"Not in my movie!"
Description: The closing phrase in the Wes Craven horror film Scream (1996). Standing over the body of a subdued serial killer, Sidney (Neve Campbell) is counseled, “Careful this is the part when the killer comes back to life.” As he does, she pulls the trigger, shots him in the head, and says, “Not in my movie!”
The film follows two psychotic teenagers who wear ghostly masks and slice and dice a number of citizens in the town of Woodsboro, California. High School student Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) is the first victim to be killed by the demented duo as they terrorize the girl by calling on the phone, and asking, "What's your favorite scary money?"
When Casey asks "Who's there" the voice on the phone (Roger Jackson) warns, "Never say 'who's there?' Don't you watch scary movies? It's a death wish. You might as well come out to investigate a strange noise or something."
Eventually, Casey runs screaming from her house and is killed - gutted like a fish from belly to sternum. ("It's so sad. Her mom and dad found her hanging from a tree limb, her insides on the outside.") The Ghostface killers also disembowel Casey's boyfriend, Steve Orth (Kevin Patrick Walls).
Another victim is Principal Arthur Himbry (Henry Winkler) who stabbed to death in his office, hollowed out and hung from the school's football field goal post. Prior to his death, Himbry stated, "You make me so sick. Your entire havoc-inducing, thieving, whoring generation disgusts me." He expelled two students for finding humor in the murder of two of his fellow students. When one of the expelled students says, "That's not fair!", Himbrey replies, "You're absolutely right. It is not fair. Fairness would be to rip your insides out and hang you from a tree so we can expose you for the heartless, desensitized little shits that you are!"
The murders attract the attention of Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), an ambitious tabloid reporter ("People treat me like I'm the anti-Christ of television journalism.") who suspects the latest murder may be tied to the murder of another woman ten years earlier. She is assisted by the local dim-witted Deputy Dewey Riley (David Arguette). Gale is the author of the investigative book "The Maureen Prescott Murder."
"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 [when asked "Do you like scary movies?"]
As the town of Woodsboro wonders who the killer can be, local teens have a party and talk about horror movies and the rules one should know about them. Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), a close friend of Sidney Prescott, whose mother Maureen was killed years earlier, informs Sidney and the other partygoers about the top three rules of horror cinema. Soon after, Tatum Riley (Rose McGowan) is later murdered in the garage (her neck snapped and electrocuted) by the Ghostface killer. ("No, please don't kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I wanna be in the sequel!"). Tatum is the sister of Deputy Dewey Riley, and Stu's boyfriend.
|Randy:||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. [crowd boos] BIG NO NO! BIG NO NO! Sex equals death, okay? NUMBER TWO: You can never drink or do drugs. [crowd cheers and raises their bottles] The sin factor! It's a sin. It's an extension of number one. And NUMBER THREE: Never, ever, ever under any circumstances say, "I'll be right back." Because you won't be back.|
|Stu:||I'm gettin' another beer, you want one?|
|Stu:||I'll be right back. [crowd cheers]|
|Randy:||See, you push the laws and you end up dead. Okay, I'll see you in the kitchen with a knife.|
In the end, the Sidney learns that it is her boyfriend, Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and his sidekick Stuart "Stu" Macher (Matthew Lillard) who have been killing people in town. It was Billy who killed Sidney's mother years ago, and now he planned to frame Sidney's father, Neil Prescott for the murder as revenge for Sidney's mother having an affair with Billy's father, Hank - an affair that shattered Billy's life when his parents divorced.
|Sidney:||Why? Why did you kill my mother?|
|Billy:||Why? WHY! You hear that Stu? I think she wants a motive
[Stu Chortles] Well I don't really believe in motives Sid, I mean did Norman Bates have a motive?
|Billy:||Did we ever find out why Hannibal Lecter like to eat people? DON'T THINK SO! See it's a lot more scarier when there's no motive, Sid. We did your Mom a favor, Sid. That woman was a slut-bag whore who flashed her shit all over town like she was Sharon Stone or somethin'.
Stu: Yeah, we put her out of her misery, 'cause let's face Sidney, your mother was no Sharon Stone, hmm? Is that motive enough for you? How about this? Your slut mother was fucking my father and she's the reason my mom moved out and abandoned me. [Sid looks astonished] How's that for a motive? Maternal abandonment causes serious deviant behavior. It certainly fucked you up. It made you have sex with a psychopath.
But now that Billy had spilled the beans as to his motivation, he tells Sidney, "I'm going to rip you up, bitch, just like your fucking mother!" To which, Sidney replies, "You've gotta find me first, you pansy-ass momma's boy!"
As Stu attempts to kill Sidney, he mentions he once had a “thing” for her. None too amused, Sidney topples a TV set onto his head, and says, “In your dreams!” Stu is electrocuted.
After calling Billy, a "fuckin' cretin", Sidney finally subdues him. As her friend, Randy looks down at Billy's body, he warns, "Careful. This is the moment when the supposedly dead killer comes back to life, for one last scare. Suddenly, Billy starts to rise and just as quickly, Sidney shoots Billy dead, and says, "Not in my movie!"
In the final scene, reporter Gale Weathers prepares to record an exclusive eyewitness account of the night's events with her new cameraman. Her old cameraman Kenny (W. Earl Brown) was murdered by the Ghostface killers. Before he died, Gale shouted, "Look, Kenny, I know you're about fifty pounds overweight, but when I say hurry, please interpret that as MOVE YOUR FAT TUB OF LARD ASS NOW!"
Note: Wes Craven's horror classic Scream (1996) spawned three sequels. In Scream 2 (1997) a new psychopath dons the "Ghost face" costume and wreaks havoc with a new string of murders. In Scream 3 (2000) Ghostface visits Sidney and friends on the set of "Stab 3", the third movie based upon the Woodsboro murders. In Scream 4 (2011) it's ten year later and Sidney once again has an encounter with the Ghostface killer.
Prior to Wes Craven's Scream (1996) there was another horror film of the same title Scream (1981) about a group of rafters who set up camp near the riverbank of an old ghost town. Soon their rafts disappear and they become victims of a mysterious phantom who begins to kill them off one by one.