For this article I will be counting down the top ten victims from the first ever Scream Trilogy. It has been 10 years since the last Scream movie has come out and with Scream 4 halting down in production, what better time then to take a look back at the most memorable kills and victims we saw on the silver screen by the hands of Ghostface.
Note: I did not include any victims who were eliminated off screen or any of the killers' final demise. This list will comprise of those eliminated by the masked killer. Enjoy the list horror fans and prepare yourself on April 15, 2011 for the next trilogy.
10. Cotton Weary and Christine Hamilton - Scream 3
I know that I should limit each ranking to only one person but these two deserve to share the spot together. Cotton survived a brutal battle at the end of Scream 2 to be killed off in the very first moments of the next installment. These two made their way on the list together because viewers hoped that Cotton would survive in time to warn Christine of the killer. Trust is very much an important aspect in horror movies and this pair shows that there definitely wasn't any, excluding the fact that Cotton was going to cheat on her with an unknown female (Ghost Face).
9. Sarah Darling - Scream 3
Many can deem Jenny McCarthy's role as the aging blond starlet to be a gimmick and that no one was surprised to see her character killed off early on in the film. However, her scene definitely turned out to be one of the few gems from a lackluster sequel. Her fight to stay alive using a bevy of fake props for her survival all culminating in a quick demise really brought out the anticipation and excitement that was severely missing. Her longevity may have been suspect and you knew that one of the bigger celebrities was going to get the axe early on, but you can't blame the girl for trying to stay alive? I thought so.
8. Steven "Steve" Orth - Scream
The first death is always the most gruesome. Most people tend to forget that there was another player in the first opening minutes of Scream. He barely had any lines (well his mouth was taped shut) and he was killed in the first couple of minutes right. The reason that he made his way onto this list is because when viewers were beginning to process how this horror movie would develop... you see this guy taped to a chair and bleeding in the backyard. I hoped that Casey wouldn't get any of the horror movie questions wrong. Guess what... she did.
7. Hallie McDaniel - Scream 2
Scream 2 had some of the more anticipated and heavily performed scenes out of all the Scream movies. Nobody could forget the high speed car collision where Ghost Face tried to remove Officer Richards from the hood of a moving car while Sidney and Hallie were both screaming in the back seat. Suffice it to say that the Officer didn't survive the ride. Once Sidney and Hallie had survived their encounter with the masked killer... Sidney gets the bright idea to go back and uncover the killer's identity. Conclusion: killer's not in the front seat but behind Hallie. Guess who didn't survive then?
6. Tatum Riley - Scream
We've all seen them in horror movies; even Sidney pointed it out earlier in the film: the big breasted blond who should be running out the front door instead of running upstairs. Tatum was funny and lovable with all the witty sarcasm but she was doomed from the start. In what was the most memorable yet hilariously "slap-your-head" acts of stupidity, Tatum decides to squeeze her way through a tiny dogie door from an electric powered garage door. The reason her kill is not higher on the list is that many can debate whether Ghostface was the actual killer. Her demise was at the fault of the garage door but the killer did press the button. It all depends on the interpretation.
5. Jennifer Jolie - Scream 3
5. Jennifer Jolie - Scream 3
Like the #10 spot on the list, this iconic victim comes from the lackluster conclusion of the Scream trilogy. Many of the kills near the end of the movie were quick and pointless, but this one made up for the two before. Jennifer was the sarcastic and spoiled actress who made her "big break" in the Stab franchise that covered Sidney's life: her character was Gale Weathers. She played the comic relief, but the last laugh was from Ghostface. Through what seemed to be a staple in the horror genre (big house, secret passageways), Jennifer was trapped behind the walls looking through two-way soundproof mirrors, desperately trying to scream for help while the killer was approaching. This appeared higher on the list because it's one of the more memorable scenes from the last movie.
4. Maureen Evans - Scream 2
This scene was the stereotypical celebrity kill in the opening minutes of the movie; an homage to the first Scream movie. Maureen and her boyfriend, Phil, are going to the advanced screening of Stab. Phil was killed off early in the bathroom and the killer (disguised as Phil in full Ghostface costume) has positioned his seating beside an unsuspecting Maureen. What happened next seemed to be an act of Mob mentality! Once Maureen realized something was up when she found blood on his jacket, the killer began to stab Maureen while everyone cheered him on thinking it was a publicity stunt and her to be the weak gimmick victim. Machiavelli would be proud.
3. Casey "CiCi" Cooper - Scream 2
Here is another gem from the second installment of the Scream trilogy and this one is provided by a Scream Queen herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Following on the heels of the memorable phone call and sorority scene, CiCi is the sober sister for her sorority who begins to receive creepy calls from a mysterious individual. When she turns on the house alarm, the killer emerges and chases her up the stairs to her doom (Sidney would be so disappointed). The throwing of seemingly random items and running through the house culminates in her being thrown over the balcony. This is a personal favorite from the franchise.
2. Randy Meeks - Scream 2
He was the nerdy movie buff whose heart longed for the main heroine, Sidney. He survived the first movie and quickly became one of the series' favorite characters . However, what shocked movie-goers was that even a main character such as Randy was able to be killed off halfway through the sequel! Nobody expected Randy to be one of the casualties in the sequel but the shock of horror and anticipation earns him the runner-up spot on the list.
1. Casey Becker - Scream
Do we even need to announce who the top victim/kill of the Scream trilogy movies: Drew Barrymore's performance as Casey Becker . The top spot has to go to the most suspenseful and scariest moment that defined the entire franchise to come. The difference between Casey's and Steve's death is that viewers got to know Casey and were fooled into believing that she would be the main character. Surprisingly, she would be killed nearly 10 to 15 minutes later on. She's the first victim who perfected the scary phone call conservation, the running from the killer, and had the first encounter with Ghostface on screen. Casey Becker truly deserves the number one spot as the top Scream Trilogy victims.
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