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What's the 'Scream,' Sondheim connection? Kevin Williamson takes us back 20 years

What's the 'Scream,' Sondheim connection? Kevin Williamson takes us back 20 years

In 1996, "Scream" revived horror on film by revealing the genre's tricks and tropes. The spark that ignited the runaway hit came not from the works of maestros such as John Carpenter or Alfred Hitchcock, however, but from an unlikely source: Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods."

"I don't even know how many times I saw that show," says "Scream" screenwriter Kevin Williamson, for whom the film was a debut outing. "Sondheim ripped those fairy tale stories open, exposed them and had fun with them."

Struck by what he calls "self-aware, postmodern, self-reflective" writing in the musical, the young screenwriter wondered...

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