16 Horror Movie Tropes That The New "Scream" Called Out

    It's time you brush up on your horror movie knowledge!

    Scream, the fifth film in the titular franchise, has been released, and once again, audiences were presented with a deep, satirical analysis of horror cinema.

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    While this sequel pays homage to the original film, being a meta-horror film, it calls out numerous tropes that have sprouted over the years, giving a new spin on the Scream franchise and the horror genre itself. And so, here's a list of the 16 Horror Tropes Called Out In Scream (2022).


    16. Never Trust the Love Interest

    Billy Loomis with fake blood on his hand and shirt in "Scream" (1996)

    15. The Killer's Motive Is Always Connected to Your Past

    14. The First Victim Has a Friend Group the Killer Is a Part Of

    13. Turn Around — The Killer's Behind You

    Kenny sitting on the couch watching a film while Ghostface watches him in "Scream" (1996)

    12. The Requel

    11. The Opening Girl Dying

    Tara holding a knife with a phone to her ear while Ghostface runs up behind her from the dark in "Scream" (2022)

    10. Get Out of Town

    9. Elevated Horror

    Chris crying while he is hypnotized in "Get Out"

    8. The Shower Murder

    Norman Bates dressed as his mother holding a knife after pulling the Marion's shower curtain open in "Psycho" (1960)

    7. The Frightening Phone Ring

    A phone with an unknown person calling in "Scream" (2022)

    6. Giving a Sequel the Same Title as the Original

    5. Don't Go Upstairs

    Ghostface chasing Sidney upstairs in "Scream" (1996)

    4. Don't Go in the Basement

    3. Hiding Behind the Door

    2. The Scary Guy in the Mirror

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    We've all seen that thing in a horror movie when a character looks in a mirror, looks away, and looks in the mirror to see someone scary in the reflection. In fact, Saturday Night Live did a whole sketch about it years ago. We see this happen when Sam gets a drink of water from a sink and sees a bloodied Billy Loomis in the mirror. But instead of being frightened, she calmly scoffs at this specter. Since Sam is haunted by the fact that she is Loomis's daughter, she's had to deal with this traumatic vision for quite a while, making this a clever use of such a common scary movie trick to explore the protagonist's trauma while staying true to the film's meta nature.

    1. Don't Answer the Phone

    Tara holding the phone up to her ear in "Scream" (2022)

    What do you think of this list? Were there any other horror movie tropes that the new Scream called out? Please let me know in the comments section below.