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* SkewedPriorities: When [[spoiler:Stu, one of the killers,]] is dying in Sidney's kitchen, the first thought that comes to his mind concerns how angry his parents are gonna be with him when they find out what had happened. Never mind that he was just stabbed deep and has lost a lot of blood, and probably won't live to see his parents.
14th Jan '16 9:30:11 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Billy and Stu]], until they decided to [[spoiler:stab each other ''before'' trying to kill Sidney and her dad]].
** [[spoiler:Tatum during her death scene]]; she continually mocks the killer and the idea of the helpless female victim scenario, until he actually pulls a knife on her:

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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
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[[spoiler:Billy and Stu]], until they decided to [[spoiler:stab each other ''before'' trying to kill Sidney and her dad]].
** [[spoiler:Tatum during her death scene]]; she scene]]. She continually mocks the killer and the idea of the helpless female victim scenario, until he actually pulls a knife on her:



--> "[referring to horror movies] They're all the same; some killer stalking some big breasted girl who can't act, who's always runs up the stairs when she should be going out the front door - it's insulting."
*** This of course leads to an IronicEcho, where she is forced to run upstairs instead of outside when the killer attacks moments later.

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--> "[referring ''[referring to horror movies] They're movies]'' "They're all the same; some killer stalking some big breasted girl who can't act, who's always runs up the stairs when she should be going out the front door - it's door. It's insulting."
*** This This, of course course, leads to an IronicEcho, where she is forced to run upstairs instead of outside when the killer attacks moments later.



* EverybodyLives: Well not everybody (there are 5 on screen victims) but [[spoiler:Sidney, Dewey, Gale, Randy, and Neil Prescott]] are left standing in the end, this is a big difference from the usual FinalGirl ending that horror movies have.

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* EverybodyLives: Well Well, not everybody (there are 5 on screen five on-screen victims) but [[spoiler:Sidney, Dewey, Gale, Randy, and Neil Prescott]] are left standing in the end, this is a big difference from the usual FinalGirl ending that horror slasher movies have.



* ForTheEvulz: At first, [[spoiler:Billy]] admits to not having any particular motive for the killings, and just committing them for the fun of it. When pressed for a motive however, [[spoiler:he reveals that it's also revenge for Sidney's mother having an affair with his father and breaking up his parents' marriage]]. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Stu]] appears to have been an outright example of this trope.

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* ForTheEvulz: At first, [[spoiler:Billy]] admits to not having any particular motive for the killings, and just committing them for the fun of it. When pressed for a motive motive, however, [[spoiler:he reveals that it's also revenge for Sidney's mother having an affair with his father and breaking up his parents' marriage]]. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Stu]] appears to have been an outright example of this trope.



** [[spoiler:Randy thinks that Billy is the biggest contender for murderer in a video store.]]
** Stu celebrates the closure of his school after the principal is murdered.
** After the rules speech, Stu's mocking "''I'll be right back!''" and Randy's response "I'll see you in the kitchen, with a knife!" foreshadow that [[spoiler:Stu is able to break Randy's rules for survival because ''he's'' a killer, and guess what he's holding in what room a short time later?]]
** The serial killer has an obsession with horror movies, right? [[spoiler: Billy, before the sex scene, compares Sidney's situation to Film/SilenceOfTheLambs, a horror movie which spawned the PsychologialThriller genre, and also says 'It's all just a movie'.]]
* GuttedLikeAFish: TropeNamer: Casey's boyfriend; after failing Ghostface's trivia question, the patio lights goes out while he's being eviscerated and comes back on just in time for Casey to see his intestines hang out. [[spoiler: Casey winds up getting the same treatment by the end of the scene.]]

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** [[spoiler:Randy thinks [[spoiler:In the video store, Randy correctly states that Billy is the biggest contender for murderer in a video store.top suspect.]]
** Stu [[spoiler:Stu celebrates the closure of his school the school]] after the principal is murdered.
** After the rules speech, Stu's mocking "''I'll be right back!''" and Randy's response "I'll see you in the kitchen, with a knife!" foreshadow that [[spoiler:Stu is able to break Randy's rules for survival because ''he's'' a killer, and killer. And guess what he's holding in what room a short time later?]]
** The serial killer has an obsession with horror movies, right? [[spoiler: Billy, before the sex scene, compares Sidney's situation to Film/SilenceOfTheLambs, ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', a horror movie which spawned the PsychologialThriller genre, and also says 'It's all just a movie'.]]
* GuttedLikeAFish: TropeNamer: Casey's boyfriend; after failing The TropeNamer. After Casey fails Ghostface's trivia question, the patio lights goes go out while he's being eviscerated and comes her boyfriend Steve is eviscerated, coming back on just in time for Casey to see his intestines hang hanging out. [[spoiler: Casey winds up getting the same treatment by the end of the scene.]]



--> Randy: Careful, this is the moment when the supposedly dead killer comes back for one last scare.
--> [[spoiler:Billy: Gah!]]
--> Sidney: (BLAM) Not in my movie.

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--> Randy: Careful, -->'''Randy:''' "Careful, this is the moment when the supposedly dead killer comes back for one last scare.
--> [[spoiler:Billy: Gah!]]
--> Sidney: (BLAM) Not
scare."
-->[[spoiler:'''Billy:''' "''GAH!''"]]
-->'''Sidney:''' ''[BLAM]'' "Not
in my movie."



* RedHerring: Played with beautifully,[[spoiler: in that the red herrings aren't red herrings at all. The movie practically screams "This is the killer" whenever Billy's onscreen (a phone falling out of his pocket after a call from the killer, an unstable attitude, his tendency to show up only after someone is killed), and does it so much that everyone assumes this is the film trying to distract you from the real killer. The trickery is upped further when the apparent RedHerring is killed and everyone who's been paying attention will think "So obviously that means it was Sidney's father the whole time!" It then takes the usual horror denouement "The guy who was too obviously the killer was killed off, and the real killer turned out to be the person the FinalGirl thought she could trust the most (her father)" in a very inventive direction by doubling back on itself: The RedHerring was the killer, his death was faked and there were actually TWO killers and the guy you thought you could trust was trustworthy after all!]]

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* RedHerring: Played with beautifully,[[spoiler: in beautifully, [[spoiler:in that the red herrings aren't red herrings at all. The movie practically screams "This "this is the killer" whenever Billy's onscreen (a phone falling out of his pocket after a call from the killer, an unstable attitude, his tendency to show up only after someone is killed), and does it so much that everyone assumes this is the film trying to distract you from the real killer. The trickery is upped further when Sidney is taunted by Ghostface even though Billy is being held by the apparent RedHerring police, and again when Billy is killed apparently killed, and everyone who's been paying attention will think "So "so obviously that means it was Sidney's father the whole time!" It then takes the usual horror denouement "The "the guy who was too obviously the killer was killed off, and the real killer turned out to be the person the FinalGirl thought she could trust the most (her father)" in a very inventive direction by doubling back on itself: The the RedHerring was ''was'' the killer, his death was faked and faked, there were actually TWO killers ''two'' killers, and the guy you thought you could trust was trustworthy after all!]]



* SawStarWars27Times: PlayedForDrama - Casey angrily declares that she's seen ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'' "20 goddamn times" when the killer says that she gave the wrong answer to the trivia question about it (with the stakes being her boyfriend's life). Unfortunately for Casey, the killer was not talking about the series as a whole, but the original movie, whose killer was ''not'' Jason Voorhees but his mother. The boyfriend gets GuttedLikeAFish soon after.

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* SawStarWars27Times: PlayedForDrama - PlayedForDrama. Casey angrily declares that she's seen ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'' "20 goddamn times" when the killer says that she gave the wrong answer to the trivia question about it (with the stakes being the life of her boyfriend's life).boyfriend Steve). Unfortunately for Casey, the killer was not talking about the series as a whole, but the original movie, whose killer was ''not'' Jason Voorhees but his mother. The boyfriend Steve gets GuttedLikeAFish soon after.



* SequelSnark: "No, please don't kill me, Mr. Ghost face! I wanna be in the sequel!"
* ShoutOut: A brief appearance by a janitor named Fred, who dresses like [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] and is [[CreatorCameo played by Wes Craven]].
** Not to mention a character named Billy ''[[Film/{{Halloween1978}} Loomis]]''

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* SequelSnark: SequelSnark:
-->'''Tatum:'''
"No, please don't kill me, Mr. Ghost face! Ghostface! I wanna be in the sequel!"
* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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A brief appearance by a janitor named Fred, who dresses like [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] and is [[CreatorCameo played by Wes Craven]].
** Not to mention a character named Billy ''[[Film/{{Halloween1978}} Loomis]]''Loomis]]''.



* TakeThat: "And no thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board." To elaborate: when this movie was in production, scenes were to be filmed at Santa Rosa High School in northern California. [[MoralGuardians The school board]], however, objected to the gory nature of the movie, and after a lot of small town political theatre, shooting for the school scenes was moved to a community center in the nearby town of Sonoma. In response, Creator/WesCraven threw that phrase into the credits, right after the "special thanks" portion. The town of Santa Rosa, once a popular filming location, was essentially blacklisted from Hollywood as a result of the experience.

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* TakeThat: "And no thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board." To elaborate: when this movie was in production, scenes were to be filmed at Santa Rosa High School in northern California. Days before filming was to begin, however, [[MoralGuardians The the school board]], however, objected board]] raised objections to the gory nature of the movie, and after a lot of small town political theatre, shooting for the school scenes was moved to a community center in the nearby town of Sonoma. In response, Creator/WesCraven threw that phrase into the credits, right after the "special thanks" portion. The town city of Santa Rosa, once a popular filming location, was essentially blacklisted from Hollywood as a result of the experience.



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Both ghostfaces after Sidney escapes and reveals the police are coming after them, using their own phone call mind games on them to insult to injury. Billy throws a violent hissy fit and screams blue murder at Sidney, while Stu blubbers like a baby over what his parents will do to him.]]
* WhamLine: In the intro, the phone call starts off like a friendly chat between two strangers, until...

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Both ghostfaces Ghostfaces undergo this after Sidney escapes and reveals the police are coming after them, using their own phone call mind games on them to add insult to injury. Billy throws a violent hissy fit and screams blue murder at Sidney, while Stu blubbers like a baby over [[MommasBoy what his parents will do to him.him]].]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Stu:''' "My mom and dad are gonna be so mad at me!"]]
* WhamLine: WhamLine:
**
In the intro, the phone call starts off like a friendly chat between two strangers, until...



** [[Film/{{Psycho}} "We all go a little mad sometimes,"]] [[spoiler:as said by Billy Loomis before he shoots Randy Meeks (though non fatally)]].
*** [[spoiler:"Your slut mother was fucking my father. She's the reason my mom moved out and abandoned me. How's that for a motive?" as said by Billy, while explaining to Sidney about this. Even Stu was shocked by this.]]

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** The line that reveals [[spoiler:Billy Loomis]] as the killer just before [[spoiler:he shoots Randy Meeks (albeit non-fatally)]]:
-->[[spoiler:'''Billy:''']]
[[Film/{{Psycho}} "We all go a little mad sometimes,"]] [[spoiler:as said sometimes."]]
** [[spoiler:Billy Loomis']] MotiveRant to Sidney. Even [[spoiler:his accomplice Stu]] was shocked
by Billy Loomis before he shoots Randy Meeks (though non fatally)]].
*** [[spoiler:"Your
this.
-->[[spoiler:"Your
slut mother was fucking my father. She's the reason my mom moved out and abandoned me. How's that for a motive?" as said by Billy, while explaining to Sidney about this. Even Stu was shocked by this.]]motive?"]]
30th Dec '15 8:43:21 PM Dravencour
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* GuttedLikeAFish: Casey's boyfriend; after failing Ghostface's trivia question, the patio lights goes out while he's being eviscerated and comes back on just in time for Casey to see his intestines hang out. [[spoiler: Casey winds up getting the same treatment by the end of the scene.]]

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* GuttedLikeAFish: TropeNamer: Casey's boyfriend; after failing Ghostface's trivia question, the patio lights goes out while he's being eviscerated and comes back on just in time for Casey to see his intestines hang out. [[spoiler: Casey winds up getting the same treatment by the end of the scene.]]



* OhCrap: Randy's reaction after realizing that Sidney just [[spoiler: handed the gun to one of the killers]].
* RedHerring: Played with beautifully,[[spoiler: in that the red herrings aren't red herrings at all. The movie practically screams "This is the killer" whenever Billy's onscreen (a phone falling out of his pocket after a call from the killer, an unstable attitude, his tendency to show up only after someone is killed), and does it so much that everyone assumes this is the film trying to distract you from the real killer. The trickery is upped further when the apparent RedHerring is killed and everyone who's been paying attention will think "So obviously that means it was Sidney's father the whole time!" It then takes the usual horror denoument "The guy who was too obviously the killer was killed off, and the real killer turned out to be the person the FinalGirl thought she could trust the most (her father)" in a very inventive direction by doubling back on itself: The RedHerring was the killer, his death was faked and there were actually TWO killers and the guy you thought you could trust was trustworthy after all!]]

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* OhCrap: Randy's reaction after realizing that Sidney just [[spoiler: handed [[spoiler:handed the gun to one of the killers]].
* RedHerring: Played with beautifully,[[spoiler: in that the red herrings aren't red herrings at all. The movie practically screams "This is the killer" whenever Billy's onscreen (a phone falling out of his pocket after a call from the killer, an unstable attitude, his tendency to show up only after someone is killed), and does it so much that everyone assumes this is the film trying to distract you from the real killer. The trickery is upped further when the apparent RedHerring is killed and everyone who's been paying attention will think "So obviously that means it was Sidney's father the whole time!" It then takes the usual horror denoument denouement "The guy who was too obviously the killer was killed off, and the real killer turned out to be the person the FinalGirl thought she could trust the most (her father)" in a very inventive direction by doubling back on itself: The RedHerring was the killer, his death was faked and there were actually TWO killers and the guy you thought you could trust was trustworthy after all!]]
25th Nov '15 3:41:32 PM Evighet
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** We do get Stu exclaiming: "''It's a scream, baby!''"
17th Oct '15 4:52:57 PM CamrocG
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* FaceRevealingTurn: How the Ghostface killer's iconic mask is first shown.
17th Oct '15 3:13:20 PM res20stupid
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** The serial killer has an obsession with horror movies, right? [[spoiler: Billy, before the sex scene, compares Sidney's situation to Film/SilenceOfTheLambs, a horror movie which spawned the PsychologialThriller genre, and also says 'It's all just a movie'.]]
16th Oct '15 2:45:14 AM Psi001
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--> [[spoiler: '''Sidney:''' "We're going to play a little game. It's called guess who just phoned the police and reported your sorry mother fucking ass!"]]
16th Oct '15 2:42:43 AM Psi001
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* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: [[spoiler: During the climax, Sidney escapes and hides from Billy and Stu and uses their own phone call games to taunt them that the police are on their way. [[VillainousBreakdown They don't take it well]].]]


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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Both ghostfaces after Sidney escapes and reveals the police are coming after them, using their own phone call mind games on them to insult to injury. Billy throws a violent hissy fit and screams blue murder at Sidney, while Stu blubbers like a baby over what his parents will do to him.]]
25th Sep '15 1:41:01 PM asadgay
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: At the climax of the film, [[spoiler:Billy and Stu]] leave Sidney alone in the kitchen to deal with Gale, giving her the opportunity to escape [[spoiler:and ultimately kill them]].
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