Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:
YMMV for the franchise as a whole:
- Angst? What Angst?: Not once in the franchise does Dewey show any sadness about his own sister being brutally murdered. It gets a brief mention in the second one, and Stone makes a quip about it in the third - but it's rather shocking.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Derek's singing scene in Scream 2, though it had nothing compared to the out of nowhere cameo by Jay and Silent Bob in Scream 3.
- Complete Monster: The Ghostfaces in the third and fourth films, as well as the one in the MTV series. See those pages for further details.
- Contested Sequel: Many fans rank the first film as a classic, the second film as a worthy sequel, and the third film as a mediocre cash-in. However, there are quite a few who feel that the third film is better than the second, and there's even a small camp (which includes, among others, Richard Roeper and Welshy) who feel that the second film is the best in the whole series. The fourth film, meanwhile, likewise holds a "middle" position according to fans — not as good as the first, but stronger than the second/third (whichever one the fan in question thinks is the weaker entry of the two). Finally, you will find very few fans who will defend the TV series as anything more than So Okay, It's Average.
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Test audiences for the first film liked Dewey so much that Wes Craven put in a scene that had him survive, and he's survived for all films since.
- Randy gained such a following that a sizable portion of the fanbase was furious when he was killed off in Scream 2, so much that Scream 3 explicitly lampshaded it.
- And Randy's expy Robbie in Scream 4 became one of the most popular characters of the fourth film. Too bad he was killed off too.
- Ditto for Kirby in Scream 4, to the point that a massive chunk of the fanbase believes that she's Not Quite Dead.
- Evil Is Cool: Ghostface, for his tactics to to get his prey and unique plans to pull off his or her schemes behind the killings.
- Evil Is Sexy:
- Genre Turning Point: It single-handedly revived the slasher genre after nearly a decade of being Deader Than Disco, and kicked off the Post Modernism craze in horror.
- It Was His Sled: The identity/identities of Ghostface become this shortly after the release of every movie.
- Like You Would Really Do It: Anytime after the second movie where it seems as if Sidney, Dewey, or Gale will die.
- Love to Hate: Billy Loomis, his mother, Roman Bridger and Jill Roberts are all definitely intended to be Hate Sinks, but Stu, Mickey and Charlie all fall into this due to their Laughably Evil and quirky portrayals by their actors.
- Only the Creator Does It Right: Many fans blame the problems with Scream 3 on the absence of Kevin Williamson.
- Older Than They Think:
- The franchise's basic premise of horror savviness and applying "the rules" of the genre to reality was first used in an obscure little flick called There's Nothing Out There, though that was admittedly more a creature feature than a slasher. Even earlier proto-examples include slasher spoofs like Student Bodies (which is amusingly name-dropped in the sequel) and Pandemonium, both released in The '80s at the height of the slasher boom.
- The popular "Ghostface mask" was not invented by this movie, as is commonly believed. It first appeared in costume shops in 1991, around five years before the original Scream was released (the creators even had to alter its design slightly to avoid copyright issues). The success of the film contributed so much to the mask's iconic status, though, that it's often erroneously referred to as a "Scream mask" by trick-or-treaters who commonly buy it as a costume accessory around Halloween.
- Paranoia Fuel: Nowhere is safe enough. The killers manage to butcher people in a crowded movie theater, in a crowded campus in broad daylight (getting their merry way out before anyone notices, in both cases), get past policemen watching the victim's house, or viciously attack them in a hospital.
- The biggest Fridge Horror factor is that in the movies, Sidney is almost killed by her boyfriend and his horror movie-obsessed friend in the first movie, her dead insane ex-boyfriend's mother in the second one, her half-brother in the third, and then her cousin in the fourth. All while they go around killing her friends/loved ones just to get revenge on her. ANYBODY you care about could be the killer!
- Rewatch Bonus: Every movie contains hints as to the identity of the killer that are easier to spot upon repeat viewing.
- Scapegoat Creator: Scream 3 writer (and Scream 4 rewriter) Ehren Kruger is basically this to Kevin Williamson among the fanbase, being viewed as responsible for most of the problems with those two films.
- Sequelitis: The third film for many, and the second and fourth for some.
- The Woobie: Sidney Prescott. The girl's mother was murdered, and virtually everyone she knows either dies or turns out to be a full-fledged psychopath wanting to kill her for selfish reasons. She's The Chew Toy of the Scream Verse, and it's surprising she herself hasn't gone completely insane and/or gone on a murderous rampage. Also veers into Iron Woobie considering she's able to stand her ground throughout the films, especially when the third one kicks in.