YMMV / Scream

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.
  • Award-Bait Song: Does Red Right Hand by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds count?
  • 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.
  • Catharsis Factor: Especially after the The Reveal, when the killers are not only Ax-Crazy, but also obnoxious Jerkass Hate Sinks, it is very satisfying to see them get theirs at the climix.
  • Complete Monster: The Ghostfaces in the third and fourth films, as well as those 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 of the movies 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.
    • Stu is often considered one of the best Ghostfaces, mainly due to Matthew Lillard's Large Ham performance and memorable lines.
  • 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. Subverted in The Reveal of each installment when the unmasked killers show off their despicable natures and end up as Hate Sinks.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Ghostface has a very distinct voice.
    • Also, for fangirls, we have Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis in the first movie, Timothy Olyphant as Mickey Altieri in the second and Scott Foley as Roman Bridger in the third.
    • For fanboys, we have Emma Roberts as Jill Roberts in the fourth.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The murder of Maureen Prescott was a fairly minor plot element in the first film, one that served to flesh out Sidney's backstory and provide motive to the killers. Had the series left it at that, it might have gone without remark. The third film, however, revisited that plot point and made it into the core of its story, and was widely criticized for its attempt to connect the killer to Sidney and her mother.
  • Genre Turning Point: It single-handedly revived the slasher genre after nearly a decade outside the mainstream, 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. 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 Butt-Monkey 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.