Who Actually Killed Who In Scream?

Was it Billy? Was it Stu? Or was it really Roman Bridger?

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Wes Craven's 1996 Scream is an all-time classic horror movie.

Few horrors of the past 25 years can claim to have had as much of a genuinely game-changing influence on the genre as Scream, with the film managing to both poke fun at the overtired tropes of the genre whilst somehow still managing to be a terrifying movie in its own right.

Scream stared at the formulaic rules of the horror genre, laughed in their face, and then subsequently went about breathing new life into horror and, in particular, the slasher subgenre.

Two key components to any such horror offering, of course, are the amount of bodies piled up and having a good twist at play. The twist here would be that there are two Ghostface killers - Matthew Lillard's Stu Macher and Skeet Ulrich's Billy Loomis - and the kill count of this pair is quite the impressive one.

Given how both killers were adorned from head-to-toe in the Ghostface garb, it's not revealed exactly which of Stu or Billy are responsible for each death. Added to that, there's also the revelation in Scream 3 that Roman Bridger was a sinister presence in and around that first Scream movie.

For those contemplating who was responsible for each of the deaths in Scream, here's the breakdown of who was wielding the knife for each of these murders.

7. Steve Orth

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Fun fact. Actor Kevin Patrick Walls was at one point up for the role of Billy Loomis.

While Walls ultimately lost out on that role to Skeet Ulrich, he would still be a part of Scream after being tasked with playing Steve Orth. The boyfriend of Drew Barrymore's Casey Becker, Steve doesn't even get a line of dialogue in the movie, but he has a major impact on the initial viewing experience of watching Scream.

Steve is the first person that we see killed in Scream and that moment in itself is the first time that we get to see Ghostface in action. And what brutal, bloody action it is!

Gagged and taped to a chair, Steve's fate is left down to Casey's knowledge of horror films. When she incorrectly lists Jason Voorhees as the killer of the first Friday the 13th picture - the killer of that movie being Jason's mother, Pamela Voorhees - that means that Steve's days are numbered.

Stabbed, slashed, and turned into a gutted piece of patio furniture, Steve bites the bullet quicker than you can say "what's your favourite scary movie?" - and the person under the Ghostface mask for this particular kill is Stu Macher, as confirmed by the filmmakers.

With Billy's Ghostface at this point in time more focussed on what's going on inside Casey's house, it's Stu who's left to deal with matters outside Casey's house.

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