Master of horror Wes Craven knew it would take a lot to outdo the opening of the original film in the Scream, so he went for the gut—literally—in the first few minutes of that film's sequel.

All starts out pleasantly enough, as college co-eds Phil Stevens (Omar Epps) and Maureen Evans (Jada Pinkett, before -Smith) attend an opening night screening of Stab, a movie based on the "real-life" events of the film's first events. Yes, things get meta. And they don't end well for either half of this doomed duo, whose names bear a striking similarity to the players in the first film and, as such, become part of the carnage.

Phil goes down first, when he hears a strange noise in the men's room stall and presses his ear to the divider to get a better listen. (Big mistake.) Maureen is next, when the costumed killer returns to Phil's seat, where he stabs her to death in front of an excitable crowd who believe she's just part of a super-cool publicity stunt.