Character: Gale Weathers
Directed by: Wes Craven
Written by: Kevin Williamson
Cast Members: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith, Omar Epps, Jamie Kennedy, Liev Schreiber, Jerry O'Connell, Laurie Metcalf
Release date: December 12, 1997
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Two years after the first series of murders, as Sidney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.
Gale: Hey, you’d better check your conscience at the door sweetie, I’m not here to be loved.
Gale: Look, local woman! I know you hold me up as your career template and that it gives you some sort of charge to challenge me, but give it a rest.
Gale: So what do you want to do, bonehead? Just sit around and wait to see who drops next?
Dewey: I don’t know.
[Gale’s phone rings]
Dewey: Look, Gale’s no killer.
Randy: Ok, all right then, but if she’s not a killer, she’s a target.
Dewey: When did she start smoking?
Randy: Ever since those nude pictures on the internet.
Gale: It was just my head, it was Jennifer Aniston’s body!
Randy: Sydney, look, it’s Gale Weathers.
Randy: Star of the Gale Weathers press conference. Author of the press conference starring Gale Weathers. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Gale Weathers!
Gale: I feel bad Dewey, I feel really bad! I never say that cause I never feel bad about anything, but I feel bad now.
Dewey: Is this just another brilliant Gale Weathers performance?
Gale: There are no cameras here, I just wanna find this fucker! I really do.
Gale: It’s happening again, isn’t it?
Dewey: You’d love that, wouldn’t you? Better hurry Gale, might get scooped.
Gale: So I am heading down to Admissions to do some legwork, you game?
Dewey: I’m not here to write a book Miss Weathers, I’m here to help Syd.
Gale: I wanna help her too, and help myself, of course. Come on Dewey, smile for me once, please!
Dewey: I’ll smile when I catch the killer.
Debbie: Please Miss Weathers, it would just be such an honor if I could get a quote from you for my story.
Gale: All right. Begin quote.
Gale: Your flattering remarks are both desperate and obvious. End quote!
Sidney: [referring to who the killer is] Mrs. Loomis?
Gale: [shocked] What?
Mickey: BILLY’S MOTHER!
Mickey: Nice twist huh? Didn’t see it coming, did you?
Gale: [still shocked] Jesus. It can’t be, I’ve seen pictures of you.
Sidney: Yeah this is 60 pounds and a lot of work later.
Debbie: [takes off her trench coat] It’s called a makeover. You should try it. Look a little tired yourself there, Gale!
Joel: Look, granted, I should’ve read your book before I took this job, but I’m reading it now and, whoa! I just read what happened to your last camera man. The guy got gutted. Now I’m gonna do what any rational human being would do and that is to get the fuck outta here
Gale: First of all, he wasn’t gutted; I made that part up… his throat was slashed.
Joel: Gail, gutted, slashed, the guy ain’t in the union no more.
- Not only was the cast not informed who the killer was until the last Day of shooting, they also didn’t receive the last 10 pages of the script until it was time to film them. The last 10 pages were also printed on grey paper, therefore making them unable to be illicitly Xeroxed. All cast members had to sign contracts that they would not discuss the movie’s outcome or the killer’s identity with the media.
- There are several references to actors from “Friends” (1994) which stars Courteney. Gale says that the nude photos of her that were put on the internet are fakes, and that the body is that of Jennifer Aniston. Also, We learn that in Stab, Dewey is played by David Schwimmer.
- Though in most films, phone voices are recorded later, director Wes Craven actually had the voice of the killer on set, to heighten the sense of fear for the actors. According to ‘Roger L. Jackson’, who plays the voice, he was kept on set but always out of sight from the actors, so they couldn’t picture a face with the voice. He said while watching the monitors, he could see between takes that Heather Graham looked a little scared, whereas Sarah Michelle Gellar would pick up the phone and carry on a conversation with him.
- Gale’s mention of doctored internet photos is also a reference to an incident that actually happened to Courteney Cox in the mid-1990s.
- The girl that Cici talks to on the phone before the killer calls is Selma Blair.
- The third rule to surviving a sequel is cut from the movie, but is shown in the trailer. “And #3. Never, ever under any circumstance assume that the killer is dead.”
- The plot twists were all a matter of top secrecy throughout production. The screenplay was heavily guarded and restricted to only the most crucial personnel. Certainly none of the cast knew how the film ended as the last 10 pages were withheld from them. Consequently when an early screenplay draft was leaked onto the Internet, revealing the intended identity of Ghostface, Kevin Williamson was forced to do some hasty rewrites. This meant that the film went into production without a completed script.
- The rules for a horror movie sequel – as laid out by Randy in the film – are (1) the body count is always bigger and (2) the death scenes are always much more elaborate with more blood and gore.
- The film’s working title was “The Sequel to Scream.”
- A number of sequences in Kevin Williamson’s screenplay simply read, “Wes will make it scary.”
- Sarah Michelle Gellar signed on for the movie before even reading the script.
- When we first see CiCi (Sarah Michelle Gellar) alone in the sorority house and on the phone with her friend, she says “They aren’t going out anymore, Sarah broke up with Bailey when she found out he slept with Gwen.” Sarah, Bailey and Gwen were all characters on “Party of Five” (1994), which Neve Campbell starred in for 6 years.