Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far.
Woodsboro, a small California town is in panic. A masked psychopath is liquidating the young population using horror movies as inspiration. To survive they must obey the rules of those movies.
In the center of this plot is Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), a teenager who has more than common problems of her age to handle. Her boyfriend Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) is pushing her to lose their virginity, the anniversary of the traumatic death of her mother is coming and she is the main target of the killer. Besides all that, the sensationalist tabloid reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) – that can smell blood and news from miles of distance – is back in Woodsboro in order to unravel the mystery around the murders.
Even if she has to dig up Sid´s mother from the grave. Meanwhile, Sid has the support and protection of friends like Tatum Riley (Rosie McGowan) and her boyfriend Stuart “Stu” Marker (Matthew Lillard), the movie buff Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) and Deputy Dwight “Dewey” Riley (David Arquette). “Solving this mistery is going to be murder.”
Cast: Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), David Arquette (Dwight “Dewey” Riley), Jamie Kennedy (Randy Meeks), Liev Schreiber (Cotton Weary), Drew Barrymore (Casey Becker), Rose McGowan (Tatum Riley), Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis), Matthew Lillard (Stuart Marker), Roger Jackson (The Voice), Kevin Patrick Walls (Steven Orth), Joseph Whipp (Sheriff Burke), W. Earl Brown (Kenny), Lawrence Hecht (Neil Prescott), David Booth (Mr. Becker), Carla Hatley (Mrs. Becker), Frances Lee McCain (Mrs. Riley), Lisa Beach (Reporter), Linda Blair (Reporter), Wes Craven (Fred, The Janitor), Henry Winkler (Principal Himbry).
Produced by: Stuart M. Besser, Dixie J. Capp, Cathy Konrad, Marianne Maddalena, Nicholas Mastandrea, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Cary Woods.
Music by: Marco Beltrami.
Director of Photography: Mark Irwin.
Prop Master: John ‘J.P.’ Jones.
Editor: Patrick Lussier.
Still Photographer: David Moir
Release date: December 20, 1996.
Budget: $ 15 millions.
Opening weekend: $ 6.354 millions – 1.413 screens.
Total: $ 161,6 millions (Worldwide).