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    16 Things I Learned From Watching The "Scream" Movies

    Never answer the phone.

    I don't know about you, but somewhere between 25%–40% of the reason I watch horror movies is to take notes — just in case I find myself in the sort of situation Hollywood might make a horror movie about.

    This is especially true for the Scream movies. I've probably watched each of the first four around a dozen times, give or take a few, and as a result, I like to think I'd stand a fighting chance in the face of a killer (or at the very least manage to get a few good jabs in there).

    Scream poster

    To gear up for the latest entry in the franchise, here are some of the things I've learned from watching (and rewatching) the Scream movies over the years.

    Sidney and Gale in Scream 5

    1. Never be alone in a giant house with no neighbors within walking (or running) distance.

    Casey Becker in Scream

    2. Never answer the phone.

    CeCe Cooper on the phone in Scream 2

    3. Always assume the killer is in the house.

    Sidney being attacked by Ghostface in Scream

    4. If there's a killer on the loose, it's not the time to party.

    Party scene in Scream

    5. If you are going to party, don't go wandering off by yourself.

    Tatum in Scream

    6. Always make sure the safety is off.

    Gale Weathers in Scream

    7. Don't eavesdrop on people in the bathroom.

    Phil Stevens in Scream

    8. Suspect everyone.

    Mickey and Sidney in Scream 2

    9. If you have a chance to unmask the killer, just go for it.

    Ghostface, Sidney, and Hallie in Scream 2

    10. Forget unmasking and just kill him.

    Ghostface in Scream 2

    11. If the killer is trying to make you do one thing, do the opposite.

    Dewey and Gale in Scream 3

    12. Always keep an extra weapon handy.

    13. If you're playing with guns, use a bulletproof vest.

    Ghostface in Scream 3

    14. Just because you can go home again doesn't mean you should.

    Sidney holding a knife in Scream 4

    15. Never, ever, ever under any circumstances say, "I'll be right back."

    Randy in Scream

    16. And last but not least: Don't assume the killer is dead.

    Share some of your favorite lessons from the Scream movies in the comments!

    The fifth installment takes place 25 years after the original and finds Sidney, Dewey, and Gale teaming up with a new generation to take on a new Ghostface. See Scream in theaters January 14.

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