In 1996, Wes Craven's sendup of the slasher genre heralded the dawn of a new wave of smart, sleek, self-aware horror films. The special effects, however, were the same tried-and-true practical techniques directors have relied on for years, including the use of corn syrup to simulate blood. And in a movie where it seemed like someone was stabbed to death every other minute, things were extremely sloppy and sticky on set by the time the film reached its thrilling climax. This led to a hilarious unplanned exchange, when Skeet Ulrich lost control of the blood-covered phone and winged it right at Matthew Lillard's head. Lillard reacted with genuine indignation, shouting, "You hit me with the phone, d**k!"
Ordinarily, an outburst like that might have led to a shout of "Cut!" and a request to do the scene again. But according to the Scream DVD commentary, since Lillard was supposed to be playing the doofy sidekick to Ulrich's cold-blooded psychopath, his reaction wasn't even remotely out of character. Craven went ahead and kept it. As it turned out, it was a wise move; not only did the line make the final cut, it's one of the funniest moments in the movie.