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In the Scream franchise, there are some rules mentioned in every film about how to survive either a horror movie, a horror movie sequel, a horror movie trilogy, a remake and remember.


Rules to succesfully survive a horror movie:

  • You may not survive the movie if you have sex.
  • You may not survive the movie if you drink or do drugs.
  • You may not survive the movie if you say "I'll be right back", "Hello?" or "Who's there?"

Scream 2

Rules to succesfully survive a horror movie sequel:

  • The body count is always bigger.
  • The death scenes are always much more elaborate, with more blood and gore.
  • Randy starts to describe the third rule: "If you want your films to become a successful franchise, never, ever...' before being interrupted by Dewey. However, the film's original teaser trailer featured an extended version of the rules scene which reveals that originally the third rule was supposed to be "Never, ever, under any circumstances assume the killer is dead." This referenced Randy's last line in the first Scream which stated that a killer always comes back to life for one last scare.

The lack of a third rule in the film's final cut was a deliberate in-joke by the crew, referencing the fact that it is impossible to ensure that a horror franchise will be successful.

Scream 3

Rules to succesfully survive the last chapter of a horror movie trilogy:

  • "You've got a killer who’s gonna be superhuman. Stabbing him won’t work, shooting him won’t work. Basically in the third one, you gotta cryogenically freeze his head, decapitate him, or blow him up."
  • "Anyone, including the main character, can die. This means you, Sid."
  • "The past will come back to bite you in the ass. Whatever you think you know about the past, forget it. The past is not at rest! Any sins you think were committed in the past are about to break out and destroy you."

Although, in the first few drafts, there was a fourth rule: "Never be alone" but was taken out because Gale immediately goes off alone afterwards.

Scream 4

Rules to successfully survive a horror movie remake:

  • 1. Don't fuck with the original.
  • 2. The death scenes have to be way more extreme.
  • 3. Unexpected is the new cliche.
  • 4. Virgins can die now.
  • 5. New versions are always 2.0, so the latest technology is always involved and intregal to the plot. This means the killer may start filming the murders.
  • 6. You have to have an opening sequence.
  • 7. If you want to survive in a modern-day horror movie, you pretty much have to be gay.

Scream (2022)

Rules to successfully survive a horror movie remember: Dewey is the one who quotes them and these rules are:

  • 1. Never trust your love interest.
  • 2. The killer always has something to do with the past.
  • 3. The first victim always has a circle of friends that the killer is a part of.
  • 4. Don't fuck with the daughter of a serial killer.

Added to these are others mentioned by other characters: "The movie always goes back to the original" (said by Gale) and "Never fuck with the daughter of a serial killer" (said by Sam).

Scream VI

Rules to successfully survive a horror movie franchise:

  • 1. Everything is bigger than last time-- bigger budget, bigger cast, and bigger body count, with more beheadings, shoot-outs and longer chases.
  • 2. Everything that happened last time, expect the opposite.
  • 3. No one is safe, with legacy characters becoming disposable.
  • 4. Main characters become expendable so the franchise can live on.

Before the premiere of the film, Jenna Ortega (Tara), Melissa Barrera (Sam) and Mason Gooding (Chad) they reveal to us through a video everything we need to know to stay alive.

  • Charge your phone in case you need to call for help, but don't answer if it rings.
  • Check all the dark stairs, good enough.
  • Don't leave your apartment.
  • Delete your delivery apps
  • Keep alert


  • Even though the rules are for the victims, the killers as of Scream 2 have rules (although they adhere to them sparingly)
    • In Scream 2, killers kill people who share names with victims from the first installment (example: Maureen, Stevens, Casey).
    • In Scream 3: The killer kills in the Stab 3 kill order and each kill leaves behind a picture of teenage Maureen Prescott.
    • In Scream 4: the killer records the deaths and uploads them to the internet.
    • In Scream (2022): The killer attacks people related to the original victims or killers. (example: Stu's nephew Vince, Billy's illegitimate daughter Samantha, Randy's nephews Mindy and Chad).
    • In Scream VI: The killers leave the masks of the previous killers in chronological order next to the bodies of their victims (for example, Richie and Amber's mask first kill, then Jill and Charlie until Billy's mask is reached).