“What’s your favorite scary movie?” That’s the question that filmmaker Wes Craven asked horror fans in 1996 with Scream. Up until that point, the iconic horror director was best known for haunting our nightmares with the Nightmare on Elm Street films. But he introduced a new generation of movie goers to terror with “Ghostface,” the title given to the various killers who have donned the black robe and ghost mask while terrorizing their victims in the Scream franchise. The film revamped the slasher genre by leaning into the clichés, and taking a meta approach to the storytelling.
Scream 5 will release in 2022
The original cast of characters (those who have survived, anyway) are returning for the fifth film. Including Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, David Arquette as Dewey, and Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers. This will be the first film in the series not directed by Wes Craven, whom passed away in 2015. Stepping in to direct the new film are Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. WATCH THE TRAILER BELOW:
Fans of the genre are excited for a new chapter in the Scream franchises. While there have definitely been some low moments (we’re looking at you Scream 3), the franchise has overall faired very well with critics and fans alike. Scream (79%), Scream 2 (81%) and Scream 4 (60%) all have fresh ratings on the critical review site Rotten Tomatoes. That’s an impressive accomplishment for a horror franchise.
Scream 5 has been confirmed to have an R rating, which is no surprise. Every previous entry has been rated R. The film is set to hit theaters on January 14th of next year. This means it won’t be here in time spooky season. But if you can’t wait until next year to see teenagers being slaughtered by a madman, you have Halloween Kills hitting theaters and Peacock this week.
So, what is your favorite scary movie?