It’s been 25 years since “Scream” hit theaters in 1996 and terrified those who just wanted to stay home and watch a horror movie. No one has since been able to eat Jiffy Pop in peace.
Now, the slasher movie franchise is back with its fifth installment, released in January 2022, which sees a new killer donning the Ghostface mask in Woodsboro, California. Stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox are returning to reprise their original roles.
In honor of its 25th anniversary, FN caught up with “Scream” costume designer Cynthia Bergstrom to talk about everything from Ghostface killer boots to Drew Barrymore’s opening scene look.
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Drew Barrymore’s opening scene sweater was by J.Crew.
Barrymore played Casey, the high school teenager who is (spoiler alert) brutally murdered during the first 15 minutes of “Scream.” Her look was meant to be cozy and comfortable as she baked popcorn and was ready to watch a VHS tape with her soccer jock boyfriend, Bergstrom said.
“We knew we needed the sweater to tell a story, but not to tell a story at the same time. And so it was just a simple linen blend from J. Crew. We absolutely wanted the sweater to be light in color so that it shows blood. When Drew put on this sweater, I remember she loved the sleeves. The sleeves were long and they went down, covering part of her hand and kind of let the fingers see, ”she said.
Her lilac pants, meanwhile, were meant to represent love and were by British designer Katharine Hamnett.
Courteney Cox’s character Gale Weathers wore high-end designer clothes.
For his two memorable costumes, Gale Weathers wore a Chartreuse suit from Versace and a red Moschino jacket and plaid skirt set.
“I’m not a fan of bright colors,” Bergstrom said. “But the colors were appropriate for his character. Courteney and I sat down and chatted about her character. I delved into the psychology of who I thought this person was, and based on that, how they might dress. Courteney had the same vision. Gale wanted to be seen. She wanted to make her mark in the world. We were also looking for presenters of the day who had frosty hair and bold makeup. Gale was also mean. At first, she just wanted to have this huge explosive story and create an exposition of what was going on in this city. She and Sidney were really against each other so she was the opposite of Sidney.
Sidney Prescott’s casual look was meant to represent the antithesis of his mother.
Star Neve Campbell’s character Sidney Prescott is first seen in “Scream” wearing a nightgown in bed to represent his teenage innocence. She was later seen in Adidas sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt. While her oversized, relaxed looks were meant to trick audiences into believing she might be the killer, the idea behind her costumes was to portray her mental state as well.
“We didn’t want to really show off his body. But beyond that, it was a girl whose mother had been violently raped and killed, ”Bergstrom explained. “And because we knew that she was kind of like the ‘slut’ in town, having affairs, there was just a lot of trauma that Sidney went through. She was the antithesis of who her mother and her was. didn’t want to show off and be sexy. Her best friend has to do that. Sidney changes with the times though. When she goes to party she wears a low cut t-shirt, tighter pants, she has a little boot in heels. But it was really kind of like, ‘I’m sad, I’m depressed, but oh my god I have this budding sexuality about to blossom’ [type of character.]”
Rose McGowan and costume designer Cynthia Bergstrom went shopping together.
McGowan’s character Tatum was Sidney’s sexy, cute, bouncy, yet quick-witted and intelligent best friend. Bergstrom said that at the start of filming, she and McGowan had different visions of Tatum’s look. “It was just a matter of coming together and finding the right route that really portrays the character eloquently. We found it, and she and I went shopping together.
For fans of the film, you’ll know that an uncommon look appeared when she (spoiler alert) was murdered by Ghostface and crushed by a garage door. In the scene, she wears a turtleneck t-shirt and a printed miniskirt with white buckled Dr. Marten boots.
“Your heart is kind of ripped out of your chest,” Bergstrom said of the moment. “She has this sassy about her, so the outfit had to be like, ‘Hey, I’m at the party. I have fun ‘so that the public does not suspect that she is going to be murdered.
Ghostface’s work boots were from Sears and her dress was inspired by the Reaper.
Bergstrom said Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s famous painting “Scream” inspired the film’s color scheme. It was this artwork and the Grim Reaper that also inspired her creation of Ghostface’s Shimmering Black Dress.
For the killer’s shoes, the costume designer chose a pair of black work boots from Sears that have since been discontinued.
“We wanted the boots to be truly indescribable. Could a woman wear these boots? I remember when I was looking for the boots it was important that they were also available in women’s sizes.
If you watch closely, Bergstrom said you’ll see Stu (Matthew Lillard) and Billy (Skeet Ulrich) wearing the boots at the start of the movie. “It was a bit like a red herring,” she added.
Jamie Kennedy’s character Randy wore Hush Puppies shoes.
A true reminder of ’90s shoe trends, Randy sits with the gang of school friends in a pair of green moccasin-like Hush Puppies.
Matthew Lillard borrowed a crew member’s dress for the house party scene.
“It was another great collaborative effort,” Bergstrom said. “Matthew Lillard saw one of my crew members wearing his personal dress because we were all in a hotel. Lillard wanted to wear it. I said, “You have to be careful, it’s a vintage dress and we don’t have multiples on it, so we have to take it off at some point.”
In the film, Stu is seen in the look at his house party where the latest murders take place and the killers are revealed.