It has been 10 years since the last time movie audiences around the world saw OG Screamers Never Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox together again and fighting for their lives up on the big screen in Scream 4…not to mention, 25 years since director Wes Craven delivered the first and seminal Kevin Williamson-scripted scary-movie send-up that launched an enduring franchise (and fandom) and changed the course of the horror genre forever. Forever, I tell ya.
Funny: I saw the first Scream on VHS in Lima, Peru. Scream 2 I caught a few weeks into its run at a theater in South Florida (basically alone in a theater, which is freaky, as anyone who knows the sequel understands). I still remember the lights of the Cinemark Jockey Plaza back in Lima, where I watched Scream 3 twice in one day (matinée on my own, vermouth with friends) months before moving to the United States of America…. Scream 4 I watched at a press screening in Miami, a few years after meeting Craven at a press roundtable for Red Eye in Miami.
And now Scream 5 – 5cream, if you ask moi, although officially simply and only Scream – is coming to a Bay Area multiplex near me and now, all this time later, the quiet town of Woodsboro is set to scream again on screen. For the very first time, a fifth time.
A new killer in a Ghostface mask is terrorizing Woodsboro teenagers, y’ see, dead-set on exhuming secrets from the town’s deadly past, which, of course, expedites a coming-home for Campbell’s Sidney Prescott, Arquette’s Dewey Riley, and Cox’s Gale Weathers. Joining them is Scream 4’s Marley Shelton as Dep. Judy Hicks and a fresh-faced troupe of next-gen performers including In the Heights’ Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding (hulu’s Love, Victor), Dylan Minnette (Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, TV’s Lost) Jenna Ortega, and Jack Quaid (Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys).
Helmed by Ready or Not’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, Scream is due out on Jan. 14, 2022.