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Everything We Know About The New ‘Scream’ Movie

Slasher fans, get ready to scream. The iconic horror movie franchise Scream makes its return with a fifth installment on January 14th. Wes Craven’s series helped define a new age of horror in the ‘90s as well as refreshed the genre for a new decade when its fourth installment premiered in 2011. 

As we wait for the latest Scream film to drop in theaters, here’s everything we know about the new movie. 

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Scream brings back our favorite characters  

Neve Campbell makes her return as the strong-willed final girl Sidney Prescott. Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Marley Shelton also reprise their roles as Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley, and Judy Hicks, respectively. Roger L. Jackson is back with his haunting portrayal of the voice of Ghostface.  

At first, Neve Campbell felt hesitant about returning to the franchise after Wes Craven’s death. Fortunately, the new directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, gave her reassurance. The duo, known for their work on the comedy horror Ready or Not, wrote Neve a letter to convince her to return. 

“I watched Ready Or Not, and I realized that they were superbly talented and that their movie was certainly in keeping with the tone of the Scream movies,” Neve tells Total Film. “And in the letter, they said that they became directors because of Wes Craven and because of the Scream movies. And so it just seemed like the right fit.”


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In this latest installment, audiences get to see what Sidney, Dewey, and Gail are up to now and how they all get roped back into the dangerous bloodbath. 

Scream will introduce new faces

The latest Scream film will also feature characters brand new to the franchise. Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera star as sisters Tara and Sam Carpenter. The Boys Jack Quaid plays Richie, while 13 Reasons Why star Dylan Minnette is Judy’s son Wes. 

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The rest of the cast includes Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Kyle Gallner, Sonia Ben Ammar, and Mikey Madison

The Scream team features new filmmakers and old favorites

In addition to directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt pens the new Scream film. Kevin Williamson, who was the original screenwriter for the first 4 movies, steps into the role of executive producer.


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Scream deals with a new killer

While most of the plot of the film has been kept under wraps, what we do know is that Sidney Prescott has to return to her hometown. The film’s synopsis says, “Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.” 

The movie will play into the trope of “anyone could be a suspect” as each character holds the Ghostface mask on the poster.

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The Scream movie poster also includes the words: “The killer is on this poster.” While this could just be a tease, it could also be giving us a hint that the killer could be any of the characters in the movie. Only time will tell.


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Get ready for the spook of a lifetime when Scream releases in theaters on January 14, 2022.

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