The first killer revealed is Mickey. Played by a pre-“Justified” Timothy Olyphant, Mickey has been telegraphing his guilt from the jump. He’s got creeper written all over him — from his movie obsession, his “don’t trust me” ’90s haircut, to his penchant for a Kubrickian stare, as described by TV Tropes. This is all intentional. Mickey wants to get caught so that he can blame movies for his violent nature and become a cause celebre for the Tipper Gore set.
“Scream 2” came out after the launch of Court TV, as well as the famous and well-documented trials of O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers, Lyle and Erik. Crime media was omnipresent in the ’90s. It didn’t matter if they went unsolved like the murders of JonBenet Ramsey, Tupac Shakur, and The Notorious B.I.G. — or if they were open and shut like Selena’s slaying by Yolanda Saldivar. At a time when even Judge Lance Ito from the O.J. case can become a star, it makes sense that Mickey would see murder as an easy route to fame. But for his plan to work, Mickey needed someone to pay his tuition. Enter Mrs. Loomis.