says that Sid only appeared in the first three.

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Suggested correction: That isn't what Jenny says. Marnie says: "That has nothing to do with Woodsboro. I-I thought you said "Stab" was based on true stories." Jenny Randall: "The first three, The original trilogy is based off Sidney Prescott, but then she threatened to sue them if they used her stories. So they just started making stuff up. Stab 5 has time travel, which is by far the worst." She never said the movies didn't have Sidney in them after the first three, just they aren't based on true stories.

I don't think there is a leap in logic in the original post; she threatened to sue the production if they used her story, I can't see how they would avoid a lawsuit by exploiting her character further by putting her in more movies? If it's not a retcon, it's at best a rather problematic line.

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Once a film has put a character name into existence and been released, the studio owns the copyright to that name. Sidney Prescott as a character could still be used in Stab films.

For that matter, you can always argue that a person does not own the story of her own life to begin with, that's not the point. The point is that since it was stated that they were afraid of the legal action Sidney Prescott threatened, and changed course to the saga for that reason, they would -not - put Sidney Prescott in other, even more outrageous and exploitative, material.

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I'm not trying to be rude, but I can tell that you do not know anything at all about copyright law. The above user was correct. You don't know in what context Sidney was used in the following Stab films. The only thing we know about those later films is the very brief description of time travel in Stab 5, and the two fake outs from Stab 6&7.

No offense taken at all, it's true! I am no lawyer and I wasn't trying to get in the intricacies of copyright law and rights of publicity. I am just saying that the movie (previous movie, from 10 years before, in an obscure line of dialogue easily retconned or forgotten...) mentions that Sidney threatened them with a lawsuit, there's no reason why they'd stir her putting her even in cameos multiple times in their every third rate following schlocky flicks. It's simple as that. Would they win a lawsuit, on the grounds of what you (or the other poster) mentioned? Sure, but they never said she did sue them, the point was for the studio to avoid that sort of legal trouble entirely.

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I think we're looking at the difference between a mistake and a criticism with this one. I agree that in Scream 4 the most reasonable interpretation is that Sidney successfully got (at the least) her name removed from Stab 4 onward (especially since without any further "true" events to draw from they would've had to start making things up anyhow). But the line can be taken other ways, and even if it's a stretch or goes against the spirit the line was written in, it's different from a mistake.

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It still leaves a plot hole of why Sidney threatened to sue. If not for likeness / appearance, then for what?

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