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Since 1996, slasher film auteur Wes Craven has been making us jump in our seats with those darn Scream movies. Not all of the movies were perfect (*cough*Scream 3*cough*), but one thing is for certain: the movies certainly did flip the slasher movie genre on its head. Even to this day, Scream has an influence on pop culture. Scream 4 hit the theaters in 2011 and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they made a fifth one. And in the wake of MTV announcing that they will be making a TV series based on the movies, I decided to take a look back at the bloody movies and see what life lessons they have taught us.

1.) Don’t stay on the phone with a creepy stranger longer than you need to. Also, pay attention to your caller I.D. It will help you avoid situations like this:

2.) If you decide to be a killer, always remember to clean and sanitize your murder weapon of choice.

3.) Making stove-top popcorn is fun, but microwave popcorn is easier…and safer.

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4.) Note to detectives: if there is a string of murders in your town, consult video store clerks. They have all the answers.

5.) Every killer should giggle like Matthew Lillard.

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6.) We will never forgive Hayden Panettiere‘s hairstyle in fourth one. Never.

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7.) A quick escape does not a doggy door make.

8.) Closets still make a good hiding place.

9.) Even masked serial killers need a bathroom break.

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10.) If you’re famous or if you have a prominent presence on a movie poster…you’ll probably be one of the first people to die.

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11.) The franchise was aware of it was doing with the slasher genre. Very aware. That’s why it is awesome and gives us great one-liners like these:

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