!! The Films

* Although some basic horror movie ground rules are laid out in the first film, ''Scream'' was originally intended to be not only be a satire of the slasher genre, but a deconstruction of it; and the biggest deconstruction seems to be the notion of 'purity=survival' in regards to the hugely prevalent FinalGirl trope. In fact, the characters that lay the groundwork for said rules in the film leaned on this idea so heavily that [[spoiler:Billy went to great lengths to pressure Sidney into sex just so he could try to prevent this trope]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Billy and Stu's]] strict adherence to the rules of slasher films meant that [[spoiler:they were doomed from the get-go]], for one simple reason: regardless of circumstances, there is almost ALWAYS a FinalGirl; and having one that's GenreSavvy as well is never a good idea. By the final act, [[spoiler:Billy and Stu are injuring each other more than they're injuring her, haphazardly revealing their entire scheme, stating that horror movies are scarier when nobody knows the killer's motive only to reveal the killer's motive in the very next sentence, leaving Sidney unsupervised, falling for noise distractions and other such death-defying acts of GenreBlindness; by the time Stu is uttering the words "I'll be right back," it's clear to just about everybody ''but'' the killers that - virgin or not - ''they're'' AloneWithThePsycho and not the other way around]].
* Near the end of the first film, [[spoiler:Billy]] stabs [[spoiler:Stu]] to make it smooth, like they were both victims. However, instead of just superficial wounds, the latter gets seriously wounded. That might be just an indication of [[spoiler:Billy's]] unstable mental state, or... Maybe he judged the severity of wounds based on what he had seen in a number of slasher films, where people have a bad tendency of surviving wounds that would be lethal in reality.
** Or, alternatively, [[spoiler: he was always planning on screwing Stu over and being the sole survivor.]]
*** [[spoiler:Lending credence to the 'sole survivor' possibility, the look of surprise on Stu's face implies that he never knew that Billy had an actual motive for killing Sidney's mother. If this is true, then it's entirely possible that Billy only went along with the 'real-life slasher movie' premise to get Stu on-board as an accomplice, and probably saw him as more of a loose end than anything else.]]
* The fact the ''Stab'' movies are so popular is an illustration of how sick the culture is in the ''Scream'' world. They're, essentially, true crime slasher movies. An illustration of the cultural sickness may be how all of the students wanted to see their [[spoiler: Principal]]'s horrifically maimed body.
* What may be obvious to some but struck me was the reason movie tropes are so important is that everyone is indirectly or directly tied to film somehow [[spoiler: but Billy and his mom.]] Most of the killers want to be touched by fame so they go to an obvious but psychotic source. Likewise, many of the people around the killers are fame obsessed themselves.
* Ghostface, no matter the identity, is a terrible killer. His victims are constantly kicking him and damn near getting away. Who is the one person Ghostface kills nice and smooth, no muss, no fuss? Billy, in Scream 1. [[spoiler: Hint to the viewer that his death isn't what it appears.]]
** Also, if you watch closely, [[spoiler: the knife has no blood on it when Ghostface is done "stabbing" Billy, he wraps the knife in his other hand, and suddenly there's blood on it. You can even see Ghostface putting something (presumably a fake blood packet) in the sleeve of his costume, before looking at Sidney and dramatically wiping the blood from the knife.]]
* In Scream 4 after [[spoiler: Jill]] is revealed to be one of the killers, she goes through a lot of trouble to pull off a WoundedGazelleGambit. It makes you feel a tad bit sorry for her that the whole thing would go bust, and probably sooner rather than later, given that she grabbed the IdiotBall immediately before she started kicking the crap out of herself. Her newfound fame would have vanished and she'd of likely ended up in jail or institutionalized if she was lucky. Anyone who watches Lifetime (and certainly a detective or forensics expert) knows that [[spoiler: shooting a man in the groin]] is not a defense wound. It's a revenge wound. Gazelle Gambit fail.
** [[spoiler: Of course, she probably ''could'' have passed it off as a wound Charlie inflicted, claiming that the two had both been the killer and that Charlie double-crossed Trevor, being jealous of Trevor's relationship with Jill. She ''did'' think pretty much everything else through, after all.]]
** Well she did get what she wanted, her FifteenMinutesOfFame, literally.
* At first it seems strange that [[spoiler:Ghostface doesn't kill Gale, even though he had a chance, instead choosing to wound her. It makes a lot more sense once you realize that Jill not only wants to steal Sidney's "celebrity victim" fame, but also her friends.]]
* The supposed EndingFatigue in ''4''. They discuss how the original ending in the first film will be the false ending in this one. They say that the party is the false ending. However the original film's ending was the house, therefore the house is the false ending in ''4''. [[spoiler: Thus the extra bit at the hospital]].
* Billy's callous disregard for Maureen's death, evidenced by him telling Sidney (her daughter) that she should just "get over it already" makes perfect sense considering that [[spoiler: he's the one who killed her.]]
* As noted above, Ghostface is a lot worse at killing people than other slashers. Why is this? Because the ''Scream'' series is a Deconstruction of Slasher films! The victims are not TooDumbToLive, unlike other slasher victims.
** That and the killers are actually human and not NighInvulnerable supernatural beings like [[Franchise/FridayThe13th a hydrocephalic zombie]], [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet a fire-scarred nightmare demon]], or [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} whatever Michael Myers is supposed to be]]. And the reason they seem to be able to [[OffscreenTeleportation teleport]] is the fact that there's always at least two of them.
* One has to wonder why every Ghostface has the same personality under the mask. It's because the post-[[spoiler: Billy and Stu]] Ghostfaces saw the ''Stab'' films, and therefore know how Ghostface acts.
* How was it that Casey's boyfriend got overwhelmed when he's a big jock-guy? Because there's two killers there - Stu and Billy! Billy pressured the lower-IQ Stu into thinking he should kill his ex-girlfriend, then used him to help with everything else!
* During Randy's rules for horror movie sequels, Dewey cuts him off as he starts explaining how to make the sequel into a franchise. Why? Keeping the same character as the lead helps build a franchise, and if Dewey let Randy finish, it would spoil the fact that Sidney lives throughout the series.
* "They're all the same: some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can't act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door. It's insulting." The first victim in the film is, of course, portrayed by [[Creator/DrewBarrymore an award-winning actress]] and is killed after escaping the house. Meanwhile, the first place Sidney flees to when confronted by Ghostface is into her room to barricade herself. This shows that Sidney may not have initially been as GenreSavvy as she thought, and that her ActionSurvivor tendencies may have initially been given time to develop thanks to [[spoiler:the killers' insistence that Sidney ''had'' to be the last person to die in order to satisfy both Stu's pathological desire to adhere to slasher tropes and Billy's need to fulfill his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the girl he blames for destroying his family]].

!! The T.V Series

* In Episode 3, an exasperated Jake tells Brooke about a viral video in which a bobcat mauls a Great White Shark, suggesting that Brooke might not be as in control of things as she thinks she is. The kicker comes when you remember Brooke and Jake were going to be reenacting a GameOfThrones Jaimie/Cersei scene for English class. Cersei Lannister is also a beautiful blond woman who isn't as in control of things as she thinks she is.