“What’s your favorite scary movie?” is a question that has been answered in many different ways throughout the ‘Scream’ saga, but probably the best response to Ghostface was given by Randy Meeks in the first sequel with her famous “‘Showgirls’. Absolutely terrifying.” Minutes later, the character that best represented the spirit of the work of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson he was murdered in a van… committing the biggest mistake of the entire pentalogy. And yes, that includes the mere existence of ‘Scream 3’.
the three rules
Randy Meeks is not only the character from whom I vilely stole my nickname decades ago, but the one who dictated the rules of horror movies in the first part (don’t have sex, don’t drink or take drugs and never, under any circumstances, say “I’ll be right back” because you’ll never come back) and became a pivotal secondary throughout the saga. So much so, that even, after his death, in ‘Scream 3’ they found a videotape of him by chance and in ‘Scream (2022)’ they erected altars in his honor. Both are the only two not scripted by Kevin Williamson… and the fact is that the scriptwriter He regrets ending his life a lot. according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
I thought if I killed someone really important to the audience in the middle of the movie, it would raise the hype. Everything can happen. I knew we weren’t going to kill Sidney or Gale or Dewey. Those characters were safe in ‘Scream 2’, so I had to take a look at the secondary ones. I love Randy, he would have given it a longer life if he knew the franchise was going to go on and on. I would have loved for him to be a character creating a legacy. So I thought it would be the punch in the stomach that the public needed at that moment to get angry with the murderer.
25 years have passed since ‘Scream 2’ and it is still one of the best sequels in the history of cinema, which completely reinvented the bases of the saga and surprised from the first minute with the goal reference par excellence. There are not a few who believe that Randy is actually still alive and will be the murderer of ‘Scream 6’, but something tells us that Jamie Kennedy is not very for the job. How many more twists and turns can the franchise take? Will any make the mistake of having killed the best character worse?