- "Bullshit generalization. Many sequels have surpassed their original."
- —Mickey's first appearance.[src]
Mickey Altieri was the secondary antagonist of Scream 2 and he was one of Sidney Prescott's best friends at Windsor College. He was obsessed with movies and often filmed whatever was going on. He subtly increased paranoia and suspicion, when the murder spree began with intimate conversations.
Mickey finally revealed himself to be one of the killers to Sidney. He was betrayed by his partner, Debbie Loomis, who was the mother of the Billy Loomis, but still managed to get one more scare in before getting gunned down by Sidney and Gale Weathers together a total of sixteen times and eventually getting the infamy he once so desired.
A psychotic serial killer obsessed with films, he met Debbie 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.
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 Debbie 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.
Copycat Killing Spree
The first victims of Mickey and Debbie were Windsor College students, Phil Stevens and Maureen Evans, and they were killed because their names were similar to Woodsboro victims, Steven Orth and Maureen Prescott. Both students where attending the premiere of Stab a film based on The Woodsboro Murders. When Phil went to use the bathroom, Mrs Loomis hid in the stall next to him and started quietly rambling, this caught Phil's attention and when he put his ear against the stall wall to hear better, Mrs Loomis than stabbed him in the ear through the stall, killing him. Then gave Mickey Phil's Jacket Mickey then put on Phil's jacket and he went and sat next to Maureen while wearing his Ghostface costume. Maureen thought it was Phil at first and put her head in his shoulder when the film started getting frightening, she then noticed blood on the jacket getting on her hands and as she looked at mickey he took out a knife and stabbed her in the stomach. She attempted to get away through the crowds but was stabbed three more times in the back. The audience did nothing to help her as they thought it was some kind of publicity stunt, Mickey escaped through the side door of the Thearte while Maureen climbed onto the stage let out a painful scream and then finally succumbed to her injuries and died.
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. Mickey was the one who films and calling her, while Mrs Loomis snuck into the house. She than chased Cici to the roof before throwing her through a screen door and onto the balcony. Mrs Loomis then stabbed her twice in the back before throwing her off the roof, killing her. Mickey leaves and blends right back into the party.
Mrs. Loomis then 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.
The next 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.
The next attacks were on Gale and Dewey, while they were investigating the possibility that the killer was filming the murders. Both Mickey and Debbie 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 Richard Andrews and Andrew Richards who were protecting Sidney, and her best friend Hallie McDaniel. 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.
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 Mrs Loomis could have revenge on Sidney for the death of her son.
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.
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.
|Maureen Evans||Stabbed Multiple Times||Scream 2|
|Officer Andrews||Throat Slit||Scream 2|
|Officer Richards||Pipe through head||Scream 2|
|Hallie McDaniel||Stabbed 4 times||Scream 2|
|Derek Feldman||Shot in chest with handgun||Scream 2|
|Phil Stevens||Stabbed in Ear||Scream 2|
|Cici Cooper||Stabbed in back twice and thrown off balcony||Scream 2|
|Mickey Altieri has a Photo Gallery.|
|Mickey Altieri has a Fan Page.|
- "It's a perfect example of life imitating art imitating life."
- —One of Mickey's first lines.[src]
"Yeah, well, sshh. That'll be our little secret."
-After Sidney calls him psychotic.
- "Surprise Sidney!"
- —Mickey reveals himself to Sidney.[src]
- "Don't you know history repeats itself, huh, Sid?"
- —Mickey before the reveal.[src]
"That's what Billy was good at. He knew it was all about...execution"
Behind the Scenes
- 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.
- A deleted scene further cemented that Mickey and Hallie were a couple.
- 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 infront of Sidney, and wear the Ghostface costume.
- Although being the secondary antagonist, Mickey killed the most 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 was born on May 20, 1978.
|Scream 2 Characters|
|Principal Characters||Sidney Prescott • Gale Weathers • Dewey Riley • Ghostface|
|Recurring Supporting Characters||Randy Meeks • Cotton Weary|
|Supporting Characters||Cici Cooper • Derek Feldman • Hallie McDaniel • Joel Jones • Maureen Evans • Mickey Altieri • Mrs. Loomis • Phil Stevens|
|Recurring Minor Characters||Maureen Prescott|
|Ghostface(s)||Mrs. Loomis • Mickey Altieri|