The story behind Scream’s 12-minute, still-terrifying opening scare


More than 20 years later, Scream is still scary. And everything that makes it great is on display in its electric opening scene: a twisted game of horror trivia, a beautiful girl, a pair of gruesome murders, a telephone ringing in an isolated house at night.

For Vulture’s package on the 100 Scares That Shaped Horror, Williamson shared the story behind how he conceived of the film’s iconic opening scene.

We watched Scream in October for Halloween with the 13-year-old. It was wonderfully scary for him.