OK I’m just gonna say it now — Scream 2 is the most iconic horror movie of all time. Sorry if you don’t agree, but facts cannot be debated.
In all fairness though, it’d been a while since I’d treated myself to a Scream screening, so I decided to settle down with the second movie and relish in its greatness. But while watching, there were some little details I noticed that I hadn’t clocked before — how had I never realised Randy appears to get an offscreen blowjob!?
So, without further ado, here’s some of the clever little details that went right over my head before, and that you might’ve missed too. Oh, and obviously there’s spoilers ahead for the entire Scream franchise, you’ve been warned.
1. So, at the very start of the movie, when Jada Pinkett Smith is waiting for her popcorn, she hears one of the girls behind her say, “No it’s not just a movie, it’s a true story”. Well, if you didn’t already know, Scream is actually loosely based on the true story of the Gainesville Ripper.
2. Then when Jada’s boyfriend says he’s gotta go to the bathroom, that gives flashbacks to Randy’s rules of a horror movie in the first Scream — anybody who claims they’ll be right back is a goner, so we know it’s RIP Phil, even before we see him get a knife in the ear.
3. Scream is great at foreshadowing what’s to come. Honestly, the movies are like Beyoncé dropping hints about her next album. So when Phil walks into the bathroom and sees two Ghostfaces peeing at the urinal, that’s our clue that once again there’ll be two killers.
4. OK look, tbh we should’ve all known that Mickey was in on the whole serial killing malarky from the beginning. Just look at the press conference that’s held after the first murders — everyone else looks worried and scared, while Mickey is running around with his goddamn video camera to capture the aftermath of his handy work.
5. And Dewey gives us even more clues as to who the killers are when he says to Sidney, “You probably already know him (Mickey). Or her (Mrs Loomis). Or them (more than one killer).” That’s three for three there Dewey!
6. Cici’s iconic death scene also confirms that there are two killers like last time. Ghostface is on the phone to Cici and her friend, but then also appears sneaking in through the front door at the same time, clearly not holding a phone.
7. Oh, and you know Cici’s ready for the cutting room floor when she legs it up the stairs instead of out the front door. Did she not listen to what Sidney said in the first movie?
8. One of my favourite discoveries after rewatching Scream 2 is realising that Randy got a blowjob at the sorority house party. In case you missed it too, the sorority sisters tell Sidney “everyone thinks that sororities are just about blowjobs” which is when Randy pops up looking shifty. Sidney asks pointedly where he’s been, and Randy makes the whole thing even more obvious by shuffling off looking embarrassed.
9. And this tiny exchange that went right over my head actually hints at Randy’s death. After all, it was Randy himself who said if you have sex in a horror movie, it’s basically game over.
10. Anyway, Dewey and the rest of the squad should’ve figured out that Mickey was the killer way before they did, especially after Ghostface appeared to have a change of heart when it came to butchering Derek and instead left him with just a surface wound to his arm. His best friend’s not exactly going to murder him in cold blood…well, not until the end of the movie anyway.
11. Remember back in the first movie, when Sidney says that in a story of her life it would be Tori Spelling who’d play her? Well what d’you know, when Randy and Dewey see a TV interview for the Stab movies, who’s playing the role of Sidney? You guessed it.
12. Oh, and there are multiple references to Courteney Cox’s Friends costars, which was airing its fourth season when Scream 2 was released. First, Randy reveals that David Schwimmer plays Dewey in the Stab movies, and then Gale later says that a nude picture of her on the internet was photoshopped with the body of Jennifer Aniston.
13. Anyway, back to the fun topic of murder. While Randy is getting killed, did you notice there’s a news reporter on the screen behind him? Guess who else just happens to be a news reporter? Oh yeah, the person who’s stabbing him.
14. Gale makes it easier for us to crack the case of Ghostface’s identity when she mentions the possibility that the killer is “watching and relishing every minute”. I wonder who’s the only person who doesn’t seem too worried about a serial killer on the loose…
15. And when we see Ghostface setting up a camera to record Dewey and Gale, it’s pretty obvious at this point. I mean, who else is running around campus with a video camera trying to make a documentary of everything that’s going down? HMMMMMM! In hindsight we really should’ve guessed Mickey was a good for nothing [redacted].
16. Also, when Mickey finally unmasks himself as the killer, he says “surprise Sidney” which is a fun flashback to the first movie and Stu saying the exact same line.
17. Also something I realised is at the end of the first movie, Sidney and Gale were left standing with Randy, who then died in the second movie. At the end of Scream 2, Gale and Sidney are left standing with Cotton Weary, who just so happens to die at the beginning of Scream 3. Unlucky omens or what?
18. And finally, at the end of the first movie, Dewey is put in the back of an ambulance saying “where’s Gale” but she’s too busy getting her mug on camera and breaking the news. Then at the end of the Scream 2, Dewey is once again put into the back of an ambulance (this guy really needs to just stay at home) but this time, Gale stops her news report to go with him to hospital. LOVE IS REAL GUYS!
And so concludes my thesis that Scream 2 is the most iconic horror movie of all time. Bye!