Who said it?: Billy Loomis
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1996 horror/slasher film Scream. Directed by Wes Craven, Scream takes place in a sleepy town of Woodsboro. The peace of the town is broken when a serial killer named Ghostface starts killing individuals seemingly indiscriminately. This movie successfully revitalized the horror movie genre, which had been failing throughout the ’90s.
The quote comes from the climax of the film. It’s revealed that Ghostface is actually two people: Billy Loomis (played by Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher (played by Matthew Lillard). The pair plan to frame the father of Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell) for the murders and go so far as to injure themselves badly to make themselves look like victims. When Sidney comments they’ve become insane from watching too many horror movies, Billy rebukes this and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s never just one thing that makes a person do seemingly crazy things. It’s usually the culmination of many different little things throughout their life that pushes them over the edge to act on these urges. We all should be looking at the underlying reason for someone’s action and not what ultimately caused them to act on them.