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10 Quotes That Prove Billy Was More Of A Movie Buff Than Randy

The anticipated scream 6 is coming out in the next year, and frequent information drops about the new and returning cast members have kept fans on the edge of their seats. But while fans are eager for new content, there’s nothing quite like rewatching the original and finding something new to enjoy.

Everyone knows Randy as the king of horror, but there are several significant quotes in scream that suggest Billy actually knew more than him. The two are paralleled multiple times, so it’s no wonder that Sidney didn’t always trust Randy, but looking back on the movie with a close eye, it’s clear that Billy actually wins out when it comes to movie know-how.

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Defining The Rules Of Horror

“You Should Never Say ‘Who’s There?’ Don’t You Watch Scary Movies? It’s A Death Wish.”


Drew Barrymore in Scream

Randy famously presents the rules of horror, but Billy is actually the first one to define a horror rule. According to scream YouTuber Zach Cherry, Billy is the one on the phone most of the time in the movies, so he is the one who tells Casey that asking “Who’s there” is a death sentence. Unlike Randy’s rant against saying “I’ll be right back,” he ends up being correct.

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While Billy’s foreknowledge makes sense given his role as the killer, it’s still significant that his rules play out in the movie. scream follows Billy’s rules until the climax when Sidney reclaims the narrative from him. In contrast, Randy is never in control of the narrative, except for his virginity saving him at the end.


Knowing Horror Trivia

“Then You Should Know Jason’s Mother Mrs. Vorhees Was The Original Killer.”


Both in their conversation and in his twisted game, Ghostface demonstrates his knowledge of the major slasher franchises. While they are not obscure properties, the killer had to be prepared for any horror movie Casey claimed to be her favorite de ella, as well as the one she guessed for him.

He also had to come up with a trivia question Casey was likely to get wrong. By the time scream came out, there were nine Friday the 13th movies, eight of which highlighted Jason as the face of the franchise. Billy had to not only know the answers to multiple horror questions but also know enough about the movies to know where Casey was likely to slip up.


Speaking In Movie Terms

“The Exorcists Was On And It Got Me Thinking Of You.”


Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott and Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis in Scream

Billy’s comparison between his relationship with Sidney and Exorcist relied on understanding the rating system for movies and using them as frames of reference for his real life.

Randy may reference movies a lot, but he doesn’t actually see life in its terms. While Randy obviously has a crush on Sidney, he never actually suggests that they would have a better chance in a John Hughes movie, for instance. Only Billy uses cinematic terminology as descriptors of reality, suggesting he is more invested in the world of film.

Being A Better Randy Than Randy Is

“Aha, Randy, You Gave Yourself Away.”


Scream Sidney Prescott Neve Campbell

One of the biggest signs that Billy knows more than Randy is that Sidney genuinely assumes it must be Randy who she’s speaking to because of the way he’s speaking. Billy did not show off his movie knowledge of him as often as Randy in regular conversation, but he is more than capable of bringing it out when needed.


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In addition, Ghostface asks, “Are you alone in the house?” paraphrasing the 1978 film Are You In The House Alone? to which Sidney scolds ‘Randy’ for being unoriginal. He then goes on to say that the original part is him actually calling from the front porch. This shows that while Sidney believes Randy might pretend it was a horror movie, Billy has moved past the inspiration to actual innovation.

Playing With Cinematic Irony

“Maybe Your Movie-Freaked Mind Lost Its Reality Button?”


Randy sees right through Billy’s plan to get himself exonerated, explaining that Billy would be able to plan his next attack while the police looked elsewhere. This is an impressive moment, given that this is exactly what Billy is planning. However, Billy goes one step further, really playing with the meta elements of the film, by arguing that Randy has lost his own sense of reality.


Billy and Stu are the ones who have taken movies too far, and Billy uses the irony of his defense to make it more than just another horror movie following horror rules. Billy embodies postmodernism and is explicitly making a meta-horror movie, not a standard one, which is the extra layer to their plan that Randy missed.

Understanding Life As A Movie

“It’s All A Movie. Life’s One Great Big Movie. Only You Can’t Pick Your Genre.”


Sidney and Billy from Scream

While Billy used movies as a metaphor for his life early on in the film, by the final act, he has moved from metaphors to a new sense of reality. Sidney’s fate comes down to the genre of the movie, and he repeatedly references the way things will happen in connection with the structure a movie would take.

While Randy’s explanation of the rules flirts with the distinction between fiction and reality, he goes along with the laughter about how unrealistic they are. His rules from him only become iconic parts of the franchise because Billy actually put them into practice. Randy only ever meant them as a dissection of the horror genre, not the guide to real-world survival that they become in later movies.

Quoting Psycho

“‘We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes.’ Anthony Perkins. Psycho.”


Billy from Scream

Randy references movies, but Billy uses quotes to live life through them. He goes beyond referencing movies to re-enacting them. In a sense, Billy becomes Norman Bates, willing to do terrible things for his mother’s sake.

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Randy has his own moment of re-enactment when he yells “Look behind you, Jaime” to the screen while Ghostface lurks behind him. The difference is, Randy is not aware of the role he’s playing. While Randy has simply been put into that position by the killers, Billy has actively embedded himself into a world of movies.

Studying Movies’ Practical Effects

“Corn Syrup. Same Stuff They Used For Pig’s Blood In Carrie.”


Billy in Scream

While Randy knows a lot about the plots of horror movies, Billy demonstrates practical knowledge too. His staged death scene from him was an intentional redirection, but the specific form of fake blood he used, and the knowledge that it was used in carriesuggests that he embraced more than just the narrative.

In contrast, Randy doesn’t ever bring up the practical effects of movies. He predicted that Billy would be falsely exonerated, which would allow him to continue his killing spree, but provided no details on how that could be done. This shows that Billy knows and cares more about the actual creation of movies than Randy does.

Playing With Motives

“I Think She Wants A Motive. … It’s Scarier When There’s No Motive, Sid.”


Billy and Stu in Scream

Randy is the first to say that motives are incidental, which lines up well with Billy’s original monologue about motives, but he doesn’t go beyond the most recent trends. Billy, on the other hand, knows that uncertainty is a critical part of horror and cites Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs as examples, while also acknowledging the classic nature of his true motivation, both subverting and upholding horror tropes.

While Randy is caught up in his specific interpretation of how horror should work, Billy is willing to draw on traditional narratives as well as those that are more ’90s. This allows him to be more flexible, while also showing a greater range of horror knowledge.

Protecting Movies From Backlash

“Oh Sid, Don’t Blame The Movies…Movies Don’t Create Psychos. Movies Just Make Psychos More Creative.”


Sidney Scream Finale

Billy makes it clear in this line that he was not radicalized by the movies, though he used them for inspiration. Unlike future Ghostface killer Mickey, Billy does not want to risk the horror genre by blaming it for his actions.

Randy, on the other hand, believes that the police could stop more crimes if they watched more movies, which suggests that the movies are actually influencing the killers. Any good fan can acknowledge the ways life imitates art and vis-versa, but Billy refuses to slander the movie industry for their influence on his killing spree.


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