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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.

  • 1.1 Scream (1996 film)
  • 1.2 Scream 2
  • 1.3 Scream 3
  • 1.4 Scream 4
  • 1.5 Scream (2022 film)
  • 1.6 Scream VI
  • 2.1 Scream (1996 film)
  • 2.2 Scream 2
  • 2.3 Scream 3
  • 2.4 Scream 4
  • 2.5 Scream (2022 film)
  • 2.6 Scream VI
  • 4.1 Scream (1996 film)
  • 4.2 Scream 2
  • 4.3 Scream 3
  • 4.4 Scream 4
  • 4.5 Scream (2022 film)
  • 4.6 Scream VI
  • 5 Relationships
  • 6 Parodies in other media
  • 9 Weapons and Equipment
  • 10 Abilities and Attributes
  • 11 Behind the Scenes
  • 12 Notes and References
  • 13 Character Guide

Scream (1996 film)

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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.

Ghostface kills Vince

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.

Ghostface unmasked

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.

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 .

"YOU HANG UP ON ME I'LL CUT THROUGH YOUR NECK TILL I FEEL BONE!" — To Sherrie in Stab 6 within Stab 7

,,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.

Ghostfacemasks

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 started talking on the phone with Jenny. Then either Charlie or 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.

Relationships

  • Mortal Enemy
  • Girlfriend ( Billy Loomis )
  • Friend ( Mickey Altieri and Stu Macher )
  • Half-sister ( Roman Bridger )
  • Cousin ( Jill Roberts )
  • Frequent Target
  • Girlfriend ( Richie Kirsch )
  • Roommate ( Quinn Bailey )
  • Friend ( Ethan Landry )
  • Police ( Wayne Bailey )
  • Daughter ( Billy Loomis )
  • Granddaughter ( Nancy Loomis )
  • Friend ( Amber Freeman and Ethan Landry )
  • Acquaintance ( Richie Kirsch )
  • Roomate ( Quinn Bailey )
  • Friend ( Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker )
  • Acquaintance ( Ethan Landry and Quinn Bailey )
  • Suspects ( Jason Carvey and Greg Bruckner )
  • Friend ( Amber Freeman and Quinn Bailey )
  • Roommate ( Ethan Landry )
  • Nephew ( Randy Meeks , victim of Nancy)
  • Acquaintance ( Richie Kirsch and Ethan Landry )
  • Niece ( Randy Meeks , victim of Nancy)
  • Friend ( Billy Loomis and Stu Macher )
  • Acquaintance ( Mickey Altieri )
  • Brother ( Martha Meeks )
  • Uncle ( Chad Meeks-Martin and Mindy Meeks-Martin ; latter successor)
  • Girlfriend ( Stu Macher )
  • Friend ( Billy Loomis )
  • Son ( Nancy Loomis )
  • Accomplice ( Stu Macher )
  • Protege ( Roman Bridger )
  • Father ( Samantha Carpenter )
  • Accomplice ( 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."

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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.

Bulletproof Vest : Used by Roman Bridger to protect himself from gunshots to the chest. Later used by Amber Freeman, Wayne Bailey, and Quinn Bailey.

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 having been shot by Wayne Bailey after he reveals himself and children to be the killers, and is stabbed in her old wound stab spot from Charlie, by Ethan. 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 Steven 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're 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 Steven 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 fan 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, his girfriend. He then attacks Christine after she gets out of her shower, 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 to convince Sarah Darling to come meet him at the empty studio, of 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 3 cast and eventually revealed himself as the killer and eventually kills Milton, whom he had kidnapped, similar to Neil in the first film.

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 Scream (2022), Ghostface (Richie Kirsch) calls Tara Carpenter and tricks her into a game of trivia after threatening 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 Liv's boyfriend and Randy's nephew, Chad Meeks-Martin and attack him. When Chad doesn't return, his sister Mindy suspects Liv of being the killer, before being attacked herself, both alone after the party dies down at Amber's house, which was also Stu's house from the first film. 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 Scream VI , 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 both Carpenter sisters and Meeks-Martin twins ( Core Four ) 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 one last 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 .
  • Copycat/unofficial Ghostface Jason Carvey unmasked himself after murdering Laura Crane .
  • Billy Loomis , Stu Macher , Nancy Loomis , Charlie Walker , Richie Kirsch and Wayne Bailey are the only Ghostface killers 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.
  • Real-life serial killer Daniel Harold Rolling served as a basis for the character.
  • All Ghostfaces follow a certain pattern; there is probably more than one killer (Roman Bridger was the only Ghostface to act alone). The partnership is a sham so that the main killer will later get rid of his accomplice to save himself(Roman convinced Billy to involve Stu simply so he could frame him if something went wrong. Nancy didn't hesitate to shoot Mickey to make him take the blame, even though he was also more than willing to betray her. And Jill used Charlie, taking advantage of his feelings only to kill him and discard him later to frame him. The only exceptions are Amber and Richie, and Wayne, Ethan and Quinn, who showed signs of actually caring about each other). All of them, at least the main killer, are linked to Sidney Prescott or one of the previous killers, directly or indirectly (Billy was Sidney's boyfriend and Stu was a close friend, Nancy was Billy's mother, Roman was Sidney's illegitimate older half-brother, as well as the person responsible for instigating Billy and Stu to kill Maureen Prescott, initiating Ghostface's first wave of murders, Jill was Sidney's cousin, Richie was the boyfriend of Samantha, Billy's illegitimate daughter, and Wayne, Ethan and Quinn were Richie's father and younger brothers). A high level of knowledge about horror films (Billy, Stu and Mickey were big fans of the horror genre, Roman was the director responsible for directing the film Stab 3, and the rest were fanatics of Stab's film franchise).

Notes and References

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

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Ghostface is the main antagonist in the Scream series . An identity rather than an actual person, there have been seven people to assume the Ghostface mantle. A psychotic serial killer, he or she often dresses up as the variation of a ghost, or the Grim Reaper (The name given to his costume in the film is Father Death ). He also uses a electronic device to disguise his voice; when doing so, he is voiced by Roger L. Jackson.

Ghostface is named after the rubber mask under which he hides his face, a mask inspired by the Edvard Munch painting The Scream . He is also known as the Woodsboro Killer , after the town where he commits his murders. Ghostface often calls his victims on the phone, taunting or threatening them before stabbing them to death with an 8 inch bowie knife or killing them any other way. He is usually known for asking their victims horror film trivia while stalking them. All ghostface people always die.

  • 1.1 Background
  • 1.2 Woodsboro
  • 1.3 Windsor College
  • 1.4 Hollywood
  • 1.5 Woodsboro (10 years later)
  • 1.6 Woodsboro (12 years later)
  • 1.7 New York
  • 2.2 Scream 2
  • 2.3 Scream 3
  • 2.4 Scream 4
  • 2.5 Scream (2022)
  • 2.6 Scream VI
  • 3 Skills And Abilities
  • 4.1 Other equipment
  • 5.2 Scream 2
  • 5.3 Scream 3
  • 5.4 Scream 4
  • 5.5 Scream (2022)
  • 5.6 Scream VI
  • 6.1 Dead by Daylight

MaureenPrescott

The Ghostface killings all stem from Maureen Prescott, the original victim.

While working as B-movie actress "Rina Reynolds" in Los Angeles, Maureen Prescott was gang raped at a Hollywood party hosted by film producer John Milton. Maureen became pregnant from the incident, but gave the baby up before moving back to her hometown of Woodsboro, California . She married Neil Prescott and had a daughter, Sidney Prescott , but had various affairs and earned a reputation around town for being a "slut". Years later, her illegitimate son, now called Roman Bridger , tracked her down and tried to make contact, but Maureen rejected him, wanting nothing to do with what she considered Rina's child.

Roman responded by stalking Maureen and filming her adulterous behavior with Cotton Weary and Hank Loomis. When Hank's wife found out about the affair and abandoned her family, Roman showed the footage of Maureen and Hank to Hank's traumatized teenage son, Billy . He manipulated the boy into taking revenge on Maureen, advising him to take a weak-willed partner to sell out in case he got caught. Billy, who was either dating Sidney at the time or started dating her after meeting Roman, responded by brutally murdering Maureen with the help of his friend Stu Macher . They then framed Cotton Weary for the crime; Cotton was put on death row following a testimony from Sidney, despite reporter Gale Weathers publishing a book claiming he was innocent.

A year after he killed Mauren, Billy decided to continue his revenge on the Prescott family by planning a full-scale killing spree in Woodsboro. Their murders would be inspired by those of slasher movies. One night, dressed in "Father Death" costumes, he and Stu tormented Stu's ex-girlfriend Casey Becker over the phone. They asked her movie trivia questions pertaining to Halloween and Friday the 13th ; when she answered incorrectly, they murdered her boyfriend Steve Orth in front of her. They then stabbed and killed Casey herself, and strung her corpse up on a tree for her parents to find. Sometime after, Billy and Stu kidnapped Neil Prescott, who was supposed to be out of town on business.

Stu&Billy

Stu Macher and Billy Loomis go on a killing spree in their hometown.

The brutal murder of Casey and Steve caused a sensation in the town, with police investigating the entire staff and student body of Woodsboro High. Gale Weathers also arrived in town to report on the murders. The next night, Stu attacked Sidney Prescott in her home and Billy was caught moments later in possession of a cellular phone. The police questioned him, but had no real evidence and had to release him the next day. Meanwhile, Neil Prescott became a suspect in the attack when police were unable to find him. When Billy or Stu attacked Sidney again at school, the students were sent home and the entire town put on a curfew. However, Stu decided to host a party at his remote house, which would be the setting for his and Billy's "final act". Beforehand, he or Billy murdered Principal Himbry in his office.

Stu's party was attended by dozens of teenagers, as well as Gale Weathers and local police deputy Dewey Riley . When Billy showed up, he and Sidney discussed their relationship and made love for the first time. Eventually, after hearing of Principal Himbry's death, most of the guys left to see his corpse. After killing Stu's girlfriend Tatum Riley , and injuring Randy Meeks and Dewey, Billy and Stu finally revealed their true intentions to Sidney; they planned to to murder her and frame Neil Prescott for the crime. Sidney eventually managed to turn the tables on her attackers, killing Stu with a television set while Gale shot Billy. Randy warned Sidney that Billy would return for "one last scare", prompting her to shoot her ex-boyfriend through the head.

Windsor College

MrsLoomis

Upon hearing of her son's death, Nancy Loomis takes revenge on Sidney Prescott with the help of...

The actions of Billy Loomis and Stu Macher would go on to become a media sensation. Gales Weathers cashed in on the murders with a book entitled The Woodsboro Murders , which was eventually adapted into a Hollywood movie called Stab . When Billy's mother, Mrs. Loomis, found out what had happened in Woodsboro, she decided to take revenge on Sidney Prescott for murdering her son. She recruited young serial killer Mickey Altieri over the internet to be her partner; the two met in the "classifieds" of a psycho website. Mickey was a film student at Windsor College, which Sidney and Randy also attended, who wished to be caught for his murders. In the resulting trial, he planned to blame his crimes on cinema violence.

MickeyAltieri

...Mickey Altieri, a twisted film student obsessed with the media's effects on real-life violence.

Mrs. Loomis and Mickey carried out their first murder at a sneak preview of Stab , killing Maureen Evans and Phil Stevens in the theatre the film was playing.

The murders provoked discussion in the media as to whether the movie itself was directly responsible; Mrs. Loomis posed as local reporter Debbie Salt as a way of involving herself in the case without suspicion. Gale Weathers arrived at Windsor College with Cotton Weary in tow, hoping to report on the murders and conduct an interview between Sidney and Cotton. Dewey Riley also showed up hoping to support and protect Sidney. Soon after the killings in the movie theatre, film student Casey "Cici" Cooper was murdered in her sorority house and Sidney was attacked at a nearby party. Gale deduced that the victims all shared names with the victims at Woodboro and that the killer was copying Billy and Stu.

As Dewey, Gale, and Randy tried to figure out who the killer was, Mrs. Loomis phoned them up and taunted them. Randy was tasked with keeping her occupied while Gale and Dewey tried to find out where she was calling from. When Randy made the mistake of insulting Billy, Loomis attacked and killed him in public and broad daylight before disappearing. Later that night, Gale and Dewey were attacked in the college building and Dewey was stabbed almost to death. Meanwhile, Mickey hijacked the police car transporting Sidney to safety, killing her protectors and best friend, Hallie McDaniel. Sidney escaped to the campus theatre, where Mrs. Loomis and Mickey revealed to her their identities. Loomis betrayed Mickey, who let off one shot at Gale before being shot himself. A confused Cotton Weary showed up to find "Debbie Salt" holding Sidney hostage, and saved Sidney's life by shooting Loomis. After Mickey briefly sprung back up, Sidney and Gale finished off both killers with help from Cotton. (She shot Mrs. Loomis in the head, just in case she survived being shot in the neck by Cotton).

Sidney, after the dastardly murders by Mickey Altieri and Debbie Loomis, escaped into desolation and was soon to be tracked down by another psychopath involved with Maureen Prescott who dons the identity of Ghostface.

As the cast of the latest stab film begin to be brutally murdered and left with the calling card picture of Maureen Prescott during her time as B-Movie actress for Jonathan Milton at Sunshine Studios, Sidney is called out of hiding. She is soon brutally attacked on the Stab 3 Woodsboro set in her own replica of her original bedroom in Woodsboro. The final confrontation ends with the unmasking of the killer, revealing he is Roman Bridger, the son of a rapist male and Maureen Prescott. He confesses on behalf of putting the blame of the murders and John Milton on her hands as vengeance for being the only claimed child of Maureen Prescott.

Roman's film of Maureen's illicit affair with Billy Loomis' father, which broke up his family, was shown and his pointers created the first Ghostface with Stu Macher to follow in the footsteps. Roman was killed by Dewey Riley, leaving the final connection to Maureen's murder dead and buried.  

Woodsboro (10 years later)

Jealous of the fame that Sidney received for surviving every spree, her cousin Jill Roberts became one of the 2 Ghostfaces in the fourth Ghostface, along with Charlie Walker, with the intent of framing her ex-boyfriend, Trevor, and becoming famous as the "new Sidney". She enlisted the help of Charlie Walker, who agreed because he loved her. Their first victims were Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper, and they left evidence in Sidney's rental car just to haunt her.

Charlie then stages a threatening call to Jill and her friend Olivia, throwing off suspicion. Dewey Riley questioned them about the calls. Sidney went to live with her aunt, Jill's mother, temporarily. Olivia became a victim of Ghostface the next day while Jill and her friend Kirby watch. Sidney tries to save her, and Jill assists; Charlie (in costume) injures them and escapes. While they are in the hospital, Charlie and his friend suggest to Gale that the new killers are using the rules of horror movie remakes and will strike at a party that night.

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Jill Roberts, Sidney's cousin, is jealous of her fame

Gale is injured while investigating the party. The policemen assigned to protect Jill's house are killed. Upon realizing that Jill has left the house, Sidney tries to tell Jill's mother Kate, who is killed by Ghostface. Sidney went to Kirby's house to protect Jill. She witnesses Ghostface killing Robbie, while Kirby is forced to answer movie trivia to defend a tied-up Charlie. Kirby "wins the game", and goes to untie Charlie. Charlie stabs her in the stomach and reveals that he is Ghostface. Jill arrives in the Ghostface mask and cloak before revealing herself and her motives. She pulled Trevor out of a closet at that moment and shot him in the head. Jill betrayed Charlie by stabbing him in the heart (to kill him), and then again in the stomach (to cause him more pain), and framed him as Trevor's accomplice. She then stabbed Sidney in the stomach and injured herself to make it appear that Trevor attacked her. Dewey and the police arrived and took both Sidney and Jill to the hospital again.

Dewey informed Jill that Sidney was still alive, not knowing that Jill was Ghostface and would try to kill Sidney. Jill entered Sidney's hospital room and attempted to finish her wounded cousin off; meanwhile, Dewey and his partner Judy found evidence that Jill had seen Charlie attack Gale and went to the room to save Sidney. They were right in time, as Jill had not caused Sidney any fatal injuries. As she attempted to kill her, they arrived and intervened. Jill knocked Dewey out with a bedpan and shot Judy, however Gale stalled until Sidney jumped up and electrocuted Jill with fully-charged paddles to the head. Jill got back up again while they weren't looking and grabbed a piece of glass to kill Sidney with, but Sidney had realized that Jill would do so and shot her in the chest. Outside of the hospital, news reporters ironically proclaimed Jill the "sole-surviving hero", which is exactly what she had been trying to accomplish. But her plan ultimately failed when Sidney, Dewey, Gale, and Judy told everyone the truth and she officially became the new Billy Loomis instead of the new Sidney Prescott. 

Woodsboro (12 years later)

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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Amber Freeman masterminded the third Woodsboro murders.

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.

The next day, Ghostface attacks and kills Judy and Wes Hicks and then attacks Tara at the hospital where he kills Deputy Vinson 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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Richie Kirsch is Amber's accomplice and was intending to frame Sam Carpenter for the murders due to her being the daughter of Billy Loomis.

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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Jason Carvey planned to finish Richie's flim as a killing spree.

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.

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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Wayne Baliey is the mastermind of the New York murders.

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 Ghostfac 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.

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.

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.

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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Ethan Landry is Wayne's son and Richie's brother intending to avenge his death by killing Sam.

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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Quinn Bailey is Wayne's daughter and Richie's sister intending to avenge his death by killing Sam.

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

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Billy Loomis: Maureen Prescott had an affair with his father 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 their hometown of 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. Billy was the first killer to come back to life for one last scare but Sidney finished him off with a bullet to the forehead. It was revealed two movies later, that Roman Bridger 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.

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Stu Macher: Stu was a horror movie fanatic who followed his best friend Billy Loomis around. Submitting to peer pressure from Billy Stu helped murder Maureen Prescott. A year later, they committed a murder spree in their home town of Woodsboro 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). Billy also killed Stu's current girlfriend, Tatum Obviously likely without his knowledge They eventually went on to kill multiple people however, he came to his death when he chased Sidney and she bit his hand, which gave her time to drop a television over his head, electrocuting and killing him almost instantly.

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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 on-line 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. Mrs Loomis is later killed when Cotton shoots her in the throat at point blank range. Sidney shoots her again in the forehead claiming it was "just in case".

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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 on-line 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. In the end Mrs. Loomis betrays him and shoots him in the chest stating that his motive will never be believed. He later rises up for one last scare but Gale and Sidney shoot him several times which leads to his death.

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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. He is mortally wounded when Sidney stabs him from behind with an ice pick. Then delivers the final blow to the heart. When Dewey warns Sidney about the killer being super human Roman rises up only to be shot in the head by Dewey.

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Jill Roberts

Jill Roberts : Jill grew up in the shadow of her famous cousin Sidney Prescott and became jealous of Sidney's attention, and sought to take it all for herself. Not wanting to work hard or get a job, Jill planned a killing spree in Woodsboro to achieve this. She partnered with her friend, Charlie Walker, who was in love with her, but Jill betrayed Charlie, stabbing him to death, and setting 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 finish her, but they got there in time to pull her off. In the final showdown Sidney electrocutes Jill with deliberator paddles to the head thanks to Gale distracting her. Jill recovers and picks up a shard of glass trying to stab Sidney with it, but she is shot in the chest by Sidney, who knows the killer always comes back for one last scare.

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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 killing 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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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 to later stole his identity to kill Jason.

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 olan. He was killed after being stabbed over forty times and once in the eye by Sam.

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

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.

Skills And Abilities

Unlike supernatural killers, such as Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger , Ghostface is a normal human, but he displays several skills of a deadly and efficient killer. He is very skilled in stealth, allowing him to hide in unexpected places. Also, he exhibits extreme durability against physical harm and has a high level of physical strength.

Ghostface often displays a heightened awareness. He seems to be able to know where his victims are located before a physical attack, where they are hiding, or to where they will attempt to escape.

Ghostface has an almost supernatural stealth ability, seemingly being able to quickly appear and disappear in almost impossible circumstances. He is also very skilled at stalking and hiding from his victims.

Ghostface is strong enough to physically lift and throw an adult sized person and to stun and knock his victims to the ground with punches. He also has enough strength to puncture through doors and other surfaces with his knife. He can endure several physical damages such as having bottles and vases smashed over his head.

Ghostface is highly skilled in knife wielding tactics and kills his victims by tactically stabbing them in vital body points or quickly slitting their throats. He is fast and agile on his feet and can almost always outrun and outmaneuver his victims.

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Ghostface's Knife is an 8-inch Buck hunting knife that is used to kill multiple people in the Scream movie series. It is used by Ghostface , a persona adopted by serial killers in the Scream movies.  it's overall shape and design is very similar to that of a "bowie" knife, but is based on a typical "Buck knife"

The knife is inspired by and strongly resembles a knife called the Buck 120 which is most commonly used for hunting purposes, making it a hunting knife. It has a black metallic handle with a steel blade that is about eight inches long. The top of the knife blade curves at the end, making a dip, however the bottom, though curved as well, does not form a dip. The bottom blade is sharp, that is straight, until it curves to meet the top end, which forms a dip. The knife is apparently extremely common and easy to obtain in the Scream universe, as each killer in the series has a different one. In some cases where there is more than one Ghostface, each have their own personal knife.

Other equipment

  • 9mm Pistol: Usually used after the killer reveals his or her identity.
  • Father Death costume: Halloween costume used to hide Ghostface's true identity, the costume is a long, black hooded robe with a white ghost mask.
  • Bullet Proof Vest: Used by Roman Bridger in Scream 3 to protect himself from gunshots.
  • Voice Changer: A small electronic device used to disguise the Killer's real voice and change it to a deep, guttural voice.

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. [1] 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 was at least called by them first.

Casey and Steve's murders:  Billy and Stu were present because Ghostface is at both entrances. It is implied these two were killed because Casey dumped Stu for Steve, making the killings personal to Stu. It is the Ghostface at the back entrance who made the calls to Casey, because it was the Ghostface at the back of the house because when the caller reveals that he intends on killing her, he tells her to "turn the patio lights on... again", which are at the back of the house and the "again" implies that he is already aware that she has turned on the patio lights before since the first call. The Ghostface that gutted Steve was logically the Ghostface at the back entrance of the house who is Stu as that is where Steve's body has been placed. The Ghostface that is seen running around the house after a chair is thrown through the patio doors was the Ghostface in the back as Ghostface came from the back of the house. Casey was stabbed more than once and was strangled, which means that Billy is the one who killed her because that's his technique while Stu's was stabbing only once.

Sidney's house attack:  Billy most likely called Sidney while Stu attacked her. Billy is seen with a phone and appears at the bedroom window too soon after Sidney locks herself in her bedroom. For Billy to be Ghostface here he would have to have run downstairs, go outside to run around the perimeter of the house, ditched the Ghostface costume, and climbed into Sidney's second story window in a matter of seconds. This is further proven if one listens carefully as Ghostface chases, receives blows and is tripped by Sidney as he continuously grunts with his voice attributing to that of Stu.

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

Sidney's bathroom attack:  It would be Billy as the Ghosface had the same colored pants Billy wore. Also, Billy copied the same words the girls said about Sidney and her mother when Billy revealed himself as one of the killers. Billy wanted to hear Sidney's emotions and weaknesses.

Principal Himbry's murder:  This murder was most likely Billy as his whereabouts were unknown at the time. Stu was seen with Sidney and Tatum outside the school, but left somewhere unknown. Even though Stu left somewhere, Billy had the better chance of killing Mr. Himbry.

Stalking Sidney and Tatum:  Evidence lays more on Billy. Billy was the one that attacked both of them and possibly wanted to know more about them.

Tatum's murder:  Billy killed her while Stu was hosting the party. Billy arrives shortly after her death and share's a taletalle look with Stu that may be his signal to inform him that Tatum is dead. You can here Billy's voice and grunt when he receives blows by Tatum.

Billy's fake 'murder' and Sidney's attack:  Obviously Stu because Billy is seen.

Kenny's murder:  Stu. Stu claims that Gale died when she crashed into a tree with the news-van after finding Kenny's dead body. It is most likely that Stu stuck around the area in front of the house, even after Sidney got away.

Dewey's attack:  Billy, he hears Dewey yell, puts on the costume, goes downstairs, stabs him, chases Sidney, either goes threw a window in the house, or the garage and pretends that nothing happened. Stu was checking to see if Gale was dead and was around that area, not the house. That explains why Randy was blaming Stu for killing the people because he was stalking him since he was already outside when Gale hit him with a phone.

Neil Prescott's abduction:  Billy and Stu kidnapped him in order for them to frame him, because they both wanted people to believe that Neil Prescott was the killer.

Stu's murder:  Billy stabbed Stu so they can cover any trace of them being the killers. Then Stu stabbed Billy because Billy already stabbed Stu to cover any trace. Billy then stabs him again because Stu was blaming movies for creating psychos, but both are still alive. After, Sidney stabs Billy with an umbrella, Stu emerges from the Kitchen and attacks Sidney. Sidney manages to get the upper hand, and drops a tv on Stu's head, which kills him.

Billy's murder:  Billy stabbed Stu because they wanted to cover any trace of them killing everyone. Billy is stabbed once by Stu because they wanted to try and cover any trace of them being the killer. Billy then stabbed Stu for blaming movies for making psychos, but both are still alive. While Billy is trying to find and kill Sidney, he gets distracts and Sidney stabs him in the chest with an umbrella twice. Billy then hits Randy and chokes Sidney. Sidney then pokes Billy hard where he got stabbed with the umbrella. Billy is about to stab Sidney, but is shot by Gale. Still alive, Billy scares Randy and Gale, but not Sidney, and is shot by Sidney in the head, killing him.

Maureen and Phil's murders:  Ghostface kills Phil and wears 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 Mrs. Loomis would be obvious. Mrs. Loomis kills Phil as you can hear a women's voice can be heard in the other stall. Debbie left the body on the bathroom floor and Mickey put on Phil's jacket and killed Maureen.

Cici's murder:  We know there's two killers because when Cici's friend is talking to "Ted" on the phone there is a killer sneaking in behind Cici without a phone at the same time "Ted" is talking. Mickey didn't arrive at the party until the scene that followed the murder of Cici. However, Mrs. Loomis was in front of the house after Cici was murdered. Mickey films and calls Cici while Mrs. Loomis sneaks and kills her in the house. The caller needed to know somethings about Cici like who's her boyfriend and know if her house has an alarm, pointing the caller being Mickey as they are in the same class. When Ghostface jumps out of the closet, you can hear noises coming from him. However it couldn't be Mrs. Loomis or Mickey's voice as they do not sound like that. This could only mean that it was Ghostface making those noises. You can hear a women's grunt when Cici throws a bike at Ghosface making Mrs. Loomis being the killer.

Sidney's Greek house attack:  Mrs. Loomis, because she told Gale she had a deadline after the scene where Cici was murdered. Mrs. Loomis 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 Mrs. Loomis.

Sidney's theater scare:  This was Mickey because right after Ghostface came in front of Sidney, Ghostface immediately goes to the exit. Also Mrs. Loomis seems to have little knowledge of the stage during the end of the movie. Derek even told Sidney that he and Mickey swapped right after Ghostface scares Sidney giving Mickey a better chance of being Ghostface. The Ghostface seemed to know what to do in the play and how to scare Sidney, making the killer being Mickey as he goes to that school.

Randy's murder:  Mrs. Loomis takes credit for taunting Randy on the phone and killing him.

Sidney's IM:  Mickey, as he would have access to the college's computers and have a reason to be in the library, which Mrs. Loomis would not.

Gale and Dewey's attack:  Both were there. The one who pops up behind Gale and later attacks Dewey is Mrs. Loomis, as just after Dewey was stabbed, the killer constantly waves the knife around while trying to barricade into the room so that he could kill Gale, which is more like Mrs. Loomis. Mrs. Loomis also said that she wanted revenge of her son's death. the one recording the murders and filming Gale and Dewey was Mickey because their is already another killer behind Gale, which is Mrs. Loomis, because you can hear a woman's grunt when Ghostface failed to stab Gale. Ghostface seemed to have about the same height as Gale, but Mrs. Loomis is shorter than Mickey. Mrs. Loomis is about the same height as Gale but Mickey is taller than both of them. Meaning the killer to be Mrs. Loomis.

Andrews', Richards', and Hallie's murders:  Gale's locked in the room and Mickey and Mrs. Loomis can't get to her, and they know Sidney is leaving town, so Loomis sends Mickey like a good boy to go stop her. Mrs. Loomis wouldn't have any reason risking going up against two armed cops, let alone kill anyone besides Sidney and Gale since she was the killer who only wanted 'good old fashioned revenge.' Also, when Mickey reveals himself as one of the killers, you see a large cut on his forehead which indicates that he was the one driving the cop car and then crashing it, killing Officer Richards, and knocking himself unconscious.

Derek's murder:  During the movie, Ghostface/Mrs. Loomis attacks and slashed Derek's arm, damaging him severely. Mickey shoots him in the chest after revealing he is one of the killers

Mickey's murder:  Mrs. Loomis betrays and shoots Mickey in the chest a few times, gravely wounding him. Later, and still alive, Sidney and Gale shoot him in the chest several times which leads to his death.

Mrs. Loomis's murder:  Mrs. Loomis is about to kill Sidney, but Cotton comes up in front of them with a gun. Mrs. Loomis tries to convince Cotton to kill Sidney, but it failed and he shoots Mrs. Loomis in the throat. Sidney later shoots Mrs. Loomis in the head just in case if she was still alive.

Since Roman Bridger reveals himself to be the sole killer, he is Ghostface during the entire film.

Roman's Death:  While he is attacking Sidney, she grabs an icepick and stabs him in the back a few times, and once in the heart. Not dead, he runs up to Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, but Dewey shoots him in the chest several times. Since he is wearing a bullet proof vest, Sidney tells Dewey to shoot Roman in the head, which kills him.

Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper's Deaths:  Both Ghostfaces are present because footage later shows Marnie being stabbed by Ghostface while someone's holding the camera. Charlie killed Marnie while Jill video taped it with his phone (It is unknown why she didn't use her own). Her body was then thrown. Jill then chased Jenny and killed her by crushing her back with a garage door and then stabbing her while Charlie who went to the garage door from outside the house filmed Jenny's murder. The reason for Jill killing Jenny was because Jenny was the girl Trevor cheated on Jill with. Also the killer seemed to hesitate before killing Jenny, there wouldn't be a reason for Charlie to hesitate but Jill had a reason to hesitate making the killing personal to Jill. Jill also wanted everything to do with the first kills since they were meant as a signal to everyone that "Ghostface" is back.

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 Olivia's Calls: Charlie   made the phone calls, Jill is with Olivia and Kirby when she receives the phone call, from Jenny's cell and Olivia says she recieved a threatening phone call from Marnie's cell phone earlier. Jill likely texted Charlie when Kirby honked her horn and told him to wait five minutes before he calls her.

Olivia's Death:  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 Call and Attack:  Jill has Kirby's phone so while Charlie hides in the other room, she calls Sidney with her voice changing box to taunt her about the killings happening again. After Jill calls Sidney the "Angel of Death" Charlie comes out from behind and cuts Jill before being knocked down the stairs by Sidney. Also, the caller seems to be jealous as Ghostface stated to Sidney that she thinks it's all about her, making the caller being Jill.

Rebecca's Death:  Jill because Charlie is seen with Robbie at the press conference when Rebecca is thrown onto the news van 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.

Gale's Attack:  Charlie attacks her 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 that's how she 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 this has been disproven by multiple factors.)

Ross Hoss and Anthony Perkins's Deaths:  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 cop car driving Hoss and perkins's corpses two blocks away from Jill's house after attacking Gale at the Stab-a-thon and he had no idea that the attack was already on the news. Ghostface tells Sidney that he intends to kill the people close to her making the caller being Jill.

Kate's death:  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 she later stated that "my own mother had to die.... no great loss there so i could stay true to the original", You can hear a female groan coming from Ghostface when Sidney slams the door on the killer's arm. Also Charlie drove the cop car two blocks away as he states during the climax of the film that he scared Sidney and Kate from the backdoor of the house, and Kate was stabbed in the back at the front of the house. Jill wanted to be the sole survivor so she wanted to kill Sidney and the people close to her.

Trevor's Abduction:  Since Trevor went back upstairs to find Jill she ambushed beat and duct taped him angry and bitter at Trevor for dumping her for Jenny. Later Jill erased the text she sent to Trevor inviting him to the party before she went downstairs to tell Kirby she didn't seen him upstairs. It is unknown when he was brought downstairs to the closet as neither killer had time for that.

Robbie's Death:  Killed outside Kirby's house by Charlie. Charlie admits later that he has great footage of his Robbie kill.

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.

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 the killer is Jill! .

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

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

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

Tara's phone call and attack: 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. Amber was also in the costume when she attacked Tara 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: Richie possibly had a motive to kill Vince. There's an argument that it was Amber as she was at the bar with the rest of the teenagers while Richie may have been at the hospital with Samantha and Tara Carpenter. But Sam and Tara were also both shown to be sleeping at the time and Richie was just starting the first Stab movie when she woke up. The kill also matches Richie's single stab MO.

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 Wayne, and it was Quinn who most likely called 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. 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 for 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.

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Dead by daylight.

'The Ghostface' is a playable killer in the asymmetric horror game, Dead by Daylight. In this universe he is known as 'Danny Johnson' behind the mask and works in Roseville, Florida as a newspaper reporter, writing stories on his own murders. This version of the character holds no specific grudges and prides himself in carefully choosing the most ordinary everyday and unremarkable people as his victims. Danny is portrayed as much more patient and calculating Ghostface than most others, meticulously planning each of his murders. He is eventually taken by the eldritch Entity to be one of the game's killers.

  • 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 thee killers: Mrs. Loomis, Derek Feldman, and Hallie McDaniel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Phil Stevens (representing Steven Orth)
  • Maureen Evans (representing Maureen Prescott)
  • Casey 'Cici' Cooper (representing Casey Becker)
  • 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.
  • Billy Loomis (shot in the head by Sidney) - Scream
  • Mickey Alteri (shot in the chest by Sidney and Gale) - Scream 2
  • Roman Bridger (shot in the head by Dewey) - Scream 3
  • Jill Roberts (shot through the heart by Sidney) - Scream 4
  • Steven Orth & Casey Becker (Scream)
  • Phil Stevens & Maureen Evans (Scream 2)
  • Christine & Cotton Weary (Scream 3)
  • Marnie Cooper & Jenny Randall (Scream 4)
  • Roman is the only killer who dies in his Father Death costume.
  • Roman was the only Ghostface who had no accomplice.
  • 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 a Ghostface killer due to witnessing the deaths of the people close to her.
  • 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.
  • Stu and Charlie are the only killers not be shot to death. Stu is electrocuted by a T.V and Charlie is stabbed to death by Jill.
  • Both female killers, Jill Roberts and Mrs. Loomis, betrayed their accomplices in the end.
  • Mickey Altieri, Roman Bridger and Jill Roberts are the only killers to reveal themselves while they are still in the Ghostface costume.
  • 1 The Farm (2018)
  • 2 Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 (2024)
  • 3 Brahms Heelshire

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Ghostface is the identity adopted by the main antagonists of the Scream franchise.

It is a fictional persona and Halloween costume used as a disguise by the antagonists of the franchise to conceal their identity.

Over the course of the franchise, at least fourteen people have used the Ghostface identity (nineteen if the TV series is counted, twenty when including the Stab films, and twenty-one when considering video games).

In the movies and the third season, Ghostface is voiced by Roger L. Jackson , who also played Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls , Wizeman from NiGHTS , and Nohman from Zone of the Enders , regardless of who is behind the mask. In the first two seasons of MTV Scream, Lakewood Slasher is voiced by Mike Vaughn. In-costume scenes for Ghostface were portrayed by Lee Waddell, Dane Farwell, Tony Cecere and Skeet Ulrich in Scream (1996) , by Chris Doyle, Allen Robinson, Kurt Bryant, Chris Durand, and Lee Waddell (again) in Scream 2 , by Brian Avery in Scream 3 , by Dane Farwell (again) in Scream 4 , by Keith Ward, Paul Burke, and Jack Quaid in Scream (2022) , and by Mathieu Coderre, Max Laferriere and Jack Champion in Scream VI.

  • 2 Abilities and Attributes
  • 3 Weapons and Equipment
  • 4.1 Scream (1996)
  • 4.2 Scream 2
  • 4.3 Scream 3
  • 4.4 Scream 4
  • 4.5.1 Season 1
  • 4.5.2 Season 2
  • 4.6 Scream: Resurrection (2019)
  • 4.7 Scream (2022)
  • 4.8 Scream VI
  • 5.1.1.1 Casey's phone calls
  • 5.1.1.2 Sidney's first phone call
  • 5.1.1.3 Sidney's second phone call
  • 5.1.2.1 Cici's phone call
  • 5.1.2.2 Sidney's phone call
  • 5.1.2.3 Randy's phone call
  • 5.1.3.1 Cotton's phone call
  • 5.1.3.2 Sarah's first phone call
  • 5.1.3.3 Sidney's first phone call
  • 5.1.3.4 Steven's phone call
  • 5.1.3.5 Sidney's second phone call
  • 5.1.3.6 Sidney's third phone call
  • 5.1.3.7 Sidney's fourth "phone call"
  • 5.1.4.1 Jenny's phone call
  • 5.1.4.2 Kirby's first phone call
  • 5.1.4.3 Sidney's first phone call
  • 5.1.4.4 Rebecca's phone call
  • 5.1.4.5 Sidney's second phone call
  • 5.1.4.6 Kirby's second phone call
  • 5.1.5.1 Tara's phone calls
  • 5.1.5.2 Sam's first phone call
  • 5.1.5.3 Judy's phone call
  • 5.1.5.4 Sam's second phone call
  • 5.1.5.5 Sidney's phone call
  • 5.1.6.1 Laura's phone call
  • 5.1.6.2 Jason's phone call
  • 5.1.6.3 Sam's first phone call
  • 5.1.6.4 Sam's second phone call
  • 5.1.6.5 Gale's phone call
  • 5.1.6.6 Wayne's phone call
  • 5.2.1.1 Emma's first phone call
  • 5.2.1.2 Emma's second phone call
  • 5.2.1.3 Emma's third phone call
  • 5.2.1.4 Emma's fourth phone call
  • 5.2.1.5 Emma's fifth phone call
  • 5.2.2 Season 2 (Kieran's phone calls)
  • 5.2.3.1 Marcus' first phone call
  • 5.2.3.2 Marcus' second phone call
  • 5.2.3.3 Kym's phone call
  • 5.2.3.4 Shane's phone call
  • 5.2.3.5 Marcus' third phone call
  • 5.2.3.6 Jamal's phone call
  • 5.2.3.7 Marcus' fourth phone call
  • 5.3 Victims
  • 5.5 External Links
  • 5.6 Navigation

Overview [ ]

Initially, Billy Loomis created the identity with Stu Macher in order to kill Sidney because of her mother's affair with Billy's father, Hank, which triggered his mother to leave, after a short killing spree in the fictional Northern California town of Woodsboro. However, the changing identity of the person beneath the mask means that Ghostface has no definite motivation, ranging from revenge to seeking fame to "peer pressure". However, each killer shares the common goal of killing Sidney Prescott , and later Samantha Carpenter , to a chain of events indirectly caused by Sidney's mother, Maureen.

In the Scream universe, the costume is not unique and is easily obtainable, allowing others to wear a similar outfit. Ghostface often calls its targets to taunt or threaten them while using a voice changer that hides its true identity. In Scream 3 , this is taken further by Roman Bridger who uses a device that enables him to sound like several other characters in order to manipulate targets. The Ghostface persona remains the same throughout the Scream series, featuring a black hood and cloak with a jagged base and a white vinyl mask with a black shroud sewn onto the back, resembling a ghost with a screaming expression. Though each iteration of Ghostface is human, they often exhibit extreme durability against physical harm, high levels of physical strength, and an almost supernatural stealth ability; able to appear and disappear in seemingly impossible situations. The character has often appeared in popular culture since its inception, referenced in film and television as well as spawning a series of action figures and merchandise.

The Ghostface mask itself was originally created by Fun World Div. Easter Unlimited, Inc. employee Brigitte Sleiertin for a series of masks titled "Fantastic Faces" released as Halloween masks in the early 1990s by Fun World. The mask was given the trademarked name of "GhostFace" by the Fun World licensing director R.J. Torbert in 1999-2000. The Ghostface mask also returned in The Face of Fear , a novel written by Torbert himself. Ghostface was also given the trademarked name " The Icon of Halloween " in 2010-2011 by Torbert as well for the Scream 4 hype.

Abilities and Attributes [ ]

Unlike supernatural killers, such as Michael Myers , Jason Voorhees , 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 tremendous durability against physical harm and has high levels of physical strength both of which have limits that exist within their human attributes. As seen in Scream 2, he was able to kill both Officer Richards and Officers Andrews, who were two of Chief Hartley's best men. In Scream 3 he was able to kill both Cotton Weary and later on Jennifer Jolie's bodyguard Steven Stone, despite their size.

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, but only to an extent. 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.

Roman Bridger had a voice changer that could copy other voices, confusing his victims. Roman also wore a bulletproof vest under his Father Death costume, which allowed him to survive gunshots to the chest.

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. Their strategies seem very strict, specifically by revolving solely around stealth. If certain things are not according to plan, their strategies can easily be compromised if they are not careful. If they ever do happen to get caught, without the proper preparations for such an outcome, all they can really do is pursue their victim before the victim can use this opportunity to fight back or even escape. It should also be noted that regardless of who is behind the mask, Ghostface is always be depicted as a mere scary movie fanatic, who gets their killing methods from the many horror movies they watch. Despite their vast knowledge on murder, these movies do not serve as reliable sources of information on how to fight when the situation calls for it. Their shroud serves as a disadvantage, enabling the possibility of it getting caught in nearby objects. Their mask does not serve as a shield, so their head and face are still vulnerable to certain types of physical harm.

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).

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

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 and Amber Freeman to protect themselves 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. In the third film, another voice changer is used and it's able to replicate anyone's voice perfectly, allowing the person behind the mask to easily deceive and manipulate their victims.
  • 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.

Behind The Mask [ ]

In the Scream franchise , there are usually more than one Ghostface killer behind murders or attacks. Thus, questions often arise: Who killed who?. Who attacked who? or Who called who? This section is intended to explain to viewers who was behind the Ghostface mask when and to answer the questions posed earlier.

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  • Maureen Prescott - Stabbed to death by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher
  • Steven Orth - Bound to chair, gagged with tape, gutted with knife by Stu Macher
  • Casey Becker - Stabbed in the chest/stomach/neck by Billy Loomis, then gutted and hung from tree by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher
  • Principal Arthur Himbry - Stabbed 3 times in the chest/stomach, gutted, hung from high school football goal post by Billy Loomis
  • Tatum Riley - Arm sliced with knife, lifted, head crushed by garage door after being stuck in cat flap by Billy Loomis
  • Kenny Brown - Throat slit with knife by Stu Macher
  • Phil Stevens - Stabbed in the ear through bathroom stall, hacked up by Nancy Loomis or Mickey Altieri
  • Maureen Evans - Stabbed in the stomach/back (6 times), hacked up by Mickey Altieri
  • Cici Cooper - Thrown through a glass door, stabbed twice in the back, thrown off the 2nd balcony by Nancy Loomis or Mickey Altieri
  • Randy Meeks - Stabbed 4 times in the chest, throat slit in news van by Nancy Loomis
  • Officer Andrews - Throat slashed with knife by Mickey Altieri
  • Officer Richards - Head bashed against car window 3 times, thrown, impaled in the back of head through windshield by pipe while on moving car by Mickey Altieri
  • Hallie McDaniel - Stabbed in the chest 4 times by Mickey Altieri
  • Derek Feldman - Bound to cross, shot in the chest with a handgun by Mickey Altieri
  • Christine Hamilton - Stabbed in the back by Roman Bridger
  • Cotton Weary - Hit in head with golf club, arm slashed, stabbed in the chest/head by Roman Bridger
  • Sarah Darling - Head punched through glass door, stabbed in the back by Roman Bridger
  • Steven Stone - Stabbed in the back, head bludgeoned 3 times with frying pan (final punch hit the knife in his back hitting major arteries) by Roman Bridger
  • Tom Prinze - House filled with gas exploded by lighting lighter by Roman Bridger
  • Angelina Tyler - Stabbed in the chest by Roman Bridger
  • Tyson Fox - Stabbed in the stomach, rug pulled underneath, neck broken, slammed against glass case, thrown off second balcony by Roman Bridger
  • Jennifer Jolie - Stabbed in the back/stomach behind one-way mirror by Roman Bridger
  • John Milton - Throat slit with the knife by Roman Bridger
  • Trudie - Chest impaled with hunting knife by Ghostface (in the Stab movies)
  • Sherrie - Throat slit with hunting knife by Ghostface (in the Stab movies)
  • Rachel - Stomach impaled with kitchen knife by Chloe (in the Stab movies)
  • Marnie Cooper - Stabbed in the stomach, thrown through glass door, stabbed several times, arm slashed, hung from ceiling fan by Charlie Walker
  • Jenny Randall - Stabbed in the back, back crushed by garage door, stabbed in the chest, stabbed several times, bound to chair by Jill Roberts
  • Olivia Morris - Stabbed in the chest/through the hand, kicked/thrown, stabbed in the back/stomach 6 times, head bashed through the window, gutted by Charlie Walker
  • Rebecca Walters - Stabbed in the stomach, thrown off parking garage roof, lands on news van by Charlie Walker
  • Deputy Hoss - Stabbed in the back by Jill Roberts, stabbed several times to make sure he is dead by Charlie Walker
  • Deputy Perkins - Stabbed in the forehead by Jill Roberts
  • Kate Roberts - Stabbed in the back through letterbox by Jill Roberts
  • Robbie Mercer - Stabbed in the chest/back/stomach by Charlie Walker
  • Trevor Sheldon - Tied up with tape, shot in the groin/forehead with handgun by Jill Roberts
  • Charlie Walker - Stabbed in the heart/stomach by Jill Roberts
  • Tyler O'Neill - Decapitated off-screen by Piper Shaw
  • Nina Patterson - Back and throat slashed by Piper Shaw
  • Rachel Murray - Hung by noose, appeared to look like a suicide by Kieran Wilcox
  • Riley Marra - Stabbed in the back/side, artery slashed by Piper Shaw
  • Will Belmont - Head shredded in half from behind with a trencher by Piper Shaw, triggered by Emma running onto a tripwire.
  • Clifton Roberts - Stabbed multiple times and gutted off-screen by Piper Shaw
  • Sheriff Clark Hudson - Stomach sliced open which drops his intestines by Kieran Wilcox
  • Grayson Pfeiffer - Throat slashed off-screen by Piper Shaw
  • Jake Fitzgerald - Slashed open with a scythe by Kieran Wilcox
  • Eddie Hayes - Glass smashed on the head; stabbed multiple times in the back and throat with a corkscrew by Kieran Wilcox
  • Seth Branson - Hand cut off and burned with iron, stabbed in the stomach, left to death in burning house by Kieran Wilcox
  • Deputy Dwayne - Thrown through glass mirror; died of blood loss by Kieran Wilcox
  • Haley Meyers - Stabbed eleven times repeatedly in the chest and abdomen, hung by Kieran Wilcox
  • Zoë Vaughn - Locked in a coffin and left to drown at Wren Lake by Kieran Wilcox
  • Quinn Maddox - Impaled through the chest with a pitchfork; bled out by Kieran Wilcox
  • Deputy Stevens - Stabbed several times in the abdomen and back area by Kieran Wilcox
  • Eli Hudson - Stabbed by Kieran Wilcox; shot several times, once by Emma Duval and thrice by Kieran Wilcox
  • Prison Guard - Neck twisted in 180 degrees by Third Killer
  • Kieran Wilcox - Throat slashed, stabbed in the back of neck by Third Killer
  • Tommy Jenkins - Stabbed in the neck before having his head covered with a plastic bag which quickly fills up with his own blood by Jamal Elliot
  • Avery Collins - Thrown over the balcony at the silent disco rave and was impaled on a spike upon landing by Jamal Elliot
  • Latavious - Throat slashed off-screen by Jamal Elliot
  • Shane - A deadly dose of drugs was injected into his eye; A ladder dropped on his windpipe by Beth
  • Luther Thompson - Stabbed in the stomach and crushed to death with a car crusher by Jamal Elliot
  • Manny - Leg broken with a tire iron and burned to death in a car by Beth
  • Amir Ayoub - Stabbed and split down the middle with a bone saw by Beth
  • Officer B. Westbrook - Stabbed in the back of the head and burned to death by Beth
  • Jamal Elliot - Stabbed with a trash picker multiple times and tortured; blood loss by Beth
  • Vince Schneider - Stabbed in the neck by Amber Freeman
  • Sheriff Judy Hicks - Stabbed multiple times in the stomach by Amber Freeman
  • Wes Hicks - Stabbed in the neck by Richie Kirsch
  • Deputy Clay - Throat slashed off-screen by Amber Freeman, body shown
  • Dwight "Dewey" Riley - Stomach and back cut open by Amber Freeman
  • Liv McKenzie - Shot in the head by Amber Freeman
  • Mrs. Kirsch - Killed in an unknown manner by Wayne Bailey and Ethan Landry. (death mentioned in a deleted scene, non-canon)
  • Laura Crane - Stabbed multiple times in the stomach and chest by Jason Carvey.
  • Greg Bruckner - Dismembered into multiple body parts by Wayne Bailey.
  • Jason Carvey - Stabbed multiple times in the stomach by Wayne Bailey.
  • Unnamed Male Customer - Stabbed to death by (speculated) Wayne Bailey.
  • Unnamed Male Customer - Stabbed in the neck by (speculated) Wayne Bailey.
  • Unnamed Male Bodega Owner - Shot in the head by (speculated) Wayne Bailey with a shotgun.
  • Dr. Christopher Stone - Face bashed against metal door, stabbed in the nose by Wayne Bailey.
  • Paul - Stabbed to death by Ethan Landry off-screen, body shown.
  • Anika Kayoko - Gutted in the stomach and thrown off the ladder by Ethan Landry, neck broken upon hitting dumpster bin.
  • Brooks - Throat slashed by Quinn Bailey.
  • The character is based on a real-life serial killer, Louisiana-born Daniel Harold "Danny" Rolling, also known as "The Gainesville Ripper". Rolling murdered five co-eds and three others between 1989 and 1990 and was sentenced to death for these crimes in 1994, finally being executed in 2006 by lethal injection.
  • The mask is based on The Scream painting by the late Edvard Munch and ghosts that appeared in a Betty Boop cartoon.
  • As previously stated, no matter who dons the mantle of Ghostface (both in-universe and in-filming), the man behind the voice box in the films and season 3 is always Roger L. Jackson, who is known for voicing Mojo Jojo , Rowdyruff Boys member Butch, and Wizeman the Wicked.
  • Interestingly, the character Tatum calls the killer "Mr. Ghostface" in Scream (1996), indicating that this could have been R.J. Torbert's inspiration for the name of the mask.
  • Ghostface was featured along with other horror icons in the Halloween sale promotion for Vivziepop's Hazbin Hotel .
  • Given the notoriety that Ghostface has received, it has become a staple in many horror movie references and parodies, including a character simply known as " The Killer " in the 2000 comedy spoof movie Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th .
  • 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 (1996) , 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: Nancy Loomis, Derek Feldman, and Hallie McDaniel.
  • 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.
  • The protagonists to wear the Ghostface costume and use the voice changer who wasn't a murderer were Sidney Prescott and Sam Carpenter. During a brief moment in Scream and Scream VI , they do this to turn the tables on Billy and Stu ( Scream ) and on Wayne Bailey ( Scream VI ). However, Sidney and Sam were only doing it in self defense.
  • The 3 victims of the copycat murders from Scream 2 are: Phil Stevens (representing Steven Orth), Maureen Evans (representing Maureen Prescott) and Casey 'Cici' Cooper (representing Casey Becker). The copycat murders of Scream 2 are a dangling plot point. Mickey and Nancy 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 Nancy 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 chest by Sidney) - Scream 4
  • Amber Freeman (shot in the head by Tara) - Scream (2022)
  • Ethan Landry (TV thrown on his head 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.
  • With the exception of Scream 2 and Scream VI , 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)
  • Roman, Quinn and Ethan are the only killers who dies in the Ghostface/Father Death costume.
  • 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 (Billy) also stabbed Dewey in the back but he survived. ( Scream )
  • Ghostface (Nancy) brutally stabs Dewey in the back thrice, but he survives once again. ( Scream 2 )
  • Mickey reflexively shoots Gale in the stomach, but she survived. Before that, Nancy had her at gunpoint and could have killed her instantly. ( Scream 2 )
  • Sidney intensely escapes a police car through a knocked-out Ghostface (Mickey) at the driver's seat. Nancy has Sidney on a knife-point (Cotton Weary ends up saving Sidney by shooting Nancy in the neck) ( Scream 2 )
  • Gale falls into a basement along with Ghostface (Roman) who was knocked-out temporarily. ( Scream 3 )
  • Ghostface (Roman) throws his knife at Dewey into his head, but the handle hits him instead and knocks him out. ( Scream 3 )
  • Ghostface (Roman) 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 (Charlie) managed to stab Gale at a "Stab-a-Thon" in the shoulder, but he escaped, when Dewey fired his gun. In the climax, 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 )
  • In Scream (2022) , Ghostface (Amber) finally managed to kill one of the legacy characters (Dewey) by cutting up his back, stomach and chest.
  • Amber firstly shot Gale in the chest with gun, and later during her fight with Gale, is close to stab her. ( Scream 2022 )
  • Amber stabbed Sidney in the stomach and was fighting her in the kitchen. ( Scream 2022 )
  • As Sidney wasn't in Scream VI, Gale was the only legacy character (from the beginning) to appear in sixth film. In the movie, she was stabbed multiple times in her apartment by Ghostface (Quinn) and barely survives.
  • In Scream 4 , it is revealed that Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker are the killers, 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 Nancy betrays her accomplice Mickey.
  • Mickey Altieri, Roman Bridger, Jill Roberts, Ethan Landry and Quinn Bailey are the only killers to reveal themselves while they are still in the Ghostface costume.

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  • Ghostface on the Wikipedia
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Ghostface is a fictional identity adopted by the primary antagonist's in the Scream series of slasher films. The character is voiced by Roger L. Jackson regardless of who is behind the mask. The character first appeared in Scream (1996) as a disguise used by teenagers Billy Loomis ( Skeet Ulrich ) and Stu Macher ( Matthew Lillard ) during their killing spree in the fictional town of Woodsboro. Ghostface was created by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson .

The character is used primarily as a disguise for the antagonist of each film to conceal their identity while conducting serial murders and as such has been portrayed by several actors. In Scream , the identity is temporarily adopted by the killers' target, Sidney Prescott ( Neve Campbell ), using it against them. In the Scream universe, the costume is not unique and easily obtainable allowing others to wear a similar outfit. Ghostface often calls its targets to taunt or threaten them while using a voice changer that hides their true identity. In Scream 3 , this is taken further by Roman Bridger who uses a device that enables him to sound like several other characters in order to manipulate targets.

The changing identity of the person beneath the mask means that Ghostface has no definite motivation, ranging from revenge and seeking fame to "peer pressure", though each killer shares the common goal of killing Sidney Prescott due to a chain of events indirectly caused by her mother Maureen Prescott. Initially, Billy Loomis created the identity with Stu Macher in order to kill Sidney because of her mothers affair with Billy's father which caused Billy's mother to 'abandon' him.

The Ghostface persona remains the same throughout the Scream series, featuring a black hood and cloak with a jagged base and a white rubber-mask resembling a ghost with a screaming expression. Though each iteration of Ghostface is human, they often exhibit extreme durability against physical harm, high levels of physical strength and an almost supernatural stealth ability, able to appear and disappear in seemingly impossible situations.

The mask is based on The Scream painting by Edvard Munch and was created and designed by FunWorld employee Brigitte Sleiertin .

  • 3.1 Abilities
  • 4 In popular culture

Appearances [ ]

Ghostface first appears in the opening scene of Scream . The character (voiced by Roger L. Jackson) calls and taunts teenager Casey Becker ( Drew Barrymore ) with horror clichés and trivia questions, murdering her boyfriend Steve in front of her before she herself is killed. The identity has been adopted by the primary antagonists of each successive film to conceal their identity prior to being revealed in each films final act.

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From left to right; Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) and Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich), the first Ghostface killers.

Ghostface's first cinematic appearance was in Scream (1996) where the identity was used by a killer stalking the fictional town of Woodsboro. After the killing spree begins, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) begins receiving taunting and threatening phone calls from Ghostface who claims knowledge of her mothers brutal rape and murder one year prior to the events of the film, a murder that was blamed on Cotton Weary. The Ghostface disguise allows suspicion to fall on many people including Sidney's boyfriend Billy Loomis, her father Neil Prescott, her friend Randy Meeks, Stu Macher and town Deputy, Dewey Riley . Ghostface is revealed in the finale as both Billy Loomis and Stu Macher who reveal that they murdered Sidney's mother and framed Cotton. Billy cites his motivation as abandonment by his mother brought about by his father's affair with her mother Maureen while Stu cites only "peer pressure". Sidney is able to gain an advantage against Billy and Stu, temporarily adopting the Ghostface persona herself to taunt them before killing Stu. Gale Weathers shoots Billy to stop him killing Sidney who then finishes Billy off with a bullet to the head.

Ghostface's second appearance was in Scream 2 (1997) where it was again used as a disguise by the main antagonists. A series of murders occur at Windsor College, Sidney's current location, with the initial victims sharing names with Billy and Stu's victims from Scream . The killers again taunt Sidney and attempt to kill her and later kill her friend Randy Meeks ( Jamie Kennedy ). The Ghostface disguise allows suspicion to fall on several characters before Mickey, a friend of Sidney's boyfriend Derek, reveals himself as the killer, seeking fame for his exploits. Mickey's accomplice is revealed to be Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf), Billy Loomis' mother, who is seeking revenge against Sidney for her son's death. Mrs. Loomis kills Mickey, claiming to have indulged his desire for fame only to enlist his help in enacting her revenge and tries to kill Sidney. With help from the exonerated Cotton Weary, Sidney survives and Mrs. Loomis is killed.

The story continued in Scream 3 (2000) where the identity was used to murder Cotton Weary in an attempt to discover the now-hidden Sidney's location. The killer leaves images of Maureen Prescott at his crime scenes to draw Sidney out of seclusion as he begins murdering the cast of Stab 3 , the film within a film based on Sidney and her experiences with Ghostface. Ghostface is revealed as Sidney's half-brother Roman Bridger (Scott Foley), born to their mother Maureen during a two-year period when she moved to Hollywood to become an actress under the name Rina Reynolds. After being gang-raped and impregnated at a party, she gave Roman up for adoption who, as an adult, sought her out, only to be rejected, denying she had ever been Rina. Roman began stalking Maureen and filming her adulterous liaisons with other men including Billy Loomis' father Hank. He used this footage to reveal to Billy why his mother had "abandoned" him before convincing him to kill Maureen, sparking the chain of events in Scream and Scream 2 . Sidney manages to kill Roman, ending the series of murders based on his revenge against Maureen.

In Scream 4 (2011), another Ghostface killer emerges in Woodsboro on the fifteen-year anniversary of the massacre conducted by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher, the new killer recreating events from the incident but also filming the murders. Ghostface kills several teenagers and police officers before being unmasked as Sidney's cousin Jill Roberts ( Emma Roberts ) and her friend Charlie Walker ( Rory Culkin ) who intend to kill Sidney, frame Jill's ex-boyfriend Trevor Shelton and become the current generation's "Sidney" and "Randy Meeks", with the accompanying fame of being the "survivors" of the massacre. Charlie also did it because of his love for Jill. Jill betrays Charlie and stabs him through the heart and stomach and then seemingly kills Sidney before purposely injuring and stabbing herself to make herself appear a victim of Ghostface. After being taken to hospital, Sheriff Dewey Riley informs her that Sidney has survived and Jill attempts to end her life but is stopped by Dewey, Gale and Judy Hicks ( Marley Shelton ) long enough for Sidney to shoot her through the heart, killing her.

Concept and creation [ ]

Ghostfacemasks

The Ghostface masks as seen in (top left-bottom right) Scream , Scream 2 , Scream 3 and Scream 4 .

The Ghostface costume is the outfit worn by the main antagonists of the Scream franchise, consisting of a rubber white mask with black eyes, nose and mouth and a black, cloth-like material, hooded-robe with faux-tatters draping from the arms and a spiked-trim to the base of the outfit. In the movie, the costume is considered common and easily purchasable making identifying the buyers difficult and creating the possibility for anyone to be the killer. Despite its appearance as a solid piece of material, the robe is put on like a jacket, fastening with velcro-attachments down the front of the torso.

The Ghostface mask was first developed for novelty stores during the Halloween season between 1991 and 1992 by FunWorld employee Brigitte Sleiertin as part of a series entitled 'Fantastic Faces' the mask itself known as 'The Peanut-Eyed Ghost'. The final design was approved by FunWorld vice-president Allan Geller . Director Wes Craven discovered the mask while visiting friends during the Halloween holiday, when he viewed a child wearing the FunWorld mask that would come to be known as Ghostface. FunWorld Licensing Director R.J. Torbert joined FunWorld in 1996 and was given the task of naming the mask prior to its film debut, deciding on GhostFace with the blessing of FunWorld owners Stanley and Allan Geller. Torbert felt it looked like a "ghost in pain", believing it to be a unique design. The Ghostface design and title are owned by FunWorld.

The design of the mask bears reference to Edvard Munch's painting The Scream, the cover of the Pink Floyd album The Wall and the ghostly characters that appeared in the 1930s Betty Boop cartoon. The mask is stark white and depicts a caracature of someone screaming and crying at the same time. Designer Sleiertin stated that the mask displayed different emotions, "It's a horrible look, it's a sorry look, it's a frantic look". Since the appearance of Ghostface in Scream, the costume has become worn and sold costume for Halloween in the United States.

The initial script labeled the main antagonist as "masked killer" with no specifications to their appearance, forcing Wes Craven and his staff to produce the costume eventually worn by Ghostface as they were shooting. Craven asked Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of design company KNB Effects to produce a mask specifically for the film based on the FunWorld design but did not like the final result. After FunWorld and Dimension Films were able to complete an agreement for the use of the Ghostface mask, Craven was able to use the original design as he wanted. The custom mask made by KNB Effects still appears in the scenes involving the murder of Casey Becker and Principal Himbry as filming of these scenes completed prior to the finalization of the deal between FunWorld and Dimension Films.

"We came with an assortment of masks that had the ghostface look. Of the entire assortment, that face was the strongest one. The design definitely had something that made it outstanding from the others."

The 1991-92 'Fantastic Faces' edition of the mask used in Scream is made of thin, white rubber with blackened eyes, nose and mouth. Despite being portrayed by Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard, the costume is mostly worn by uncredited stuntmen, by Wes Craven during the opening murder scene and once by Ulrich. Despite the character Stu Macher wearing the costume in the film, actor Lillard never actually wore the outfit. Scream 2 features a slightly redesigned version of the mask from the 'Fearsome Faces' line, possessing slightly-altered eyes and an indented chin. Following Scream 2 , the Ghostface mask became part of the 'Ghostface' line of masks featuring several variations of the design including glow-in-the-dark models. The plain, white version of the Ghostface line mask is used in Scream 3 by the character Roman Bridger.

Another edition of the mask was developed dubbed The Deluxe Edition Mask that is to be used by the Ghostface of Scream 4 , again similar to the original Ghostface design but constructed of thicker rubber with a pearlescent finish. Two additional mask designs were shipped to the set of Scream 4 labeled Zombie Ghostface and Ghostface Scarecrow. The Zombie variation features the normal design but with the white coloring replaced with a dull-yellow coloration with visible veins and decay detailing while the Scarecrow variation replaces the familiar white rubber and black shroud with brown, burlap-like cloth. Though these variations were delivered to the Scream 4 set, it is unknown if they will appear in the film though they are set to appear in figurine form.

The cloak itself had to be custom-made for the film as the Father Death outfit identified in Scream as that of the killers did not really exist, the FunWorld mask being sold as a stand-alone item. The cloak entered into retail markets only following the release of Scream . Each cloak was estimated to cost $700 to hand-produce by a seamstress and was made of a heavy, thick, black material with reflective threads woven throughout, creating a subtle glimmer. The cloak was created to help conceal the identity of the killers by covering most of their visible body as it was believed that otherwise audiences would be able to guess which character was involved by their clothing and body-shape.

The knife used by Ghostface in the films is a custom prop knife based on the Buck 120 Hunting Knife that has since been discontinued by Buck. The knife blades are made of aluminum or chrome-paint-coated plastic with a rubber handle depending on the scenario for which they are needed. The handle is black with a silver, metal-appearance for the tip. The Buck 120 knife was chosen as the model for the Ghostface weapon because of the large blade it features, though the Buck 120 itself was discontinued due to customer complaints that the blade length was deemed "too big" for gutting animals.

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Ghostface has been depicted as a mute character in costume, people wearing the costume normally remain mute except for grunts and groans when they are injured or struck. The voice given to the character, provided by Roger L. Jackson is used when talking to another character over the phone or to display the use of the 'voice changer' when the killer reveals themself. Despite this disconnection between voice and body, they both share similar personalities and interactions with their victims, regardless of who is wearing the costume or speaking to a target.

"I can't imagine Scream without Ghostface...Roger Jackson's voice is very remarkable, it's got an evil sophistication"

Ghostface is often shown to taunt his targets, initially representing himself as charming and even flirtatious when speaking, his conversations turn confrontational and intimidating, using his knowledge of other characters or graphically describing his intentions before appearing to the target physically. Craven considers Jackson's voice performance as Ghostface to have "evil sophistication". When confronting his intended victim, Ghostface is portrayed in varying ways, sometimes quick and efficient and other times clumsy, falling or colliding with objects that hinder his pursuit, a characteristic that varies based upon who is wearing the costume. All of the characters that use the Ghostface disguise share the trait of taunting their victims and prolonging a kill when they appear to have an advantage. The Billy Loomis/Stu Macher Ghostface would gut their victims after killing them; This was not performed on Tatum Riley who was killed in a mechanical garage door. This Ghostface in particular would ask their victim questions about horror films and employ the tropes of the genre in their attacks, displaying an detachment from their reality and aligned with the same self awareness of the film itself which toys with the expectations of the horror genre. The second Ghostface, created by Mickey and Mrs. Loomis would simply stab their victim to death but often in a public place or with witnesses. The third Ghostface, created by Roman Bridger used theatricality and movie props to attack his victims, using a voice changer that allowed him to sound like many other people, casting suspicion and doubt on other characters. In addition, he would use images and the synthesized voice of Maureen Prescott to specifically taunt Sidney, even shrouding himself in a bloodied, crime scene cover, alluding to the murder of Maureen, to fool Sidney into believing that she was losing her sanity.

The motivations for Ghostface's killing vary in each film and are respective to each killer wearing the costume. Billy Loomis claimed to have been driven to insanity by his mothers abandonment, an incident he blamed on Maureen Prescott, and after taking his revenge on her chose to continue his spree, leading towards her daughter Sidney while Stu Macher lists "peer pressure" as his motivation. In Scream 2 , Billy's mother cites her motivation as simple revenge against the person she holds responsible for her son's death while Mickey desires the fame that his involvement in the killings will garner when he is caught. Scream 3' antagonist Roman seeks revenge for what he sees as his mother's rejection and abandonment by engineering Maureen's death and trying to kill Sidney, seeing her as having the family-life he was denied.

In costume, Ghostface is depicted as possessing superhuman physical traits. Each Ghostface is capable of almost supernatural stealth, able to enter into premises such as homes without being discovered, move silently and appear and disappear even in open spaces where no obstacle exists to conceal their movements. Additionally, Ghostface has been shown to display strength that allows him to physically overpower a victim, in Scream 2 overcoming two trained detectives single-handedly. Ghostface is shown to be able to sustain and even ignore severe levels of physical damage, surviving blunt trauma, stab wounds and gunshots. Billy Loomis, Mickey and Roman Bridger all had to be shot through the head to kill them despite having been shot and/or sustained severe injuries prior.

In costume, the Ghostfaces share a ritualistic mannerism of gripping the blade of their knife between thumb and forefinger and wiping it clean of any blood following a murder by drawing their hand from handle to the tip of the knife. This characteristic was given to the character by stuntman Dane Farwell who wore the costume for many of its scenes in Scream .

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In costume, Ghostface is depicted as possessing almost superhuman physical traits. Unlike supernatural characters, such as Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees , Ghostface is human, but has several skills of a deadly killer. Ghostface is skilled in spying and stealth, allowing him to hide in unexpected places and be able to enter into premises such as homes without being discovered. Also, he is able move silently, appear and disappear even in open spaces where no obstacle exists to conceal their movements. He even exhibits extreme durability against physical harm and has high levels of physical strength.

Additionally, Ghostface has been shown to display strength that allows him to physically overpower a victim, in Scream 2 overcoming two trained detectives single-handedly. Ghostface is shown to be able to sustain and even ignore severe levels of physical damage, surviving blunt trauma, stab wounds and gunshots. Billy Loomis, Mickey and Roman Bridger all had to be shot through the head to kill them despite having been shot and/or sustained severe injuries prior.

Ghostface is strong enough to lift 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 it. 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.

In popular culture [ ]

The 2011 rendering of a Ghostface figurine by NECA toys for Scream 4 .

McFarlane Toys produced a 6-inch figurine of Ghostface in 1999 for the second series of Movie Maniacs horror and sci-fi inspired line of character models. A series of figures are to be produced by NECA for the upcoming 2011 film Scream 4 featuring the standard mask and black cowl plus variations such as Zombie Ghostface with a decayed appearance on the mask and Scarecrow Ghostface with brown, cloth-material used for the mask and clothing.

Ghostface has been parodied and referenced numerous times in media following his appearance in the Scream series of slasher films, most prominently in the parody film Scary Movie (2000) where a killer dressed as Ghostface commits a series of murders and is later revealed to be several people as in Scream . In the parody film Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The Thirteenth (2000), a killer wearing a Jason Voorhees -style hockey mask is set on fire, his mask melting to resemble that of Ghostface. The film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) features Ghostface as Shannen Doherty and Wes Craven provide cameos as themselves making the then non-existent Scream 4 , but Doherty objects when Ghostface turns out to be played by the orangutan, Suzann.

As in film, Ghostface has been referenced repeatedly in various television programs and commercials. In the same year as the release of Scream 3 , the mask made an appearance on Beverly Hills 90210 and the Nickelodeon series Cousin Skeeter . It was also used as an ornament in the bedroom of the character Dawson in Dawson's Creek , a show created by Scream writer, Kevin Williamson.

The character appears in a 1999 episode of Celebrity Deathmatch entitled The Unknown Murderer, where he threatens to kill a scream queen every round, murdering Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jennifer Love Hewitt before planting his cell phone on a Platypus to frame him, causing Neve Campbell and Sarah Michelle Gellar to fight it. The mask was later used in The Sopranos episode Fortunate Son where it is worn by the character Christopher to commit a robbery.

The costume is referenced in an episode of the television series Boomtown entitled All Hallow's Eve (2002) where a police officer uses the costume to frighten a bully who has been terrorizing other kids. In the Japanese anime FLCL episode Marquis de Cabras (2003), protagonist Naota's face changes to resemble that of Ghostface frequently during a scene where he and his family are eating spicy curry.

The character makes a cameo in Tripping the Rift in the episode The Devil and a Guy Named Webster (2004) as the judge when Chode sells his soul to the devil and finds a way to sue him. He also appears in a 2004 advert for Trivial Pursuit: 90's Edition representing iconic characters of the 1990s along side Dennis Rodman and the character Rose from the 1997 film Titanic . A parody of Ghostface appears in the television series All Grown Up! episode Interview with a Campfire (2004) where Lil DeVille is taunted by phone and stalked by a character wearing an Easter Bunny mask.

The character appears briefly in The Simpsons episode Home Away from Homer where Homer Simpson suggests him as a babysitter for his daughter Maggie. Roger L. Jackson lends his voice to Ghostface in the Robot Chicken episode "That Hurts Me." (2005) alongside other famous film killers in a show that parodies Big Brother , launching a prank war against Pinhead and Freddy Krueger before giving a speech to save himself from elimination from the show. He is referenced by Kenny Powers, the main character of Eastbound & Down who requests to wear the mask while having sex.

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."

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 its major appearance on Halloween night. It has been one of the most common movie-inspired costumes on Halloween since the launch of it. There are many variations such as a mask where it can produce fake blood, and as of 2010, scarecrow and zombie versions of the mask. There are even masks from the Scary Movie version like the two wazups and the stoner, plus emotional versions; i.e. Surprise, Smiley, Angry and more.

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Ghostface: All 11 Ghostface Killers From Scream Ranked

  • January 18, 2022

Corbin Shanklin

With Scream (2022) introducing Ghostface to a new generation, we decided to look at all of the Ghostface killers, past and present.

The killers from the MTV Scream TV series were not included in this ranking, because they wear the “Brandon James” mask instead of the classic Ghostface costume. Spoilers for Scream (2022) lie ahead, so turn back now if you haven’t seen the new slasher movie.

Ghostface Ranked #1: Stu Macher ( Scream 1996)

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The first R-rated movie I ever saw was Scream . I was way too young, and I was a big fan of the live-action Scooby-Doo movies. Matthew Lillard plays both Shaggy and Stu Macher, a class clown with a dark sense of humor who turns out to be the Ghostface killer. Lillard’s unhinged performance gave me nightmares for weeks as a child, and it was a long time before I could look at Scooby-Doo the same.

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As an adult, revisiting Matthew Lillard’s performance is always a delightful treat. He has some of the best lines in the entire franchise (i.e. “My parents are going to be so mad at me!”) and his terror is nearly unmatched to this day. Stu Macher is such a beloved character that many scripts featuring his return have been written, but none have stuck…so far.

Ghostface Ranked #2: Billy Loomis ( Scream 1996)

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Stu Macher’s partner in crime, the second Ghostface was Billy Loomis, played by Skeet Ulrich. Billy was Sidney Prescott’s boyfriend, but he became Ghostface after murdering Sidney’s mother Maureen. He killed her as revenge for sleeping with his father, going on to start the very first Woodsboro killing spree.

The horrors of Billy Loomis and Stu Macher started the Scream franchise, inspiring many copycat killers to follow in their footsteps. Even today, the shadow of Billy Loomis hangs over the Scream franchise. The new series lead, Sam Carpenter, is actually the daughter of the deceased Billy Loomis, cementing his legacy. She is perpetually haunted by visions of her father, and gleefully tore apart her killer ex-boyfriend in the third act of Scream (2022). Could Sam become the Ghostface of Scream 6?

Ghostface Ranked #3: Roman Bridger ( Scream 3 )

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Roman Bridger is one of the most unique versions of Ghostface to grace the silver screen. He was the only killer to operate on his own, as there are almost always two Ghostface killers at work. As the director of Stab 3 , an in-universe movie about the Woodsboro murders, Roman used his resources and knowledge of special effects to slaughter the souls of Scream 3 .

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His story reframed the original Scream trilogy entirely, revealing that he had orchestrated the death of Maureen Prescott and thus kick-started the entire Scream franchise. He decided to kill Maureen, and later Sidney because Maureen was his long-lost mother. He was the product of assault, and his birth-mother did not want to have a relationship with him. Roman used this as an excuse to kill, but he was eventually defeated by his half-sister Sidney.

Ghostface Ranked #4: Beth ( Scream: Resurrection )

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Scream: Resurrection was a VH1 6-episode miniseries reboot of the franchise. It took place in Atlanta, GA, where a group of high-school students, the so-called “Deadfast Club”, were killed off by a new Ghostface. The series had no connection to the original franchise or the earlier TV series. In fact, the events of Resurrection all happen because of Beth. She was an emotionally unstable child with an affinity for the horror genre. As her desire to kill grew, so did her desire to fashion an amazing horror story in the real world. Inspired by the films she loved, Beth takes inspiration from the original Ghostface’s motivation, over two decades after Scream came out.

Beth was played by Giorgia Whigham, who also stars in season two of The Punisher on Netflix. Beth’s knowledge of horror cinema made her into Resurrection’s version of Randy Meeks. Almost every project in the franchise has a Randy analog, and Giorgia filled that role, and the role of Ghostface perfectly.

Ghostface Ranked #5: Jay Elliot ( Scream: Resurrection )

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Jay Elliot was the half-brother of RJ Cycler’s lead character Deion Elliot. He knew secrets about Deion’s past which drove him to hatred, and eventually, murder. When he met Beth, she was looking for the perfect origin story and saw it in Jay and Deion. She seduced him into joining her as the second Ghostface.

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Scream: Resurrection is notable for being the only TV show in the franchise to feature a classic Ghostface. Jay and Beth delivered a number of amazingly gruesome and violent kills throughout the miniseries, despite the restrictions of TV compared to film. Tyga’s reveal as the killer caught me totally off-guard, making him one of my favorite Ghostfaces ever.

Ghostface Ranked #6: Jill Roberts ( Scream 4 )

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Jill Roberts, played by Emma Smith is a Ghostface from Scream 4, and she may be the last truly great killer on the list. She was the cousin of Sidney Prescott, whom Jill felt her mother loved more. She grew irrationally jealous and spiteful of Sidney, eventually devising a plot to bring back Ghostface on the fifteenth anniversary of the first Woodsboro murders.

She sought to start a new bloodbath which would take the lives of everyone, including Sidney, but herself. Jill wanted to be the sole survivor, and to bask in the fame which Sidney possessed, fame she coveted with all her being. Jill was a real lunatic, and her self-absorbed, vicious character commanded almost every scene she was in.

Ghostface Ranked #7: Richie Kirsch ( Scream 2022 AKA Scream 5 )

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I remember when they cast Jack Quaid for Scream 5 . At that time, something in my gut told me that Quaid’s character would be revealed as Ghostface. During the film, Dewey strongly indicates that Richie Kirsch could be the killer. But by the time the mask came off, and he was revealed, I had begun to think that Ghostface was someone else.

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As frustrating as that was, my hat is off to the writers for maintaining a shocking twist. The reason Richie is ranked so low on this list is because of his motivation. Richie was a huge fan of horror, especially the Stab movies. He hated Stab 8 so much that he began a new Woodsboro killing spree, one that could serve as inspiration for a new Stab movie. The commentary on toxic fandom worked more often than not, but he’s the third killer on this list to murder because he watched too many scary movies.

Ghostface Ranked #8: Amber Freeman ( Scream 2022 AKA Scream 5 )

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Mikey Madison stars in Scream (2022) as Amber Freeman, the second Ghostface alongside Richie Kirsch. She met Richie on a Stab subreddit, where their hatred of Stab 8 lead them to plan a new series of murders in Woodsboro. She fell in love with the franchise when her parents moved them into the old house of Stu Macher, the first Ghostface killer.

Amber Freeman carved up some of the most violent kills to date alongside Richie, including the gut-wrenching death of Dewey. She was almost as good a Ghostface as Richie, but she got slightly less screentime, and therefore a slightly lower ranking.

Ghostface Ranked #9: Debbie Loomis ( Scream 2 )

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Debbie Loomis was the surprise reveal of Scream 2 . She decided to follow in her deceased son’s footsteps and take on the Ghostface mantle as revenge for Sidney killing her son. She had been operating under a fake name throughout the film, making it almost impossible to guess that she was Ghostface. Her motivation was bland, her performance was mediocre, and her kills generally unmemorable.

Ghostface Ranked #10: Mickey Altieri ( Scream 2 )

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Mickey Altieri was the partner of Debbie Loomis in Scream 2 , a film that I personally consider to be the weakest installment in the franchise. He decides to kill people as Ghostface because he wants the fame and attention serial killers receive when they are captured.

While the idea that he was going to give himself up as the killer is interesting, Mickey’s character was somewhat half-baked and forgettable.

Ghostface Ranked #11: Charlie Walker ( Scream 4 )

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Charlie Walker is Jill’s partner in Scream 4 , a huge fan of horror and the Stab franchise. He sees himself as the remake version of Randy Meeks, and Jill as the remake version of Sidney Prescott.

He wants the story to end differently this time, with Randy & Jill ending up together as lovers. Unfortunately for Charlie, his story ends like Randy’s – bloodily, and without much fanfare.

While they may not have topped our list, Scream 2022 has presented fans with two new Ghostface killers and a wonderful new Scream story. While some left a more lasting impression than others, every Ghostface has had their own unique impact on the horror genre.

Who is your favorite Ghostface? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media !

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Scream: Every Character Who Has Donned the Ghostface Mask

A new killer, or killers, will be under the Ghostface mask in 2022's Scream. Here are all the killers who have come before them.

Proving that it's hard to keep a good slasher down, Ghostface will return in the Scream reboot. The movie's first trailer reintroduces the iconic slasher and the three mainstay characters that have survived every Scream movie to date: Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley.

What differentiates Scream from most slasher franchises is the fact that its survivors are the only consistent characters. A different killer (or pair of killers) takes up the Ghostface identity in every new entry. As fans prepare to meet the next Ghostface, here's a list of everyone who's ever dawned the mask across the four  Scream movies and its TV series spin-off.

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Billy Loomis and Stu Macher Were Scream's Killer Duo

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The first Scream established that multiple people could be behind Ghostface's mask. In this case, it was two people close to Sidney: her friend Stu and her boyfriend Billy. They used teamwork to throw police off Billy's scent and play mind games with Sidney, including faking Billy's death during a climactic party at Stu's house.

After amassing a body count that included Sidney's mother, Maureen, and best friend (and Stu's girlfriend) Tatum, the duo had Sidney cornered. After claiming not to have a motive, Billy admitted that he was trying to destroy Sidney's family to avenge the dissolution of his after Maureen slept with his father. Not having a compelling reason, Stu later blamed peer pressure for his part in the murders.

Sidney Prescott Also Wore the Mask In Scream

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In spite of the potential for shock value, Sidney has never become the Ghostface killer in a Scream movie. She has, however, worn the Ghostface mask. After Gale caused a distraction that allowed her to escape from Billy and Stu, Sidney turned the tables on her would-be murderers. Sidney taunted Billy and Stu with a phone call like they had done to Casey Becker in the film's iconic opening scene . She enraged Billy by informing them that she'd called the police. While Stu was busy bleeding to death on his kitchen floor after Billy stabbed him too deeply to simulate wounds from the killer, Billy searched for Sidney. A distraction from the original Halloween on television allowed Sidney to leap out of a closet and stab Billy with an umbrella.

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Debbie Loomis Seeks Revenge In Scream 2

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Sidney's troubles with the Loomis family didn't end with Billy's death at the end of Scream . Looking for revenge for Billy's death and transferring her hatred for Maureen to her daughter, Debbie Loomis orchestrated a copycat murder spree based on her son's. To divert suspicion, they broke that pattern, which led to the death of Sidney's friend Randy Meeks .

Using the false identity of journalist Debbie Salt, she was able to be on Sidney's college campus while the murders happened without drawing suspicion to herself. Like her son, she even had an accomplice to help her do her dirty work. Her best-laid plans eventually came undone when Cotton Weary came to Sidney and Gale's aid.

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Mickey Altieri Masks Up In Scream 2

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Like Stu, Debbie Loomis' accomplice Mickey lacked a personal grudge against Sidney to motivate him. Unlike Stu, he did have a motive, albeit a twisted one. Homicidal film buff Mickey wanted to be caught so that he could be at the center of the "trial of the century" media circus, similar to the one the wrongly accused Cotton was caught in after Maureen's murder.

Mickey had a defense planned out, blaming media violence for his psychopathy. He even planned to enlist O. J. Simpson's lawyers to aid in his defense. Unfortunately for Mickey, Debbie only groomed him to be her accomplice so that he could take the fall for her. She shot him after their villainous reveal.

Roman Bridger Becomes Ghostface In Scream 3

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While Billy didn't have any other relatives that wanted revenge, a figure from Sidney's past would once again be behind the mask in Scream 3 . Like the Loomis family, it was someone who wanted to take out their hatred for her mother on her.

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The difference between Stab  (the movie within a movie based on Sidney's life) director Roman Bridger and his predecessors was that he was related to Sidney. He was Sidney's half-brother, shunned by Maureen because he was conceived by rape. Roman's vendetta against the Prescott family wasn't confined to Scream 3 . He was revealed as the man who set the murders in motion by convincing Billy to kill Maureen.

Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker Are Scream 4's Twisted Killers

Jill and Charlie, the killers, kiss in Scream 4

Arriving over a decade after Scream 3 , Scream 4  updated its trope savvy characters for a generation weaned on social media. Sidney's cousin Jill was the mastermind behind a new wave of Ghostface killings. She attempted to earn fame by following in Sidney's footsteps as the survivor of a serial killer in their hometown of Woodsboro. As a duo, they were able to shift suspicion away from themselves.

Following in Mickey's footsteps as a film buff/murderer, her accomplice Charlie wanted to recreate the murders from the Stab movies. He was also hoping his murderous bond with Jill would lead to romance. Unfortunately for him, Jill's narrative only left room for one survivor. Like the rest of their friends, she was more than willing to sacrifice Charlie for her 15 minutes of fame, pinning the murders on him and her unfaithful boyfriend Trevor. It almost worked, but Sidney survived Jill's attempt to silence her after she revealed her duplicity.

Beth Is the Ghost face In Scream Resurrection

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Masked killers were involved in all three seasons of Scream 's cable spin-off TV series. The Ghostface mask didn't appear until its final rebooted season, dubbed Scream Resurrection . Beth, a self-identified sociopath, was the latest in a long line of psychopathic movie buffs. A steady diet of horror movies convinced her that she could be a great slasher, but she lacked an adequate origin story.

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She found it when she met Jay Elliot. Exploiting Jay's tragic backstory, Beth made her his accomplice in a murder spree on the "hypocrites" at their high school. She wore the Ghostface mask and costume because it was what Jay's brother Deion was wearing when he died.  Beth ingratiated herself among her victims, dubbed the Deadfast Club, using her encyclopedic knowledge of horror movie tropes to manipulate them into harm's way. Like her predecessors, Beth betrayed her accomplice but was killed by the last of her intended victims.

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Scream: 10 things you never knew about ghostface.

Wes Craven's slasher-horror satire Scream is an iconic movie in the genre thanks to its ever-changing villain, Ghostface. Learn more about the killer.

The slasher genre was forever changed with the 1996 release of Wes Craven's  Scream . Not only was it  a fresh meta-filled take on horror films , but it also introduced one of the most memorable killers in the genre with Ghostface.

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All four Scream films to date have featured the robbed, knife-wielding killer though it's always someone new hiding underneath the mask. This makes for a unique approach to the slasher killer trope and the look of Ghostface is unforgettable. Since many horror fans will likely be returning to this franchise as Halloween approaches , now seems like a good time to take a closer look at the infamous Ghostface.

White To Black

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Though Ghostface had to compete with the iconic looks of movie killers like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers , the look of the character has now become iconic itself. However, there was originally one very big difference in the costume.

In order to look more like a ghost, the plan was to have the killer wear white robes. The idea was changed when the filmmakers started to worry the aesthetic might cause people to make a connection between the killer and the Ku Klux Klan.

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Though he is never actually seen on screen, actor Roger Jackson is one of the most important people responsible for bringing this killer to life. In all four films to date, Jackson has provided the voice of Ghostface as the killer taunts their victim on the phone.

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Jackson does a great job of providing a normal yet mincing voice. When filming the first Scream , Jackson would actually be on the other end of the phone while Neve Campbell and Drew Barrymore were doing their scenes. However, Wes Craven insisted Jackson never meet the actors so their reaction to the voice would be genuine.

Objections To The Look

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It's hard to imagine that this character who has become so popular and instantly recognizable was initially viewed as "idiotic" by some. During the early days of production, producer Bob Weinstein had seen some of the early footage of the killer and was less than impressed with the look.

Weinstein demanded that the filmmakers shoot some scenes with various other looks so he could make a decision that was best. They refused the request and told him to finish watching  the opening sequence . After that, Weinstein didn't offer any more suggestions.

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While the name Ghostface has become synonymous with the franchise's killer, the original script gave them no name. They were originally just referred to as a masked killer with no description of the look.

In the film, when Tatum is confronted by the killer, she is the first to call him Ghostface. But when Dewey brings the package costume from the store to the police station, the label refers to the costume of "Father Death."

Keeping The Identities Under Wraps

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The whodunit aspect of the first film was so well done that it became harder to shock fans with the killer's true identity in the sequels. In Scream 2 , that job became even harder when an extra leaked the script online.

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While the leak made it necessary for the sequel to undergo massive rewrites, the identities of the killers were safe. The leaked script included a fake reveal while the true ending was kept a secret from even the actors until the day of filming.

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Though there were some initial disagreements about how the mask should look, there is no question it has now become the symbol of these films. It is now impossible to look at that mask and not be reminded of the Scream franchise. Oddly enough, it took the franchise a while to recognize the mask's marketing value.

It was not until the fourth film in the franchise when the mask was actually seen on the poster. The first film avoided it to keep the look secretive and the popularity of the original poster was copied in the first two sequels.

Inspirations For The Mask

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Like all the other cinematic masked killers that came before, finding the right face for Ghostface was essential to the movie's success. As it turns out, there were several key inspirations that helped find the now-famous look.

Many people point to the "Scream" painting by Edvard Munch as an obvious influence. Other sources include the characters on the cover of the Pink Floyd album "The Wall" as well as ghostly characters from a Betty Boop cartoon.

Foreshadowing Mrs. Loomis

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During the iconic opening sequence in the first film, Ghostface asks Casey a trivia question about horror movies. She incorrectly guesses that Jason Voorhees was the killer in Friday the 13th when in reality it was Jason's mother .

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Interestingly enough, after Billy is revealed to be Ghostface in the first film, the sequel makes his mother the Ghostface, out for revenge for her son's death, much like Jason's mother. This seems to be an homage to the groundbreaking slasher film.

Scream 3's Original Plan

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While Billy Loomis might have been considered the more prominent Ghostface, Matthew Lillard stole the show as Stu. Once the truth is revealed, Lillard's performance becomes gloriously unhinged and he became an audience favorite.

Given the popularity of the character, Stu was originally meant to make a return to the franchise in Scream 3 . The original idea was that Stu is orchestrating a new group of high school Ghostfaces while in prison. But following the Columbine massacre, the idea of high school killers was changed, and Stu's return was axed.

On-Set Pranks

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With four films to date, the Scream franchise is one of the few horror franchises to have made it this far with the same director and main cast in all the films. Part of the reason for this could be that everyone had such a good time making the movies.

On the set of Scream 4 , Wes Craven started an on-set prank in which someone dressed up as Ghostface would pop out in scenes in which Ghostface was not meant to appear and give the actors a scare.

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Which Ghostface Is the Best Ghostface?

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This list was originally published in 2022. It has been updated to include Scream VI .

Don’t let the lyrics to unofficial Ghostface theme song “ Red Right Hand ” fool you: The killer in the Scream movies is neither god nor ghost. While the original 1996 film is rightfully credited with reviving the slasher genre for a new generation, Kevin Williamson’s script for the Wes Craven–helmed horror classic distinguished itself from the movies that inspired it by keeping the identity of its villain a secret until the third act. Ghostface was not a supernatural demon like Freddy Krueger or an unkillable bogeyman like Michael Myers — he was just a guy (or really, two guys) in a costume. Scream was a slasher, but it was also a whodunit.

Rather than having Billy and Stu rise from the dead to continue the Ghostface murders in subsequent sequels, the Scream franchise wisely opted to make the climactic unmasking of the killer(s) its most consistent feature. Ghostface can never really be defeated, because anyone can pick up a knife and be Ghostface, which grounds the movies in a reality often missing from the genre. It also turns the audience into amateur detectives, hooked not only by the thrill of watching Sidney Prescott evade Ghostface once again, but also by the challenge of guessing who’s behind the mask this time.

Of course, not all Scream killers are created equal. With the latest installment of the franchise — Scream VI , boldly bringing Roman numerals into the equation — now in theaters, here’s a look at all the psychopaths who have donned the Ghostface mask over the last 27 years, ranked from worst to best. (Warning: Major spoilers for every Scream movie, including Scream VI , ahead.)

13. Ethan Landry (Jack Champion) — Scream VI (2023)

One of the clever conceits that the original Scream introduced — in large part because it answered a lot of logistical questions — was the reveal of two killers behind the Ghostface mask, which has held true in almost all of the sequels. What Scream VI posits is “What if there were three of them?” While past Scream installments made it clear that both killers can’t get equal footing, the latest Scream shows that a trio means one will be even more of an afterthought.

Ethan makes such a minimal impression in Scream VI that you forget he’s there most of the time. When Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) points out that he’s an obvious suspect — he’s hung up on an uninterested Tara (Jenna Ortega) and has a Letterboxd account — we’re supposed to think that’s a misdirect. But, as in past installments, the end result is that when he’s unmasked, the dominant reaction is “Sure, that tracks.” The revelation that Ethan is the secret son of Detective Bailey (Dermot Mulroney) is equally shrug-worthy because you’d have to remember that his character exists for that twist to carry any real weight. Frankly, Jack Champion left a more unsettling mark as Spider in Avatar: The Way of Water .

12. Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) — Scream 4 (2011)

In the pantheon of also-ran secondary killers, none has felt as superfluous as poor Charlie. Yet another film nerd whose unrequited love and penchant for slashers sent him down a homicidal path — sensing a pattern here? — there’s just nothing that really stands out. And given that his partner is such a top-tier Ghostface, Charlie’s limitations are all the more apparent.

While he was quite literally dying to be the Stu to Jill’s Billy, Charlie is more of a second-rate Randy — and, ultimately, just an obstacle for Jill to overcome in her quest for stardom. As Ghostface, Charlie is a brutal killer: His evisceration of Olivia was arguably the most graphic kill since Casey Becker. Once he’s unmasked, though, he’s forgettable. Yes, his reveal is great — he stabs Kirby after she “rescues” him — but if Scream 4 wanted to tackle the horror of incel violence, it should have leaned in.

11. Quinn Bailey (Liana Liberato) — Scream VI (2023)

The first apparent Ghostface victim who turns out to be a Ghostface killer — as long as you ignore Roman*, which the later sequels mostly do — Quinn gets an advantage over her brother simply by returning from the dead. Of course, it also helps that she’s a much more dynamic character, who we’re first introduced to having loud sex with an unseen man. (Ethan, for his part, dies a virgin.) If part of the thrill of Scream movies is in the misdirect, kudos to Scream VI for throwing a genuine curveball.

But outside of her surprise resurrection, is Quinn a memorable Ghostface? Not particularly, and especially not when compared to the proud tradition of female Ghostfaces who came before her, all of whom reach a level of wild-eyed rage and desperation that Quinn never really approaches. If she had a motivation beyond “revenge” — ideally one she didn’t have to share with two other killers — she might have earned a higher spot on the list.

10. Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) — Scream 3 (2000)

The lone single killer on the list, you’d think Roman would stand out just by virtue of pulling the whole thing off solo. But Roman has a lot working against him, most damningly that he’s Ghostface in Scream 3 , the worst movie in the series. Even if Roman did have the advantage of slicing and dicing in a better film, however, he’d have a hard time overcoming the fact that he’s got no meaningful connection to any of the characters and isn’t all that likable. He’s a cutthroat director who literally cuts throats. Okay, and?

But wait, he does have a connection to Sidney: It turns out he’s her secret half-brother, the kind of eye-rolling franchise twist that the 2022 Scream skewers and Scream VI semi-embraces. In a deeply irritating retcon, Roman reveals he’s actually the person responsible for the events of the original trilogy, filming secret footage of Maureen Prescott and Mr. Loomis and nudging Billy into a killing rampage. Sorry, Roman, that’s showing up late and taking all the credit for the group project — you do not get a pass.

9. Detective Bailey (Dermot Mulroney) —  Scream VI (2023)

Regardless of your feelings about the NYPD, Detective Bailey is one of the least surprising killers in the franchise. “Of course it’s me,” he says, which is kind of a fun meta nod to the overwhelming obviousness of the reveal and also a little deflating. Sure, it’s refreshing to be able to correctly intuit Ghostface well in advance, but it does make the whole thing feel a bit perfunctory. Even his motivation becomes apparent as soon as Quinn mentions her dead brother, and the killer makes it clear he wants revenge against Sam specifically.

Yes, in a not-so-subtle nod to Scream 2 , Detective Bailey is 2023’s answer to Mrs. Loomis. Like Billy’s mom, he’s out to get the Final Girl who offed his son — in this case, Richie, who got thoroughly butchered by Sam in the 2022 Scream . But while it would be easy to get frustrated over these narrative parallels or dismiss them as laziness, there’s something thrilling (and very much in the spirit of the franchise) about how these new writers are remaking the originals. As if to underscore that, the final showdown plays out in front of a movie screen where Richie’s fan-film take on Stab is being projected.

8. Mickey Altieri (Timothy Olyphant) — Scream 2 (1997)

Another of the secondary killers, Mickey exists primarily because there’s only so much one middle-age woman could do on her own. It’s hard to contend with any character played by Timothy Olyphant being forgettable, but the climax of Scream 2 is so centered on Mrs. Loomis that you don’t notice Mickey is even there. (To be fair, he’s “dead” for most of it.) Even his great performance (Timothy Olyphant!) gets overshadowed by everything Laurie Metcalf does immediately after.

The other problem with Mickey: Like Detective Bailey, there’s never really any doubt that he’s a serial killer. Yes, the Scream series repeatedly relies on the misdirect of an Occam’s razor killer: the creepy film obsessive who you think can’t possibly be Ghostface because it would be too obvious? Surprise, he did it! But Mickey is so heavily hinted at — including casually revealing knowledge that only the killer would have midway through the movie — that his unmasking doesn’t provoke any response. Beyond that, he’s not someone the characters seem to have much emotional attachment to, making his predictable betrayal more of a shrug.

7. Amber Freeman (Mikey Madison) — Scream (2022)

Let’s be clear: Guns are bad (for drama and in general) and should be used sparingly in these movies. They are slashers, not shooters. That having been said, Amber casually taking out a gun and shooting Liv before welcoming everyone to the third act of the movie is perhaps the best killer reveal in the franchise. Is it surprising? Not particularly. Based on process of elimination and some undeniably sinister vibes, Amber felt like a reasonably safe bet. But the sudden brutality of it is certainly shocking and resonates long after the unmasking.

Mikey Madison does a stellar job of switching back and forth between homicidal malevolence and victimhood, going straight for pity whenever Amber is cornered. (Her attempt to blame Reddit for radicalizing her is a particular high point.) Amber ends up feeling secondary only because she’s the first and more obvious reveal, but she gets to brutally murder a legacy character (RIP, Dewey) and goes out in a blaze of glory. What more could she ask for?

6. Jason Carvey (Tony Revolori) — Scream VI (2023)

But wait, you protest, there were three Ghostface killers in Scream VI . That’s true at the end of the film but not at the beginning, when Jason dons the mask and murders his film professor. Technically, there is another Ghostface, but because we don’t see Jason’s accomplice kill anyone — we don’t see him at all except chopped into pieces and stuffed in the fridge in a delightful nod to Friday the 13th Part 2 — it wouldn’t be fair to rank him. So how does Jason, a killer who appears only in the film’s cold open, rank so high? Well, it’s a really good cold open.

By unmasking Ghostface in the very first scene of the movie and then dispatching him, Scream VI pulls the rug out from under audiences in a way that most slasher sequels could never dream of, especially this many movies in. And even in his very brief run as Ghostface, Jason does solid work, bantering with his victim about slashers in a convo that would make Carol Clover proud and delivering one of the series’ more creative kills by luring Laura (Samara Weaving) into an alley as her dating-app match. If he were the final reveal, it might be deflating — he is an incel horror fan named Jason Carvey — but as our first cold-open-exclusive Ghostface, he’s a standout.

5. Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) —  Scream (1996)

It may feel like sacrilege to have one of the OG killers toward the middle of a Ghostface ranking, but the competition is stiff! And Stu lays the groundwork for the legacy of second-tier killers that characterizes the bottom half of this list. When 2022 Scream ’s Tara is naming the killer in Scream 2’ s film within a film, Stab , she correctly identifies Billy but forgets Stu entirely. It doesn’t help that Stu’s motivation is nebulous. There is, of course, an undercurrent of homoeroticism in his relationship with Billy, and perhaps if Scream had embraced that, Stu could have been a little more memorable. Alas, it was 1996.

But the bloody finale of Scream works so well in part because it’s darkly hilarious, and that’s largely a credit to Stu (and Matthew Lillard). “My mom and dad are gonna be so mad at me” is a line reading for the ages. (Frankly, so is “liver alone.”) And while we can blame slippery fake blood for the happy accident of Billy hitting Stu in the head with a phone, Lillard’s improvised reaction is perfection.

4. Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf) — Scream 2 (1997)

Yes, it’s a surprise that “local woman” reporter Debbie Salt is actually Billy Loomis’s mother. Yes, Mrs. Loomis is a smart reference to Mrs. Voorhees, the killer in the first Friday the 13th . (Casey not knowing this factoid is what gets Steve killed in Scream .) But of all the Ghostface reveals in the Scream movies, Mrs. Loomis is the biggest cop-out. The killer is essentially a background character who turns out to be another character you didn’t even know existed. “Didn’t see that coming,” Mickey says — which, sure, because there was literally no way anyone could have.

Unfortunately, Laurie Metcalf is so instantly iconic in the role that Mrs. Loomis has become the fan-favorite Scream killer. On paper, it’s a cheat of an ending; onscreen, it’s edge-of-your-seat thrilling. The frantic energy, the emotional volatility, the crazy eyes — Metcalf uses every tool in her acting arsenal to turn a cheap plot twist into the most terrifying adversary Sidney faces. How dare she.

3. Richie Kirsch (Jack Quaid) — Scream (2022)

As an outsider and the love interest of the new lead, Richie is an obvious suspect — Dewey suggests as much the first time they meet. But Richie is no Billy Loomis. Played with ample sincerity by Jack Quaid, Richie seems like a good dude in a bad situation. He’s also a perfect surrogate for the audience: appropriately concerned about getting killed, willing to flee Woodsboro before any final showdown, and just savvy enough to make pointed horror references.

It’s all an act, of course, but no Ghostface before Richie did a better job of convincing everyone (including the audience) that they were one of the good guys. His betrayal cuts that much deeper because it’s unexpected — but also in the way it reflects the way toxic online behavior can mask itself in the real world. Richie manages to be both a good boyfriend and a bad fan, slaughtering innocent victims because he’s angry about a movie. It may be the series’s bleakest motive yet. As social commentary, it’s not exactly subtle, but it’s perfectly timely and just pointed enough to piss off the right people.

2. Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) —  Scream (1996)

You never forget your first. With a look heavily influenced by Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street , Billy is a dreamy ’90s boyfriend with just a hint of bad-boy edge. Skeet Ulrich embodies the character with the kind of relentless intensity that makes you simultaneously understand why Sidney would fall for him, and also wish she would keep her distance — well before you know he’s actually a murderer.

In retrospect, of course, Billy is behind the Ghostface mask (half the time, at least). But for those watching Scream for the first time, he’s easily dismissed as a red herring. Audiences had internalized the belief that it’s always the person you least suspect. In reality, the opposite is true, and Scream offers an uncomfortable reminder that sometimes people seem dangerous because they are dangerous. Billy lures Sidney into a false sense of security by making it seem like he’s just misunderstood, but bad vibes exist for a reason, and no one has worse vibes than Billy.

1. Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) — Scream 4 (2011)

There is a tantalizing notion to the idea of the Final Girl as the killer — the  Scream series has flirted with Sidney behind the Ghostface mask, but never followed through. In Jill, a Sidney for a new generation, we get the next best thing. Jill’s motive was also both prescient and of its time: She wanted to be famous and recognized that it’s easier to make fans than friends. It’s a chilling indictment of 2011-era millennial self-obsession that’s also over-the-top enough to be very funny — though not quite as funny as Jill beating herself up in a solo reenactment of Billy and Stu’s climactic scene.

It’s actually Jill’s other motivation that’s more interesting: her hatred of Sidney after a lifetime of living in her famous cousin’s shadow. Scream 4 ’s greatest coup is in casting Emma Roberts, niece of one of the most famous actors of all time, which gives Jill’s resentment toward being born into her family a thrilling subtext. (In case you missed the connection, the character’s last name is also Roberts.) Perhaps it’s by channeling her anger at years of nepotism allegations that Roberts — Emma, not Jill — delivers the most electric performance of her career.

*Correction: An earlier version of this article neglected to mention Roman’s fake death in Scream 3 .

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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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  1. Scream (2022)

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  2. Scream (1996)

    Directed by Wes Craven Writing Credits ( WGA) Kevin Williamson ... (written by) Cast (in credits order) verified as complete Produced by Music by Marco Beltrami Cinematography by Mark Irwin ... director of photography Editing by Patrick Lussier Casting By Lisa Beach Production Design by Bruce Alan Miller Art Direction by David Lubin

  3. Scream (1996)

    Horror Mystery A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a masked killer who targets her and her friends by using scary movies as part of a deadly game. Director Wes Craven Writer Kevin Williamson Stars Neve Campbell Courteney Cox David Arquette See production info at IMDbPro RENT/BUY from $3.79 search Amazon

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  5. Every Person Who Played Ghostface In Scream

    Stu played the goofy friend of Sidney Prescott, but he never appeared threatening. It was a complete surprise that Stu served as Billy's Ghostface accomplice in their murdering masquerade, acting as the second of the Scream killers in the original film. Stu claimed "peer pressure" as the reason he agreed to help Billy act revenge on Sidney.

  6. Ghostface (identity)

    The character, voiced by Roger L. Jackson, calls and taunts teenager Casey Becker ( Drew Barrymore) with horror clichés and trivia questions, eventually murdering her boyfriend Steve Orth (Kevin Patrick Walls) and then her.

  7. Ghostface

    Ghostface is the main antagonist in the Scream series. An identity rather than an actual person, there have been seven people to assume the Ghostface mantle. A psychotic serial killer, he or she often dresses up as the variation of a ghost, or the Grim Reaper (The name given to his costume in the film is Father Death). He also uses a electronic device to disguise his voice; when doing so, he ...

  8. Scary Movie

    Starring Jon Abrahams, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Anna Faris, Kurt Fuller, Regina Hall, Lochlyn Munro, Cheri Oteri, and Dave Sheridan, it follows a group of teenagers who accidentally hit a man with their car, dump his body in a lake, and swear to secrecy.

  9. Ghostface

    Ghostface is the identity adopted by the main antagonists of the Scream franchise.. It is a fictional persona and Halloween costume used as a disguise by the antagonists of the franchise to conceal their identity. Over the course of the franchise, at least fourteen people have used the Ghostface identity (nineteen if the TV series is counted, twenty when including the Stab films, and twenty ...

  10. Ghostface

    Ghostface is a fictional identity adopted by the primary antagonist's in the Scream series of slasher films. The character is voiced by Roger L. Jackson regardless of who is behind the mask. The character first appeared in Scream (1996) as a disguise used by teenagers Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) during their killing spree in the fictional town of Woodsboro ...

  11. Ghostface

    O personagem, falado por Roger L. Jackson, liga e aterroriza a adolescente Casey Becker ( Drew Barrymore) com clichês de horror e perguntas sobre filmes de terror, acabando por assassinar seu namorado Steve Orth (Kevin Patrick Walls) na frente dela antes que ela mesma seja morta.

  12. Ghostface (2021)

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  13. Ghostface: All 11 Ghostface Killers From Scream Ranked

    With Scream (2022) introducing Ghostface to a new generation, we decided to look at all of the Ghostface killers, past and present.. The killers from the MTV Scream TV series were not included in this ranking, because they wear the "Brandon James" mask instead of the classic Ghostface costume.Spoilers for Scream (2022) lie ahead, so turn back now if you haven't seen the new slasher movie.

  14. Scream: Every Character Who Has Been Ghostface

    Proving that it's hard to keep a good slasher down, Ghostface will return in the Scream reboot. The movie's first trailer reintroduces the iconic slasher and the three mainstay characters that have survived every Scream movie to date: Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley. What differentiates Scream from most slasher franchises is the ...

  15. Scream: 10 Things You Never Knew About Ghostface

    Published Oct 2, 2020. Wes Craven's slasher-horror satire Scream is an iconic movie in the genre thanks to its ever-changing villain, Ghostface. Learn more about the killer. The slasher genre was forever changed with the 1996 release of Wes Craven's Scream. Not only was it a fresh meta-filled take on horror films, but it also introduced one of ...

  16. Ghostface: The Series (TV Mini Series 2021- )

    Ghostface: The Series (2021- ) Full Cast & Crew See agents for this cast & crew on IMDbPro Series Directed by Francisco Angel ... (5 episodes, 2021) Series Writing Credits Francisco Angel ... (5 episodes, 2021) Series Cast Series Produced by Francisco Angel ... producer (5 episodes, 2021) Series Music by Series Cinematography by Series Editing by

  17. 'Scream' Ghostface Killers Ranked

    10. Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) — Scream 3 (2000) The lone single killer on the list, you'd think Roman would stand out just by virtue of pulling the whole thing off solo. But Roman has a lot ...

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

    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 ...

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    ghostface 1 elenco phantom ghostface 1 elenco Antagonists Scream (1996) Characters Scream 2 Characters Scream 3 Characters Scream 4 Characters Scream (2022) Characters Scream VI Characters Main Antagonist View history Ghostface was named after a vinyl Halloween mask. It was sold as a Father Death costume in real-life.

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  22. Scream VI (2023)

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