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12 Things We Learned From 'Scream' In The '90s

by Tiffany Gibson Modified: October 16, 2013 at 9:05 am •  Published: October 16, 2013

What’s your favorite scary movie?

Mine: “Scream”

The 1996 film brought a whole new perspective to the horror genre with its witty dialogue and compelling storyline about a young girl named Sidney Prescott, who is being tormented by a ghost-faced killer a year after her mother’s untimely death in the fictional small town of Woodsboro.

I’ve seen the film hundreds of times, but I always discover something new every time I watch it.

So as a Halloween treat, here’s a list of 13 things “Scream” taught us in the 1990s:

“Who’s there?” Caller ID: It’s a timesaver and lifesaver. Although this was incorporated into “Scream 2” in 1998, it still wasn’t a vital part of the franchise.


“Can you see me right now?” It’s OK to pick your nose in public. Even Neve Campbell does it.


“What’s your emergency?” The Internet was going to become a place to communicate with others and ask for assistance. Tweet: #SOMEBODYHELPME


“What are you doing with a cellular phone, son?” Even the “Scream” creators knew we were going to transition into a mobile world and become obsessed with smartphones. Billy was just ahead of the curve.


“Everybody’s a suspect!” Watch out for those red herrings. 


“Is someone there?” Public bathrooms are dangerous for a number of reasons. 


“We had a run in the mass murder section.” People in the 1990s really loved video stores. RIP VHS. 


“Don’t you know the rules?” Abstain from sex, say no to drugs and never say you’ll be right back, because you won’t be back.


“Turn Around” Sometimes we just need to take our own advice. 


“What did you call me?” Since retiring from his dream torture gig on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger has been working as a janitor in Woodsboro. 


“It’s the millennium — motives are incidental.” Yeah…I think we can all agree things are a lot scarier when there’s no motive. 


“NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” We should have thought of the car key finder app sooner. 

There you have it. Share your thoughts on the “Scream” films in the comments and name your favorite horror film. I’m always looking for movie recommendations. Happy Halloween!

by Tiffany Gibson
News Online Editor
Tiffany Gibson has worked for the Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the digital news team. In addition to writing and web editing, she also creates multimedia features for the website and maintains social media accounts. A Tennessee...
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