The Scream franchise revamped teen horror in the late ‘90s with its original trilogy following Sidney Prescott. The series of slasher flicks made a resurgence back in 2011 with Scream 4, bringing the story into a new millennium with familiar faces and new characters. And, just when we all thought the Ghostface saga was done, the announcement of a fifth film sent fans into a frenzy. There’s much speculation abound and some frustration over its title but the excitement is ramping up once again as Sidney prepares to return to Woodsboro and we meet the new targets of Ghostface. Here’s everything we know about Scream (2022). Make sure to check for updates as the premiere date gets closer.
The film’s title is Scream. (We will refer to it as Scream (2022) for clarity.) Yes, that is the same title as the 1996 original film. Talk about some confusion. Scream isn’t the first franchise to do this. There’s Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2018), with the latter ignoring the many sequels between them for a direct continuation of the story.
This latest Scream will follow the events of Scream 4. However, it could be a sign that the franchise is going to refresh itself with new leads. Sidney, Dewey, and Gale have been around for many, many years and it is time to pass the torch (if there will be subsequent films). If not, perhaps the title is a full circle type of deal to end things for real this time.
Scream (2022) Plot
In a world of many leaked plots, Scream (2022) has managed to keep its narrative under wraps. We do know that murder will bring Sidney back to Woodsboro to face Ghostface once again. That’s evident from this “Welcome Home, Sidney” message from the Scream Twitter account back in September 2020. And we can figure out a portion of the rest. Many people will die, Sidney will get snappy with and fight the antagonist, and some shocking twist will reveal a new killer.
The trailer that every fan has been waiting for finally arrived on October 12. Sid comes back to town to help Sam, whose sibling Tara is attacked by Ghostface. Apparently, the initial string of attacks are against people who are related to Billy and Stu, the original killers. The clip shows Ghostface in an even more ominous light, his tone darker and his figure looming in shadows and over victims. This movie is gonna be a scream.
The Scream Movies official Twitter page invited fans to join the Woodsboro Horror Film Club. The link goes to a Facebook fan page with promises that fun things are on the way. Including screams that will really hurt your throat. For now, it’s a wonderful community to talk about all things Scream. The eagle-eyed among us noticed that the fictional club’s logo hides a zip code within it. The zip code, 94971, is for Tomales, CA, where Stu Macher’s house is located in real-life. So, it looks like a major part of the plot will revolve around the sordid past of this residence.
There is also an intriguing new poster. It features a haunting close shot of Ghostface with his signature knife and the following tagline: “It’s Always Someone You Know.” Now that’s a line that will cause a ton of speculation.
Behind the Scenes
Scream (2022) will be directed by franchise newcomers Matt Bettinelli-Olphin and Tyler Gillett. The previous four films were directed by horror legend Wes Craven, who died in 2015. Bettinelli-Olphin and Gillett are 2/3 of the Radio Silence filmmaking trio, known for V/H/S and Devil’s Due. James Vanderbilt of Amazing Spider-Man fame pens the script while original screenwriter Kevin Williamson steps into the executive producer role. Filming wrapped in Wilmington, NC in November 2020. The cast and crew famously posted Stu Macher’s house from Scream as a filming location.
Scream (2022) Cast
Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette will reprise their roles as the infamous trio Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley, and Gail Weathers Riley, respectively. And, of course, Roger L. Jackson will give voice to Ghostface once again. Returning with the veteran cast is Marley Shelton as Judy Hicks, a Woodsboro police officer who survived the events of Scream 4.
There are also a ton of new faces to the franchise. According to Entertainment Weekly, Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera will play sisters Tara and Sam Carpenter. (Love the homage to John Carpenter.) The Boys Jack Quaid will portray Richie, who is presumably not a high school student, and Dylan Minnette as Wes, Judy’s son. There’s also Mikey Madison as Amber (who looks suspect) and Kyle Gallner as Vince. Jasmine Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding are confirmed in the film and are playing Woodsboro High School students Mindy and Chad. Right now, there’s not much known and officially confirmed about these characters and how they connect in this story.
However, the aforementioned EW report does give us the first images of the characters. Hopefully, more details about them will come forth. Interestingly, many of the actors refer to the newbies as “fresh meat,” which means a lot of them won’t make it to the end credits. After a noticeable lack of diversity in the previous films, it is glorious to see so many people of color.
Scream (2022) Release Date
The film will release in theaters on January 14, 2022.
Originally published on October 11, 2021.