Scream, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, added a new chapter to the iconic slasher genre, but the film’s conclusion was full of gory shocks. The city of Woodsboro was the site of another slaughter nearly 25 years after Wes Craven released the original Scream film, bringing together Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley, and Gale Weathers. Newcomer Sam Carpenter, on the other hand, was at the core of Scream 2022.
Since Scream 4, the legacy characters had moved on, believing the threat had passed them by, but they all knew better. Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett were charged with resurrecting a popular franchise with a large fan base. They not only used a campy lens to ratchet up the gore, but they also used the element of fandom to give a new twist to the series.
What Happens at the End of Scream 2022
Scream’s third act was set at Stu Macher’s house, which was a familiar location. What appeared to be a memorial house party for Wes Hicks, the Ghostface victim was actually a prearranged get-together for Sam and the remaining legacy characters, Sidney and Gale. Richie, Sam, and Tara arrived at Amber Freeman’s house to grab Tara’s emergency inhaler. Amber exposed herself to be the first killer by shooting Liv McKenzie in the head while Tara’s friends continued to be murdered by Ghostface. Sidney and Gale were close behind Richie’s automobile, which led to the latter being shot by Liv as Sidney entered the same house as the showdown between her, Billy, and Stu.
Richie revealed himself as the second Ghostface killer shortly after Sidney valiantly confronted the nightmare once more. Amber and Richie devised the “third act” as a way to blame Sam for the latest Woodsboro murders, stating that the legacy characters, particularly Sidney, needed to perish. Tara temporarily foiled their plot, forcing the killers to divide off, with Amber focusing on Sidney and Gale and Richie on Sam. Sidney and Gale bested Amber after a skirmish in the kitchen, shooting her as she burst into flames from the oven after being bathed in hand sanitizer. Meanwhile, Sam, who had been stabbed like Sidney, went up against Richie. Sam grabbed a knife after seeing her father and uncontrollably stabbed Richie to death. As a nod to the previous Scream, Amber reappeared, prompting Sam to fire a few more shots at her.
The True Meaning Of Scream 2022 Final Scene
The latest Scream, which was dubbed a “requel” by some, poked fun at itself while also highlighting the concept of toxic fandoms. Craven’s first trilogy was self-aware and campy, satirising horror movie cliches and tropes. Scream 4 took it a step farther by including a meta aspect. A fresh generation of characters was also used in the 2011 film to serve as copycats with hidden motivations. Since then, the franchise’s universe has spiralled out of control thanks to the Stab films. The sequels veered off course, as many long-running series do, forcing committed “real fans” like Amber and Richie to return to what made the storey so special in the first place.
There were high hopes for the new Scream, especially because it was the first film without Wes Craven. Fandoms often skew expectations, and the poisonous side of those fandoms has a nasty habit of slamming sequels, reboots, and revivals if they don’t live up to the originals. As Sidney, Gale, and Sam smashed their warped ideas, Amber and Richie embodied the poison of individuals who can’t tell the difference between movies and real life. Stab was a movie franchise, but those who lived through the terror, like Sidney, were ready to point out the truth. Scream delivered another self-aware conversation about the genre it has influenced for almost 25 years in this way.