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A horror movie is being made about a case Frank solved 13 years prior, in which people were killed in ways that mirrored classic horror films. Now, a new string of killings is happening that features the same M.O. Frank and Emma are brought on to the set in hopes that Frank can stop the copycat just like he did the original.
Although a killer influenced by horror films is on par with the premise of the film Scream, the plot of murders revolving around a film being made based on "real" events is remarkably similar to Scream 3, which also starred Lance Henriksen.
When watching the original Halloween with Emma, Frank comments on Michael Myers being Laurie's sister. However, this plot angle is absent in the first film, added only retrospectively in the sequel.
Frank observes that Mrs. Voorhees from Friday the 13th adopts a hockey mask persona, but she never dons the hockey mask, an iconic horror symbol that does not even appear until the third film. To add confusion to this, the tape that Emma puts in the VCR is Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.