- Even Better Sequel: Some fans and critics consider this film even better than the first.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The opening sequence can be uncomfortable to watch after the July 20, 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado that killed twelve people and wounded dozens more. Just like in the film, the audience first thought it was All Part of the Show.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar has a sorority sister named Dawnie. Flash forward several years later when another Dawnie appears in Sarah's life.
- Timothy Olyphant and Laurie Metcalf, who both play the Big Bad Duumvirate of this film, would each later appear in an Academy Award-winning computer-animated film that features fellow actor Ned Beatty as the Big Bad (Metcalf voice-acted in Toy Story 3 in 2010, while a year later in 2011, Olyphant voice-acted in a cameo appearance as a Clint Eastwood Expy in Rango). The two are also reunited in the film Stop-Loss, though they don't share any scenes together, where Laurie is again grieving for her dead son.
- Mickey and Randy, along with the film class, having a debate about whether or not sequels are any good, with Randy believing in Sequelitis and Mickey, who is knowledgeable on film, eventually trumping him with The Godfather Part Two. Years after Scream 2, which didn't fall to Sequelitis, a glut of sequels of whatever were made by Hollywood, with a handful of them not falling to Sequelitis, and some, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Toy Story 2 and 3 (which the latter two featured Laurie Metcalf, who played Debbie Salt in this film), are considered classics.
- In Scream 2, it is revealed that Ghostface recorded the victims on camera before killing them. In Scream 4, this concept is revisited by the new Ghostface, who records the murders of the victims and uploads the videos to the Internet to take advantage of the now popular found footage genre. Sounds like Mickey and Mrs. Loomis were ahead of their time.
- Narm: Jada Pinkett's... operatic death in the opening. Hilariously spoofed in the first Scary Movie.
- Narm Charm:
- Her death cry though, along with Ghostfaces ominous Leitmotif after the final stab, are just so chillingly awesome that they save the scene.
- The scene from Sidney's dress rehearsal for Cassandra is a bit too out there for the movie's tone, but it's still pretty creepy and effective.
- Tear Jerker:
- Randy's death hurts. From Sidney in the police station afterwards saying "I should call his mom", and Gale's anguished rant about how she just wants to find the killer and stop everything.
- There's also the after-math of Cici's death. In the hospital Sidney says "that poor girl".
- "Weird Al" Effect: Many people may be more familiar with Brenda's movie theater death in Scary Movie than Maureen's movie theater death here, despite the latter inspiring the former. Aside from how over-the-top funny (and much more deserving) the later scene was, a good reason may be because Regina Hall was one of the film's protagonists unlike Jada Pinkett's Advertised Extra.
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