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Jancy Richardson

Scream is not just a movie for horror fans. It's a landmark, a monolith of horror culture created by the late, great Wes Craven and the teen-whisperer Kevin Williamson which has stayed in our hearts for more than twenty years. Check out some of the very, very best Scream quotes and relive this legendary horror movie.


managed that rarest-of-rare things: it created a horror movie pastiche that also worked as a horror movie. This wasn't done as well again until Cabin in the Woods.

Sidney Prescott (on horror movies):

''What's the point? They're all the same. Some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can't act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door. It's insulting.

 Sidney and Tatum in 'Scream' [Credit: Dimension Films]
Sidney and Tatum in 'Scream' [Credit: Dimension Films]

Sidney (on who would play her in a movie about her life):

''With my luck I'd get Tori Spelling.''

Randy Meeks (in the video store):

''If you were the only suspect in a senseless bloodbath - would you be standing in the horror section?''

All of the characters constantly pick holes in the horror genre: the queen of the meta-remark, however, is Tatum Riley:

''Don't go there, Sid. You're starting to sound like some Wes Carpenter flick or something.''

''No, please don't kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I wanna be in the sequel!''

Check out Tatum rocking the meta-bants in the infamous garage door scene.

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Horror History

The most instantly recognizable Scream quotes, from a movie that's been entertaining horror fans for over twenty years!


''What's your favorite scary movie?''

Randy schools his schoolmates in horror in 'Scream' [Credit: Dimension Films]
Randy schools his schoolmates in horror in 'Scream' [Credit: Dimension Films]

Billy Loomis:

''Now Sid, don't you blame the movies. Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!''


''There are certain RULES that one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie. For instance, number one: you can never have sex.''

Sharon Stone

There are a bunch of delightful Sharon Stone references embedded in Scream that tickle me every time I watch it. Did you ever spot Kevin Williamson's Sharon Stone obsession before?

 Sharon Stone being fabulous in 'Basic Instinct' [Credit: TriStar Pictures]
Sharon Stone being fabulous in 'Basic Instinct' [Credit: TriStar Pictures]

Tatum (when Stu says that Casey Becker must have been killed by a man):

''That is so sexist. The killer could easily be female. Basic Instinct.''

Gale Weathers:

''I should be in New York covering the Sharon Stone stalker, but who knew?''

... and probably the funniest scene in the whole movie:


''We did your Mom a favour, Sid. That woman was a slut-bag whore who flashed her shit all over town like she was Sharon Stone or somethin'.''

Stu Macher:

''Yeah, we put her out of her misery, 'cause let's face Sidney, your mother was no Sharon Stone, hmm?''

Heartless, Desensitized Little Shits

As Principal Himbry laments, most of the characters in Scream are ''heartless, desensitized little shits...''

Cheerleader in Bathroom (on Sidney Prescott):

''One day she snaps. She wants to kill herself but she realizes out that teen suicide is out this year and homicide is a much healthier, therapeutic expression.''


''I could save a man's life. Do you know what that would do for my book sales?''

''Desensitized little shit'' Stu Macher in 'Scream' [Credit: Dimension Films]
''Desensitized little shit'' Stu Macher in 'Scream' [Credit: Dimension Films]


''Sidney, how does it feel to be almost brutally butchered? People want to know.''


''Now that Billy tried to mutilate her, do you think Sid would go out with me?''

Add your favorite Scream quote below if your favorite isn't on the list.


Is 'Scream' one of your favorite scary movies?

(Poll image: Dimension Films)


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