Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:
YMMV for the franchise as a whole:
- 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. 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).
- 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. It has been mentioned that in several theaters during the showing of the third film, when Randy came out onscreen, the entire audience cheered.
- And Randy's Expy Robbie became one of the most popular characters of the fourth film. Too bad he was killed off too.
- 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 becomes this shortly after the release of every movie.
- Like You Would Really Do It: Anytime after the 2nd movie where it seems as if Sidney, Dewey, or Gale will die.
- 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 Eighties.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rewatch Bonus: Every movie contains hints as to the identity of the killer that are easier to spot upon repeat viewing.
- Sequelitis: The third film for many, and the second for some.