Some of the most iconic slashers in cinema have managed to survive entire franchises without showing their faces. But even so, it was almost always the same killer behind the mask. When it comes to the Scream franchise, the person behind the Ghostface mask was never the same. No matter how many years pass, as long as someone has the mask, the horrifying legend lives on. Which brings us to the new killer (killers?) who'll be donning the Ghostface mask this weekend in the new film "Scream." We'll also get to see some old faces resurfacing and some new teens who'll be lucky if they make it to the end of the film. If they play by the horror movie rules, maybe they'll have a shot at not dying. So, to make sure you're ready for the new killer, we've picked out the 9 things you need to know before you watch "Scream."
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
For the continuation of this spooky franchise, there are two directors leading the way, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Prior to being brought on for this project, these two co-directed films like "Ready or Not" and "V/H/S." All of the previous Scream films were helmed by the late, great horror icon Wes Craven, so we'll be very interested to see the direction and tone that these filmmakers decide to go with.
Kevin Williamson Is Executive Producing
Kevin Williamson, the screenwriter who created the characters for these films and who wrote all of the screenplays, with the exception of "Scream 3," won't be writing this time around but is instead an executive producer. Williamson worked closely with Craven to make the Scream franchise what it is today. Williamson even posted a tweet of approval mentioning that he believes Wes Craven would be proud of this new iteration.
Neve Campbell Is Returning as Sidney Prescott
One of the things we know for sure is that there would be no franchise without original scream queen Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). In the very first film, Sidney was up against two Ghostface killers, one of whom was her boyfriend at the time, and she's still alive. She's the equivalent of Laurie Strode from the Halloween movies. She started as the damsel in distress who made every wrong decision and trusted every wrong instinct. And now she's the one they call when there's a new Ghostface enthusiast in town.
Courtney Cox Is Back as Gale Weathers
The reporter who was always toeing the line between reporting the story and actually being part of it, Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), returns. In her search for the truth, Gale Weathers and Sidney Prescott historically haven't seen eye to eye. Weathers has even received a few punches to the face from Sidney due to her unrelenting "gotcha journalism" style of reporting. But Weathers always seems to show up just in the nick of time to help save the day. Whether or not Sidney would like to admit it, she wouldn't be alive if not for Gale Weathers and her boldness.
David Arquette Returns as Deputy Dewey Riley
There's really only been one deputy in town that we've ever truly known, and love to this day. And although we might sometimes question how he's lived this long, we're happy to share the news that Deputy Dewey Riley (David Arquette) is back in action. With every additional Scream film, one of the things we can say about Dewey is that we know he's improving. He's gained much more confidence in himself, and he's finally accepted that in order to survive these films, you have to play by the horror movie rules. Many people underestimate Dewey. But he's always been a hero when it counted the most.
Marley Shelton Will Return as Deputy Judy Hicks
This deputy was only in the most recent film "Scream 4," but we thought it'd be worth mentioning that she'll be returning for this new flick as well. Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton), who was formerly a deputy, is now the head honcho as the new sheriff in town. If you saw the previous film, you'll probably remember that Judy Hicks almost died towards the very end of the film. If it wasn't for her bulletproof vest, then there would be one less thing that we'd be telling you about.
There's a New Generation of Teens Being Hunted
When we're talking about this being the fifth Scream film, one of the things you should know is that even though some of the survivors are returning, the main focus will be on a new set of kids. Essentially, Woodsboro begins seeing some new killings starting to occur. Once Dewey Riley gets wind of what's going on, he reaches out to Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers. These killings always revolve around the anniversary of the original event when Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) started their sadistic slaughter. And 25 years to the day, a new Ghostface killer has decided to terrorize a whole new set of teens.
These Students Are All Connected to the Original Killers
Just as has been the case in the films leading up to this one, the killer(s) will have some kind of connection to Sidney Prescott or the founding murderers Billy Loomis and Stu Macher. Keep in mind, the killer is almost always much closer than you think so keep your eyes peeled for any suspicious or unsuspicious behavior. With these films, the culprit seems to find a way of standing right in front of you. And yet somehow, they go undetected. In our opinion, we think it would make sense that the killer would be one of these new teens that's being introduced into the franchise. And to take it even further, we would say that the most normal looking person is probably guilty. But that's something you'll have to decide for yourself.
Don't Forget the Rules of Horror
Of all the things we've mentioned regarding "Scream," the single most important thing to know is to make sure to follow the "rules". Let us explain for those who don't know. In some of the earlier films, we had a horror movie specialist Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) who walked us through all of the possible rules to remember about being in a horror movie. The basic rules of surviving a horror movie are that you can't drink, do drugs, have sex, or say “I’ll be right back”. There are also other ones that get more specific around the rules for sequels. We would advise to take all possible rules into account, and there might even be new rules we're not aware of yet.
January 14, 2022
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.