History Film / Scream1996

1st Jun '17 4:16:07 PM ThePest179
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* SuspectExistenceFailure: Billy asks, soulfully, what he has to do to prove his innocence. A second later the killer leaps into the room and stabs him. Because ''Scream'' never met a trope it didn't want to [[PlayingWithATrope play with]], it turns out Billy's the killer ''anyway''. There were two killers and they engineered the whole thing to screw with Sidney.

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* SuspectExistenceFailure: Billy [[spoiler:Billy asks, soulfully, what he has to do to prove his innocence. A second later the killer leaps into the room and stabs him. Because ''Scream'' never met a trope it didn't want to [[PlayingWithATrope play with]], it turns out Billy's the killer ''anyway''. There were two killers and they engineered the whole thing to screw with Sidney.]]
13th Mar '17 10:45:49 AM morenohijazo
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* SuspectExistenceFailure: Billy asks, soulfully, what he has to do to prove his innocence. A second later the killer leaps into the room and stabs him. Because ''Scream'' never met a trope it didn't want to [[PlayingWithATrope play with]], it turns out Billy's the killer ''anyway''. There were two killers and they engineered the whole thing to screw with Sidney.
7th Feb '17 3:33:27 PM masterzora
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* CreatorCameo: The high school's janitor, who's seen in a two-second shot [[Characters/ANightmareOnElmStreet wearing a red-and-green sweater is named "Fred"]], is played by Creator/WesCraven himself.

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* CreatorCameo: The high school's janitor, who's who is seen in a two-second shot [[Characters/ANightmareOnElmStreet wearing a red-and-green sweater and is named "Fred"]], is played by Creator/WesCraven himself.



** It happens pretty early on, but after Ghostface mysteriously disappears, [[spoiler: Billy]] conveniently happens to be going in Sidney's window. Dewey also finds the mask nearby, how odd is that? [[spoiler: At this point in time it was Stu in Ghstoface, but the timing is impeccable and too conveninent to not have been set up.]]

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** It happens pretty early on, but after Ghostface mysteriously disappears, [[spoiler: Billy]] conveniently happens to be going in Sidney's window. Dewey also finds the mask nearby, how odd is that? [[spoiler: At this point in time it was Stu in Ghstoface, Ghostface, but the timing is impeccable and too conveninent to not have been set up.]]



* 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 Sidney is taunted by Ghostface even though Billy is being held by the police, and again when Billy is apparently 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, 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 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 Sidney is taunted by Ghostface even though while Billy is being held by the police, and again when Billy is apparently killed, and everyone who's been paying attention will killed. At this point, the viewer is led to think "so obviously that means it was Sidney's father the whole time!" It then takes the usual horror denouement of "the guy who was too obviously the killer was too-obvious red herring is killed off, and the real killer turned out to be is 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, there were actually ''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 the life of her 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. Steve gets GuttedLikeAFish soon after.

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* 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 the life of her boyfriend Steve). Unfortunately for Casey, the killer Ghostface was not only talking about the series as a whole, but the original movie, whose film, where the killer was ''not'' Jason Voorhees Voorhees, but his mother. Steve gets GuttedLikeAFish soon after.



* 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.

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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 stabbed, has lost a lot of blood, and probably won't live will be in trouble with ''the law'' if he manages to see his parents.live.



* TooSoon: In-universe, the principal expels two students for insensitivity because they were roaming the halls dressed as Ghostface after the real Ghostface killed two students the night before, and then, not thinking it to be punishment enough, threatens to kill both for their actions AND hits BOTH with a [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S Strike]].
** For a real-life example, see above.

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* TooSoon: TooSoon:
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In-universe, the principal expels two students for insensitivity because they were roaming the halls dressed as Ghostface the day after the real Ghostface killed two students the night before, and then, not thinking students. To really drive it to be punishment enough, in, he threatens to kill both for their actions AND hits BOTH with a [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S Strike]].
** For a real-life example, see above.In real life, this is part of the reason for the objections to shooting at Santa Rosa High School.
21st Jan '17 11:29:16 AM Owlorange1995
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* BigBadDuumvirate: Ghostface is introduced as the main antagonist, [[spoiler: but he's actually an alias shared by two people; Billy and Stu.]]
21st Dec '16 8:54:00 AM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted with [[spoiler:Randy]], who attributes his survival to being a virgin.



--->'''[[spoiler:Stu]]''' See it's a fun game Sidney. We ask you questions and if you get one wrong, BOO-GAH!, you die. \\

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--->'''[[spoiler:Stu]]''' -->'''[[spoiler:Stu]]''' See it's a fun game Sidney. We ask you questions and if you get one wrong, BOO-GAH!, you die. \\
1st Nov '16 5:46:20 AM ThePest179
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* HaHaHaNo

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30th Oct '16 7:18:00 PM ThePest179
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** ReferenceOverdosed: The movie is ''packed'' with references to other films, most of them through direct comparisons or discussing them in-universe.


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** [[spoiler: There's also the fact that Billy and Stu decided to stab each other ''before'' dealing with Sidney.]]
18th Sep '16 5:54:53 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The story was inspired by a series of murders in Gainesville, Florida.
18th Sep '16 5:53:02 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DeadStarWalking: Drew Barrymore.

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* CreatorCameo: The high school's janitor, who's seen in a two-second shot [[Characters/ANightmareOnElmStreet wearing a red-and-green sweater is named "Fred"]], is played by Creator/WesCraven himself.
* DeadStarWalking: Drew Barrymore.Creator/DrewBarrymore.
22nd Aug '16 12:48:00 PM Silverblade2
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* MortonsFork: How the killer [[spoiler:both of them]] plans to kill Sidney.
--->'''[[spoiler:Stu]]''' See it's a fun game Sidney. We ask you questions and if you get one wrong, BOO-GAH!, you die. \\
'''[[spoiler:Billy]]''' You get one right, you die.
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