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One thing that separates Scream and its sequels from other long-running slasher-film series — apart from the fact that most of its characters actually understand the significance of telling someone “I’ll be right back” when a knife-wielding masked killer is on the loose — is the fact that these movies are structured as whodunits. Though the Ghostface mask has become as iconic as Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask, Freddy Krueger’s burnt face, or Michael Myers’ half-melted William Shatner mask, the legion of Ghostface killers in Scream movies never develop supernatural resistance to death. It’s a different (and very mortal) person underneath every time — usually more than one, as characters in the newest Scream point out. This makes Scream films into particularly spoiler-sensitive slashers. (No offense to Friday the 13th fans, but can most of those sequels be spoiled at all?)

But as is often the case with the Scream series, the identity of the killer matters less than what the movie is saying about its killers. So let’s talk through the revelations in the final section of the 2022 Scream , number five in the series , and what they mean for the previous films in the franchise. Fair warning: There will be major Scream spoilers from here on out.

[ Ed. Note: He isn’t kidding. Ending spoilers for the 2022 Scream, aka Scream 5 , ahead.]

Is Rian Johnson in the new Scream movie ?

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If you ask Mindy Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown) early in the new Scream , she might explain that the real villain of the whole series is Looper director Rian Johnson. But the series she’s referring to is Stab , the movies-within-the-movies based on the events of Scream and its sequels. When real-world events ran out, the Stab series evidently went off on the usual slasher-movie tangents. (Back in Scream 4 , someone mentioned an entry that included time travel.)

The most recent Stab movie is apparently the eighth installment, rechristened just Stab (sound familiar?) and directed by the “ Knives Out guy,” as one character refers to Johnson. He isn’t mentioned by name, and he doesn’t make a personal appearance. He might as well, though; the new Scream crew is clearly thinking about the divisive, rabid response to Johnson’s Star Wars movie The Last Jedi . Mindy rants and raves about how ill-received Stab 8 was, and how it lost everything people loved about the original Stab and undermined the films that came before it. So to sum up, the last Stab was a Rian Johnson-directed eighth installment of a long-running franchise that made certain corners of the internet absolutely lose its mind over perceived slights to a nostalgic property. Noted.

A greater ambiguity in this scene is what Scream 5 is saying about the never-ending Last Jedi controversy. Like her uncle Randy, the designated film geek of the first two Scream s (with a video cameo in part three), Mindy is a fast-talking movie nerd who’s funny and likable. That makes her veiled shots at Last Jedi seem like a voice of expertise rather than fan entitlement. For a while, it seems like the movie is trying to have its cake and eat it too: satirizing the out-of-proportion fan derangement over The Last Jedi while also recasting Johnson’s thoughtful tweaks to Star Wars as equivalent to one of those late-period Halloween sequels that go off in nonsensical and vaguely insulting directions.

After all, Scream 5 ’s point-of-view character Sam (Melissa Barrera), who has returned to Woodsboro after years away after her sister was attacked by someone in a Ghostface mask, doesn’t seem to have much opinion about movie franchises. She depends on people like Mindy (or her sister Tara, who claims to prefer “elevated horror”) to define the rules.

Does Scream have a post-credits scene?

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If you stay through the end credits of Scream , the closest thing you’ll get to a credit cookie is catching Rian Johnson’s name in the “special thanks” section toward the end of the crawl, indicating that the filmmakers aren’t actually exercising genuine animosity toward the Knives Out guy. It even seems plausible that directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (who, like Johnson, started out in low-budget genre territory before getting called up to do a big franchise picture) sought and received his blessing to make him the in-universe director of Stab 8 .

As for an actual mid-or-post-credits tease for Scream 6, the movie contains nothing of the sort. The new filmmakers seem to understand that it wouldn’t fit the Scream M.O. The other entries never really teased further sequels, since they definitively dispatched the people wearing the various masks and cloaks. For all of their jokes about rules, slashers, and sequels, the Scream s have steadfastly avoided planting seeds for future installments; the ending of Scream 3 , where series protagonist Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is comfortable enough to leave a creaking door ajar, is even a little poetic in its willingness to give the then-trilogy some metaphorical closure.

The latest movie makes a halfhearted concession to horror conventions by a quick shock-cut to an image of the Ghostface costume before the credits, but it’s completely context-free. It isn’t an actual character or plot point — just a quick jump-scare seemingly meant to fudge the kind of but-he’s-alive! ending these movies have never indulged, but that both slasher fans and franchise-movie watchers have come to expect.

So who’s the killer in Scream 5 ?

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Everyone knows that the killers in the first Scream are Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and his best friend Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard). Scream 5 is written to be self-conscious about its status as what the characters call a “requel” — a film that combines elements of a remake (with new characters in a similar situation) and a sequel (with old characters returning to please the fans).

So it turns out that the killers in the 2022 Scream were inspired by the original killings — their whole motivation for reviving Ghostface is to be the reboot they want to see in the world. It turns out that Amber (Mikey Madison), bestie of Tara (Jenna Ortega), the girl who is attacked (but not killed!) in Scream 5 ’s traditional opening sequence, is a hardcore Stab fan who wants new “source material” to fuel a back-to-basics Stab sequel. And in a nod to the original film, where one of the killers was Sidney’s boyfriend, Amber’s partner in murder is Richie (Jack Quaid), the seemingly innocuous boyfriend of Tara’s older sister Sam — who is Billy Loomis’ secret daughter. (Naturally, the movie calls out the possibility of the fatal love interest early on, which serves as a fake-out for Richie’s nefarious true nature.)

Even though Amber and Richie repeat the killer-boyfriend trope in real life, they aren’t sticking to reality for their new Stab script. They actually want to frame Sam for the murders, because Sam carrying on her dad’s legacy would be a classic “requel” move. Basically, they want to shape a real-life narrative so it can inspire a movie they want to see — something “for the fans”! — and they’re rewriting their chosen story in blood.

As with a lot of Scream sequels, it ultimately doesn’t matter much who the killers are. The motivation, rather than the killers’ identity, tends to be integral to each sequel’s thesis — though this also means that the film’s thesis doesn’t emerge until the climatic monologue where the killers inevitably explain themselves. (The series’ legacy characters, Sidney, Gale (Courteney Cox), and Dewey (David Arquette), are endearing and resilient, but they don’t have much of a track record in terms of actually solving mysteries.) After all, for the whodunit to work, at least a few suspects have to remain plausible for much of the running time.

Accordingly, almost any of the supporting characters in Scream 5 could fill the role of “crazed superfans obsessed with restoring Stab / Scream to its original glory.” The real villain here is toxic fandom. Amber and Richie are exactly the fans who Mindy is alluding to earlier in the movie when she describes a visceral Reddit reaction against Stab 8 . It’s clear in retrospect that Richie, who seemed to be watching Stab movies on Netflix and complaint videos on YouTube as a way of cheerfully catching up with Sam’s situation, was actually indulging his obsession with the series he feels has lost its way.

Though other Scream movies have saved some pointed commentary for their last 30 minutes ( Scream 4 is kind of slack in the middle, but it has a killer final act about desire for social-media fame), this one feels especially barbed in satirizing the fan desire not just for more sequels, but for sequels made to their exact specifications, and with fans’ preferred ideas about mixing the old and new — ideas which are often straight out of a hacky screenwriter’s limited imagination, just like Amber and Richie’s next-gen-Loomis notion is. After so many “for the fans!” PR tours, there’s something thrilling about a slasher series that has its knives out for the worst parts of fandom.

Who dies in the 2022 Scream ?

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Another aspect of the Scream series that sets it apart from other slashers is that it’s maintained a core cast of beloved characters across five installments, something virtually unheard of in other horror series. Laurie Strode will have appeared in seven Halloween movies by the time David Gordon Green’s new trilogy is completed in 2023, but bringing her back involved resetting the continuity. Sidney, Gale, and Dewey have appeared in every Scream movie without a reset. The series is notable for the fact that the villain isn’t the unstoppable Michael Myers-style killing machine — Sidney Prescott is the one who ultimately can’t be stopped, and the audience knows that. Maybe because the series is so aware of slasher clichés, it’s never resorted to giving Sidney an ignominious end for the sake of shock value.

But the filmmakers do try something a little different here: Dewey, whose survival of multiple stabbings has become a running joke in the series, actually does die this time around, capping off a sad postscript to his sheriff days where he broke things off with Gale again, was forced into early retirement, and became an alcoholic loner. Rough stuff, but it does give David Arquette some meatier material than just feuding with Gale. Call it his Han Solo moment; we all want our Han moments to recall the original Star Wars , but sometimes they’re more like The Force Awakens .

The other deaths — like Sheriff Judy (Marley Shelton), who seems to have been brought back from Scream 4 for the express purpose of being a “legacy” character who’s also expendable — are relatively predictable, though they’re light by the series standards. In this one, multiple teenagers survive Ghostface attacks, with a robust cast potentially available to pick things up in Scream 6 .

Yet most of these characters also seem ill-equipped to carry those future, inevitable Scream follow-ups. For all of Scream’ s smart commentary about the artistic dead ends of “requels” and the toxic fans who chase them there, it still feels a bit like it’s painted itself into a corner: The more likable and capable characters it introduces (and Sam and Tara are both very easy to root for), the trickier it is to develop them beyond forever menacing them with new knife-wielding maniacs, and the harder it will be to balance out the “legacy” characters (even if only two major ones remain) with the new class. The best thing about the new Scream is that it punts any ongoing-franchise concerns to another film. The worst thing is that it’ll probably inspire one.

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Scream (2022) Ending Explained

The ghostface killer is back..

Jesse B. Gill

Warning: Full spoilers follow for 2022’s Scream. If you're wondering if there's a post-credits scene in the movie, we'll tell you right here: There is no post- or mid-credits scene.

Do you like scary movies? Some 25 years after the original came out, the Scream franchise is back in theaters with a super-meta slasher flick that only adds to the prolific body count of the Ghostface killer… or killers, rather. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not), this movie updates the Scream saga for a modern audience while also going back to basics.

And we’re here to break it all down for you, including diving into what the Scream 2022 (a.k.a. Scream 5) ending means and where the franchise could go from here. And be sure to read our Scream review while you're at it.

Scream (2022)’s Ghostface Killer Revealed

So of course the big question is: Who’s the killer in Scream 5?

Just like in the original, there are two Ghostface killers here. The first is Jack Quaid’s character Richie Kirsch, boyfriend to our main heroine, Sam Carpenter, who is played by Melissa Barrera. It just so happens that Sam is revealed to be the secret daughter of Billy Loomis, the original Ghostface killer… or one of the original Ghostface killers, actually. The lesson here? Always look at the love interest!

The other killer in the new Scream is Amber Freeman (Mikey Madison), the friend of Sam’s sister Tara. This pair mows down most of the new characters and also take out legacy characters alike before finally revealing themselves in the third act.

But how did we get here?

The film has the classic Scream opening as the Ghostface killer terrorizes and attacks a teenage girl, in this case Tara, as she’s home alone in the town of Woodsboro, California. This time, however, the girl lives and her sister Sam, now living in Modesto, rushes back to be with her.

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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. Neve Campbell (“Sidney Prescott”), Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) and David Arquette (“Dewey Riley”) return to their iconic roles in Scream alongside Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sonia Ammar. Scream opens only in theaters on January 14, 2022.

But Sam’s got a secret. As a teen, she learned that she’s the daughter of Billy Loomis. Running away from whatever hereditary destiny may be in store for her, she left Woodsboro as soon as she could and has been taking meds to shut out the visions she’s been having of her young, bloodied dad (played by a heavily CG’d Skeet Ulrich, reprising his role from the original).

Anyway, once Sam gets to Woodsboro, a townsperson related to one of the former victims is killed and she realizes that this is only the beginning for the new Ghostface Killer. Many of Tara’s friends and acquaintances are related to prior franchise characters, placing huge targets on their backs, and it’s up to Sam to put an end to the threat. This is where the original film’s surviving trio come in: Sam recruits former Sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette) to help protect Tara and her sister’s friends. And Dewey reaches out to Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) to warn them to not return to Woodsboro.

Unfortunately, Ghostface slashes up the town, killing Sheriff Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) and her son Wes (Dylan Minnette) at their home. This is where on-again/off-again couple Gale and Dewey reunite and rehash how their relationship ended.

With the whole sheriff’s department at the Hicks house, Sam realizes Tara is left unattended, so she and Dewey race to the hospital only to find Ghostface attacking Tara and Richie. Dewey riddles Ghostface’s body with bullets and gets the three to an elevator before staying behind to finish Ghostface for good. Unfortunately, the masked psycho kills Dewey.

At the hospital, Gale arrives to see Dewey’s body, and shortly after Sidney arrives to comfort her friend. At the same time, Sam decides to take Tara out of Woodsboro immediately. As a fellow final girl, Sidney offers her help to stop Ghostface, but Sam rejects it and leaves with her sister and boyfriend. Using a tracker, Sidney and Gale follow the trio to Amber’s house (which just so happens to be the same house that Stu Macher, the other Ghostface from the first film, commited a couple of murders at after throwing a house party).

Once the house party gets cleared out, Richie finally reveals himself as one of the Ghostface killers – he’s a rabid superfan of the Stab movie franchise (the in-universe series based on the Woodsboro killings) and he teamed up with Amber to stage a new series of killings in order to bring glory back to the franchise after years of being disappointed by it.

After seeing her dad in a mirror, Sam finds the Ghostface blade and, warning never f#@k with the “daughter of a serial killer,” stabs Richie a bunch of times. Meanwhile, Sidney and Gale fight Amber, who is remarkably resilient. Gale asks Sidney if she wants to do the honors, but Sidney says, “It’s all yours” and tosses Gale the gun, who she shoots Amber. Amber then falls onto the stove and catches on fire.

Once again, the threat of the Ghostface killer is put to an end and order is restored to Woodsboro. For now.

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Is There a Scream End Credits Scene?

This one is easy: There are not post- or mid-credits scenes in Scream 2022.

What’s Next for the Scream Series?

So where does the new Scream movie leave the franchise now?

The Ghostface killers are dead but that’s happened many times before and a new Ghostface always rises again to terrorize the residents of Woodsboro. So if Paramount Pictures wants to make more Scream movies after this, they certainly could. One of the most impressive accomplishments of this take on the franchise is that it presents a future where Sidney Prescott doesn’t have to be involved. The Carpenter sisters’ story sets up a whole new target for future Ghostfaces thanks to their secret father, while the Meeks-Martin twins (Mason Gooding and Jasmin Savoy Brown) manage to fill Jamie Kennedy’s Randy Meeks role from the original trilogy, while also taking on Dewey’s (formerly) unkillable mantle.

Meanwhile, the return to Stu Macher’s house has reinvigorated theories that half of the original Ghostface duo could still be alive. The Matthew Lillard character was pretty beaten up by the end of the 1996 original, and presumed dead, but we never see any kind of concrete proof that he didn’t make it out of that kitchen. With his parents’ obvious resources and no one ever coming after Sid and company for the death of their son, who’s to say ol’ Stu isn’t simply biding his time? And now, with his best friend returning in spectral form, what better time for his return than in Scream 6. Or is it Scream 2? Whatever, the next one!

But what did you think of Scream? Where should the franchise go from here? And is this the last we’ve seen of the Ghostface killer? Let us know what you think in the comments! And for more on the film, check out our How to Watch Scream feature.

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Who Is Ghostface In Scream 5?

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Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett revitalized the "Scream" series, creating one of the best horror reboots in recent years. Their first project, simply titled "Scream," was the fifth installment in the franchise, serving as a soft reboot and continuation with a mostly-new cast joining franchise icons Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette). 

"Scream" follows the standard format for the series, including the franchise's iconic self-aware perspective. Ghostface's identity is a massive mystery throughout most of the film until it's revealed during the climax as Amber Freeman (Mickey Madison) and Richie Kirsch (Jack Quaid). Inspired by the franchise's original killers –Stu (Matthew Lillard) and Billy (Skeet Ulrich) — and the in-universe "Stab" movies, this murderous dynamic duo achieved something that no previous Ghostface ever has: killing Dewey. 

With "Scream," directors Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett deliver a shocking Ghostface reveal. It probably helped that the filmmakers took extreme measures to prevent spoilers , giving the cast different scripts while filming. While Amber and Richie are dead and there's a new Ghostface for the most recent "Scream" film, these two ushered in a new era for the franchise and left a massive impact.

Amber's death in Scream is a familiar one for Mickey Madison

Mickey Madison's Amber meets a gruesome end at the end of "Scream," getting set on fire after her climactic fight with Gale. Going out in a ball of flames has become somewhat of a trend in Madison's young career as she came face to face with a flame-thrower-wielding Leonardo DiCaprio at the end of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

"I saw them as two completely different characters with that random coincidence," she told The Hollywood Reporter . "I actually didn't know that my character was supposed to be set on fire in the end. I thought that was supposed to be Jack's [Quaid] character's death because that's how he died in the script they had given me. So when they told me, I was definitely like, 'Huh, that's a funny coincidence.' But it wasn't a specific choice on [Radio Silence's] end in regard to me."

Madison revealed in the interview that she was one of the few that knew the ending of "Scream" before filming began. Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett pitched her the idea of playing Ghostface during the audition process, conveniently leaving out the fire bit. Hopefully, her next roles involve fewer flames.

Scream ending explained: your biggest questions answered

We dive deep into the ending of Scream and explain all


Scream has arrived on the big screen – and it's packed with twists, turns, shocking kills, and huge revelations.

This time, Melissa Barrera's Sam Carpenter takes center stage, drawn back to Woodsboro by a violent attack on her younger sister Tara (Jenna Ortega). Cue the bloodshed as Ghostface returns – and anyone with a link to the past is firmly in the killer's sights.

If you've seen the movie, you might have some questions about just how everything unfolded. We've dived deep into the slasher's bloody ending to unravel exactly how it all went down. To do so, we're going to be heading into major spoilers . Scroll on to have all your burning questions on Scream answered – and remember, if the phone rings while you're reading, don't answer it…

Scream ending explained

Scream ends with a bloody bang, but how did we get there? The action begins with Jenna Ortega's Tara Carpenter being brutally attacked by Ghostface. Unlike Drew Barrymore in the original Scream, Tara survives and is taken to hospital. Dylan Minnette's Wes calls Tara's older sister, Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera), who travels back from California to Woodsboro with her boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid).

Sam is actually the daughter of Skeet Ulrich's Billy Loomis, one of the killers in the original Scream . Sam has hallucinations of him (Ulrich returns to the role) and she takes medication to control them. Sam had previously abandoned Tara after learning the truth about her Dad, hence leaving Woodsboro. She now reveals the truth, but the younger sister asks her to leave.

Intent on stopping Ghostface and saving Tara from her inevitable fate, Sam and Richie enlist Dewey Riley (David Arquette) for help. He's broken up with Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and lives a lonely, miserable life – and has no interest in helping Sam because, as he says, he's been stabbed many times. He does give her a rundown of the rules of the franchise, though: never trust the love interest, there's always a link to the past, and the killer will be found in Tara's friend group. Dewey also contacts Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and Gale and warns them both not to return to Woodsboro.

Sam gathers Tara's friends to try and figure out who the killer could be, and is joined by Dewey, who's had a change of heart. This is when Mindy Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown), the niece of Randy Meeks, realizes that the killer is trying to make a 'requel' – that is, a reboot/sequel. To make a successful requel, there has to be a link to the original, and a blending of the new and the old, which is what Ghostface seems to be doing this time round. All of the attacks so far have had a connection to the past, even the murder of creepy guy Vince (Kyle Gallner), who is related to Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard), the other original killer. Wes, the son of Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton), is worried his mother could be a target as she appeared in the fourth movie, but is told nobody cares about the sequels.

However, that's not true. Both Wes and Judy are murdered by Ghostface, and when Sam arrives on the scene, she realizes nobody is at the hospital protecting Tara. She races there with Dewey and Richie, and they arrive in time to rescue Tara from certain death. But, as they all go to leave, Dewey remembers that you have to shoot Ghostface in the head – otherwise they always come back.

Dewey is about to take the shot when he's distracted by a ringing phone, and the unthinkable happens: he's stabbed twice and killed. Of course, Dewey has been stabbed and left for dead before, but this time, he's wheeled out in a body bag. It looks like this one is for real.

Gale is distraught when she learns of Dewey's death, and Sidney arrives at the hospital to talk to Sam, who doesn't want to listen – she plans on getting Tara out of Woodsboro, though Sidney warns that the killer will only follow. Sidney puts a tracker on Sam's car to keep an eye on her.

While leaving town, Tara realizes she can't find her inhaler. She left another at Amber's house, so Richie drives them there. When they arrive, a party in memory of Wes is in full swing. Prepare for bloodshed...

Mindy's twin Chad (Mason Gooding) goes out in search of his girlfriend Liv (Sonia Ammar) – and right on cue, is attacked by Ghostface. Richie clears out the partygoers, Liv returns without Chad, and Mindy is left alone watching Stab in the living room. While shouting at the movie's version of Randy to turn around because the killer is behind him (while he shouts at the person on TV to turn around, how's that for meta), Ghostface comes up behind her. She turns just in time, a fight ensues, and we're left thinking Mindy has been killed.

Meanwhile, Sidney and Gale have arrived at the house, and recognize it as the Macher house from the first Scream movie.

Richie, Liv, Amber, and Sam meet in the hallway and realize that one of them must be the killer – then Amber pulls a gun and shoots Liv dead, revealing she is Ghostface (one of them, anyway). It's then revealed that Richie is the second killer, and he stabs Sam. Gale gets shot by Amber, but presses on anyway in Dewey's memory.

Eventually, Gale, Sidney, and Sam end up in the kitchen with the killers, just like in the original Scream. It turns out Amber and Richie were not fans of the latest Stab movie, and plan a requel with Sam as the villain. But, of course, their plan is thwarted by Sidney and Gale, who (accidentally) set Amber on fire, and Sam then stabs Richie to death after being encouraged by a hallucination of her father. Amber comes back for one last murder attempt, but is shot dead by Tara, who Sam earlier discovered being held captive upstairs. 

When all is said and done, it's revealed that both Mindy and Chad survived, and Sam and Tara leave for the hospital together holding hands, properly reunited at last.

Who is Ghostface in the new Scream? 

Like any good Scream movie, the latest addition to the franchise is a whodunnit that's almost impossible to guess ahead of the big reveal. It's made more complicated by the fact that, once again, there are two killers – Richie and Amber.

Richie was in California when Tara was attacked, which seemingly gave him an alibi. He deliberately tracked down and struck up a relationship with Sam because he and Amber had learned of her true parentage, and they knew they needed her for their requel.

Amber says she got into the Stab franchise when she moved into the Macher house, and the duo met online as superfans who were both disappointed with the most recent Stab movie (as revealed earlier in the film, it was directed by the " Knives Out guy," AKA Rian Johnson). They take it upon themselves to save the franchise with their plan to create a new villain out of Sam by framing her for their murders – and, they say, Hollywood is out of ideas. 

Amber killed Dewey to make it clear that, in this movie, anyone can die. Richie rails against toxic fandom accusations: he's doing this all out of love for the movies, so how can that be toxic? Never mind that he's killed a whole load of people...

How are Richie and Amber defeated?

After Amber and Richie have their big reveal, Sidney, Gale, Tara, and Sam put a stop to their plan. Sidney and Gale handle Amber together in the kitchen, fighting her off in a struggle that ends with the killer knocked onto the lit stove, which promptly sets her on fire. She seems to be dead, but remember – they always come back!

As for Richie, Sam sees another hallucination of Billy Loomis, who points her in the direction of a dropped knife. She grabs it, and reminds Richie of a crucial maxim: "don't fuck with the daughter of a serial killer." Sam then stabs her ex-boyfriend over and over and over (and over) again, then, when Sidney points out you need a headshot to be sure, makes sure the job is finished with a gun.

It wasn't Richie they had to worry about jumping back up, though, but rather Amber – who runs out screaming. Tara shoots her dead, and says she'd rather be watching The Babadook , her favorite "elevated" horror movie.

Where does the Scream finale take place and what happened there? 

When Sidney and Gale follow the tracker planted on Sam's car to the location of the finale, they're disturbed by the realization that it's the Macher house, which is where the third act of the original Scream movie took place.

It was there that Billy Loomis and Stu Macher revealed themselves to be the original Ghostface(s) – and where they tried to kill Sidney in the kitchen, with the intention of pinning their murders on her father. It's also where Randy was almost killed by Ghostface as he yelled at the characters on TV to turn around, where Dewey's sister Tatum Riley (Rose McGowan) met death by garage door, and where Gale helped Sidney dispatch of both original killers.

How is Sam Carpenter related to Billy Loomis? 

In true requel style, most of Scream’s newcomers have a connection to the legacy characters. Sam has perhaps the most disturbing link of all, as it turns out she's Billy Loomis' daughter. That might come as a surprise, considering Loomis was killed at the end of the original Scream movie and definitely didn't have a baby with him beforehand, but Sam explains to Tara that their mother got pregnant in high school, and lied about the father's identity – so it's likely Billy himself had no idea he had a daughter.

Sam's mother kept diaries, though, and that's how Sam eventually discovered the truth. It's also what led to her beginning to act out, then leave her family behind after the man she thought was her father left them.

And yes, according to the credits, that's Skeet Ulrich back as Billy, albeit heavily CGI de-aged. Because you can't bring back a character without drenching them in CGI.

What happens to Sidney and Gale? 

Both Sidney and Gale arrive at the end to try and stop the new Ghostface, but take some serious damage. Gale gets shot in the stomach, and Sidney gets stabbed (again). Luckily, both of them survive – and though the movie doesn't go into details about what happens next, we can assume Gale goes back to her job as a TV host in New York City, and Sidney will return to her family. Gale does make it clear she won't be writing a book on this set of murders, though – instead, she's going to write about Dewey. 

Is Dewey dead? 

When Sam, Richie, and Dewey arrive to rescue Tara at the hospital, Dewey gets into a fight with Ghostface. He manages to hold the killer off, and right as he's about to safely leave with the others, remembers the golden rule – they always come back. Sam tries to stop him, but Dewey runs back to finish off the murderer.

Unfortunately, right as he's about to take the shot, Dewey is startled by his phone ringing. That gives the killer time to jump up and stab him in the stomach and the back. It's a brutal attack, and Dewey is left dead on the ground.

Of course, this isn't the first time Dewey has been butchered. He's always lived to tell the tale before, so you'd be forgiven for thinking he was moments away from getting back up, or would make an eleventh hour appearance in the finale. Shockingly, that doesn't happen. He's even wheeled from the hospital in a body bag. Yep, Scream did the unthinkable, and killed off everyone's favorite deputy turned sheriff.

Who lives and who dies in Scream? 

Scream has never been afraid of getting bloody, and this film is no different. None of the characters make it out of the movie unscathed, and a very, very small amount of them survive. Let's run down what happens to everyone…

Tara is the first to be attacked, but survives – barely. She's attacked again in hospital and is held hostage at the Loomis house. Somehow, she makes it out of the movie alive. Sam also survives, but only after being stabbed.

Sidney took a knife to the stomach, but once again lives, and Gale survives being shot. Chad was violently attacked, but is revealed to be alive in an ambulance at the end of the movie, and Mindy also leaves the Loomis house alive.

Now for the deaths. First to die is Vince, who is attacked by Ghostface behind a bar. Then, Sheriff Judy Hicks and her son Wes are both killed; Judy as she's racing back to rescue Wes, spurred on by a phone call from Ghostface, and Wes before he can open the front door and discover his mother's body. Dewey dies trying to finish Ghostface off in the hospital.

Liv is shot dead by Amber as part of the big finale, and Richie gets violently stabbed to death by Sam. Amber is killed by a combination of Sidney and Gale setting her on fire, and Tara shooting her.

Who is Judy Hicks? 

If you haven't seen Scream 4 , you may not have recognized Sheriff Judy Hicks, played by Marley Shelton. She's a returning character from the fourth installment, and had a huge crush on Dewey, much to Gale's annoyance.

In 2022's Scream, she's been promoted to sheriff herself, and has a son named Wes. Unfortunately, both of them are murdered by Ghostface.

Who is Randy Meeks?

Randy doesn't have a role in the new Scream as he was killed in Scream 2 by Ghostface, dragged into Gale's news van while on the phone to the killer. Played by Jamie Kennedy, Randy knew the rules of horror movies inside and out, and was the source of much of the films' meta commentary until his death. In 2022's Scream, his legacy is continued by his niece Mindy, who, despite it fictionalizing her uncle's violent murder, is a big fan of the Stab franchise.

Does Scream have a post-credits scene?

You'd expect a film this self-aware and meta to have a stinger, but surprisingly enough, Scream does not have a post-credits scene. If the credits are rolling, feel free to leave the theater.

Scream is playing exclusively in theaters now. If you're all caught up, check out our roundup of the best horror movies of all time for the ultimate scary movie marathon.

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Latest Scream 5 Image Offers First Look At Ghostface’s Return

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As far as the horror genre goes, there are certain movies that have a massive effect on the film industry as a whole. Wes Craven’s 1996 classic Scream is definitely in that category, and fans were thrilled to learn that a new installment in the property is coming in 2022. The new Scream is currently in post-production, and the latest image offers the first look at Ghostface’s return.

Ghostface is the mascot of the Scream movie, while also serving as the primary antagonist. A variety of killers have worn the mask throughout the years, although each failed to kill Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott. Check out Ghostface’s return to the big screen below, in the now-deleted post.

What’s your favorite scary movie, readers? Personally, Scream has always been a favorite of mine, and I’m jazzed to see (and most importantly, hear) Ghostface in the upcoming fifth installment. We’ll just have to wait and see exactly who is behind the newest slew of killings when Scream 5 hits theaters.

The above image comes to us from the Instagram of sound designer Greg Russell. He’s got an important role to play in the new Scream movie. Sound is especially critical to horror movies, allowing the tension to properly rise and for jump scares to hit the right way. And Russell and his team are lucky enough to have access to Scream 5 months before the rest of us.

The cast and crew have thus far been keeping the new Scream ’s secrets, which is imperative to the beloved slasher property. In fact, some of the cast might not even know who the real killer is, as they’ve received and filmed alternate versions of the script. We’ve seen a few glimpses into the editing bay for the new movie, although this is the first clear look at the villainous Ghostface. And I already can’t wait to find out which character (or more than likely, characters) is behind the mask.

Anticipation for Scream 5 has been steadily building since it was revealed that the original trio of heroes would all be returning to reprise their roles; Neve Campbell as Sidney, Courteney Cox as Gale, and David Arquette as Dewey. Another returning face is also coming in the form of Marley Shelton’s Judy Hicks, who debuted in Scream 4 .

Of course, the pressure is on for the new Scream to deliver when it hits theaters this winter. The fifth movie marks the first installment not helmed by late horror legend Wes Craven. Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gilett are behind the camera , and they convinced Neve Campbell to return to her role thanks to their love and respect for Craven’s legacy.

Scream is currently expected to arrive in theaters on January 14th, 2022. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.

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Ghostface Returns in First Look at Scream

Ghostface is back in our first look at the masked killer in Scream as revealed in a behind-the-scenes photo shared by the filmmakers.

We have our first look at the return of Ghostface in next year's Scream 5 . which the directors insist you simply call Scream , just like the 2018 Halloween and its retroactive title. After wrapping filming in North Carolina last year, the filmmakers recently completed the post-production process ahead of the movie's release in early 2022. Co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin confirmed in a post on Twitter that the project was finished with a photo that revealed the Scream title featured in the movie's opening.

Now, more photos from Scream's final editing sessions have been unveiled on Instagram by Greg Russell, who worked as a mixer on the project. Among them is our first look at Ghostface with the filmmakers posing in front of a screen featuring the iconic mask. Another picture shows the mask on the screen from further out during the editing process, and horror fans have been sharing it en masse on social media.

"What a pleasure it was to spend this last month at the Formosa Group with Karen Baker Landers and the entire Sound team of Scream . Super fun filmmakers and a very cool score from Brian Tyler. Sweet sound design from Karen, Peter Staubli, and Chris Smith. I had a Blast and thanks again," Russell's original post reads.

Last week, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin also shared an image revealing the team working on the movie's opening logo. He also revealed that the project is officially in the can, adding the hashtag #ForWes as a way of paying tribute to Scream 1-4 director Wes Craven.

Bettinelli-Olpin directs Scream with Tyler Gillett using a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Part sequel and part reboot, the movie brings back several fan favorites from the franchise while relaunching the slasher movie franchise for a new generation. Among those returning is Roger L. Jackson as the voice of Ghostface, meaning the same familiar voice will be featured along with the original mask.

Other returning characters include Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, David Arquette as Dewey Riley, Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers, and Marley Shelton as Judy Hicks. Meanwhile, the new Scream also stars Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ben Ammar, Mikey Madison, Mason Gooding, and Kyle Gallner.

Plot details are largely unknown at this time, but as with its predecessors, the movie will introduce a new masked Ghostface killer (or killers) embarking on a killing spree. Many longtime fans are leery about the franchise continuing without the involvement of series director Wes Craven following his death in 2015. It's a good sign Campbell and other original cast members are on board, as everyone involved wants to honor Wes with the movie.

Fans will also appreciate that the original Ghostface mask is back for the new movie. In the TV series adaptation developed by MTV, the mask was given a redesign, though the basic plot remained the same. Some fans may have been concerned about the new movie changing up the mask design as well, but it's clear now that this isn't the case.

Scream is scheduled to be released in theaters by Paramount Pictures on Jan. 14, 2022. The first look at the return of Ghostface was revealed by Greg Russell on Instagram .

Ghostface Is Ready to Stab in New ‘SCREAM’ Images

We also got a new look at the final girl Sidney Prescott.

This week’s edition of Total Film magazine ( via GamesRadar ) brings new images from Scream , the fifth chapter of the iconic slasher franchise by the late Wes Craven . Previously known as Scream 5 , the upcoming film promises to be a direct sequel of Craven’s work instead of a franchise reboot.

Following the trend of previously released images , the new photos bring back many familiar faces, including the killer Ghostface looking closely at a knife and final girl Sidney Prescott ( Neve Campbell ) ready to defend herself with a gun. One of the Total Film’s exclusive images also features David Arquette 's lawman Dewey Riley, who’s back in the franchise and apparently trying to protect newcomer Melissa Barrera inside an elevator. Finally, the new images also tease one of Ghostafce’s new victims, as the killer gets ready to stab a man who’s laying face down on the pavement of some road. The fatal encounter will happen in the night, with a couple of car’s headlights illuminating the gruesome event.

Besides Campbell and Arquette, Scream will also bring back Courteney Cox as journalist Gale Weathers, Marley Shelton as Sheriff Judy Hicks, Roger L. Williams , and Marley Shelton . The newcomers cast also includes Jenna Ortega , Jack Quaid , Mason Gooding , Jasmin Savoy Brown , Mikey Madison , Kyle Gallner , Dylan Minnette , and Sonia Ben Ammar .

RELATED:‌ Jamie Kennedy Confirms Randy Is Dead and He's Not Involved in 'Scream' 2022

The next Scream is the first installment of the franchise not directed by Craven. Instead, Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett helm the film, with their Radio Silence banner also joining to produce the project. James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick will write the film, with previous franchise screenwriter Kevin Williamson executive producing.

The franchise revival will keep the style of previous installments, with official posters reminding fans that Ghostface “is always someone you know.” The paranoia has also infected the crew behind the cameras, as Scream used multiple versions of the script and had different cuts in post-production. Scream ’s team wanted to avoid unintended spoilers so much that the identity of Ghostface was even kept a secret to the cast while the movie was filming .

Scream will hit theaters on January 14, 2022, revealing the identity of the new Ghostface and, hopefully, bringing the franchise back to its glory after a decade of hiatus. Check Scream ’s official (and mysterious) synopsis below.

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.
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Who Is Ghostface in 'Scream' ? A Guide to All the Killers in the Franchise

Here's a look back at every identity that has been revealed behind the infamous black-and-white, rubber mask since the first Scream premiered in 1996

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Everyone's familiar with the infamous Ghostface mask, but who's behind it is the constant question at the heart of the Scream franchise.

Since the widely-successful slasher film debuted in 1996, the five installments that followed kept its classic whodunnit format. In Scream 's case — that is — a plot that chronicles a murder mystery surrounding a disguised killer who causes havoc in the California town of Woodsboro.

While the murderer identities behind the mask are different in each film, there are a few factors that always remain the same. Notably, Ghostface's black-hooded-cloak ensemble paired with its synonymous rubber white mask with blacked-out facial features.

In addition to Ghostface's ghoulish garb, the creepy voice also remains a constant. Voice actor Roger L. Jackson has been the man behind the murdering monster in every film within the Scream franchise, despite the revolving actors physically playing the character on screen.

The horror franchise released its fifth installment in 2022, marking the first movie in the Scream series to be directed by someone other than Wes Craven , who died in 2015. Filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett were tasked with reinventing the franchise.

Most recently, the duo have teamed up once again to bring Ghostface to Manhattan for Scream VI — who "isn't like any other Ghostface," according to a new trailer released on Jan. 19. Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera are reprising their roles in the upcoming film, while Scream staple Courteney Cox also makes her return.

Here's a look back at every Ghostface killer revealed to date.

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the entire 'Scream' franchise, including the sixth installment .

Scream 1 (1996)

1996's Scream , notoriously known as one of the bloodiest films of all time, features two killers: Billy Loomis played by Skeet Ulrich and Stu Macher played by Matthew Lillard . Billy is regarded as the original Ghostface, followed by Stu who is revealed as the second.

Billy is the main antagonist of the first Scream film. A horror film fanatic, he recruits his teenage best friend Stu to assist him on his killing spree in the small fictional town of Woodsboro, California. Despite Billy's admittance that it's "scarier when there is no motive" to kill, his intent ultimately becomes clear.

The reason? Billy reveals that he wants to get revenge on Maureen Prescott for causing his parents to separate. Maureen is the mother of Sidney Prescott (played by Lynn McRee) and had an affair with Billy's father, Henry "Hank," resulting in his mother Nancy Loomis to leave their family.

Maureen is the first Ghostface kill of the Scream franchise and the only murder to take place off screen. While both Billy and Stu were involved in this death, it remains a mystery as to who's responsible for the six other murders in the first film of the franchise.

Scream 2 (1997)

Two killers are revealed as Ghostface in Scream 2 : Mickey Altieri played by Timothy Olyphant and Nancy Loomis played by Laurie Metcalf . The franchise's second installment is the first time Mrs. Loomis makes an appearance, despite being mentioned in the original Scream .

Mickey, a film student and Sidney's best friend at Windsor College, is the first killer revealed in Scream 2 . Unlike the rest of the murderers in the Scream franchise, Mickey is the only killer who turns himself in with the intent of getting caught and gaining infamy.

He was recruited by Nancy (also known as "Debbie Salt") who is coping with grief after leaving her family and learning of her son Billy's involvement in the Woodsboro Murders in 1996, which ultimately resulted in his death.

In a copycat Ghostface killing spree, Nancy and Mickey target two of the Woodsboro survivors (Billy's former girlfriend Sidney and author Gale Weathers) and torment them in Ohio. Her intent was to seek revenge for the death of her son, in addition to frame Mickey as the sole murderer.

Scream 3 (2000)

Scream 3 is the only film in the franchise where only one identity is revealed as Ghostface: Roman Bridger played by Scott Foley . Roman is the main antagonist of the third installment and the fifth Ghostface murderer unmasked overall.

Roman is a music video director, tasked with the gig of helming Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro . The fictional film is the concluding film in the trilogy and is based on the true events of the 1996 Woodsboro and 1998 Windsor College Murders that went down in the Scream franchise's first two installments.

It is revealed that Roman is Sidney's older half-brother, first born of Maureen Prescott. Not only is he her secret maternal sibling, but he is her arch-nemesis. Jealous of her successes, he seeks revenge against her.

Additionally, it is revealed that Roman was the architect behind the aforementioned killing sprees. He wanted to avenge those who wronged him, like his mother who rejected him and her secret affair with Hank.

Thus, he is indirectly responsible for the previous Ghostface murders, despite only appearing in Scream 3 . Also, Roman holds the record for the most kills in the franchise to date.

Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4 saw the return of two identities under the infamous Ghostface mask: Charlie Walker played by Rory Culkin and Jill Roberts played by Emma Roberts . With respective underlying intents, Charlie and Jill teamed up to cause havoc on the town of Woodsboro.

A film student and horror movie buff, Charlie was unknowngly a pawn in Jill's concocted plan. He was also her secret girlfriend, a relationship that started after she was cheated on by her ex-boyfriend Trevor Sheldon.

As for Jill, her jealousy of Sidney's fame as the survivor of the 1996 Woodsboro Murders and her successes that followed were among her leading causes to kill. In honor of the 15th anniversary of the Woodsboro Murders, she teamed up with Charlie to recreate the harrowing happenings in a real-life film.

Jill and Charlie would play the millennial counterparts to Sidney and Randy Meeks in the killing spree that Billy and Stu started. Their plan was to kill and frame her ex-boyfriend, Trevor, for the murders. But Jill secretly intended on framing Charlie as an accomplice, and she would come out on top as the sole survivor.

Meanwhile, Jill's goal of gaining fame ultimately turned into infamy in the end with seven kills to her name. As for Charlie, his kill game was weak from the start, ultimately leading to his demise far sooner than Jill's.

Scream 5 (2022)

In typical Scream fashion, the film's fifth installment also saw two killers behind the Ghostface mask: Amber Freeman played by Mikey Madison and Richie Kirsch played by Jack Quaid .

Amber was a super fan of the Stab films, though she didn't care for its sequels, particularly the eighth installment. She took her opinions to subreddit where she met Richie. They decided to recreate Stab 8 themselves, calling it a "requel" (a reboot sequel).

Their intent is to kill sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter, using them as basis of the film. Sam is the long-lost daughter of Billy, who Richie attempts to cozy up as part of his plan before ultimately turning on her in the end. Meanwhile, Amber gets Tara to become her best friend.

Amber's most notable claim to fame is slashing the long-lasting Dewey Riley, who she murders in self defense. As for Richie, he falls victim to Sam, nearly 25 years after the original massacre.

Scream 6 (2023)

There's no denying that the horror franchise follows a trend of having more than one killer behind the Ghostface mask (with the exception of Scream 3 ) — and Scream 6 is no different. In fact, the latest installment is even more ruthless than its predecessors.

Why? Because not two, but three murderers are revealed! The unmasked identities include Wayne Bailey, Quinn Bailey and Ethan Landry.

Wayne is a detective who is investigating the Ghostface murders in New York City, an essential part of the sixth installment's plot which picks up where Scream 5 left off. It follows Tara, Mindy and Chad as they head to N.Y.C. to attend the fictional Blackmore University with Sam tagging along to protect her younger sister. In New York, the gang adds three new members to their crew: Tara's roommate Quinn, Mindy's girlfriend Anika and Chad's roommate Ethan.

The group spends most of the film trying to track down the new Ghostface killer, who seems to be even more ruthless than some of their predecessors. Several characters are killed off before the final showdown, which sees Sam, Tara, Chad, Mindy, Ethan, Kirby and Wayne head to Ghostface's lair (an empty movie theater, to be exact) where they plan to corner and kill him. Before they even get there, not everyone makes it: Mindy is attacked on the train ride over after she and Ethan got separated from the group.

Once they arrive at the lair, Sam receives a call from Wayne, who claims that Kirby is the killer — but before they get the chance to escape, Sam, Tara and Chad are jumped by two Ghostfaces. Sam and Tara try to make a run for it, but Kirby and Wayne appear with guns in hand. Wayne shoots Kirby, revealing himself to be the first of three Ghostfaces, with Quinn and Ethan exposing themselves to be the other two.

Oh, and to further blow viewers' minds, Quinn and Ethan reveal themselves to be Wayne's children. It turns out Quinn, who was seemingly killed by Ghostface during an earlier scene, had faked her death with the help of her father, while Ethan had schemed his way into being Chad's roommate to get close to the Carpenter sisters. The trio's motivation? To get revenge on Sam for killing their son and brother, Richie Kirsch, in the previous film after he orchestrated his own series of Ghostface slayings.

The family of killers marked the first time the Scream franchise unveiled a trifecta of Ghostface identities — but like the murderers who came before them, none of the three made it out of the film alive.

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All the Ghostface killers in the 'Scream' movies so far

  • Warning: Spoilers ahead for every single "Scream" movie, including "Scream 6."
  • There have been 13 killers in the "Scream" movies so far.
  • Most installments feature more than one Ghostface.

Billy Loomis and Stu Macher, "Scream" (1996)

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Cast your mind back to 1996, it's the year of "The Craft" and "Independence Day" — and Wes Craven's first "Scream" movie .

It's the one that introduced the world to Ghostface, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) , and the franchise's signature meta-take on horror movies.

"Scream" took the horror rule book and ripped it up, with the characters aware of what would happen if they were in a horror movie, which they were (unfortunately).

But because it seems so predictable for Sidney's boyfriend, Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) , to be the killer, he gets a pass for quite some time in "Scream."

But when that final act comes around, and Billy unmasks himself as the killer, it's a brilliant twist, especially when the wacky Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) is revealed as his accomplice.

Billy's murder spree all stems from the fact that his mother abandoned him when she discovered that Sidney's mother, Maureen Prescott, was having an affair with his father.

Billy and Stu brutally killed Maureen and framed her other lover, Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber), for her death. But when Billy targets Sidney and her friends, the plan is to frame her father for Ghostface's murder and mayhem in Woodsboro.

Thankfully, Sidney, Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) put a stop to that.

But the Ghostface mantle would live on.

Nancy Loomis and Mickey Altieri, "Scream 2" (1997)

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In Stu Macher's own words, "Ya gotta have a sequel!"

Just over a year after the first film, "Scream 2" arrived in theaters with its scathing take on sequels and how they can ruin a franchise by attempting to go bigger and better — so what does Craven do? He goes bigger and better.

Yes, this one may as well be called "Scream 2: Ghostface Goes to College," but it keeps things fresh rather than constantly having the action take place in Woodsboro.

Here, Sidney tries to move on and have a normal life with a normal boyfriend, Derek (Jerry O'Connell), and fellow survivor, Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy).

Unfortunately, a new Ghostface surfaces and causes havoc on campus, even killing fan-favorite hero Randy.

In the movie's dramatic climax, the new killer is revealed as film geek Mickey Altieri (Timothy Olyphant), who actually wants to get caught so that he can blame horror movies for his crimes at trial. 

But he isn't alone in the killings, as the mastermind this time was actually Billy's mother, Nancy Loomis (Laurie Metcalf). She wants revenge on Sidney for killing her son — even though she left him in the first place, which ultimately turned him into a murderer.

Roman Bridger, "Scream 3" (2000)

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After "Scream 2," Ghostface tried to make it big in Hollywood with "Scream 3."

The franchise got even more self-referential by the third film, leaning harder into the movie-within-a-movie idea with the in-universe "Stab" franchise.

While it takes shots at movie trilogies (thanks to a posthumous video tape from Randy), the film sees the production of "Stab 3" plagued by a new Ghostface who kills various cast members and people involved with making the sequel.

As with all the "Scream" films, it's always the last person you'd suspect because the culprit is "Stab 3" director Roman Bridger. So, why is he offing his own cast members? Unsurprisingly, it all comes back to Sidney, because he's her long-lost brother! 

Blimey. He was born after Sidney's mother tried to make it big in Hollywood, but was raped by producer John Milton (Lance Henriksen), and she gave Roman up due to the trauma of the incident and went home to Woodsboro.

When Roman tried to reconnect with Maureen, she rejected him, which is when he filmed her having affairs with Cotton Weary and Harold Loomis — showing the footage to Billy Loomis and persuading him to get his own revenge on Sidney's mother. Yes, Roman is secretly the mastermind behind the original trilogy!

Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker, "Scream 4" (2011)

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Like any good slasher villain, the franchise rose from the dead in 2011 with "Scream 4," which sees Sidney return to Woodsboro on a book tour after a decade away from her hometown. She takes the opportunity to reconnect with her aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell) and cousin Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts).

Predictably, a brand new Ghostface rears its hooded head to make the most of Sidney's return and kicks off a new wave of murder in Woodsboro — upping the mayhem by filming each kill.

"Scream 4" rewrites the horror rule book for a new era with the finale taking place at the after-party of a "Stabathon" movie marathon. There, Jill and resident movie expert friend Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) unmask themselves as Ghostface.

Jill's motivation stems from feeling like Sidney stole her childhood because the focus and attention was always on what she went through. 

So, with a bit of movie-inspired mania, she and Charlie devised a plan where they would be the new survivors of the Ghostface killings — and get all the fame that comes along with that. But then Jill kills her accomplice in a genuinely surprising second twist because she knows that everyone loves a "sole survivor."

Ultimately, the carnage continues in the hospital when Jill discovers that Sidney survived the chaos of the after-party. Jill tries to finish the job but is killed by the hero with a defibrillator to the head, as well as a gunshot to the heart (just to be safe).

Richie Kirsch and Amber Freeman, "Scream 5" (2022)

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A decade after fans last saw Ghostface in theaters, he returned in 2022's "Scream" to hunt a whole new class of teens.

"Scream 5" introduces Sam (Melissa Barerra) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega), who are at the center of the new spate of murders, largely because Sam is the illegitimate daughter of Billy Loomis. 

No, she's not the one carrying out all the killings — it's actually her boyfriend, nice guy Richie Kirsch (Jack Quaid), and Tara's best friend, Amber Freeman (Mikey Madison). Their motive? 

They're furious that "Stab 8" was a disaster, and want to give the writers of the movie franchise better material for the next movie. Oh yes, this one's all about toxic fandom.

Because Mindy Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown) dubs these events a "requel" (remake and a sequel), the film pays homage to the original by having the final climax place in the same place as the first "Scream" movie: Stu Macher's house.

Sidney and Gale get revenge on Amber for killing Dewey in the hospital by burning her alive, while Tara puts her down with a headshot. But Sam's the one to put an end to the whole thing by stabbing her now ex-boyfriend Richie over 20 times before slitting his throat. 

Like father, like daughter.

Bonus round: Jason Carvey and Greg, "Scream 6" (2023)

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"Scream 6" kept things fresh by reinvigorating its opening kill, which instantly set the tone for the sequel.

The opening sees Laura Crane (Samara Weaving) waiting for her date in a bar, only to get lured out to a dingy alleyway by Ghostface before being brutally carved up. 

But in a "Scream" first, Ghostface immediately unmasks himself after Crane's death, revealing himself as film student Jason Carvey (Tony Revolori).

Jason goes back to his apartment and chats with his roommate Greg about their plot to kill Sam and Tara, only to find Greg's body stuffed in the fridge. 

Unsurprisingly, he's murdered by the film's main Ghostface moments later. It's a truly fun way to keep audiences on their toes, that's for sure.

Detective Bailey, Ethan, and Quinn, "Scream 6" (2023)

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This brings us to 2023's "Scream 6," which is basically Ghostface takes New York.

Yes, the killer makes his way to the Big Apple alongside Sam and Tara, who try to get a fresh start at college one year after their ordeal. They live with their close friend Quinn Bailey (Liana Liberato) whose father, Wayne Bailey, is a detective.

Unfortunately for the gang, the online discourse surrounding Richie and Amber has led many online to believe that Sam was actually the real Ghostface killer and framed Richie. Oh, dear.

So when a vicious new Ghostface starts slaughtering people close to Sam, she's at the top of the suspects' list.

But by the time the final showdown takes place in Richie's shrine to all things Ghostface, Woodsboro, and the "Stab" movies, it's revealed that Detective Bailey is actually Richie's father .

Not only was Bailey the one who circulated the rumor that Sam framed Richie, he even convinced his children to join him in becoming Ghostface.

Both Quinn and friend of the gang Ethan (Jack Champion) are Richie's siblings, and they're just as twisted as he is.

Tara gets in touch with her inner killer and stabs Ethan to death, while Sam executes Quinn with a headshot. But Wayne gets the special treatment.

Sam follows in her father's footsteps and dons the Ghostface robe herself, hunting the detective through the building before brutally stabbing him around 37 times — including once in the eyeball. Ouch. To be fair, he deserved it.

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Melissa Barrera (“Sam”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's

Melissa Barrera (“Sam”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream."

Ranking every Ghostface killer reveal (including Scream 5): Who’s the best Ghostface?

Scream 5  is now playing in theaters, so we can rank every single killer reveal from the franchise! Which Ghostface unmasking is your ultimate favorite? (spoilers ahead)

The horror genre knows no killer quite like Ghostface. In fact, the Ghostface killer isn’t just one person all the time, that’s one of the big reasons we love this franchise so much. Throughout the  Scream movie series, Sidney Prescott comes face-to-face with several individuals who don the signature Ghostface moniker.

With the release of  Scream 5  (aka simply Scream ), we think it’s a perfect time to rank each killer reveal from the movie   franchise , the franchise that redefined the horror genre by poking fun at horror movie tropes while being a great horror film in its own right. So which killer has been the best reveal?

SPOILER ALERT! Before you read on, please note there are major spoilers ahead if you have missed a  Scream  movie. 

Who has been the best Ghostface in the Scream movies?

5. scream 3 – roman bridger.

In the third movie, Sidney Prescott has gone into hiding to prevent anyone she loves from being targeted by another Ghostface killing spree. Unfortunately, with  Stab 3 , the in-universe film based on Sidney’s life and the events of the first two films, in production, Ghostface reappears.

With her friends Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers at the center of the murder spree unleashed on the cast of  Stab 3 , Sidney is forced out of hiding and makes her way to Hollywood, where she must confront her mother’s past. The biggest problem with this killer reveal is that Sidney is barely in the movie until the third act.

While this movie adds to the mythos of Maureen Prescott, aka Rina Reynolds, and provides an interesting motive for this string of murders, without Sidney at the forefront of the action, the final confrontation, while action-packed, lacks the emotional depth that makes the other reveals hit hard.

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Ghostface in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s “Scream.”

4. Scream 2 – Mrs. Loomis and Mickey Altieri

In a nod to  Friday the 13th , this movie finds the mother of Billy Loomis, the primary antagonist of the original movie, enacting good old-fashioned revenge against Sidney Prescott.

With the help of Sidney’s friend and Windsor College classmate Mickey Altieri, Mrs. Loomis puts Sidney and her friends in the middle of the sequel that Billy never got to write. While like  Scream 3 ,  Scream 2  waits to put Sidney face-to-face with the primary antagonist until the final act, Sidney’s in on the action from the beginning.

As a result, there’s some weight behind the reveal as Sidney comes face-to-face with the grieving and murderous mother of her murderous ex-boyfriend. Although you can see the killers coming from a mile away when the reveal ultimately happens, Mrs. Loomis feels more desperate than Roman, the man who started it all. Unfortunately, Mickey would be nothing more than an expendable Stu 2.0.

3. Scream 4 – Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker

What’s a better motive for murder than revenge? Fame, apparently.

In the fourth chapter, Jill Roberts is a girl who’s tired of living in the shadow of her cousin Sidney Prescott and decides it’s time for a reboot, only this time, she gets to be the final girl. With the hero of the original trilogy out of the way, Jill would take on the family legacy and with it Sidney’s notoriety.

As for Charlie? He’s in it for the girl. Unfortunately, unlike Randy, he’d never make it to the sequel. The killer reveals in  Scream 4 pack a punch that no other film in the franchise since the original does because at the heart of each film is Sidney’s desire to protect those around her.

With every attack, Sidney feels an overwhelming sense of guilt, guilt that literally drives her into hiding in  Scream 2 . The stakes are raised when it appears that Ghostface has begun targeting those closest to her cousin. So, when it’s revealed that Jill and Charlie, two people she swore to protect, are the killers, it feels like the biggest and most shocking betrayal since the original film.

2. Scream 5 – Richie and Amber

Yes! We loved  Scream 5  this much! Maybe it’s not the most shocking reveal, but it’s a fun one. Did you see this one coming? I had my eye on both Amber and Richie the whole time, especially Amber. I have to rewatch the movie, but I think I saw some bruises on her neck early on in the film that no character points out. Clues were dropped for every character, keeping audiences on their toes, so it was fun trying to figure this one out! Additionally, Richie and Amber had some of the most brutal and bloodiest killings.

1. Scream – Billy Loomis and Stu Macher

Of course, you can’t screw with the original film. As the boyfriend and friend of Sidney Prescott, Billy Loomis and Stu Macher, respectively, are within Sidney’s circle of trust.

While Billy and Stu seem like the perfect suspects once the Ghostface murders begin, due to Billy’s bad-boy image and Stu’s general intensity, the movie effectively convinces the audience, and Sidney, to look somewhere else. As a result, when it’s revealed that we were right along, and Billy and Stu are even more frightening than we imagined, the stakes are automatically raised.

With this being our first rodeo, we have no idea what Sidney Prescott has to contend with, and that makes all the difference.

Where would you rank each of the killers in the   series? Did we get it right according to your favorites?  Scream 5  is now in theaters, will you be watching the movie on the big screen or wait for a streaming release?

This post had been edited by FanSided staff.

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Ghostface was named after a vinyl Halloween mask. It was sold as a Father Death costume in real-life. The mask was inspired by the Edvard Munch painting, The Scream .

Ghostface often called their victims on the phone, taunting or threatening them before stabbing them to death with an eight-inch hunting knife. They occasionally asked their victims horror movie trivia and stalked them in a manner reminiscent of said films.

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High school student Casey Becker received a series of phone calls from a flirting stranger while she prepared a movie night with her boyfriend, Steven Orth . She realized her caller could see her, and that he had already beaten and tied Steve to a lawn chair outside her home. The caller forced her to answer horror movie trivia, and then gutted Steve when she answered a question wrong. Casey made a run for her life, but Ghostface caught her. He gutted her and strung her up to a large tree for her parents to find.

The next day, with the town of Woodsboro, CA reeling from the double homicide, Ghostface called Sidney Prescott at her home. Ghostface taunted her before attacking. She staved him off, but discovered her boyfriend, Billy Loomis , nearby. Billy was brought into custody, but Sidney received another call from the killer. He informed her that she "fingered the wrong man...again," implying that he was responsible for her mother's murder a year previously.

Woodsboro High school was temporarily shut down for the students' protection after Sidney was attacked by Ghostface in the school bathroom. With hardly anyone around, Principal Himbry was murdered in his office after school let out. He was later strung up to the flag pole as a diversion to get many students to leave Stu Macher 's party, where Ghostface struck again.

Sidney's best friend, Tatum Riley, was murdered in the garage. Next, Ghostface seemingly murdered Billy Loomis in the upstairs. Ghostface stalked Sidney outside, where he slashed the throat of Kenny Brown . Ghostface stabbed Dewey Riley and continued chasing Sidney outside. Eventually Sidney made her way back inside the house, where she learned Ghostface was really Billy Loomis and Stu Macher. With the help of Gale Weathers, she saved her father and killed both Billy and Stu.

A side portrait of Ghostface.

Ghostface struck at a premiere showing of Stab (1998), the slasher movie based on the Woodsboro Murders . He stalked Windsor College students Phil Stevens and Maureen Evans outside the theater before murdering Phil in the restroom. He put on Phil's leather jacket and joined Maureen inside the theater, posing as her boyfriend. Ghostface stabbed Maureen to death in plain sight of the entire audience.

The next night, Ghostface called Cici Cooper at her sorority house. He taunted Cici before chasing her upstairs and throwing her off the roof to her death. This drew the attention of police and local partiers, leaving Sidney alone. Ghostface called and attacked her, but Derek Feldman interfered; Ghostface escaped after slicing his arm.

The next day, Ghostface scared Sidney at her play rehearsal before calling Randy, Dewey, and Gale in the campus center. Randy stalled the killer on the phone while Dewey and Gale tried to track him down, but Ghostface pulled Randy into Gale's news van and murdered him.

Shortly thereafter, Sidney received an instant message from Ghostface at the school library stating: "You're going to die tonight."

That night, Ghostface surprised Gale and Dewey in Windsor's film department with footage of the first three victims. The two ran, but Ghostface chased them down and stabbed Dewey viciously. Simultaneously, a second Ghostface killed Sidney's police escorts while stopped at a red light on the way to a safe house. He tried to kidnap Sidney and Hallie, who were trapped in the backseat, but he lost control of the car when Officer Richards died stopping him. Ghostface was knocked unconscious in the crash, which allowed Sidney and Hallie to escape. He came to and murdered Hallie, then chased Sidney to the theater.

Inside the theater, Ghostface revealed himself to be Mickey , and shot Derek. "Debbie Salt" brought Gale in at gunpoint, and Sidney recognized her as Billy's mother, Nancy Loomis . Sidney made use of the theater's set and she and Gale killed Mickey and Mrs. Loomis with the help of Cotton Weary.

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A woman claiming to be from the Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro production called the Woodsboro Police Department looking for information on Sidney. They refused to give her any and a month later there was a mysterious break-in. This would prove to be the work of Roman Bridger with his multi-voice changer. He didn't get Sidney's file because Dewey removed it to keep her safe.

Ghostface next tried to get Sidney's whereabouts from Cotton Weary . Ghostface called Cotton and threatened to kill his girlfriend, Christine Hamilton, if he didn't talk. Cotton refused, so Ghostface attacked Christine . He used his multi-voice changer to impersonate Cotton to confuse her. When the real Cotton showed up to protect Christine, she beat him over the head with a golf club. With her back turned, Ghostface stabbed her to death. Cotton tried fighting Ghostface off, but the killer stabbed him to death as well. Ghostface left a mysterious photograph of a young Maureen Prescott at the murder site.

Sidney dreamed that her dead mother came to her from outside. Maureen turned into Ghostface as Sidney approached the window. This startled her into waking up.

Actress Sarah Darling was soon lured to the empty Stab 3 production offices for a rehearsal with Roman Bridger. Ghostface appeared and chased her through the offices until he finally knocked her through a glass window and stabbed her in the back. He left another photo of Maureen with Sarah's body.

Ghostface called Sidney at her secret home using Maureen's voice at first. He switched to the sinister baritone and threatened her life.

That night at an informal wrap party at Jennifer Jolie's house, Ghostface struck again. He called Jennifer's bodyguard, Steven Stone , as Dewey, and then stabbed him to death. When the others found Stone's body, Ghostface cut the lights. He faxed fake script pages, tricking Tom Prinze into using a lighter to read. It ignited the gas Ghostface filled in the house and blew Tom up. Ghostface attacked Gale outside, but Dewey shot him. The killer fled, but left behind a third picture of Maureen Prescott. This photo included the message: I killed her .

Sidney came to Hollywood the next day to join Dewey and Gale since her location was compromised. Ghostface attacked her on the Stab 3 set and used a body bag to remind Sidney of Maureen. Sidney fought him off and the killer escaped.

That night, Ghostface crashed Roman Bridger's birthday party at John Milton's mansion. He seemingly killed Roman, and stabbed Angelina Tyler to death. He fought the others, murdering Tyson Fox and then Jennifer Jolie before subduing Gale and Dewey. He called Sidney and told her he'd kill Dewey and Gale if she didn't come to Milton's mansion. Sidney arrived at the mansion, and the killer made her pass a metal detector over her body, then discard her gun. He confronted her with the bound John Milton and revealed he was Roman Bridger, still alive, and confessed he was her half-brother. Roman filled her in on the missing pieces of Maureen's life and murdered Milton. He and Sidney fought to the death, and Sidney prevailed with the help of Dewey and Gale and Mark Kincaid.

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On the eve of the 15th anniversary of The Woodsboro Murders , Ghostface breaks into the home of Jenny Randall where she is having a sleepover with her friend Marnie Cooper . Ghostface interrupted Marnie as she was being pranked with a fake Ghostface phone call by Jenny and he killed her outside the house. Jenny came downstairs to find Marnie and finds a phone on the floor which starts ringing. When she answers it's the real Ghostface on the other line who threatens her and then throws Marnie's body through the window of the house. Ghostface chases Jenny through the house and into the garage where he crushes her back with the garage door and then stabs her to death.

The next day, Ghostface hid evidence of Jenny and Marnie's murders in the trunk of Sidney's rental car which the police find after following a trail from Jenny's house. That night whilst Jill Roberts , cousin of Sidney, and her best friend Kirby Reed are watching a movie together, Ghostface calls Jill from her ex-boyfriend's phone, which Kirby answers, and alludes to the fact that he knows Jill and Kirby are watching a movie and that he is hiding in the closet. When Kirby finds the closet empty Ghostface reminds them that he never said Jill's closet and the pair realise he is talking about the closet of neighbor Olivia Morris , a friend of Jill and Kirby's. Ghostface bursts out of Olivia's closet and guts her to death. Kirby and Jill's screams attract the attention of Sidney who runs next door and finds Olivia's dead body. Ghostface calls her on Olivia's phone and threatens that he'll be coming for her when he's ready and that he'll make her suffer until then. Ghostface then barges out of a closet behind her but Sidney fights him off and throws him down the stairs but he is able to escape before the police can catch him.

Whilst at the hospital treating Jill's wounds, Sidney fires her publicist, Rebecca Walters , who is followed into the parking garage by Ghostface. Rebecca tries to flee in her car but Ghostface had already cut wires from her engine. He chases her through the parking lot but as she tries to get back into the hospital the handle breaks off and he catches her, stabbing her in the gut and then throwing her off the roof of the parking garage into a crowd of reporters witnessing a press conference by Dewey. The next night at Charlie Walker and Robbie Mercer 's annual Stab-A-Thon , Ghostface disables cameras set up by Gale to catch the killer and when she goes back to fix them he emerges from behind and stabs her before fleeing into a crowd of other attendees dressed as Ghostface. At the Roberts house, Ghostface kills Deputy Hoss and Deputy Perkins in their police car. After discovering Jill has escaped to Kirby's house, Sidney and Kate Roberts try to go after her but Ghostface attacks and kills Kate before Sidney flees.

At an afterparty at Kirby's House , Ghostface stalks the remaining teenagers. He follows Robbie outside who is live vlogging to his audience and kills him. Sidney arrives to get Jill away but when they try to leave, Ghostface attacks them and Kirby. Ghostface chases Jill and Sidney upstairs and Sidney helps Jill hide whilst she climbs out onto the roof where Ghostface chases her and then throws her off. Sidney runs back inside and Kirby takes her down to a room in the basement to hide but Charlie finds them and begs to be let inside. Kirby, not trusting Charlie, doesn't unlock the door and Ghostface emerges behind him and ties him to a chair, similar to Steven Orth in 1996. Ghostface calls Kirby and Sidney on Charlie's phone, and whilst Sidney goes upstairs to find Jill he plays a trivia game with Kirby which she wins. When she goes outside to free Charlie he pulls out a knife he had hidden and stabs Kirby, leaving her for dead.

Sidney comes back downstairs and as she calls out for Kirby, Charlie grabs her from behind and holds a knife to her throat. She escapes his grasp and she runs to the front door into the path of Ghostface's knife. He takes off his mask to reveal Jill underneath. Jill and Charlie take Sidney into the kitchen and reveal that they played the role of Ghostface together, fooling everyone around them to think it was anyone but them. Jill's motives were to earn fame and fortune by being a final survivor of the Ghostface killing spree, obviously affected by growing up in the shadow of her famous cousin. Charlie's motives were to recreate the Stab movies and to win the heart of Jill. They planned on framing Jill's ex-boyfriend, Trevor Sheldon , as the killer but as they prepared to stab each other like Billy and Stu did 15 years ago, Jill stabs Charlie in the heart and stomach to kill him and frame him as an accomplice of Trevor's.

Jill reveals that it was her plan all along to frame Charlie and that the media would prefer a sole survivor like Sidney was after Randy died. She then stabs Sidney. Believing her to be dead, she further pursues her goals by self inflicting pain to make it appear as if she was attacked by Ghostface, but lived and defeated him. As the police arrive, Jill falls down next to Sidney's unconscious body and pretended to be unconscious too. Jill is taken to the hospital and as she imagines, she gets her 15 minutes of fame. She discovers Sidney is still alive and slips up by revealing she knows where Gale was stabbed. As Dewey realises this, he runs up to Sidney's room where Jill is attempting to finally kill her. With help from Dewey, Gale and Judy Hicks , Sidney is able to electrocute and then shoot Jill to death.

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Ghostface attacks Tara Carpenter

Ghostface calls Tara Carpenter whilst she's home alone, claiming to be a man named "Charlie" who knows her mother from "group". Tara believes this man could be her mother's boyfriend and so she goes along with the conversation, keeping her friend Amber Freeman informed the whole time. Charlie quizzes Tara about her love for horror movies and asks if she wants to play a Stab trivia game, which Tara is forced to play when the caller reveals he'll kill Amber if she doesn't. Tara plays along and mixes up a question about the original Stab movie and when she tries to run and save Amber, Ghostface appears at her door and stabs her. Ghostface breaks into the house and stabs Tara seven times and breaks her leg before being interrupted by the police.

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The next day, Ghostface kills Vince Schneider outside a bar after he threatens Liv McKenzie , it is then revealed that Vince was related to Stu Macher. At the hospital, Ghostface calls Samantha Carpenter and reveals that he knows she is the daughter of Billy Loomis and will expose that secret. Ghostface then appears from behind the door and attacks Sam, who escapes. It is later predicted by Mindy Meeks-Martin that Ghostface is trying to create a requel to Stab 8 to appease the "toxic" fandom.

Ghostface kills Dewey Riley

Yes, today! A triumph over an old and bitter enemy .

The next day, Ghostface attacks and kills Judy and Wes Hicks and then attacks Tara at the hospital where he kills Deputy Clay and eventually Dewey Riley , who attempts to kill Ghostface by shooting him in the head. Sam, Tara and Richie Kirsch are lured to Amber's house at 261 Turner Lane to get Tara's spare inhaler and Ghostface attacks Mindy and Chad Meeks-Martin leaving them both for dead. After an argument breaks out between Liv, Sam and Amber, Amber pulls a gun and kills Liv, revealing herself as a killer.

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Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers arrive to the house and immediately know Amber is lying, so Amber shoots Gale and lures them inside. Sidney and Ghostface, who is Amber underneath, get into a fight and Richie appears to come to their rescue, only to reveal himself as the second killer. A fight breaks out between the group with Sidney, Gale and Tara killing Amber by setting her alight with hand sanitizer and then shooting her through the head, and Richie getting stabbed repeatedly by Sam before she slits his throat open, bringing the new killings to an end.

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University professor, Laura Crane , matches with a man on Flirtr who asks her out on a date. Whilst waiting for him, she gets a call from him and he claims he is a lost but is coming down an alley near the restaurant. As she gets closer, he begins to get panicked and says someone with a knife is following him. Laura runs down the alley and the voice on the phone changes to the Killer's voice and he taunts Laura before jumping out of the alley and killing her. Ghostface takes off his mask to reveal Jason Carvey underneath. He returns to his apartment and puts the used mask in his Ghostface shrine.

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He then gets a call from his roommate Greg and they discuss their plan to finish making Richie's film, however Jason realises the voice on the other end isn't Greg but is actually Ghostface who leads him to Greg's body in the refrigerator. The real Ghostface appears behind him, and stabs him to death, leaving behind Richie's old mask.

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Later that night, Sam and Tara are called down to the police station by NYPD Detective Wayne Bailey and along the way, Sam is called from Richie's old phone number. Sam answers and the killer on the other end taunts the sisters before ambushing them from an alley. The sisters evade Ghostface and run into a Bodega where Ghostface follows them in and kills two customers and then the Bodega owner using his own shotgun. He stalks the sisters through the bodega and they are able to run outside when the police arrive, but the killer escapes through the backdoor and leaves behind the mask belonging to Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker . The next morning, he kills Sam's ex-therapist Christopher Stone by breaking through his front door glass and stabbing him in the eye. He steals Sam's therapy file and leaves behind the mask belonging to Roman.

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That night, he seemingly murders Quinn Bailey and her latest gentleman caller, and whilst Sam, Mindy and Anika Kayoko try to escape by climbing across a ladder between their apartment and Danny Brackett's , he flips the ladder, causing Anika to fall to her death. The next day, Wayne comes up with a plan to bait Ghostface by having Sam and Tara wander around in a park and hopefully trigger a phone call from him that they can trace. The plan is successful and they track the call down to Gale's Upper East Side penthouse. In the penthouse, Gale gets her first phone call from Ghostface who murders her new boyfriend, Brooks , whilst he is distracted. Ghostface then attacks Gale and she shoots him before getting another call from him.

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As she searches the penthouse for him, she hangs up and re-dials his number, exposing his hiding spot. She fires multiple rounds through the door but Ghostface breaks through the door and stabs her multiple times and leaves her for dead when he's interrupted by Sam and Tara'a arrival. Presumably here he left behind (or wore) Mickey Altieri's mask.

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That night, Tara comes up with a plan to trap and execute Ghostface and they decide to use the theatre to do this. Wayne agrees to the plan and tells them to travel in public. Along the way they get separated in the subway station, forcing Mindy and Ethan Landry to travel on a separate subway. On the subway, Mindy is backed into a secluded corner of the subway car and Ghostface emerges, disguised as a commuter and as the subway passes in and out of light, he covers her mouth and stabs her in the gut before disembarking at the next stop. Ethan notices Mindy's injuries and seeks medical attention for her.

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At the theatre, Kirby is wandering around (off-screen) and is ambushed by two Ghostface killers. One of those killers then attacks Tara, Sam and Chad and when Chad tries to hold the killer back to allow Sam and Tara to escape, the second Ghostface emerges and they take turns stabbing Chad over and leaving him for dead. The two killers wipe the blood off their knives in sync and follow the sisters into the theatre where they prepare to fight. At that same time, Kirby regains consciousness and returns to the theatre hall however Sam and Tara are distrusting of her as Wayne told them that she was expelled from the FBI for mental health reasons. At that same time, Wayne arrives and shoots Kirby, revealing himself as one of the killers.

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The two masked Ghostface's emerge behind him, wearing Nancy Loomis' and Stu Macher's masks and unmask themselves to reveal Ethan and Quinn, respectively. They reveal that they are all the family of Richie, Wayne being his father and Quinn and Ethan being his brother, and they all want revenge for Sam killing him, which included them fueling a rumor that Sam was the real killer. The sisters evade the three killers and after fighting throughout the theatre are able to kill Quinn and Ethan. Sam falls over the railing with Wayne and Wayne is knocked out. When he comes to, Sam calls him using the Ghostface voice and then stabs him to death using Billy Loomis' mask, robe and knife. Ethan tries one last time to kill anyone but Kirby crushes his skull using the same TV that killed Stu, bringing an end to the New York Ghostface murders.

Identities and Motives

Billy Loomis

"We all go a little mad sometimes..." -Billy Loomis

  • Billy Loomis: Maureen Prescott had an affair with Hank Loomis, which prompted Hank and Billy's mother to divorce. Billy killed her out of anger. A year later, Billy and Stu started a murder spree in Woodsboro, planning on copying their favorite movies and becoming heroes when they survived. Their plan was to frame Maureen's husband, Neil Prescott, and culminate in killing Sidney. It was then revealed two movies later, that Roman mentored Billy to kill Maureen and eventually kill Sidney since Roman made it sound like Maureen was the cause of Billy's parent's divorce.

Stu Macher

"Surprise, Sidney!" - Stu Macher

  • Stu Macher: Stu was a horror movie fanatic who followed his best friend, Billy Loomis, around. Submitting to peer pressure from Billy (and possibly being in some sort of secret relationship), Stu helped murder Maureen Prescott. A year later, they committed a murder spree in their home town, planning on recreating their beloved horror movies and becoming heroes for surviving the bloodbath. Their first targets were Stu's ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend (Casey Becker and Steve Orth). They also killed Stu's current girlfriend, Tatum . They eventually went on to kill multiple people however, he came to his death when he chased Sidney and bit his hand, which gave her time to drop a TV over his head, electrocuting and killing him almost instantly.

Mickey Altieri

"Surprise, Sidney!" -Mickey Altieri

  • Mickey Altieri: A psychopathic film geek, Mickey wanted to create a sequel and be the star of a trial-of-the-century type media circus. Mrs. Loomis found him online on a murdering kind of website and paid for his tuition at Windsor College, where he worked himself into Sidney's close circle of friends to make it look like he wasn't the Killer when the murders first started, however, Mickey actually planned on not getting away with the murder spree, wishing to be the center of the following media circus and debate on movie-making ethics. It's possible he wanted revenge for something, as that most of the Ghostface Killer's have another motive, however it was never revealed.

Nancy Loomis

" It's called a makeover. You should try it. Looking a little tired yourself there, Gale. " -Nancy Loomis

  • Nancy Loomis: Billy's mother orchestrated the Windsor College murder spree out of vengeance for Billy's death. She also channeled her hatred for Maureen Prescott, who slept with her husband, onto Sidney. Mrs. Loomis found Mickey Altieri online and paid for his college tuition, giving him her motherly help and guidance. Secretly, she set Mickey up to take the fall for the entire copycat killing spree, planning on murdering him after she achieved her revenge. Even if anyone suspected there was a second killer, the persona she created of "Debbie Salt" couldn't be traced back to her. Sidney originally thought Gale was the killer, when Mickey told the second killer to reveal herself however, she used Gale as a hostage and Sidney noticed it was Billy's mother.

Roman Bridger

"Roman Bridger: director, and brother." -Roman Bridger

  • Roman Bridger: A director, Roman tracked down his birth mother (Maureen Prescott), who shunned him and told him that she already had a family. Roman, the offspring of a vicious rape, was not wanted. Roman mentored Billy Loomis to kill Maureen, and was enraged by the fame gushed upon his half-sister, Sidney Prescott. He planned on framing Sidney for a murder spree and walking away as the new hero. However, he came face to face with his sister and exposed himself to her. Saying that Maureen didn't want him and she had a whole new life, with another child.

Charlie Walker

"Kirby? This is making a move ... " -Charlie Walker

  • Charlie Walker: A film fanatic, he aspired to win the heart of Jill Roberts and saw them as a remake version of Randy Meeks and Sidney Prescott. Jill strung him along, and together they planned a new murder spree in Woodsboro. This would work to continue the stagnant Stab series, as well as propel Charlie and Jill into the limelight for surviving Ghostface's attacks. In the end, Jill betrayed him and stabbed him to death, stating that it would work best for her if she was the sole survivor.

Jill Roberts

"Hello, Sidney! Surprised?" -Jill Roberts

  • Jill Roberts : Jill grew up in the shadow of her famous cousin Sidney Prescott. She felt like her mother loved Sidney better, which translated itself into an irrational jealousy toward Sidney's attention, and sought to take it for herself. Not wanting to work hard or get a job, Jill planned a murder spree in Woodsboro to achieve this. She partnered with her friend, Charlie Walker, who was in love with her. Jill betrayed Charlie, stabbing him to death, and set-up her ex-boyfriend, Trevor Sheldon, to look like the second Ghostface killer. She then horribly injured herself to maximize sympathy for her as the new hero. However, Dewey and Gale, find out that Jill was the real killer and not Trevor. They go to Sidney's room and find Jill trying to kill her but they got there in time to pull her off. In the final showdown, Gale is able to distract the psychotic teenager long enough to give Sidney enough time to recover from Jill's attack and be able to electrocute her. Jill recovers and picks up a shard of glass planning to stab Sidney with it, but she is shot by in the chest by Sidney who knows the killer always comes back for one last scare.

Amber Freeman

"Welcome to act three." -Amber Freeman

  • Amber Freeman: Amber was a fan of the Stab movies ever since her parents bought Stu Macher's old house . After being appalled by the events of Stab 8 , she connected with other fans on a Stab subreddit, one of those fans being Richie Kirsch. The pair devised a plan to create their own "requel" to Stab and Amber revealed information about her girlfriend's sister, Samantha Carpenter, that she is the daughter of Billy Loomis, that they could use as the basis for their movie, as well as framing her as the Killer. They went along with their plan, eventually unmasking themselves and Amber is killed after being set on fire and then shot in the head.

Richie Kirsch

"Oh, thank god, you're still alive... Because I really wanted to be the one to kill you." -Richie Kirsch

  • Richie Kirsch: Richie was a fellow Stab fan and another one who was appalled by Stab 8. After meeting Amber Freeman on a Stab subreddit, they devised a plan to create their own "requel" and they were going to use Samantha Carpenter as their Killer and Tara Carpenter and her friends as the basis for their movie. Richie tracked down and got close to Samantha, eventually gaining her trust and starting a relationship with her. When Tara gets attacked, he returns to Woodsboro with her and after a few more murders, Richie unmasks himself and is ultimately killed by Sam after underestimating her.

Jason Carvey

"The worst part is... you teach a class about slashers and you still walked into a dark alley. Alone." -Jason Carvey

  • Jason Carvey: Jason planned to instigate a own killing spree with his friend Greg to finish off Richie's movie, a killer he idolised. Acting alone, Jason donned the mask to kill his professor, Laura Crane by luring her in through a dating app. He had a hidden Ghostface shrine in their dorm room. It is likely this wasn't the first time Jason killed as he made a comparison to having blue balls over killng, it is unknown if Greg had killed anyone before this. Jason is the first Ghostface killer to be killed by another Ghostface killer in a massacre.

Greg Bruckner

"Warmer, warmer, you're on fire!" - "Greg Bruckner"

  • Greg Bruckner: Greg planned with Jason start a own killing spree to finish off Richie's movie. The two enrolled at Blackmore University to follow Samantha Carpenter , Tara Carpenter , Chad Meeks-Martin and Mindy Meeks-Martin . He wasn't relevant as Ghostface since he was killed by Wayne .

Wayne Bailey

"Good work. Both of you." -Wayne Bailey

  • Wayne Bailey: Wayne was a police detective and the father of Richie Kirsch. He indulged Richie's love of the Stab movies and helped him build a shrine in an abandoned theatre in New York City . After discovering the truth behind Richie's murder in Gale's new book, Wayne sought revenge against Samantha Carpenter for killing him and joined forces with his son and daughter to carry out his plan. He was killed after being stabbed over forty times and once in the eye by Sam.

Ethan Landry

"Ta-ra! Mindy was right. It was easy to juke the 'roommate lottery. All I had to do to meet you is room with a conceited, condescending Alpha, literally named Chad!'" -Ethan Landry

  • Ethan Landry: Ethan was the brother of Richie Kirsch and son of Wayne Bailey. After discovering the truth of Richie's murder, Ethan sought revenge against Samanatha Carpenter for killing him and agreed to his father's plan. Ethan enroled at Blackmore University and manipulated the housing arrangements to be roommates with Chad to get close to him and the rest of the Woodsboro survivors. He met his death after having his skull crushed by Kirby Reed with the same TV that killed Stu.

Quinn Bailey

"Hey roomies. You didn't see that one coming, did you?" -Quinn Bailey

  • Quinn Bailey: Quinn was the sister of Richie Kirsch and daughter of Wayne Bailey. After discovering the truth of Richie's murder, Quinn sought revenge against Samanatha Carpenter for killing him and agreed to her father's plan. Quinn enroled at Blackmore University and answered a roommate listing by Sam and Tara in order to get close to them and the rest of the Woodsboro survivors. She met her death after being shot in the head by Sam.

"No, you listen you little bitch! Hang up on me and I'll gut you like a fish, understand? Can you handle that...Blondie?" — To Casey Becker in Scream (1996)

"You should never say 'who’s there?' Don’t you watch scary movies? It’s a death wish. You might as well come out to investigate a strange noise or something'' — Still to Casey Becker

"What's your favorite scary movie?"

"I guess you've fingered the wrong guy... AGAIN!" — To Sidney Prescott for accusing Billy Loomis

"SURPRISE, SIDNEY!" - To Sidney after the reveal in Scream (1996)

"You wish it was Ted! Don't forget to set the alarm!! " — To Cici Cooper in Scream 2 .

"Have you ever felt a knife cut through human flesh and scrape the bone beneath?" — To Randy Meeks shortly before his death.

"It was a simple game, Cotton. You should have told me where Sidney was. Now, YOU LOSE!" — Scream 3 .

"...And it's called, Sarah gets skewered like a fuckin' PIG!" — To Sarah Darling in Scream 3 .

"Think of me as your director, you’re in my movie, you've got a fun part so don't blow it". — To Jenny Randall in Scream 4.

"This isn't a comedy, it's a horror film. People live, people die and you'd better start running." Scream 4

"...Same one Marnie's in, only her part got cut WAY back, but you... you're the DUMB BLONDE WITH THE BIG TITS! We'll have some fun with you before you die" Scream 4

"I'm gonna slit your eyelids in half so you don't blink when I stab you in the face" — To Sidney Prescott in Scream 4

"NONE OF THE ABOVE!" — To Kirby missing a trivia question Scream 4 .


,,Would you like to play a game, Tara?'' — To Tara Carpenter in Scream (2022)

,,Really? You can’t save your own sister? All you have to do is say, “Kill Richie”! Or say, “Kill Tara'', and I’ll make sure to hit all the organs I missed last time!'' — To Sam Carpenter in Scream (2022)

"Now I see something red" — Jason Carvey to Laura Crane in Scream VI

"Who gives a fuck about movies?" — Wayne Bailey to Jason Carvey in Scream VI

"Maybe you did hit me. Maybe I'm wounded. Or maybe I'm wearing a bulletproof ve st" — Quinn Bailey to Gale Weathers in Scream VI

Behind the Mask

There is much debate and speculation about which killer is Ghostface during the series. Some instances are obvious while others can be argued endlessly. It is believed Kevin Williamson revealed who he intended to wear the costume in comments made through the years concerning the first Scream. If any can be verified please link to source.


The Different Ghostface Masks used in all 4 Scream movies.

Maureen Prescott's murder: Billy and Stu committed the murder, as referenced in their dialogue. But it is unknown whether or not they wore the Ghostface costume. In the Stab 3 flashback set, Maureen's body is seen with a phone, suggesting she may have been called by them first (she may also have been attempting to call for help)

Casey's phone calls: Billy. From Casey's kill (stabbed one handed), one can work backwards to tell it was Billy on the phone with Casey from the front entrance of the house as Ghostface was able to hear her ask "who's there?" after playing mind games on her by ringing the doorbell (then chastising her for it)

Casey and Steve's murders: Stu killed Steve, Billy Killed Casey. Going from the above, Stu would be placed at the patio entrance with Steve. He then breaks in through the back and runs to the front to open the door for Billy. The Ghostface that killed Casey stabbed her with one hand. This is Billy's M.O. whilst Stu's is to use two hands on the knife for his killing blows. Working backwards from this, one could tell Billy switched off with Stu (who found her first) after Casey knocked Stu off with the phone

Sidney's first phone call: Billy. He is seen with a phone and appears at the bedroom window too soon after Sidney locks herself in her bedroom

Sidney's house attack: Stu. For Billy to be Ghostface here he would have to have run downstairs, go outside to run around the perimeter of the house, ditch the Ghostface costume and climb into Sidney's second story window in a matter of seconds

Call at the Riley house: Stu. He called to 'prove' Billy was innocent since he was locked up at the time

Sidney's bathroom attack: It was a prankster, because Ghostface didn't have a knife.

Principal Himbry's murder: Billy. His whereabouts were unknown at the time while Stu was seen with Sidney and Tatum outside the school. Though he left somewhere unknown, he was most likely setting up the party still. Even with this, we see Ghostface playing mind games with Himbry, which is also Billy's M.O. of the two (as he did so with Casey before then Tatum and Sidney after)

Stalking Sidney and Tatum: It was most likely Billy, or possibly another prankster; either of the killers making these moves would be risky. If it was one of the killers, it would most likely be Billy since the mind games were more his M.O.

Tatum's murder: Billy. Stu was still hosting the party and may have been noticed excusing himself to the garage right after sending Tatum there for more beer. Billy also plays more mind games with the faux-acting and 'wanting to play psycho killer'.

Billy's 'murder': Stu, as Billy is playing victim.

Sidney's chase: Stu still, after 'killing' Billy.

Randy's near murder: Stu. Billy would most likely still be upstairs and we can also see Ghostface holding the knife with two hands, which is Stu's M.O.

Kenny's murder: Stu still, after nearly killing Randy.

Dewey's and Sidney's attack: Billy. As Stu would still be outside somewhere (probably checking on Gale at this point), Billy would hear Dewey poking around and assume the Ghostface role to stop him.

Sidney's car attack: Billy. He chases Sidney to the car and then plays his mind games on her upon revealing that he has the keys to it after she tried to start it up.

Randy's shooting: Billy, we witness this.

Neil Prescott's abduction: Both, as he was their target to frame for the murders. After leaving Casey's, they likely both went to Sidney's (though we only see Billy) to get Neil since he's seen in the same outfit during the closing act.

Gale's attack: Billy

Billy's closet attack: Sidney

Stu's murder: Sidney

Randy and Sidney's attacks: Billy

Billy's murder: Sidney

Phil's and Maureen's murders: Nancy kills Phil and gives Mickey his jacket to trick Maureen into thinking he's her boyfriend. She touches him and isn't suspicious, pointing at Mickey being Ghostface here. His body is similar enough to Phil's to fool her, while Nancy would be obvious. Nancy likely kills Phil as you can hear a women's voice can be heard in the other stall. The most likely scenario is that - to save time Nancy probably hid Phil's body while Mickey put on Phil's clothing.

Sidney's prank call: Cory Gillis

CiCi's phone calls: Mickey. He would be the one to most likely know both that CiCi is at their sorority house as well as her situation with her boyfriend, Ted. He was also at the mixer across the street, meaning he most likely isn't the Ghostface we see sneak into the house without a phone in hand whilst the killer is on the phone with CiCi and her sorority sister

CiCi's murder: Mrs. Loomis. As Mickey was at the mixer and most likely on the phone with CiCi, this places Mrs. Loomis as the Ghostface that sneaks in and eventually kills CiCi.

Sidney's phone call: Mrs. Loomis. She hurriedly rushed off after CiCi's murder (she had a 'deadline') to coordinate the attack on Sidney as the news of CiCi's murder would reach the mixer which was right across the street.

Sidney's Greek house attack: Nancy, because she told Gale she had a deadline after the scene where Cici was murdered. Nancy also wanted revenge on Sidney and Gale for killing her son, Billy. The killer was eager to attack Sidney during the attack, making the killer being Nancy.

Derek's injury: Nancy, still.

Sidney's theater scare: Mickey. There's much better chance of him having knowledge of the play and it's rehearsal schedule as well as even the movements in it to blend in. Also, him swapping with Derek probably gave him greater freedom since he would not have to reappear as himself to pick her up

Randy's (Gale's) phone call: Mrs. Loomis. She hid in Gale's van and called Gale's phone at a time when Gale was seen using it. She also seems to have almost as great an interest in Gale as she does Sidney for her role in Billy's death. Randy just-so-happened to pick it up before Gale could

Randy's murder: Mrs. Loomis. She admits to this during the closing act.

Sidney's IM: Mickey. He would have access to the campus computers as well as the library.

Gale and Dewey's attack: Both. Mickey was the one in the projector room and would know how to operate it and then left to catch up to Sidney and Hallie. This would place Mrs. Loomis as the Ghostface that pops up behind Gale and takes over the attack. Also, with the physical strength that Mickey's Ghostface displays during the movie, it makes more sense that Mrs. Loomis' Ghostface was unable to get into the room Gale barricaded herself in (either by pushing past the shelf Gale used or by breaking the glass pane to the room)

Andrews', Richards', and Hallie's murders: Mickey. Having left the projector room, Mickey goes for Sidney and Hallie before they're out of reach and is able to physically overpower the second detective using the great physical strength we see him use throughout the film. Also, he has a nasty gash on his forehead once he removed his mask later on which he most likely gained from the car crash

Derek's murder: Mickey

Mickey's shooting: Nancy.

Gale's shooting: Mickey

Nancy's murder: Cotton (possibly Sidney, just in case)

Mickey's murder: Sidney and Gale

All Phone Calls: Roman is revealed to be sole killer.

All Attacks: Roman is revealed to be sole killer.

All Murders: Roman is revealed to be sole killer.

Roman's Death : Dewey

Marnie's murder : Both killers were present . Charlie was the one, who killed Marnie, because his M.O was stabbing his victim multiple times as Jill stabbed once.

Jenny's phone call : After Charlie killed Marnie, Jill took the body and when Charlie started talking on the phone with Jenny, both of them threw Marnie’s body through the window.

Jenny's and Marnie's murders: Jill chased Jenny and killed her by crushing her back with a garage door and then stabbing her while Charlie went to the garage door from outside the house and filmed Jenny's murder. The reason for Jill killing Jenny was because she was the girl Trevor cheated on Jill with. Jill also wanted everything to do with the first kills since they were meant as a signal to everyone that Ghostface is back. However, it is heavily speculated that Charlie is Jenny's killer, as he tells Sidney after revealing himself that he has great footage of her murder, though that doesn't exactly mean that he had to her killer, he could just follow Jill chasing Jenny, and record the kill.

Olivia and Jill's phone calls: Charlie, because Jill cannot call herself.

Sidney's car boot: Most evidence points towards Charlie. As Jill was with Kirby and Olivia since she left her house, the same day Sidney and Rebecca arrived at Woodsboro, while Charlie's whereabouts are not established until the beginning of school. It is more likely that Charlie planted the blood, Out of the Darkness novels and Ghostface merchandise in Sidney's car boot while no-one was around because Jill would probably still be with Kirby and Olivia at the time.

Jill and Kirby's call: Charlie, because Jill cannot call herself #2.

Olivia's murder: Logically, Charlie kills her while Jill is next door with Kirby. Charlie also states during the climax of the film that he has great footage of his Olivia kill. Kirby's caller from Trevor's phone is also obviously Charlie as Jill is with Kirby when she receives the phone call, and maybe also to distract Olivia from the sound of Charlie talking inside her closet. Jill's prank call to Olivia before Kirby's call was probably a signal to Charlie to begin his phone call to Kirby. However, an error occurs, in that the police were in the car when Olivia arrived home, but some time after went after a "suspicious figure." Charlie would have to have been in the closet before Olivia got home. The only solution here is that the "suspicious figure," was not Ghostface, but rather a random, unknown person or a figment of the officers imagination.

Sidney's first phone call: Jill was on her way to Olivia's house. If she had called, someone would have heard and noticed her. Besides, Charlie might have hid in a good place to call Sidney.

Jill and Sidney's attack: Jill is playing victim, while Charlie is attacking in the costume.

Rebecca's murder: This one is debatable. Some would think that this was Jill because Charlie is seen with Robbie at the press conference when Rebecca is thrown onto the newsvan from several stories above. Jill was probably also the one who made the calls to Rebecca as Charlie was probably with Robbie at that time. Jill is also the one who sabotaged Rebecca's car so she couldn't start it because Ghostface is seen with cords in his hand when she jumps onto the bonnett of Rebecca's car. In order for Jill to be the sole survivor, she had to kill Sidney and people close to her. However, Rebecca's more likely killer is Charlie, as Jill was treated and watched at the hospital, making it virtually impossible for her to sneak out, while Charlie eluding Robbie would be easier. Also, Jill didn't have a Ghostface costume with her at the hospital, while Charlie had his with him after Olivia's death. Also Olivia died in the same night as Rebecca.

Gale's attack: Charlie attacked Gale while Jill watched on her computer from home. Jill had no way to get to the Stab-a-thon and back without being noticed by somebody. Gale sees a webcam in the haystack and it moves to focus on her. This is Jill operating it from home and how knows she and Gale have the matching "shoulder wounds" she mentioned to Dewey at the end of the film. Some fans believe that Jill is the one who actually attacked Gale, but Charlie may have just told Jill about it.

Hoss and Perkins' murders: Both Ghostfaces were involved as Jill stabbed them to death after she left the house, (Hoss in the back and Perkins on his forehead) while Charlie drove the car two blocks away and then stabbed the corpses of Hoss and Perkins several more times just to make sure that they're dead. During the climax of the film, Charlie hands Jill a gun stating "the cops would've wanted you to have this, for your protection", which he probably gathered from the police car after driving the car two blocks away. During the climax, when Charlie is mentioning all of the footage he has of his kills, he does not mention Hoss or Perkins, which further implies that Jill was the Ghostface that attacked and stabbed Hoss and Perkins the first time.

Call at the Roberts house: Jill is the one who made the call because the caller told Sidney to put on the TV so she could see the report about Gale's attack. Charlie was in the car on the way to Jill's house after attacking Gale and he had no idea that the attack was already on the news. After arriving in front of Jill's house, Charlie also informed her about Gale's attack. Shortly after that, Jill called Sidney.

Kate's murder: Both Ghostfaces are present as one is at the backdoor and one is at the front door, but the Ghostface responsible for Kate's death was Jill, as Charlie states during the climax of the film that he scared Sidney and Kate from the backdoor of the house, and Kate was stabbed at the front of the house. Jill also states that" I mean for fucks sake my own mother had to die". Jill wanted to be the sole survivor so she wanted to kill people close to Sidney.

Trevor's abduction: Jill subdued Trevor somehow (more than likely by seducing him) and tied him up. It's unknown when he was brought downstairs as neither killers really had the time for that.

Robbie's murder: Killed outside Kirby's house by Charlie. Charlie admits later that he has great footage of his Robbie kill. Jill is also seen without costume in this scene.

Sidney and Jill's attack: Charlie is the killer here as Jill is seen.

Sidney's roof attack : Still Charlie because Sidney told Jill to hide under the bed while she was covering her escape out to the balcony.

Charlie's attack: Jill is the killer here as Charlie is seen.

Kirby's phone call : Jill is the caller here as Charlie is seen.

Kirby's attack: Jill calls her while Charlie is tied up. After Charlie is freed by Kirby, he stabs her revealing he is one of the killers.

Sidney's attack in Kirby's foyer: Charlie grabs her and holds a knife at her throat but she gets away, only to be stabbed by "Ghostface" who then takes off the mask and it's revealed that the killer is Jill.

Trevor's murder: Jill shoots him in the groin and forehead while he is tied up on the floor with duct tape.

Charlie's murder: Jill betrays him and stabs him in the heart and stomach.

Sidney's stabbing: Jill is doing it without costume.

Jill's beating : She is doing it herself, to look like a victim.

Sidney, Dewey and Hicks' hospital attacks: Jill is doing it without costume.

Jill's murder: As Jill is about to shoot Gale, Sidney comes from behind her and electrocutes her head with defibrillator paddles. Still alive, Jill tries stabbing Sidney with a glass shard but Sidney knows killers always come back to life for "one last scare" and shoots Jill in the heart.

Tara's phone calls: This was both Amber Freeman and Richie Kirsch . Richie made the phone calls and recorded the video of Amber with a view of his knife to scare Tara.

Tara's attack: This was Amber with Richie on the phone. Amber also seemingly confirms this later in the hospital attacks when she says that she'll hit all the organs she missed last time.

Vince's murder: This is ambiguous, but Amber is probaly the one who killed Vince. Amber was already at the bar with the rest of the teenagers and she could easily eluded her friends, while Richie was at the hospital with Sam and Tara. Even Richie's single stab MO doesn’t matter here, because Richie would rather not leave the hospital and then return there only to kill Vince, because Sam would have noticed him not being present and be suspicious over him.

Sam's phone call: Amber did the phone call. If Richie called her, she would have heard him.

Sam's hospital attack: Richie attacked Sam as Amber was at the Sheriff's Department having been questioned by Sheriff Hicks around the time Sam was attacked.

Judy's phone call: Quote: ''Ever seen movie Psycho?'' reveals Amber, because in the later scene of the movie Amber imitates the noises from the shower stabbing sequence in Psycho.

Judy's murder: Both killers were there. Amber killed Judy, because Ghostface used Amber's M.O (stabbing multiple times). and then went to the hospital.

Wes' murder: After Amber went to the hospital, Richie stayed behind to finish off Wes because he was stronger than Amber and he had the better chance to overpower him.

Clay's murder: In the hospital, all the work was likely done by Amber, while Richie was playing victim.

Richie, Tara and Dewey's attack: It was Amber, because Richie was still playing victim.

Dewey's murder: Obviously Amber, because Richie was with Sam and Tara in the elevator.

Chad's attack: This was Amber as Richie was driving to 261 Turner Lane with Tara and Samantha and arrived just as Ghostface finished his attack on Chad.

Mindy's attack: This was Richie, as Amber was upstairs with Tara getting her inhaler and Richie had excused himself to the Basement where he likely changed into the Ghostface costume and then came back upstairs to attack her.

Liv's murder: Amber is doing it without her costume.

Gale's shooting: Amber is doing it without her costume.

Sidney's phone call: You can hear Richie's voice, when he says ''Wait!''.

Sidney's attack: Sidney is talking to Richie, when attack was occurred.

Sam's stabbing: Richie is doing it without his costume.

Amber's attack: Tara, we witness this.

Richie's murder: Samantha killed Richie by stabbing him countless times, slitting his throat and shooting him in the head.

Amber's murder: Sidney, Gale and Tara all took part in Amber's murder. Sidney doused Amber in hand sanitizer as Gale shot Amber forcing her onto the stove and setting her alight due to the hand sanitizer they threw over her. Tara then shot Amber through the head as she came running out of the kitchen.

Laura's phone call: Ghostface, who calls Laura, is the same Ghostface who later kills her, for evidence see below.

Laura's murder: This was Jason Carvey , as he unmasks himself after killing her.

Greg's murder: It is not known exactly when Greg was killed. It's possible he was killed before Laura was killed. It is also unknown since when Ethan was at the Frat Party, and since Paul came to Quinn's apartment. Despite the fact that we do not know the exact time of Greg's death and the whereabouts of the Kirsch families at that time, it is most likely Wayne who killed Greg, because it is hard to imagine Ethan or Quinn dismembering Greg's body in such a brutal way. Wayne mentions to Sam in the final act: " We had to kill those two wannabe film students". Just as Wayne is Jason's killer (see evidence below), the fact that Wayne says "We had to kill" instead of "I had to kill" suggests either Quinn or Ethan may have been involved in Greg's death. However, as previously mentioned, it was Wayne who was most able to dismember Greg and had the best conditions to do so.

Jason's phone call: This call is falsely attributed to the same Ghostface, who killed Jason. Wayne waited in Jason's apartment until he found Greg's body in the refrigerator, and if he had called, Jason would have heard him, meaning that if Wayne killed Jason, Quinn would have been the one to call Jason. Ghostface calls Jason from Greg's phone, this would imply that it must have been the same Ghostface who actually killed him (we already know it's Wayne), however the fact that Wayne was hiding in Jason's apartment and if he was calling, he would have been heard by Jason, this fact excludes Wayne from being the caller in this scene. It is not known exactly how much time passed between Jason's murder and Sam's return to her apartment where Quinn was present, and it is also unknown when Paul came to Quinn. Ghostface in this scene is also watching Jason through the cameras, and Quinn would be in a better position to do that than Wayne. To see how Quinn might have gotten Greg's phone, check: Sam's stolen ID .

Jason's murder: The murder happened sometime after 9:00 p.m., and as Quinn was in her apartment (and also probably the caller in this scene) and Ethan Landry was at the frat party with Chad, Ghostface, who kills Jason is Wayne. With this murder, the Richie Kirsch's and Amber Freeman's masks were left.

Sam's stolen ID: Quinn was Sam's roommate. When Sam left to Dr. Stone, Quinn most likely stole Sam's ID and delivered it to Jason's apartment, where Wayne killed Greg. That's when Wayne was able to give Greg's phone to Quinn, who then went back to her apartment and called Jason while Wayne waited for Jason.

Sam's first phone call: First, we need to establish one fact: Ghostface who calls and then attacks is not the same Ghostface . Ghostface who attacks Tara from behind doesn't have a phone on him, and even if he had somewhere to hide it, it's a similar situation to Jason's call: Sam and Tara would hear Ghostface calling. This brings us two scenarios, that also immediately give us a clue as to who was responsible for the Bodega murders, see them below:

Sam and Tara's attack/Bodega Murders: Two people are mostly suspected of being Ghostface in the Bodega: Wayne and Ethan. However, he also can't exclude Quinn for being the Ghostface in the Bodega, below will explain why. The argument that tells us it's Wayne is that Ethan and Quinn were in the apartment at the time of the attack and had no way to sneak out. On top of that, Ghostface in the Bodega showed great shotgun skills, which would suit Wayne since he was a cop. Assuming Wayne was the Ghostface at the Bodega, the caller to Sam was probably Quinn. It is possible that after Sam and Tara left for the police station, Mindy, Anika, Chad and Ethan also left the apartment. This would leave Quinn alone in her apartment again, allowing her to call Sam without anyone else being suspicious. As absurd as it may seem at first glance, Wayne was most likely not the Ghostface at the Bodega, but just a Ghostface, who calls Sam, here's why: Wayne was at the crime scene in Jason and Greg's apartment. Wayne first calls Sam (at 9:57-9:58 p.m.) from there and lures her to come down the station, and after Sam and Tara escaped from the Bodega, Wayne was already present at the police station. For Wayne, it would be problematic to move from place to place so quickly, as well as to hide the costume. Later in the movie, when Kirby and Wayne are tracking the timeline of Ghostface, on the Ghostface's timeline board it is shown that the Bodega attack occured on 10:03 p.m., meaning that: Wayne would have to leave Jason and Greg's apartment in less than 5 minutes (in addition, put on the costume somewhere unnoticed) and later after the attack get faster to the police station before Sam and Tara, and in addition hide the costume somewhere. Wayne, however, wouldn't have much trouble being the caller in this scene. Ghostface in this conversation also takes credit for killing Greg and Jason, and we know it was Wayne, and also, what Ghostface says to Sam on the phone, is very similar to what Wayne says to her in the final act, about Sam "being punished" . That leaves us with either Ethan or Quinn as the prime suspects to be the Ghostface in Bodega. If we assume that Mindy, Anika, Chad and Ethan left the apartment along with Sam and Tara, then Quinn was left alone in her apartment again. This would allow her to sneak out undetected in a Ghostface costume and attack Sam and Tara, since Ethan would be with Chad then. However, if we assume that only Sam and Tara left the apartment, Ethan was the Ghostface in this scene. Somehow Quinn would have to distract the rest of the group to allow Ethan to slip away, or Ethan might just be lying to his friends about going back to his apartment. It also should be noticed, that when Ghostface is pushed onto the bikes by Sam and Tara, he grunts in a voice similar to Ethan's, and a moment later he says "Shit!", which also sounds like Ethan. What remains unclear is how Ethan (or possibly Quinn) would have learned to use a shotgun. However, it can be inferred that Wayne taught his kids using a shotgun. In summary, we have two possible scenarios: Quinn being the caller, and Wayne being the attacker , or Wayne being the caller, and Ethan or Quinn being the attacker . With this murder, Ghostface leaves behind Jill Roberts' and Charlie Walker's masks.

Dr. Christopher Stone's murder: This murder happened sometime around 8 am. Every Ghostface actually had the ability to kill Dr. Stone. Despite that, the most evidence points to Wayne, because it was him, who Sam told and gave details about Stone, such as where he lived. At the police station, where Wayne informs Kirby about Dr. Stone's death, Wayne strongly emphasized the cause of Stone's death as if he was proud of it. With this murder, Ghostface leaves behind Roman Bridger's mask.

The Apartment Attack: This attack includes Paul's death, Quinn's fake death, Mindy and Sam's attack, and finally Anika's murder. It obviously couldn't be Quinn because she was seen faking her death. Quinn is also seen talking to her father on the phone before the attack, which would also exclude Wayne from being Ghostface here. Wayne, after revealing himself, also tells Sam and Tara how he faked Quinn's death and that "he had to be sure he was first on the scene so he could switch Quinn's body out with a fresh one". This tells us that Wayne came to the apartment after the attack, and was unlikely to be responsible for it. It's possible that during the attack, Wayne killed an unknown teenage girl and dragged her corpse to the apartment so everyone would think it was Quinn. Thus, the only possible Ghostface in this scene is Ethan. This can be deduced from the way he slices Mindy's arm (just like he did twice with Sam during the revelations), and stabs, then rips open Anika's stomach. Wayne had a different way of stabbing his victims, like he did with Jason. Even though Ethan had an alibi that he was in Econ Class the whole time with hundred other people, it is probably false, as it is likely that he left class earlier than the other students, and since "he was in a study hall with a hundred other people", nobody really would notice him being absent.

Sam's second phone call: This was Quinn, who was hiding in Gale's penthouse to lure them there, as Wayne was in the park with Sam and Tara and Ethan was in the police van with Kirby, Chad and Mindy.

Gale's first phone call : This was probably Wayne. Since Quinn is responsible for Brooks' death happening at the same time as Gale's call, Gale would overhear Quinn attacking Brooks.

Brooks' murder, Gale's second phone call and attack: This was Quinn as she both admitted to being responsible and was already in the apartment making a phone call to lure them in. Wayne and Ethan were also both at the park with Sam, Tara and Kirby.

Mindy's attack: This was Quinn as she admitted to attacking Mindy, Ethan was also on the subway in plain sight and Wayne was at the police station.

Kirby's attack: This was both Quinn and Ethan as Kirby confirmed that "they" both attacked her and Quinn and Ethan were the two masked Ghostface's in the theatre.

Tara and Chad's Attack: Quinn stabbed Tara in the back and chased the group before being beaten up by Chad. When Chad was about to finish Quinn, Ethan stabbed him from behind, saving his sister, and then Quinn and Ethan attacked Chad together and stabbed him wearing Nancy Loomis and Stu Macher's masks.

Kirby's shooting: Wayne, in his reveal.

Quinn's murder: This was Sam who shot her through the head.

Wayne's murder: This was Sam who stabbed him to death using Billy's robe, mask and knife various times on his chest and arms, despite wearing a vest, with the fatal stab being to his eye.

Ethan's murder: This was both Tara, who stabbed Ethan on the inside of his mouth, and Kirby who crushed his skull with the same TV that killed Stu.


  • Mortal Enemy
  • Girlfriend ( Billy Loomis )
  • Friend ( Mickey Altieri and Stu Macher )
  • Half-sister ( Roman Bridger )
  • Cousin ( Jill Roberts )
  • Frequent Target
  • Girlfriend ( Richie Kirsch )
  • Roomate ( Quinn Bailey )
  • Friend ( Ethan Landry )
  • Police ( Wayne Bailey )
  • Daughter ( Billy Loomis )
  • Granddaughter ( Nancy Loomis )
  • Friend ( Amber Freeman and Ethan Landry )
  • Acquaintance ( Richie Kirsch )
  • Friend ( Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker )
  • Acquaintance ( Ethan Landry and Quinn Bailey )
  • Suspects ( Jason Carvey and Greg Bruckner )
  • Friend ( Amber Freeman and Quinn Bailey )
  • Roomate ( Ethan Landry )
  • Nephew ( Randy Meeks , victim of Nancy)
  • Acquaintance ( Richie Kirsch and Ethan Landry )
  • Niece ( Randy Meeks , victim of Nancy)
  • Son ( Nancy Loomis )
  • Accomplice ( Stu Macher )
  • Protege ( Roman Bridger )
  • Father ( Samantha Carpenter )
  • Accomplice ( Billy Loomis )
  • Girlfriend ( Stu Macher )
  • Friend ( Billy Loomis )
  • Mother ( Billy Loomis )
  • Accomplice ( Mickey Altieri )
  • Grandmother ( Samantha Carpenter )
  • Accomplice ( Nancy Loomis )
  • Mentor ( Billy Loomis )
  • Half-brother ( Sidney Prescott )
  • Accomplice ( Charlie Walker )
  • Accomplice ( Jill Roberts )
  • Accomplice ( Richie Kirsch )
  • Son ( Wayne Bailey )
  • Brother ( Quinn Bailey ) ( Ethan Landry )
  • Accomplice ( Amber Freeman )
  • Boyfriend ( Samantha Carpenter )
  • Father ( Richie Kirsch ) ( Ethan Landry ) ( Quinn Bailey )
  • Accomplice ( Ethan Landry )
  • Accomplice ( Quinn Bailey )
  • Brother ( Richie Kirsch ) ( Quinn Bailey )
  • Accomplice ( Wayne Bailey )
  • Daughter ( Wayne Bailey )
  • Sister ( Richie Kirsch ) ( Ethan Landry )

Parodies in other media

The comedy parody films Scary Movie and Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth depict killers based on the Ghostface character.

In the climax of Scary Movie , the killer was revealed to be both Bobby Prinze and Ray Wilkins. However, it turns out they were copycat killers of a serial killer that already existed. The real killer was Doofy Gilmore, a policeman who had been faking mental retardation.

In Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth , the killer's mask is not originally that of Ghostface, but begins as a hockey mask which resembles the one worn by Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series . After being set on fire when the killer tried to smoke a cigarette, it melted to resemble Ghostface. In this film, unlike the "Scream" version of Ghostface, he constantly fails to kill anyone important; the various kills are accidental, or people in the background with almost no part in the plot. In the climax of the film, the killer turns out to be Doughy's long lost twin cousin. He is accidentally shot by Hagatha, who was using a gun as a mirror to touch up her make-up. He later attempts to escape, after waking up in a mockery of the usual horror shock endings, only to be shot many times by Doughy and beaten up by a mob of cops who mistake him for being black. He still survives, and as revealed in a where-are-they-now segment, he apparently settled down. At the end of the film, it turns out that another person has taken up the guise of Ghostface, and apparently has better skills, attacking his victims with ninja-like tactics.

In an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch , Ghostface calls fighters saying that he will kill a scream queen every round, he ends up murdering Drew Barrymore (Scream) , Jamie Lee Curtis ( Halloween ) , and Jennifer Love Hewitt ( I Know What You Did Last Summer ) . Later a cell phone that belongs to him is planted on a platypus and Neve Campbell and Sarah Michelle Gellar manage to defeat it, believing it to be the killer. At the end of the show he makes a phone call to Nick Diamond.

Roger L. Jackson reprises his role of Ghostface in the Robot Chicken episode "That Hurts Me" as one of the movie killer contestants in a show that parodies Big Brother . He portrays the token black character so often seen in reality shows. He launches a prank war on Pinhead , purposefully shrinks Freddy Krueger's sweater in the wash, and when given a free cell phone call, he calls Drew Barrymore to threaten her and complain that the Charlie' s Angels sequel sucked. When both he and Michael Myers were set to be eliminated, Ghostface gave a heartfelt speech about how he'd cherished his time on the show and wouldn't hold any grudges over being eliminated, which saved him from elimination, as opposed to Michael, who simply stabbed Freddy repeatedly as a response, which didn't even make Freddy bleed, but instead merely annoyed him.

Ghostface has also made a cameo in Tripping the Rift , as the judge in the episode when Chode sells his soul to the devil and finds a way to sue him.

In the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back , Shannen Doherty and Wes Craven provide cameos as themselves making the (at that time) non-existent Scream 4 , but Doherty objects when Ghostface turns out to be played by the orangutan, Suzann.

In the anime Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei , Mr. Despair attempts to dream of his own death scene. The screen switches to a familiar shower scene from Psycho as Mr. Despair is taking a shower. Suddenly he is attacked by Bruce Lee , Darth Vader , Ghostface, and other familiar faces before dying the exact same way in Psycho .

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In his book Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film , Adam Rockoff opined that Ghostface's mask was a "striking, surreal and downright terrifying presence". Calling the mask a "hyperbolic rendering" of Edvard Munch's The Scream , Rockoff wrote that the 'face' is "twisted in an exaggerated, almost mocking grin, as if reflecting the look of terror and surprise on his victims' faces."


Scream Ghostface costume. A popular choice for Halloween

Tony Magistrale also discussed the similarities between Ghostface's mask and The Scream in his book Abject Terrors: Surveying the Modern and Postmodern Horror Film , stating that the painting "an apt representation of the degree of alienation from other people inspires the killers' murderous agenda". The mask of Ghostface is widely renowned for it's major appearance on Halloween night. It has been the most common costume on Halloween since the launch of it. There are many variations such as a mask where it can produce fake blood. Also, in the 2010 Halloween, there were new costumes of Ghostface. One that was a scarecrow, and the other, having the regular robe, but with a zombie mask.

Weapons and Equipment

 Buck 120 Hunting Knife: The iconic weapon of the Ghostface killer. Usually used to stab victims, slit their throats or gut them.

Gun: Usually used when Ghostface finally reveals his/her identity to their last victim.

Father Death costume /Ghost mask: Used to hide his/her identity. The iconic wardrobe of the killer of the Scream franchise.

Bullet-proof vest: Used by Roman Bridger to protect himself from gunshots to the chest.

Voice-changer: An electronic device used to mask the killer's real voice and change it to a deep, grunting voice.

Video Camera: Used by the 'Remake' killers, to record a video of them murdering their victims in order to obey the rule of which the Killer should film the murders.

Abilities and Attributes

Unlike supernatural killers, such as Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger, Ghostface is human, but has several skills of a deadly killer. Ghostface is skilled in spying and stealth, allowing him or her to hide in unexpected places. Also, he or she exhibits extreme durability against physical harm and has high levels of physical strength. As seen in Scream 2 he was able to kill Officer Andrews and Officer Richards, who were considered two of Chief Hartley's best men. In the 4th and 5th entries, they are able to kill multiple deputies and eventually Sheriff Judy Hicks. Also, in the 5th film Dewey Riley finally meets his demise after surviving multiple near fatal attacks throughout the series. In the 6th film, Kirby Reed is revealed to be an FBI Agent and towards the end of the movie nearly dies after being shot by Wayne Bailey after he reveals himself and children to be the killers. In Scream 3 he was able to kill both Cotton Weary and Jennifer Jolie's bodyguard, Steven Stone despite their size.

They are also shown to be great at Evasion. In the first Scream, after killing Casey Becker and Steve Orth, they are able to escape before Casey's Parents find her body. In Scream 2 at the start of the movie they are able to kill both Maureen Evans and Phil Stevens at a screening of Stab and able to leave without been seen, due to most of the patrons wearing Ghostface costumes throughout the theater. Later on they are able to Kill Randy Meeks on campus with hundreds of students nearby during broad daylight and able to escape without being seen. In Scream 4 after Killing Olivia Morris, they are able to evade Sidney Prescott, who attempted to try and help Olivia before finding her dead body. In the 6th film, They are able to Kill Dr. Christopher Stone and break into his home during the day and are able to leave without being seen. Later in the movie they wound Mindy Meeks-Martin while on the subway with dozens of passengers onboard and able to leave without being seen.

Ghostface seems to display a heightened sense of awareness. He or she is often able to know where his victims are located before a physical attack, where they are hiding, and/or to be where they will attempt to escape. As seen in Scream 2 , he was able to tell if, when, and where his victim would place his head against a bathroom stall dividing wall (enabling Ghostface to stab the target in the head from the next stall over).

Ghostface is strong enough to lift up a person and to stun his victims with punches. He can endure several damages like having a beer bottle thrown on his face and surviving some stab or bullet wounds. Ghostface is very skillful in wielding his knife and has enough strength to puncture through doors with his knife. Ghostface kills his victims by stabbing them on vital points or slitting their throats.

He is also fast enough to catch most of his victims. Wayne Bailey was shown to be quick enough to dodge a shotgun blast from the Bodega Clerk that he eventually steals the weapon from and kills.

The first two Ghostface killers (Billy and Stu) would often gut their victims and hang their corpses.

Throughout the series Ghostface is shown to be great at manipulation. At the start of the first movie they are able to trick Casey Becker into playing a game of trivia in order to save her boyfriend Steve Orth, however when she gets a trick question wrong they kill him and eventually her soon after. Then towards the End of the movie Billy Loomis tricks his girlfriend Sidney Prescott into thinking the Killer (Stu Macher) attacked him, before revealing himself to indeed be one of the killers. In Scream 2 when Mickey Altieri reveals himself as the killer, he tricks Sidney into thinking her boyfriend and his friend, Derek Feldman was his partner in the killings, which makes Sidney hesitant to help Derek despite his pleas. Mickey then kills Derek and mocks Sidney for not trusting him. In scream 3 Roman Bridger had a voice changer that could copy other voices, confusing his victims. At the start of Scream 3 he calls Cotton Weary and pretends to be a female flirting with him before using the Ghostface voice and taunting him by saying he broke into his home and is going to Kill Christine Hamilton. He then attacks Christine and uses Cotton's voice and tells her he is just playing around. By the time the real Cotton gets to his home, Christine is convinced he is her attacker and ignores his warnings about Ghostface and attacks him with a golf club, Ghostface then Shows up and kills her. Cotton tried to fight back, but was too weak, due to his injury from the golf club and Roman kills him. He was able convince Sarah Darling to come meet him at the studio, which she gets locked inside in all alone and Roman Taunts her as Ghostface before killing her. Later at John Milton's Mansion, Roman fakes his death with a fake dummy of himself and goes on to kill the rest of the Stab Cast and eventually revealed himself as the killer and kills Milton too. In Scream 4, Ghostface (Charlie Walker) calls Kirby Reed and Jill Roberts and tells Kirby to check the closet, she goes to check and finds it empty, which he taunts them and says he wasn't talking about Jill house and reveals himself to be hiding at Olivia Morris' house and kills her. At the start of the 5th film Ghostface calls Tara Carpenter and tricks her into a game of trivia after threating to kill her best friend, Amber Freeman (Not knowing she is one of the killers alongside her sister's boyfriend Richie Kirsch). Towards the end at Amber's house, they are able to steal Liv McKenzie's phone to Lure her boyfriend Chad Meeks-Martin and attack him. When Chad doesn't return, his sister Mindy suspects Liv of being the killer, before being attacked herself. Liv then returns to the house with blood on her hands claiming to find Chad's wounded body, before being killed by Amber Freeman, who reveals herself to be the killer alongside Richie Kirsch. In the 6th film Quinn Bailey (With the help of her father Wayne) is able to fake her death before reveling herself to be one of the killers alongside her family. Wayne Bailey is able to trick The Carpenter Sisters and their friends towards the end by saying Kirby Reed was exiled from the FBI due to her mental health, which allows Wayne and his children to trap them all at the theater before they reveal themselves to be the killers.

Wore a bulletproof vest under his Father Death costume, which allowed him to survive gunshots to the chest. The bulletproof vest would then turn out to be an essential tool later used as protection for other killers, such as Amber Freeman, Wayne Bailey, and Quinn Bailey.

While all the Ghostface Killers are shown to use handguns after unmasking themselves, Wayne Bailey is the first to kill with a shotgun while still masked after successfully disarming the Bodega clerk. Bailey was likely the most skilled Ghostface in firearms due to his law enforcment background.

Ghostface is sometimes a little bit of a klutz; Ghostface gets hit by doors and other objects like a refrigerator door while fighting with Tatum, and sometimes fall down to the floor while chasing Sidney. This ability likely renders from the fact that their mask gives them minimal eyesight while in pursuit, thus making their viewpoint slump in the way of other surroundings below or around them.

Six of the Ghostface killers (Billy, Mickey, Roman, Jill, Amber and Ethan) have been able to survive potentially fatal wounds and spring back up for one last scare (although they were killed immediately after). The other six Ghostface killers and accomplices were killed beforehand and thus never committed their onlast scare moment (Stu, Nancy, Charlie, Richie, Quinn, and Wayne), with Charlie being the only killed by his accomplice.

Despite actually being different people, Ghostface has a habit of menacingly wiping the blood off his knife with one gloved hand and has a thorough knowledge of horror film genre, including conventions and trivia.

Behind the Scenes

  • Wes Craven had the characters in Scream mention the Ghostface costume is called "Father Death" as a red herring, alluding to Neil, Sidney's father.
  • In Scream, Stu was meant to mention having to pee before Sidney is attacked in the high school bathroom, but it was believed to be too strong a clue that he was the killer.
  • In the original Scream 2 script, there are three killers: Mrs. Loomis, Derek Feldman , and Hallie McDaniel (the sixth film derived from said script with differences in each film, although similarly applying with there being an older killer guiding young ones, although in the sixth film they're a family trio; also in the sixth with there being 2 male killers and 1 female, as opposed to the original trio of killers in the original script from the second film being 1 male and 2 female killers).
  • In the original Scream 3 script, Angelina Tyler is a second killer. She reveals herself to be a former classmate of Sidney's and now in a relationship with Roman.
  • Eight men have been Ghostface (excluding Jason), while only four have been women: Mrs. Loomis, Jill Roberts, Amber Freeman, and Quinn Bailey.
  • The only person to wear the Ghostface costume and use the voice changer who wasn't a murderer was Sidney. During a brief moment in Scream , she does this to turn the tables on Billy and Stu. It can be argued that she is a murderer since she kills several of the killers later in the franchise, though she was only doing it in self defense. She is succeeded by Samantha Carpenter, arguably, due to her father being Billy Loomis, and having the lust, psychologically, for murdering like her father, albeit in self defense. Sam during the sixth film, like Sidney in the first, dons her old father's costume and knife, ironically, to murder Wayne Bailey and calls him beforehand by also using the voice changer.
  • Out of the six Ghostface killing sprees in the films, only two of them have occurred, in-universe , in real world locations and cities; the first being Hollywood/Los Angeles, California in Scream 3 on February 1-4, 2000, and New York City, New York in Scream VI on October 29-31, 2023.
  • The only instances in the franchise of people wearing the Ghostface costume and not being killers is both two unnamed male students in the first Scream (which was hinting to the ultimate reveal of two male killers, subliminal) , and the movie audience during the opening of Scream 2, during a sneak peek of the first Stab (which in turn is a meta reference to Scream; and the 1996 Woodsboro Murders, whose source material was derived off the book Gale Weathers wrote about the events, making it a film within a film), as well as New Yorkers throughout the city (excluding Jason Carvey) wearing it as a Halloween costume during the New York Murders during Halloween week, 2023, in Scream VI .
  • The 3 victims of the copycat murders from Scream 2 are:
  • Phil Stevens (representing Steven Orth)
  • Maureen Evans (representing Maureen Prescott)
  • Casey 'Cici' Cooper (representing Casey Becker)
  • The copycat murders of Scream 2 are a dangling plot point. Mickey and Mrs. Loomis begin murdering victims based on their names matching those of the original Woodsboro Murders, but stop at 3. While the investigators discover the pattern, nothing comes of this, or is mentioned in the final confrontation. This is fleshed out slightly more in earlier drafts of the script, but still not resolved. Whether the two killers planned this as a red herring or altered course as they went along remains to be seen. From a story perspective, this fits in with the two killers having very different motives.
  • The murders in Scream 3 follow a similar path to Scream 2. Roman killed the cast in the order their characters died in the Stab 3 script, until veering off course and killing without a pattern, just as Mickey and Mrs. Loomis started as copycat killers until Randy's murder. In both cases, characters tried deducing who would be the next victim based on the pattern right when the killer stopped using the pattern.
  • The Scream 3 characters may indeed have been killed in accordance with the Stab 3 script if you allow for the exceptions of non-cast members (Christine Hamilton, Steven Stone, and John Milton). Cotton Weary was set to cameo as himself in the opening death scene and he was the first actor to die. Sarah Darling's Candy was the second to die. It's known that Ricky was written to die and since the fictionalized Gale Weathers was set to be the killer, she would have died last. Tyson Fox dies between Sarah and Jennifer Jolie, who was the last killed. It's unknown if Sidney and Dewey's characters were set to be killed, but since Tori Spelling and David Schwimmer didn't return, it's likely the producers wanted to kill the characters off, making it possible that they died in the order Tom Prinze and Angelina Tyler were murdered.
  • One of the killers "Came back to life for one last scare" in each film:
  • Billy Loomis (shot in the head by Sidney) - Scream (1996)
  • Mickey Altieri (shot in the chest by Sidney and Gale) - Scream 2
  • Roman Bridger (shot in the head by Dewey) - Scream 3
  • Jill Roberts (shot in the heart by Sidney) - Scream 4
  • Amber Freeman (shot in the head by Tara) - Scream (2022)
  • Ethan Landry (head crushed by television pushed by Kirby) - Scream VI

It would have been possible that Nancy could have returned for one last scare, but she was shot in the head by Sidney, after she and Gale killed Mickey.

  • Ghostface killed a pair of victims in the opening of each film, except Scream (2022):
  • Steven Orth & Casey Becker (Scream)
  • Phil Stevens & Maureen Evans (Scream 2)
  • Christine & Cotton Weary (Scream 3)
  • Marnie Cooper & Jenny Randall (Scream 4)
  • Jason Carvey & Greg Bruckner (Scream VI)
  • With the exception of Scream 2, in every cycle of murders there is one victim who Ghostface doesn't stab or kill with his knife:
  • Tatum Riley (garage door) - Scream (1996)
  • Officer Richards (metal pole) - Scream 2
  • Derek Feldman (shot) - Scream 2
  • Tom Prinze (blown up) - Scream 3
  • Trevor Sheldon (shot) - Scream 4
  • Liv McKenzie (shot) - Scream (2022)
  • Bodega Clerk (shot) - Scream VI
  • Like Cici Cooper in Scream 2 and Tyson Fox in Scream 3 before her, Anika was stabbed prior to falling to her death by Ghostface.
  • However, unlike the others, Anika wasn't thrown off or pushed, but rather due to escaping via a ladder and trying to crawl to another building while suspended on a high level and a horizontal makeshift ladder, was thwarted in her attempt to escape by Ghostface, due to the other side from where they escaped being not overseen.
  • Roman, Ethan and Quinn are the only killers who die in their Father Death costumes.
  • Roman Bridger was the only Ghostface who had no accomplice.
  • Each of the Ghostface killers had the opportunity to kill off the 3 main characters:
  • Billy nearly stabs Sidney (Gale shoots him before he does that). The scene before that, Stu and Billy were about to kill Sidney if it weren't for Gale distracting them. (Scream)
  • Ghostface also stabbed Dewey in the back but he survived. (Scream)
  • Ghostface brutally stabs Dewey, but he survives once again. (Scream 2)
  • Mickey reflexively shoots Gale, but she survived. Before that, Mrs. Loomis had her at gunpoint and could have killed her instantly. (Scream 2)
  • Sidney intensely escapes a police car through a knocked-out Ghostface at the driver's seat. Mrs. Loomis has Sidney on a knife-point (Cotton Weary ends up saving Sidney by shooting Mrs. Loomis) (Scream 2)
  • Gale falls into a basement along with Ghostface who was knocked-out temporarily. (Scream 3)
  • Ghostface throws his knife at Dewey into his head, but the handle hits him instead and knocks him out. (Scream 3)
  • Ghostface ties Gale and Dewey together to hold them as hostage to lure Sidney when he could've just killed them. (Scream 3)
  • Roman strangles Sidney to death but stops when Dewey turns down the electricity of the house, he also shot her with a gun (but she wore a bullet-proof vest) and could've shot her in the head. (Scream 3)
  • Ghostface had the chance to stab Gale at a vital point but hesitated when Dewey fires his gun. Jill also held Gale at a gun-point and was going to shoot her. (Scream 4)
  • Jill threatens to blow Dewey's head off with his gun. (Scream 4)
  • Jill could've stabbed Sidney even more in Kirby's house, but she was probably in a hurry as she was aware that the police were coming. (Scream 4)
  • Jill Roberts being the killer is ironic. Her character is based on Sidney Prescott and the fact that she is a Ghostface killer is a reference to the fact that some fans often speculate that Sidney Prescott would eventually become the Ghostface killer due to witnessing the deaths of the people close to her.
  • It is revealed that Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker are the killers in Scream 4 , they planned this to "remake" the franchise:
  • Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper represent Casey Becker and Steve Orth (killed first simultaneously after one receives a call from Ghostface. A deleted scene shows that they were hung and tied to a chair like Casey and Steve)
  • Kate Roberts represents her sister, Maureen Prescott. Both are the mothers of the 'protagonist'
  • Trevor Sheldon represents Neil Prescott. Both were kidnapped, bound and gagged, and would-be framed for the murder spree.
  • Jill and Charlie's plan to make their innocence in the killing spree more solid by stabbing each other, is just like Billy and Stu's plan in the first movie.
  • Jill stabbing Charlie to death on purpose, is a reference to Scream 2 when Mrs. Loomis betrays her accomplice Mickey.
  • It is arguable that the Remake Jill and Charlie also tried to 'remake' the Windsor Collage Murders since a few of their victims deaths are parallel to the Windsor College victims:
  • Ghostface slashes Jill's arm to make Sidney think that Ghostface is trying to kill her, this is similar to Ghostface slashing Derek's arm leading Sidney to doubt whether he is an accomplice of Ghostface.
  • Rebecca was thrown from a several stories building, similar to Cici's death who was thrown off a two-story building from the balcony.
  • Officer Hoss and Perkins' Deaths are parallel to Officer Richards and Andrews' deaths.
  • Robbie's Death was reminiscent of Randy's brutal murder.
  • Kirby's Attack was reminiscent of Hallie's murder, as both were attacked by surprise by Ghostface. (note that the Ghostface that attacked them were the men they were implied to have a relationship with.)
  • Sidney killed both murderers by herself in Scream. In Scream 2, Cotton shot Mrs. Loomis to free Sidney. Mrs. Loomis was shot again by Sidney, making her the third killer killed by Sidney. Mickey was shot by both Sidney and Gale. In Scream 3, Sidney mortally wounded Roman, but in the end, Dewey is the one who killed him. Charlie was killed by Jill, and Sidney also killed the last of the "remake killers", her cousin, Jill.
  • Both female killers, Jill Roberts and Mrs. Loomis, betrayed their accomplices in the end.
  • The remake killers Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker have similarities to the previous 5 killers:
  • They are a duo similar to Billy and Stu as well as Mrs. Loomis and Mickey.
  • Charlie is betrayed by his accomplice just like Mickey.
  • Both tried to attack and failed to kill Sidney.
  • Both planned to frame someone else.
  • Both attempted to stab each other to make it seem they were attacked by the Killer.
  • Jill craves for fame of being the survivor of the new Ghostface killing spree just like Roman Bridger.
  • Although Amber revealed herself as the killer after killing Liv she wears the costume later and unmasks herself after attacking Sidney .
  • Wannabe Ghostface Jason Carvey unmasked himself after murdering Laura Crane .
  • Billy Loomis , Stu Macher , Mrs. Loomis , Charlie Walker , Richie Kirsch and Wayne Bailey are the only ghostfaces who don't reveal themselves by unmasking.
  • Each of the Ghostface killers, except Mickey, Richie, or Ethan gets themselves hit by a glass object:
  • Billy Loomis: beer bottle thrown into the face. (whilst attacking Tatum Riley)
  • Stu Macher: vase smashed into his head, Television screen smashes into his face. (getting killed by Sidney Prescott)
  • Nancy Loomis: a prop jar is smashed to her head. (after Sidney distracted her)
  • Roman Bridger: a beer bottle is smashed into his face. (whilst having a physical fight with Sidney)
  • Charlie Walker: a glass picture frame is smashed into his shoulder. (whilst trying to attack Sidney)
  • Jill Roberts: runs into a glass picture frame and jumps onto a glass coffee table. (Self Inflicted)
  • Amber Freeman: thrown and smashed with glass hand sanitizer bottle on her head and face, causing her to become spread with the flammable substance before set on fire (whilst having a physical fight with Sidney and Gale, bottle thrown by Sidney).
  • Quinn Bailey: thrown down onto a glass table. (whilst attacking Gale Weathers)
  • Wayne Bailey: falls onto a glass display case. (after charging at Sam and falling over a ledge with her)
  • In Scream 4 it is proven that Marnie Cooper is the Steven Orth in the film as she is first to die, while Jenny Randall as the Casey Becker as she has a vast knowledge of horror movies and is taunted before dying as the fourth installment is following the remake movies this century.

Notes and References

  • ↑ Scream (2022)''
  • ↑ Scream VI
  • ↑ Scream VI''

Character Guide

  • 1 Billy Loomis
  • 2 Samantha Carpenter
  • 3 Ghostface

Screen Rant

Scream 1996 ending explained: original ghostface identity & killer twists.

In a classic conclusion that would launch a decades-long franchise, Ghostface's identity & motivations involve numerous twists in Scream's ending.

  • Wes Craven's Scream (1996) has an iconic ending filled with twists, revealing the identity of Ghostface and the motivations behind the murders.
  • Billy and Stu are the masterminds behind the Ghostface killings, framing others and continuing their revenge plots by attacking their classmates.
  • Despite fan theories, Stu Macher did not survive Scream 's ending, and only a select few characters, including Sidney Prescott, Randy Meeks, Gale Weathers, and Dewey Riley, survive the massacre.

Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) boasts one of the most iconic twist-filled endings in movie history, with the Ghostface identity reveal and final twists launching one of the horror’s greatest franchises. The Kevin Williamson-created Scream movie franchise continues to be remembered for its wild third acts, which all began with the twists and turns faced by Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) when the knife-donning masked Ghostface killer conducted an attack at a high school house party. Scream ’s clever ending is filled with satire aimed at horror movies and cultural commentary, with the unmasking of Ghostface and Sidney’s fate still being unmatched decades later.

After being taunted by the killer and seeing several others die by Ghostface’s knife, Sidney finds herself face-to-face with Ghostface in Scream ’s ending. With many gathered for a party at Stu’s house, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley stand guard at the home in case the killer strikes again, which turns out to be the case when Ghostface attacks several party-goers. After Sidney and her boyfriend Billy finally sleep together, Billy is seemingly stabbed by Ghostface, but a sinister twist reveals her prior suspicions were correct. Scream (1996)’s thrilling and satisfying ending reveals Ghostface’s shocking identity and motivations for the massacres, with only a few survivors remaining alongside Sidney as dawn finally breaks.

Billy & Stu's Ghostface Reveal & Plans Explained

Shortly after Sidney watches Ghostface stab Billy, her boyfriend reveals that the wound is fake, simply using fake blood and cornstarch to evade suspicion. Billy reveals his true role as Ghostface, with Stu Macher having been his accomplice the entire time. The two Ghostfaces then launch into their famous monologue confessing their crimes and motivations for the murders, including the fact that they were the ones who killed Sidney’s mother Maureen Prescott a year prior. Ultimately, Billy and Stu were two sadistic individuals who, after killing Maureen, decided to continue taking their revenge plots further by attacking their classmates. While Billy was primarily motivated by his anger at being abandoned, Stu's reason for helping Billy kill people was the sadistic thrill.

Considering the pair had already framed Cotton Weary for Maureen’s murder, Billy Loomis and Stu Macher found another individual to frame for their new killings. The teens had planned to frame Sidney’s father Neil Prescott for the crimes, suggesting he would have “snapped” on the anniversary of Maureen’s death and gone on his own killing spree. With Neil tied up and Sidney being their next target, Billy and Stu enact the next phase in their plan by stabbing each other in order to appear as the “sole survivors” and cover up their identities as Ghostface. By the end of the night, there was no rhyme or reason to who Billy and Stu killed, as the movie-inspired killers simply wanted to be the only survivors to return in the “sequel.”

However, while Billy and Stu are stabbing one another a bit too deeply, Gale Weathers arrives and Sidney is able to escape. Sidney then kills Stu by dropping a TV on his head, with an incapacitated Billy soon awakening before Sidney fatally shoots him. After both Ghostfaces are dead, Scream ’s ending sees Sidney get help as Gale Weathers reports on the fateful night, revealing Billy and Stu as the Ghostface killers while explaining their twisted “motivations” in the 1996 Woodsboro massacre.

Related: Scream Movies In Order: How To Watch The Horror Franchise Chronologically

Why Billy & Stu Killed Sidney's Mother

One of the biggest twists in Scream ’s ending involves the reveal that Cotton Weary was framed for Maureen’s murder by Billy and Stu. In reality, Billy and Stu had killed her the year before after discovering that she had been having an affair with Billy’s father. The affair caused Billy’s mother to abandon their family, leaving him angry and out for revenge. Billy blamed Sidney’s mother – but seemingly not his father – for ruining his family and forcing his own mother to leave him, leading him to kill Maureen. Similar to the Ghostface murders in 1996, Stu had no motivation to help Billy kill Maureen other than his twisted interest in murder and desire to go along with Billy’s ideas.

Did Stu Really Die In Scream's Ending?

Despite the fact that Stu Macher has a TV smashed on his head and is electrocuted by the device, many theories have speculated that Matthew Lillard’s character survives Scream ’s ending. These theories were later supported by reports of an early draft of Scream 3 that included Stu’s return as well as a theory posed by the character Mindy in Scream 6 , though the 2023 sequel and Kevin Williamson himself confirm that Stu Macher is dead . While it’s still possible that Lillard could reprise his role as Stu Macher’s ghost in future Scream movies, similar to Skeet Ulrich reprising his role as the deceased Billy Loomis, it’s highly unlikely that Stu survived his TV-smashing death in the original film’s ending.

Who Survives Scream's Ending

Only a select few prominent characters actually survive Scream ’s ending, including the movie’s iconic Final Girl, Sidney Prescott. While each character receives near-fatal wounds, the ultimate survivors in Scream are Sidney, Randy Meeks, Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley, and Neil Prescott. The remaining characters of note are killed by Scream 's Ghostfaces Billy and Stu , which includes Tatum Riley, Casey Becker, Steve Orth, Kenny, and Principal Himbry. Of course, Billy and Stu themselves are then killed by Sidney. Additionally, some minor characters such as Cotton Weary, Dewey and Tatum’s parents, and Sheriff Burke also manage to survive Ghostface’s original Woodsboro massacre.

Why Sidney Wears Ghostface's Costume In Scream's Ending

Sidney Prescott has been the most prominent character stalked and targeted by Ghostface throughout the Scream franchise, but she does briefly wear the mask herself in the original movie. After escaping from the killers at the house party, Sidney hides in a closet and puts on the Ghostface costume before killing Stu and Billy. There are a few meanings behind Sidney donning the outfit, with one being that wearing the Ghostface costume was a way to mess with Billy and Stu. The person who wore Ghostface’s costume had the greatest fearlessness and power, so Sidney wearing it was a form of psychological warfare that also proved she would take down Billy and Stu.

Another meaning of the scene is that the costume allows its wearer to become more comfortable as a vindictive killer, with Sidney finally wearing it when able to remorselessly and brutally – even if just for a moment – take fatal revenge on Billy. Sidney could have found a way to subdue Billy and await his arrest, but she also had that urge to take revenge on him and kill him just as brutally as he had killed her family and friends. Sidney is ultimately the franchise’s hero, but she’s so much more compelling with this dark moment in Scream ’s ending. Wearing Ghostface’s costume doesn’t make Sidney as sadistic or vile as the real killers, but proves that anyone, herself included, can tap into that vindictive power.

How Scream's Ending Set Up Ghostface's Scream 2 Return

Scream 2 would arrive only one year after Wes Craven’s original movie, with the 1997 sequel seeing Sidney leave Scream 's Woodsboro location to contend with Ghostface at college. Scream ’s ending left some loose ends untied, such as Cotton Weary’s exoneration, Gale and Dewey’s romance, and what happened to some briefly mentioned characters. Additionally, Stu Macher had teased the potential of such a film when telling Sidney that he and Billy needed to be the only two people whose stories continued “ in the sequel .” Billy and Stu were obsessed with movies, so setting up a sequel with themselves as the survivors was part of their plans. Ultimately, however, it’s Sidney, Randy, Dewey, and Gale whose stories continue in the sequel, with a new Ghostface taking Billy and Stu’s places in Scream 2 .

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Billy vs. Stu: Which Ghostface Killed Which Victim In Scream

  • Billy and Stu's reign of terror as Ghostface in Scream had a significant impact on the slasher genre, becoming as important as iconic villains like Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger.
  • The victims in Scream , such as Casey, Steve, and Principal Himbry, are chosen for specific reasons tied to Billy and Stu's personal motivations and larger agenda.
  • Tatum's death, trapped in a garage door, is attributed to Billy, with his absence from the party and subsequent appearance giving a strong indication that he was waiting for her. Stu's involvement is seen as playing a hosting role.

The slasher genre was slashed beyond repair until the arrogant teens Billy Loomis and Stu Macher took up the mantle of Ghostface in Wes Craven’s 1996 blockbuster Scream . With its self-aware humor and intriguing plot twists, Scream ’s success led to a multimedia franchise that continues with legacy sequels like 2022’s Scream and 2023's Scream VI. While many actors donned the Ghostface mask over the years, Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard’s performances remain iconic. Ulrich played the protagonist Sidney’s charming beau, Billy, who reveals his ulterior motives in Scream 's blood-soaked finale. Lillard’s Stu similarly shows his true colors in the third act as Billy’s loyal accomplice.

While their collective efforts as Ghostface don’t amount to too many kills, the reign of terror Billy and Stu cause with the 1996 Woodsboro murders is enough to make the entire town lock its doors. So, even if other horror slasher villains have a higher kill count , Billy and Stu’s Ghostface remains as important to the genre as Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger. But considering that both don the same attire and wield the same knife in their barbaric acts, it can be confusing as to who kills who. Instead of reckless murders, each of these victims is chosen specifically for a larger agenda rooted in Billy’s over-the-top revenge.

Maureen Prescott - Billy Loomis And Stu Macher

Sidney Prescott thinks of her mother, Maureen, as “ the perfect mom, ” but little does she know that Maureen’s unfaithfulness is what triggers the string of murders plaguing Woodsboro. When Maureen begins an extramarital affair with Billy’s mother, Billy blames her for his mother leaving. Personally affected by this act of cheating, he conspires with Stu to stab her to death. While her death is never depicted on-screen, Billy confesses by the third act that both he and Stu conspired to kill her together. Maureen’s demise is influential in the three sequels to Scream, with every killer tracing their homicidal intentions to her.

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As to why Stu helps Billy kill people in Scream (starting with Sidney’s mother), this remains a hotly debated topic among fans. While future victims, like Casey, are still chosen for Stu’s personal motivations, he mostly tags along with Billy for the thrills. Some dedicated Scream aficionados have pointed out that Stu’s overzealous personality throughout the movie is a giveaway of how big a red flag he turns out to be. He has no personal reason to assist Billy in killing Maureen, but as his fascination with horror movies implies, maybe brutally killing others offers Stu a sense of excitement.

Casey Becker - Billy Loomis

High-schooler Casey Becker is the first character introduced in the Scream franchise, and she endures as the first movie’s scream queen. After indulging in a concerning tête-à-tête over the phone, she gets stabbed multiple times by a man wearing the Ghostface mask. If this isn't brutal enough, her disemboweled corpse is found hanging from a tree the next day. Even though it’s Billy who kills her, the reasons behind this murder are linked to his friend Stu. Stu harbored romantic feelings for Casey, and she dumped him from another high-schooler named Steve Orth instead. The rest is easy to deduce.

Steve Orth - Stu Macher

While Billy is busy murdering Casey inside her house, Stu involves himself in the killing of her boyfriend, Steve Orth. Unlike his other victims in Scream , Stu clearly has personal reasons to kill Steve, as he's jealous of him. Unable to process Casey’s attraction to Steve, he proceeds to brutally torture him by tying him to a chair on Casey’s patio. And when Casey offers an incorrect answer to some Friday the 13th trivia on the phone with Billy, Stu gladly kills her boyfriend. While Casey’s body is disemboweled, Steve is gutted multiple times with Stu’s hunting knife.

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Principal Arthur Himbry - Billy Loomis

Even high school principals face the wrath of Ghostface’s knife in 1996's Scream . Woodsboro High School’s strict Arthur Himbry is sympathetic toward Sidney’s personal tragedy and even expresses anger toward pranksters wearing Ghostface costumes. Sadly, Billy in his Ghostface avatar catches up to him halfway through the movie. When the school is closed for a city-wide curfew, Billy takes Principal Himbry by surprise and stabs him two times in the chest and then two times in the stomach. Billy then guts him and hangs the slain Principal up on the football field’s goalpost. Himbry’s corpse serves as a warning to the residents of Woodsboro that nobody is safe.

But for Billy, Himbry's murder is mainly to cause a distraction. Despite the curfew that night, most of Billy’s classmates are busy drinking and partying. As Billy’s endgame is to kill Sidney, he wants to ensure that he gets some alone time with her as Ghostface. With Himbry’s corpse hanging on the goalpost, many of the teens ditch the party and rush to the murder scene. With Sidney alone, Billy plans to return to seek his vengeance. Obviously, his plan doesn't work, as Sidney survives the original Scream .

Tatum Riley - Billy Loomis

Sidney’s best friend, Tatum Riley, tries her best to unmask Ghostface (Billy again this time). However, after much struggle, she dies by getting trapped in a garage door. This makes her the first Scream character to not be murdered by a knife. Tatum’s constant presence in Sidney’s life threatens Billy’s plans. Hence, she has to be eliminated for his plan to succeed. The perfect ruse is Stu throwing a party at his place. Even though he's dating Tatum at the time, he has no remorse sending her to fetch a few beers from the garage (where he knows Billy will be waiting for her).

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Decades after Scream 's release, the question of who actually kills Tatum continues to polarize fans, but there’s a large consensus favoring Billy as the killer. This is mainly because Billy isn't at the party before Tatum’s murder, implying that he's patiently waiting in the garage. Stu, who is busy with hosting duties, couldn’t have afforded to be away from the party for that long. The final giveaway is that after Tatum’s murder, Billy shows up at the party and gives Stu a menacing double eyebrow raise. This gesture can be interpreted as Billy communicating to Stu that the job is finished.

Kenny Brown - Stu Macher

While Billy kills more victims in Scream than Stu, his deranged accomplice has the last laugh for killing news cameraman Kenny Brown. Dutifully aiding ambitious reporter Gale Weathers, Kenny is in his news van during Stu’s party. While Gale is out for a walk, Kenny stumbles across footage that shows Ghostface about to kill Woodsboro High student Randy Meeks. But with Sidney screaming outside, Stu (as Ghostface) gets distracted and steps out himself. Before Kenny can rush to alert Randy, Stu catches up with him and slit his throat. Kenny only has a brief supporting role in Scream, but his heroic sacrifice is remembered by fans.

Billy vs. Stu: Which Ghostface Killed Which Victim In Scream

Scream's Ghostface hinted to be coming to Mortal Kombat 1

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The franchise has featured multiple horror movie villains as guest fighters before, with series boss Ed Boon teasing the possibility of more.

In a post on X/Twitter, the series' co-creator posted a piece of artwork featuring The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 's Leatherface, A Nightmare on Elm Street 's Freddy Kreuger, Friday the 13th 's Jason Voorhees, Halloween 's Michael Myers, Hellraiser 's Pinhead, Child's Play 's Chucky, Ghostface, and the Saw franchise's Jigsaw.

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Leatherface, Freddy and Jason have ticks above their heads, signifying their appearances in Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 2011 . The rest of the characters have question marks above their heads.

What makes people think that Ghostface in particular is coming is actually evidence seemingly discovered by dataminers , who found voice lines hidden in the game's files that point at Ghostface's inclusion, alongside He-Man and Conan the Barbarian and various classic Mortal Kombat fighters.

While Mortal Kombat 1 , a soft reboot of the long-running series, has been a success critically and commercially on Xbox, PlayStation and PC, the same can't be said for the Nintendo Switch version, which has been lambasted for poor performance and low fidelity graphics , despite costing the same as other versions.

mortal kombat 1

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Speaking to BBC Newsbeat , Boon said the Switch version will "absolutely be getting an update, and a number of the the concerns of the issues that had come up will absolutely be addressed.

"It would have been ideal for us to have released the version that we absolutely wanted. But anything that we're finding a problem with is on our list and is going to be fixed."

Mortal Kombat 1 is out now.

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Co-creator Ed Boon posted a cryptic image to X

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Mortal Kombat 1 might be welcoming Ghostface, the villain of the Scream film series, to its collection of paid playable characters in the fighting game.

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Though the true identity of Ghostface has been different in all of the six Scream films, the character remains ruthlessly vindictive and wields a Bowie knife to gut their victims.

This was suggested by co-creator Ed Boon who posted a piece of artwork to X featuring iconic horror villains from famous films like Billy the Puppet, Chucky, Freddy Krueger, Ghostface, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Michael Myers and Pinhead.

🐉🤔 — Ed Boon (@noobde) September 28, 2023

Freddy Krueger, Leatherface and Jason Voorhees were marked with a green tick over their faces. Coincidentally, these are the three of this list that have appeared as downloadable content (DLC) characters in earlier entries of Mortal Kombat .

Green question marks were layered over the rest of the characters, and the post itself was captioned with a dragon emoji and a thoughtful face emoji.

Ghostface leapt out at fans as a possible arrival as a dataminer alleged that they had discovered references to Scream ‘s antagonist in Mortal Kombat 1 ‘s code . This was alongside Mortal Kombat regulars like Cassie Cage, Jade and Noob Saibot.

Mortal Kombat 1 ‘s Kombat Pack 1 DLC will include Ermac, Quan Chi and Takeda Takahashi as well as Homelander from The Boys, Peacemaker from the TV series of the same name and Omni-Man from Invincible .

Omni-Man in Mortal Kombat 1. Credit: Netherrealm.

The first of these characters, Homelander, is scheduled for a launch in early 2024. As Boon has not specifically said whether or not Ghostface will be added or it is a personal goal of his to bring the character to the game.

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'Scream' Partners With Glamlite to Unveil Ghostface-Themed Makeup Collection Perfect for Halloween

'Scream' Partners With Glamlite to Unveil Ghostface-Themed Makeup Collection Perfect for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and the Scream horror franchise has partnered with beauty brand Glamlite to unveil the ultimate spooky collection inspired by their dark and mysterious killer Ghostface!

The haunting collection is taking social media by a storm, and the general consensus appears to be that it’s the ultimate guide to makeup as you’re planning looks for the spookiest day of the year.

Head inside to check out Glamlite’s Scream collaboration…

If you aren’t familiar with Glamlite , the indie beauty brand hit it big with their food-themed releases a few years back. Renowned for vibrant matte and glimmering shimmer eyeshadows, they transitioned into branded collaborations with the likes of Hersey’s , Barbie , Scooby-Doo and even Chucky .

We included their Barbie collection in a roundup of the perfect pink-hued beauty products to wear when watching Margot Robbie bring the beloved doll to life this summer!

In the footsteps of their best-selling Chucky collab, the Scream collection features more spooky themed beauty products, including a 15-pan eyeshadow palette that proclaims “Ghostface Lives” ($32). The brand’s mattes blend like a dream, and their shimmers pack a punch, especially when applied with a dampened brush or over a glitter primer ( our favorite glitter primer is from Nyx and only costs $6.50).

There’s also a new blush in a vivid shade of red, a highlighter duo and so much more.

You can pick up any of the items from Glamlite ‘s website , and they were released on Friday (September 29).

Let us know if you pick anything up!

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We also rounded up the 20 best Halloween costumes that our fav stars wore out last year.

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