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Did you hear that, Stu? I think she wants a motive. Well, I don't really believe in motive, Sid. I mean, did Norman Bates have a motive? No. Did they ever really decide why Hannibal Lecter liked to eat people? Don't think so! See, it's a lot scarier when there's no motive, Sid.
~ Billy with Sidney, in the final showdown after revealing his true face.
We all go a little mad sometimes...
~ Billy quoting Norman Bates after he is revealed to be one of the killers.
William "Billy" Loomis is the main antagonist of Scream. He was a horror film fanatic who pressured his best friend Stu Macher into committing a killing spree in Woodsboro out of anger for his parents' separation. He is also the first archenemy of Sidney Prescott.
Roman Bridger showed Billy video footage of Hank Loomis having an affair with Maureen Prescott, his girlfriend's mother. Roman convinced Billy to murder Maureen because she was the reason Mrs. Loomis left Hank and Billy. Roman told Billy to get an easily controllable accomplice he could pin on the murder and rape if it went wrong (Stu), and to frame another of Maureen's lovers (Cotton Weary). Billy and Stu followed the plan perfectly.
A year after Maureen's murder, Billy and Stu killed Casey Becker and Steven Orth. His choice of apparel is a generic Halloween costume that several people own, making finding the killer almost impossible. This killer is now known as Ghostface. They then begin to target Sidney. He is arrested after finding a cell phone on him the night Ghostface strikes her house. He is released due to lack of evidence as well as the fact that the killer continued to call Sidney, even while Billy was incarcerated (it was actually Stu calling).
Say hello to your mother!
~ Billy's last words to Sidney before he is shot by Gale and later killed by Sidney.
BillyIn the climax of the film, it is revealed that Billy and Stu are the "murderers" the whole time who took turns doing the killings while the other did the calls. They devise a plan to kill Sidney and frame Sidney's father for the killings, but after being distracted by Gale Weathers, Billy knocks her out when she forgot to pull the safety, just when Billy was just gonna kill Gale, Sidney is able to escape and fight back against Billy and Stu with their own Ghostface tricks back on them to see how they like it, as Sidney makes Billy really angry as Stu wasn't able to help him find because their plans to make themselves look like survivors made Stu too injured from a little bit of blood loss, as Billy looks for Sidney himself he gets distracted by the movie "Halloween" on TV as Sidney surprises and stabs him with an umbrella wearing their own Ghostface costume, after assuming he was dead, Stu gets back up and runs and yells straight at Sidney to kill her, but she managed to knock him down and ultimately kills Stu by smashing his TV on his head and electrocuted to death.
Billy suddenly awakens, punches Randy and attacks Sidney in rage, and pins her down as he just about had enough of Sidney ruining his plan as he tells her say hello to her mother when she's dead and just as he is about to kill her while he's strangling her, Sidney furiously jams her finger straight into his wound where she stabbed him as Billy screams in pain, as he then tries to stab her but Gale arrives in time and shoots Billy straight into his shoulder, assuming he's dead. As they gather around his "corpse", Randy states that the supposed dead killer would jump back for one last scare. Billy jumps up, only to be shot in the head by Sidney, finally killing him for good and putting an end to his killings.
What did you just say? Was that a negative, disparaging remark about my son? About my Billy?
~ Debbie Loomis to Sidney about her son Billy.
Billy was still dead through out the sequel but his mother Mrs. Debbie Loomis returned when she discovered her son Billy was killed by Sidney after the first killing spree he caused, later Mrs. Loomis and her partner (later pawn) she hired named Mickey Altieri copied Billy and Stu's motives so Billy's mother Mrs. Loomis can avenge his death with another killing spree to get revenge on Sidney for killing Billy, even though it was Billy's own fault for bringing that pain on himself. Mickey started the second killing spree by murdering an innocent couple in a movie theatre watching a movie called "Stab" based on Sidney's fight against Billy and Stu which became world famous 2 years later for bravery against those two monsters. When Sidney went to college she was reported agin for folks believing the second killing spree has something to do with her, as Gale comes back to interview Sidney again and Debbie pretends to be a writer and a fan of Gale's book about Billy and Stu's murder story, asking questions about her adventure against the killers. Later after the first three murders, She started wearing a Ghostface costume and started talking to Randy on the phone as Gale and Dewey try to find her because they knew she was watching them, while Randy was alone out in the open talking and trying to distract Debbie on the phone, she killed Randy because he bad-mouthed about Billy on how much of a stupid psycho he was, that enraged Debbie with those hurtful and truthful words he said to her, she brutally stabbed him multiple times as she escaped, Dewey and Gale ran back for him and they find his bleeding corpse in a van, later as Gale ran to her faslsey thinking Cotton was the killer but reveals herself to Gale and Sidney as Sidney recognises her that she's Billy's mother and the killer behind the second killing spree and she betrayed Mickey by shooting him as he shot Gale as she fell down the stage unconscious and assumed dead, as Debbie gloats and angrily yells at Sidney for killing her son, as Sidney argues back how she won't get with it as Debbie thinks otherwise wipes her finger prints off her gun it still wasn't enough to clean her evidence but still plans to frame Sidney for Mickey's murder, but Sidney angrily yells how it was her own fault for abandoning him and fights back by hurting her with the stage sets and as Debbie tries to kill Sidney in a desperate rage but Sidney had the upper hand until Cotton shows up with a gun threating to shot both of them unless he knows whats going on here, Debbie had her knife to Sidney's neck and tried to brainwash Cotton into letting her kill Sidney, reminding how Sidney sent him to prison two years ago and telling him he'll be the hero that stops the killer. Cotton pretends to think Debbie is right, until Sideny said consider it done, Debbie realised Cotton knew she was lying and her smile quickly turns into a scared shocking frown eventually shot by Cotton Weary to save Sidney's life, as Debbie was stupid enough to think it wasn't Billy's fault for getting Cotton arrested in the first place.
Sidney remembered conversations with Billy when she visited her bedroom set in the Stab 3 studios. She smiled at his sweet side before she thought of his sinister side.
Billy was once a caring and sweet person until his family was broken up due to his father having an affair with Maureen Prescott, the mother of his girlfriend Sidney Prescott. He suffered a psychotic breakdown, turning him into a sociopathic monster. He was very calculating and manipulative, strategically planning each of the murders and the attacks on Sidney to avoid any suspicion.
Maureen Prescott - Stabbed in groin/chest twice/head
Principal Arthur Himbry - Stabbed 3 times in chest/stomach, gutted, hung from high school football goal post after he died
Tatum Riley - Head crushed by garage door after being stuck in cat flap
Billy pretending to comfort Sidney after being released from jail.
He was described as "a young, strapping boy of seventeen. A star quarterback/class president type of guy. He sports a smile that could last for days" in the script.
Billy was named after the heroic Dr. Sam Loomis from Halloween, who was already named after one of the protagonists, Sam Loomis, from Psycho.
Billy quotes killer Norman Bates ("We all go a little mad sometimes") and his motive (avenging his mother) is that of Jason Voorhees' first kill. Interestingly, his mother's motive in the second movie was to avenge his death, much like Pamela Voorhees.
Being the first person to don the Ghostface mantle, Billy Loomis may be considered Predecessor Villain of the franchise, but Roman Bridger and John Milton are responsible for his fall into villainy.
His second motive might've been fear that Sidney will leave him, just like his mother left him.