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You should really deal with your trust issues Sid. I mean poor Derek, he's completely innocent and such a nice boy too. He's bright and funny and handsome, decent singing voice. And he was going to be a doctor. This is just the kinda boy you'd like to take home to mom. If you had a mom.

Mickey mocks Sidney after killing Derek, Scream 2

Mickey Altieri was the secondary antagonist of Scream 2 and the third revealed Ghostface killer in the Scream franchise. He is depicted as one of Sidney Prescott's best friends at Windsor College, a film student.

Introduced as a casual film geek nemesis to Randy Meeks, the two disagreed on the quality of film sequels in comparison to the original film. As a film student, Mickey is often seen filming whatever is going on around campus. He subtly increases paranoia and suspicion, when the murder spree begins, with intimate conversations.

Mickey finally reveals himself to be one of the killers to Sidney, with the intention of getting caught and gaining infamy. He is thus far, the only Ghostface killer who intended to not get away with the murders. He is betrayed by his partner, Nancy Loomis (Billy's vengeful mother), however, who expressed disbelief in his motive. Despite this, he manages to get one more scare in before being executed to death with 16 gunshots by Sidney and Gale Weathers.

His role as the third Ghostface killer affects Sidney for several years, due to his total lack of connection to Woodsboro, and being hired as a contract killer. She sinks into reclusion because of this, until the year 2000.

Mickey was played by Timothy Olyphant.


Early Life

A psychotic serial killer obsessed with films, he met Nancy Loomis online. She helped him go to Windsor College and his tuition fees, so the two of them could execute a murder spree. He planned on getting caught and starring in the following media circus.

At college he befriended original survivors Sidney and Randy Meeks, as well as Sidney's boyfriend, Derek Feldman. He even started dating Sidney's roommate, Hallie McDaniel, to further embed himself in her life.

The Windsor College Murders

Mickey: "Don't you know history repeats itself? Hmm, Sid?"
Sidney: "..Mickey?"
Sidney finds out, who the killer behind the mask is.[src]

Mickey in film class

In an early scene in the movie, while at film class, he argues, that violence in the media contributed to the theater killings the previous night. He also says, sequels can be better than the original, unlike Randy, citing The Godfather 2 as an example. Mickey and Randy seem to have a solid relationship, unlike the rocky one between Randy and the killers Stu and Billy from the first movie because of their specialty . However, under this, Mickey is deranged, distraught, and psychotic. Mickey has a fascination with murderers and how the media affects them. He met Nancy Loomis, Billy's mother, on a serial killer website and agreed to help him with his tuition fees and expenses if it will lure her or him to Sidney in order to kill her, however the plan doesn't go as well as both of them hoped for.

The first victims of Mickey and Nancy were Windsor College students, Phil Stevens and Maureen Evans. They were killed because of similar names to first Woodsboro Victims, Steven Orth and Maureen Prescott. Both students were attending the premiere of Stab, a film based on The Woodsboro Murders by Gale Weathers. When Phil went to the bathroom, Nancy or Mickey hid in the stall next to him and started quietly rambling, this caught Phil's attention. When he put his ear against the stall wall, Ghostface stabbed him in the ear through the stall. Phil bleed to death. Nancy hid Phil's body and Mickey put Phil's jacket to fool Maureen. Maureen firstly thought it was Phil. Later she noticed blood on the jacket and then Mickey stabbed her in the stomach. She attempted to get away through the crowds, but Mickey stabbed her three times in the back. The audience didn't help Maureen, because they thought that was some kind of publicity stunt. Mickey escaped through the side door of the theater while Maureen climbed onto the stage and let out a painful scream and then finally succumbed to her injuries and died.

Mickey Altieri as Ghostface

Mickey dressed as Ghostface wearing Phil's jacket.

The next victim was a girl at Windsor college named Cici Cooper. At the night of the "mixer" party, she was the "sober sister". Obviously there were two killers involved, as one was sneaking into the house and one called her. One was the one who films and calling her, while the other one snuck into the house. Ghostface then chased Cici to the roof before throwing her through a screen door and onto the balcony. Ghostface stabbed her twice in the back before throwing her off the roof, killing her.

Nancy later attempted to attack Sidney at the mixer while everybody checked up on Cici, though she was unsuccessful.

During Sidney's performance, she was attacked on-stage by Ghostface, who disguised himself as one of the actors. However, it is unknown if Sidney was really attacked, or if it was just her imagination. After attacking Sidney, you can barely see Ghostface escaping the scene, which might be an evidence. If it was really Ghostface, then Mickey was behind this as he would have excess into the school, whereas Mrs Loomis doesn't.

Mickey At Sorority Party

The next (unplanned) victim was original survivor, Randy Meeks, except for this murder, Mickey had nothing to do with it. Randy had bad-mouthed Billy Loomis as Mrs. Loomis hid in the news van and pulled him in. She slit his throat and overpowered him, throwing him into the window. After he was pushed into the glass, he was stabbed multiple times and killed. Nancy firstly planned to call and kill Gale, and this is unknown if she planned to kill Randy.

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Mickey pretends to be upset and comforts Sidney.

The next attacks were on Gale and Dewey, while they were investigating the possibility that the killer was filming the murders. Both Mickey and Nancy were there. The one filming was Mickey and the one who pops up behind Gale and chases her is Mrs. Loomis. It was around this time, Mickey had left for Sidney. Mrs. Loomis also later appears behind Dewey in a soundproof room, while he was trying to get Gale's attention. She then stabs Dewey in the back multiple times right in front of Gale before leaving the young deputy for dead.

The next attack was then on Officers Andrews and Richards who were protecting Sidney, and her best friend Hallie. Mickey killed the two service men and crashed the car knocking himself out, yet that hasn't been confirmed, he could've been awake the whole time and it was just a plan. Sidney and Hallie escaped the car, only to have Sidney go back to see who it is, Mickey escaped the car and popped up behind Hallie who was alone and stabbed her to death. Mickey then chased Sidney to the campus theater. Mickey then walked up to the stage before revealing himself to Sidney and Derek, in which Mickey has a wound next to his forehead due to the impact of the crash, and tried to convince Sidney that Derek was his partner. Sidney panicked and was confused whether or not Derek was the killer. An angry Derek threatens Mickey who shoots him in the chest. Derek dies after telling Sidney that he would never hurt her.

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Mickey reveals himself

After Mickey taunts Sidney and explains his motive, Sidney slashes his face with Derek's necklace and fights him but is held at knife point before Gale and "Debbie Salt" enter with Gale being held at gun point, Sidney recognizes her as Mrs. Loomis, the mother of her ex boyfriend Billy, revealing that Mrs. Loomis is the other Ghostface and her true identity as Billy's mother and that Mickey is her accomplice. With her guidance and tuition expenses, they planned the killings so Nancy could have revenge on Sidney for the death of her son.



Mickey's corpse.

Mickey claims that unlike most killers, he wants to be caught so he will be "immortalized" by the media and be in the world's most talked about court trial. However, Mrs. Loomis shoots him three times in the chest and shoulder, saying that his motive of blaming the movies will never be believed. Before he seemingly dies, he shoots Gale off stage.

After the whole ordeal is over, as per usual, Mickey reveals, he is indeed alive but extremely bloody. However, before getting a chance to do something, Gale and Sidney shoot him multiple times in the torso area, until he does a backflip in the air and hits the ground dead.


Mickey Post-Reveal

Despite not being mentioned by name, Mickey's shadow looms over Sidney's life even in Scream 3. On the DVD commentary for Scream 2, Wes Craven revealed that Mickey was the reason that Sidney went into hiding during the events of Scream 3, as he had "[messed] with her head" to such an extreme degree.

This is also likely because Mickey was a random psychopath who tracked her down and actually befriended her before killing her best friend, Hallie, and her boyfriend, Derek. Unlike Mrs. Loomis, who would have went after Sidney anyway due to a personal vendetta, the frightening prospect of more copycats like Mickey coming after her drove her into hiding.

Legacy Killings

Sidney questions Amber's motive, pondering if it is the same as Mickey's. She asks her, "Let me guess: the movies made you do it?" Amber frantically responds, "No! No! It was the message board!"

The New York City Killings

Mickey's picture appears on Wayne and Kirby's investigation board detailing past Ghostface killers.

Committed Murders

Confirmed Murders

PhilDeath Phil Stevens Stabbed in the ear through bathroom stall. Scream 2
Maureen2Death Maureen Evans Stabbed in stomach once and back multiple times. Scream 2
OfficerAndrewsCorpse Officer Andrews Throat slit. Scream 2
OfficerRichardsCorpse Officer Richards Head bashed against car window 3 times, pipe impaled in head through windshield while on moving car. Scream 2
HallieMcDanielDeath Hallie McDaniel Stabbed four times in the chest. Scream 2
DerekFeldmanCorpse Derek Feldman Shot in heart with handgun. Scream 2

Speculated Murders

CiciDeath Cici Cooper Thrown through glass door, stabbed in the back twice and thrown off balcony. Scream 2






Speculated as Ghostface

  • Do you wanna die tonight, Cici?
  • You wish it was Ted. Don't forget to set the alarm!

After Reveal

  • "It's a perfect example of life imitating art imitating life."
  • "Surprise, Sidney!"
  • "You've got a little Linda Hamilton thing going on."
  • Sidney: "Fuck you!" Mickey: "Oh, so vulgar!"
  • "No. Billy was a sick fuck who tried to get away with it. Mickey is a sick fuck who wants to get caught, yeah! Yeah see I got my whole defense planned out. I'm gonna blame the movies. Pretty cool huh? It hasn't been done before. You see, this is just the beginning, a prelude to the trial. Cuz see that's where the real fun is 'cause these days it's all about the trial. Can you see it? The effects of cinema violence on society. I'll get Dershowitz or Cochran to represent me. Bob Dole on the witness stand in my defense. Hell the Christian Coalition'll pay my legal fees. It's air tight Sid. I'm an innocent victim."
  • "People love a good trial. It's like theater. They're dyin' for it. And I've worked hard to give the audience what they want. See that's what Billy was good at. He knew... It's all about... execution."
  • "Yeah, well, shh. That'll be our little secret." (After Sidney calls him psychotic).


  • He is the only Ghostface who was a serial killer before the events of his film, giving him quite possibly the biggest kill count out of them all.
  • He was described as "20's, athletic, cool and rowdy" in the script.
  • In the original script, Mickey was innocent and was stripped to his underwear and chained by his greek brothers for declaring his love for Hallie over them. Sidney eventually untied him, but he was then stabbed to death simultaneously by two killers (Who would've been Hallie and Derek). This role was given to Derek, and Mickey ended up with Derek's film obsession and being Ghostface.
  • In Mickey's first appearance, Mickey states that "many sequels have surpassed their original" which is meant to indicate that he intends on making his and Mrs. Loomis' killing spree better than the killing spree Billy Loomis and Stu Macher orchestrated in the first film.
  • In the Scream 2 DVD commentary, Wes Craven likens Mickey to Iago; both characters deftly cast suspicion.
  • Mickey is the first killer to both unmask himself in front of Sidney, and wear the Ghostface costume.
  • Although being the secondary antagonist, Mickey killed more people in Scream 2 since he was hired by Mrs. Loomis to execute the copycat killing spree.
  • Mickey was Stu's equivalent from the sequel.
  • Mickey appeared in a photo in Scream VI, the image used was a promotional shot of Timothy Olyphant from Go.
  • He was the first Ghostface to be betrayed by Nancy Loomis, like in the fourth film Jill Roberts also betrayed her secret boyfriend Charlie Walker.
  • According to Jamie Kennedy on his YouTube channel, Original Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire was offered the role of Mickey and turned it down.
  • Like Stu Macher, Neither Mickey or Nancy are on any posters or covers on any of the home releases despite being the killers.
    • Matthew Lillard's name is on some posters while neither Timothy Olyphant (possibly because he was still an unknown in Hollywood) or Laurie Metcalf (she was a known actress at the time, this was possibly done to hide the twist of Debbie Salt being Billy's mother) names are completely absent despite their pivotal roles.
  • As seen in the leaked early cut of Scream 3 dubbed by fans as the Assembly Cut, a deleted scene in the film showed an extended/alternate take of the video of Randy where he manages to immediately predict that Mickey is the killer, with him referencing that one time that Mickey wrote a paper laying out how Superman 2 was better than Superman 1. In this context however, Randy was technically predicting Mickey as being the killer during his hypothetical layout of Scream 3's events.


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