Every Scream Ghostface Killer, Ranked

From the OG Scream to Scream VI , we count down our favorite killers in the long-running horror whodunit series.

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Why is that? It's likely the revolving nature of the Scream series. While franchises like Friday the 13th , Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween keep trotting their trademark villains—Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers— out time and time again, Scream has Ghostface. Ghostface looks the same in every movie, yes, but there's always someone new under the mask, still stabbing like a maniac. The mystery of Scream has always been the allure, and in an era where movies like Knives Out have been mega hits, horror fans have loved to latch onto a good bit of mystery with their horror. Gripping tight to your armrests while wondering who's wearing that creepy-ass mask this time is just a good time at the movies.

As Scream VI arrives in theaters, it feels like the perfect time to look back at those who've donned the cloak and mask before. There's been a lot of stabbing in the Scream movies, and while it all makes for great horror movie fun, there's also a lot to each different Ghostface. Obviously, it's kind of hard to judge what's happening when our killers are cloaked, masked, and largely-silent, so we're going to judge them based on the whole of their character—their motivation, the logic behind it, and, of course, how convincing the actors are as absolute stabby maniacs.

Let's get to it.

Jason (Scream VI, 2023)

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By default, Jason has to be last place on this list, right? He gets a pretty gruesome (and petty) kill in in Scream VI 's opening scene... and then gets taken out by one of the movie's real Ghostfaces not long after. Maybe in an alternate Scream universe, there's a world where Jason and his buddy Greg terrorize Sam, Tara and the Core 4 for an entire movie. But not in this one.

Charlie Walker (Scream 4, 2011)

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Charlie (Rory Culkin) was set up as the "new Randy" in Scream 4, and his knowledge of the state of horror movies proved valuable in the early part of the film. However, Charlie was clearly the less impactful of the movie's two Ghostfaces, and while he certainly did a lot of damage, he was also easily outsmarted and easily disposed of by his other half. Credit to Charlie for getting a good dig in on one of our favorites (Kirby, played by Hayden Panettiere), but also kind of a failure because he couldn't even finish the job.

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Roman Bridger (Scream 3, 2000)

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Roman (Scott Foley) was the only solo Ghostface, and did it while directing (or, well, trying to direct) a new Stab movie. That's got to count for something, right! Well, he lands in this spot because his whole deal is just... kind of a lot. He's Sidney's half-brother, and is fairly directly responsible for setting the events of the original Scream (and, thus, the whole franchise) in action. Scream 3 also has the whole voice-modifier thing, which I don't know if we can ever forgive. It's a fun movie! But Roman as Ghostface lands here.

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Quinn (Scream VI, 2023)

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Quinn (Liana Liberato) is an interesting case as Ghostface. She spends the majority of the movie believed to be dead, so we never really even get the chance to suspect her all too much. But, at the same time, she's under the hood for Scream VI 's fantastic Gale Weathers chase sequence (not long after easily taking down Gale's boyfriend, muscles included, on her own) , is part of the movie's biggest twist, and is quite insane in the final showdown sequence . Fun time at the movies!

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Ethan (Scream VI, 2023)

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It's not entirely clear which (if any) kills in Scream VI Ethan ( Avatar: The Way of Water star Jack Champion, looking completely unrecognizable from his role as Spider ) was responsible. After all, his alibi—he was in Econ!—checked out. The movie has a lot of fun with suspicion around him; Chad is a good friend until he has reason to be suspicious, and Mindy suspects him over and over again, before (wrongly) changing her mind after she was stabbed on the subway. But Champion plays the post-reveal with such an awkward, strange excitement, and it's really fun to watch. Not to mention you can really buy him as Richie's brother. Maybe the Jacks (Quaid and Champion) can team up in something else in the future.

Detective Bailey (Scream VI, 2023)

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Detective Bailey (Dermot Mulroney) is the closest thing to a "mastermind" Ghostface that we get in Scream VI, and he gets the closest to a big villain monologue, and he's part of a big twist, and he ultimately gets an absolutely brutal and grisly death. So, for all that, he lands as our top Scream VI Ghostface. It's also not clear if his cheesy cop dialogue ("You mess with my family... YOU DIE!" ) was intentional, but it made his character pretty entertaining in a campy slasher kind of way even before the big reveal.

We realize we have four killers from Scream VI in the bottom half of our list, but don't take that the wrong way—the movie is exceptional, and one of the best Scream sequels yet. It's just built to be stronger in terms of its chase and action sequences than the ultimate killer reveals.

Amber Freeman (Scream, 2022)

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We've got to give actress Mikey Madison, who plays Amber, one of Scream (2022)'s Ghostfaces, some serious props. She is good at playing extremely, extremely off the rails. Given her ultimate outcome in both Scream (2022) and Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, she also seems to be making quite the niche for herself as 'extremely off the rails young woman who winds up set on fire.' Amber is a pretty solid Ghostface (and she got the devastating kill on a true Scream fan favorite) , but doesn't quite have the depth of her Scream (2022) counterpart, and so she lands here.

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Mickey Altieri (Scream 2, 1997)

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When there are multiple Ghostfaces, there tends to be a pretty familiar dynamic: one brain of the operation, and one total loose cannon who's kind of just along for the ride. In the case of Scream 2, Mickey Altieri (Timothy Olyphant) falls firmly in the latter camp. But while Mr. Olyphant has become known for his portrayals of badass lawmen—in Deadwood, Justified, Fargo, and even The Mandalorian —he can also really bring it as criminals or villains, in movies like The Girl Next Door, Go, and here in Scream 2. Even before the movie's big reveal, Mickey basically seems to have one foot in sanity and one foot out (he mindlessly joins in when Sidney's boyfriend starts singing and dancing on the lunchtable in the middle of the movie) and is a very great lunatic when the other hammer drops.

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Mrs. Loomis (Scream 2, 1997)

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While Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf) spends much of Scream 2 being called "local woman" by our beloved Gale Weathers, she kind of turns the table in a very surprising way when she reveals herself to be the mastermind of the events of the entire movie in a scatterbrained attempt for revenge on Sidney. It's a real surprise, and Metcalf sells it like the great actress she is and always has been.

Richie Kirsch (Scream, 2022)

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As the mastermind Ghostface in Scream (2022), Jack Quaid really brings his A-game as surprise Stab superfan Richie Kirsch. If you've seen Quaid before, you've probably seen him as a pretty classic "Nice Guy," whether that be in The Boys, the underrated romcom Plus One, or even Tragedy Girls, another solid horror movie. In his scenes with his girlfriend Sam (Melissa Barrera), he's supportive, pragmatic, and just seems like a solid guy. Which makes his big, evil reveal that much more compelling, and that much more believable. And as much as Quaid can sell the Nice Guy stuff, he really sells the maniac stuff. And we go from hoping he'll be OK to hoping he gets what he deserves real quick. That's how you know he's doing his job well.

Jill Roberts (Scream 4, 2011)

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As shocking as the twist in Scream 4 is, I almost feel like to fully grasp just how surprising, subversive, and just all-around great it was, you have to know the context of 2011. This was a time when it seemed like just about every horror movie coming out was either a reboot or a straight-up remake. While Neve Campbell was returning for Scream 4, all the chatter in the lead-up to the movie was how Emma Roberts, as Sidney Prescott's cousin Jill Roberts, would be "taking over the franchise," and becoming the new final girl. And then you watch the movie, and that twist hits. And Roberts—who, at the time, hadn't even landed on American Horror Story— just absolutely nails it, having us believe her at first, and fully selling us on her murderous master plan after the reveal. A truly great villain in the franchise.

Billy Loomis (Scream, 1996)

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We could flip these top two back and forth over and over and over again, but it was never going to be anyone else. The original reveal that Scream 's Ghostface wasn't one but two people—and two people we had essentially crossed off our list—is one for the ages. Toss in the fact that Ulrich was essentially cast as a knockoff of a previous Wes Craven character (Johnny Depp's innocent boyfriend in Nightmare on Elm Street) , and he really, really, sold this character. An absolute mastermind maniac, and one the franchise would be trying to match (sometimes coming close) for decades to come.

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Stu Macher (Scream, 1996)

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Yes, Billy Loomis is the mastermind. But what makes Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) the best Scream Ghostface is the fact that he so doesn't have to be doing this. Lillard is off-the-rails funny the whole movie (the way he says "I'll bE rIgHt BaCk" after Randy's horror movie speech is unparalleled), but it's only after the movie's big reveal that he truly goes into another stratosphere. Lillard goes from menacing to deranged to pathetic to hilarious within a few moments notice, and it's never less than EXTREMELY FUN TO WATCH at any point. Stu took a TV to the head and is probably dead, but there are many, many, many fans online hoping that didn't quite do it, and that we'll someday get to see Matthew Lillard in this role again (at a certain point, he was actually set to return for Scream 3 ) . And we can't blame them for that.

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

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

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

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

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

RELATED: 'Scream VI' Marketing Campaign Responsible for Ghostface Sightings in Various Cities: Report

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

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

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

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

Scream 1 (1996)

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

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

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

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

RELATED: Skeet Ulrich Says Neve Campbell 'Misses' Being in 'Scream VI' but 'She Loves What We've Done'

Scream 2 (1997)

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

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

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

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

RELATED: Neve Campbell Says 'It Was Sad' to Leave  Scream 6  but She 'Couldn't Bear' Feeling 'Undervalued'

Scream 3 (2000)

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

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

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

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

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

RELATED: The Cast of  Scream : Where Are They Now?

Scream 4 (2011)

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

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

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

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

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

RELATED: Hayden Panettiere Says She Took Four Years Off for 'Mental Health' Reasons Before Her 'Scream' Return

Scream 5 (2022)

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

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

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

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

Scream 6 (2023)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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If you and your friends were being stalked by a relentless masked killer in a small town, you'd probably move, right? Scream 6 , stylized this time around as Scream VI , follows this line of thinking. The four young survivors of the most recent Ghostface killings get the hell out of Woodsboro in hopes of starting a new chapter of their lives in New York City — but a new city means new rules, and a meaner, gorier, and faster Ghostface.

Reprising their roles from Scream (2022) , Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega , Mason Gooding, and Jasmin Savoy Brown star in the latest installment of the classic horror franchise as half-sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter and fraternal twins Chad and Mindy Meeks-Martin, respectively. When Chad, Mindy, and Tara head off to college at the fictional Blackmore University in Manhattan, Sam follows closely behind, driven by a desire to protect her sister and, well, Ghostface paranoia. Soon enough, a new Ghostface surely emerges from the darkest corners of the city, and the “Core Four” have nowhere to hide. From the subway to the bodega, Ghostface is inescapable. 

Higher stakes. Bloodier kills. More startling twists. All of our favorite characters are once again in jeopardy, and that's the real thrill; after all, one of the cardinal rules of the Scream universe is that no one is safe — everyone is up for stabs. 

Scream VI , out in theaters everywhere today, also stars Courteney Cox, Hayden Panettiere , Dermot Mulroney, Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Tony Revolori, and Samara Weaving. 

Teen Vogue talked with three of the Core Four — Melissa, Mason, and Jasmin — about the art of getting fake-stabbed, what they want their characters' legacies to be, and who knew the identity of Ghostface all along.

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Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Devyn Nekoda, and Melissa Barrera in Scream VI

Teen Vogue: Scream 6 takes a fun note from Scream 2 and shows your characters trying to move on, grow up, taking on the monster of college. Was coming back for this movie kind of like coming back to college after summer break?

Jasmin Savoy Brown: I can't answer that, because I didn't go to college. [Laughs]

Melissa Barrera: It was like coming back home. It felt like coming back home to work with the people that we'd formed such a beautiful family with after [ Scream ] 5 . Getting a second chance to work with your friends is not normal in this industry.

JSB: Yeah, that's rare.

MB: So it did feel like a rare gift and it was so fun. This was actually like summer camp, because [filming] was during summer.

Mason Gooding: Yeah, I like that summer camp comparison a lot, considering it just felt like we were doing activities all day. Scream is full of little narrative games of “who's who” and it really never stopped being fun, even over the hiatus.

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Dermot Mulroney, Jenna Ortega, Jack Champion, Hayden Panettiere, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Melissa Barrera, and Mason Gooding in Scream VI

TV: The Core Four is such a beautiful example of chosen family, and y'all have awesome chemistry. How did you bond and spend time together while the cameras weren't rolling?

JSB: We love playing board games, all kinds of board games.

MB: We love games.

MB: We laugh a lot . We joke all the time.

JSB: Then Melissa brings the McDonald's.

MB: I always do.

MG: We've got our roles, and Melissa's the McDonald's bringer.

MB: I need my meal. I need my “Melissa Meal.”

MG: We created the notion that there should be a “Melissa Meal” at McDonald's.

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MB: You know what they got me for my birthday? McDonald's gift cards.

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TV: The Core Four is very much not okay, but the movie seems to embrace that and leans into the reality of their trauma. Why do you think that's important?

MG: I think it's important to show that support systems, whether it be found ones or professionals that are trained in psychology and understanding trauma, [are] certainly integral to getting better. I guess if [someone in your support system] is stabbed, then that creates complications, but at least you have [other] friends and family that you can rely on! [Laughs]

TV: So much of the last movie was about continuing the legacy: Sam had to reconcile with her father's legacy, Chad and Mindy had to carry on the legacy of their Uncle Randy. What do you want your own characters' legacies to be?

JSB: I want Mindy's legacy to be that of embracing: embracing who you are and being proud of that, proud and joyfully living as authentically you, whatever that means.

MG: I love a good himbo in current pop culture, and I love the depiction of any physically strong man that's also willing to take direction and criticism from women and sort of fall in line when he's out of his depth. I love that about Chad, that he's willing to listen to the women in his life and sort of admit when he's incapable of mentally going through the gymnastics. And then when it comes time to keep them safe physically, he steps into that role.

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MB: What I love about Sam is that she's not all good. She's complicated and there's a darkness to her. Obviously this darkness is very extreme because she can kill people, but I feel like in life, embracing the light and the darkness in us [is important]. Also, in the genre of slashers, final girls are usually the “good girl” that is all positive attributes and you're rooting for her. The fact that Sam is not that is cool. Playing with the trope and turning it upside down is something that I was attracted to when I first read the script, and that I hope we can continue to see more flawed, real women in the genre.

TV: Do you have a favorite memory from filming?

MG: One of our producers, Will Sherak, is a big proponent of “Bagel Sunday." Every Sunday we would gather and try different bagels from around the city we're filming in. This one was fun because we had a grill and we would actually grill the bagels at the same time with eggs and bacon, which was a great juxtaposition to game nights, which I would like to reiterate were hellacious, to say the least. But the bagels, those were very charming.

MB: It's all about balance. While we were shooting the ladder [across-the-window] sequence, it was insane, but it was also so much fun.

JSB: That was so fun with Josh Segarra and Devyn Nakoda, who both gave it their all and really cemented their piece in this franchise.

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Melissa Barrera and Josh Segarra in Scream VI

TV: Being fake stabbed and making it look realistic is, in my opinion, an art. What goes into getting fake stabbed, what is that preparation like as an actor? Do you look at other slasher performances, is it careful choreography, are there multiple takes?

JSB: It's really a combo of all of that. It's also very much about who you're in the scene with and what's going on around you. Matt [Bettinelli-Olpin] and Tyler [Gillett] really help because it's also very technical. You want to make sure wherever you're stabbed, you're leaning the right way for the camera and for the wound. Then sometimes there's a little hose with blood under there, so it pumps out. Because it's so technical, you're ready to give it your all every single time. But it's fun.

MB: I remember in the last movie, in the 5th one, I was like, there's such few people out in the world I feel like that have actually been stabbed… it's not as common of an injury. So I was like, “I wonder what it feels like.” I know when you get shot, sometimes you don't even feel it because the adrenaline just kind of kicks in. One of our stunt guys on the team had been stabbed, so I spoke to him about it because I was about to get stabbed by Richie. I was like, "I wonder if it's automatically painful or if it would just be a shock?" And he was like, "You feel warmth."

MB: And I was like, "But what about when he twists it?" He was like, “If he twists it, yeah, it would hurt.” So I based my performance on the last [movie] on that.

JSB: It's cool you asked that.

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MG: That's pretty smart. It's not necessarily the same as being stabbed, but I hatcheted my shin when I was younger.

JSB: How many injuries have you had!?

MG: [Laughs] So many. You mentioned the shock. It's funny you said “warm” — I remember it being really cold on my leg.

MB: Really?

MG: I get stabbed like a pin cushion in the 5th one, and maybe the 6th one. I just remember [while filming] I was like, “I want to scream but I don't want it to be real. I don't want the reality of what's happening to set in.” But I imagine if you get stabbed that many times, eventually your body's just like… you got to scream or you got to do something. You're getting poked left and right, left and right.

TV: It's well known that the teams behind Marvel and Stranger Things go to the ends of the earth to protect their spoilers, only revealing them to cast members on a need-to-know basis, even giving out fake scripts. Was that the same situation for this film? Who knew who Ghostface was during filming?

MG: For the 5th film it was definitely fake scripts going around, because I thought Jasmin was the killer literally until we wrapped the movie. I was like, "Oh by the way, who was it?" And they told me it was Jack [Quaid] and Mikey [Madison]. But I had a script that said Mindy.

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Jasmin Savoy-Brown as Mindy Meeks-Martin in Scream VI

MB: Yeah, they did have multiple endings for the 5th one. And this one, I think they just withheld the third act from us. I remember they would send the script up to page 70-something and then we'd all be like, "Can you please?" And they'd be like, "No." I remember the first time I read the whole script was sitting in the office in Montreal, because I was there for a fitting a couple of weeks before we started shooting. And I was like, "Can I please ?" And I just sat in Matt and Tyler's office and read the whole script.

JSB: Yeah, they keep it on lock.

MG: And for who played Ghostface this time around, they told them in the fitting. They just walked in with the robes and they were like, “We have one more thing for you to try on.”

JSB: Which is pretty epic.

TV: Were any of you hoping to be Ghostface this time?

MB: Always hoping.

MG: Hoping and praying.

JSB: For sure, but all three options are great. Being the killer, getting killed, or surviving. Those are all epic in this franchise. Happy no matter what.

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Ghostface is back and ready to make his victims run, bleed and — of course — scream in the new “Scream” trailer.

Released Tuesday, the preview features Wes Craven’s iconic horror-film antagonist terrorizing people who were related to the subversive franchise’s original killers.

And while 2022’s “Scream” installment features a new cast of tech-savvy Gen Z-ers, it also hails the return of the four-film series’ original stars (at least those whose characters survived): Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott, David Arquette’s lawman Dewey Riley and Courteney Cox’s journalist Gale Weathers.

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The fifth “Scream” is set 25 years after the streak of brutal murders shook up Woodsboro, and the new trailer opens with the scary-movie sequence reminiscent of the original films, which began with 1996’s “Scream.”

In it, an unsuspecting girl named Tara (Jenna Ortega) gets a landline call and corresponding text messages from the omniscient stalker — then sees her smart-phone tech turn against her as Ghostface emerges at her door to slash her belly.

But Sidney Prescott, “who’s been though this — a lot,” is on the case, bringing in her guns, wits and reluctant friends back to Woodsboro to face off with this latest slasher.

“Whatever his link is to our past, it’s pulled us all back here. And I won’t sleep until he’s in the ground,” she says, as the new killer racks up a body count in the trailer.

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The person donning the white mask targets a group of teenagers “to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past,” according to Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group, which will release the long-gestating film on Jan. 14, 2022.

“Scream” is co-directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and also stars Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Sonia Ammar.

Kevin Williamson, who created characters for the original four films and wrote three of them, serves as executive producer this time around. James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac,” “White House Down,” “Murder Mystery”) and Guy Busick (“Castle Rock,” “Ready or Not”) wrote the new script.

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'Scream' Cast & Character Guide: Who's Who In the Horror Franchise's Newest Movie

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Do you like scary movies? If your answer is yes, then you are probably pumped to watch the newest Scream . Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet (collectively known as Radio Silence ), the movie is the fifth installment of the franchise started in 1996 with the Wes Craven picture of the same name. A blast from start to finish and full of scares capable of waking the dead, the 1996 Scream breathed new life into the slasher sub-genre and introduced a brand-new killer to the horror monsters’ hall of fame: the mysterious Ghostface, whose real identity changes from movie to movie.

Part sequel, part reboot – or a “requel” -, the new Scream brings a lot of familiar faces back to the blood soaked town of Woodsboro, in which Billy Loomis’ ( Skeet Ulrich ) and Stu Macher’s ( Matthew Lillard ) original killing spree took place. However, in order to keep things fresh and bring in new fans, the film also features a brand-new cast of characters to be hunted down and killed by whoever is wearing that terrifying white mask. Here’s a guide to all the old faces and fresh faces of Scream so that you can focus on figuring out who Ghostface is without getting lost on who’s who.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell)

The original Scream final girl is once more back to the franchise, fighting the mysterious Ghostface killer. Over the course of the past four movies, Sidney evolved from a high schooler coping with her mother’s recent murder to a successful writer ready to fight back against whoever is hiding behind that terrifying white mask. In the newest installment of the franchise, Sidney is now a happy mother living away from Woodsboro, but she's drawn back to her hometown after a new series of attacks begin to happen.

Born and raised in Canada, Neve Campbell got her first starring role in the YTV musical drama series Catwalk . Shortly after, she moved to the US and landed the role of Julia Salinger in the Fox drama Party of Five . In 1996, she starred as troubled teenager turned witch Bonnie in the teen horror The Craft . Alongside Denise Richards , she played a teen seductress in the 1998 erotic thriller Wild Things . Such roles, as well as the lead in Scream , made her a true staple of 90s cinema. Campbell has played Sidney Prescott in all five movies of the Scream franchise. More recently, she has also appeared as political strategist LeAnn Harvey in Seasons 4 and 5 of Netflix’s House of Cards and in movies like Hot Air , Clouds , and Skyscraper . She is set to star in Netflix’s drama series The Lincoln Lawyer , currently in post-production.

Gale Riley (Courteney Cox)

Originally introduced to the audience as Gale Weathers, the writer and reporter who helped put a stop to the original Ghostface (or Ghostfaces) is also back for another round against yet another masked serial killer. After writing a book about the murders and becoming a national star, Gale married sheriff Dewey Riley and moved to Woodsboro. In the new Scream , the couple is divorced, and Gale is living in New York. Much like Sidney, however, she returns to Woodsboro after the new Ghostface begins to claim his victims.

Cox’s biggest claim to fame is her role as Monica Geller in NBC’s hit sitcom Friends , that aired from 1994 to 2004. From 2009 to 2015, she starred as divorcée Jules Cobb in the ABC sitcom Cougar Town . Just like Campbell, she has appeared in all five installments of the Scream franchise. Cox is also the co-founder of Coquette Productions, a company she started in 2004 with her then-husband David Arquette.

Dewey Riley (David Arquette)

Dewey started his career in the Scream universe as a deputy sheriff in the franchise’s first movie, in which he tried to protect Sidney and his younger sister Tatum ( Rose McGowan ) from Ghostface. Over the course of the franchise, Dewey rose in the police ranks and became the sheriff of Woodsboro. Shortly before that, he married reporter Gale Weathers. In the newest film, however, the couple is divorced, and Dewey is now retired and living as a recluse. He's the one that alerts Gale and Sidney to the new killer.

David Arquette is best known for his role as Dewey Riley, which he reprised in all four sequels of Scream . However, he has also been in various other movies, from rom-coms like the 1999 Never Been Kissed to B-horror movies such as 2002’s Eight Legged Freaks . On TV, he has appeared in episodes of NBC’s My Name is Earl , ABC’s Pushing Daisies , and CBS’ Medium , among others. In 2000, Arquette starred in the World Championship Wrestling movie Ready to Rumble and became a character in a series of WCW stories. Besides being an actor, Arquette founded Coquette Productions in 2004, alongside his then-wife Courteney Cox.

Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton)

Deputy Hicks made her first appearance in Scream 4 . A former classmate of Sidney Prescott, Judy had a not-so-secret crush on her then-boss, Dewey. In the new Scream , Judy is now the sheriff and has a son named Wes.

Marley Shelton is best known for her roles in Bubble Boy , Never Been Kissed , and the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez joint venture Grindhouse , in which she appeared both in the Death Proof and in the Planet Terror segments. More recently, she has appeared in the Discovery Channel’s Manhunt: Deadly Games . She also voices Cassandra Berkeley in the sci-fi thriller podcast Tomorrow’s Monsters .

Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera)

The first newcomer in this guide, Sam is the newest protagonist of the franchise. She’s also Tara Carpenter’s sister and Wes Hicks’ former babysitter. After a terrible secret about her parentage is revealed, breaking up her family, Tara spirals into a life of drugs and crime until she decides to leave Woodsboro for good. After her sister is targeted by a new incarnation of Ghostface, however, she returns to her hometown alongside her boyfriend, Richie.

Born in Mexico, Melissa Barrera has been in many telenovelas, as well as in the Mexican Netflix comedy series Club de Cuervos . From 2018 to 2020, she starred in Starz’s Vida , about two Mexican-American sisters, and in 2021 she appeared as Vanessa in the musical drama In the Heights .

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Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega)

Sam’s younger sister, Tara is the one we see in one of the trailers being attacked by Ghostface. The attack prompts Sam to return to Woodsboro and kicks off a new killing spree in the town.

Jenna Ortega is best known for her roles in Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Middle and Netflix’s You . She also played young Jane in The CW’s comedy series Jane the Virgin . As a voice actress, Ortega has worked on Elena of Avalor , Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous , and Big City Greens . She’s set to star as Wednesday Adams in Netflix’s upcoming series Wednesday , directed by Tim Burton .

Wes Hicks (Dylan Minnette)

Sheriff Hicks’ teenage son, born sometime after the events of Scream 4 . A close friend of Tara, he’s the one that calls Sam to inform her about her sister’s attack. Wes is always under the watchful eyes of his mother, who lived through at least one of the previous Ghostface crimes. But will the sheriff's protection be enough to keep him safe?

Minnette’s first acting credit is as a child version of Charlie ( Charlie Sheen ) in CBS’ Two and a Half Men . Since then, the actor has amassed recurring roles in shows like Fox’s Prison Break , and ABC’s Lost and Scandal . Currently, he is best known for starring in Netflix’s controversial teen drama 13 Reasons Why . He also played Clay Norman in TNT’s Saving Grace . Film-wise, Minette has been in movies like Let Me In , Goosebumps , Don’t Breathe , and Denis Villeneuve ’s Prisoners .

Richie Kirsch (Jack Quaid)

Sam’s boyfriend, who volunteers to return with her to Woodsboro after Tara is attacked by Ghostface.

Quaid is currently best known for playing Hughie Campbell in Amazon Prime’s The Boys . Before that, he appeared as District 1 tribute Marvel in The Hunger Games and had a minor role in Steven Soderbergh ’s heist movie Logan Lucky . As a voice actor, he plays Ensign Brad Broimler in Paramount+’s Star Trek: The Lower Decks .

Mindy Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown)

Chad’s twin sister and daughter of Martha Meeks ( Heather Matarazzo ). Martha the younger sister of horror film and Sidney Prescott aficionado Randy Meeks ( Jamie Kennedy ), killed by Ghostface in Scream 2 . Personality-wise, Mindy has a lot in common with her uncle. After the attack on her friend Tara, her knowledge is instrumental to figuring out the killer’s plan.

Brown is currently taking the TV world by storm as the 1996 version of plane crash survivor and possible cannibal Taissa Turner in Showtime’s Yellowjackets . She is also known for playing Evangeline Murphy in HBO’s The Leftovers , as well as for her roles in ABC’s For the People , TNT’s Will , and Netflix’s Love .

Chad Meeks-Martin (Mason Gooding)

Mindy’s twin brother and Liv’s boyfriend. Chad is also part of Tara’s group of friends and has a less than friendly relationship with his girlfriend’s ex, Vince.

Gooding is known for his roles in HBO’s Ballers , Freeform’s Everything’s Gonna Be Okay , and Hulu’s Love, Simon spin-off series Love, Victor , as well as in Olivia Wilde ’s teen comedy Booksmart . In 2022, he’s also set to appear in the Amazon Prime rom-com I Want You Back , starring Charlie Day and Jenny Slate .

Liv McKenzie (Sonia Ammar)

Chad’s girlfriend, Liv feels threatened by the return of her stalker ex-boyfriend, Vince, to Woodsboro.

Of French-Tunisian origin, Ammar began her acting career in 2013, in the Canadian-French drama Jappeloup . Ammar is also a singer. You can find the music videos for her singles “ Joyride ” and “ I Don’t Know ” on YouTube.

Amber Freeman (Mikey Madison)

Tara’s girlfriend that lives in 261 Turner Lane, Stu Macher’s former house, in which the final reveal of the 1996 Scream took place. In the aforementioned trailer, we see the killer using Amber’s identity as a disguise to fool Tara.

Madison is best known for her roles in Bravo’s Imposters and FX’s Better Things , as well as in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood and in the teen rom-com It Takes Three .

Vince Schneider (Kyle Gallner)

A student at Woodsboro High, Vince is Stu Macher’s nephew and Liv’s ex-girlfriend. Due to his obsession with Liv, whom he has been stalking, he’s seen as a possible threat by her and Tara’s friends.

Between the 2000s and the 2010s, Gallner has had roles in various shows, like The CW’s Veronica Mars , HBO’s Big Love , and The WB’s Smallville . More recently, he played Eric Fisher in Paramount+’s Interrogation , and appeared in the Civil War-themed horror movie Ghosts of War and in the indie drama The Catch . Slasher fans may recognize him from the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street .

Ghostface Killers, Ranked: Who's the Best Scream Villain?

In preparation for the new Scream film, we take a look at all the Ghostface killers from the entire franchise to find out who was the best.

In 2023, we saw once again Ghostface return to terrorize modern audiences with the release of the sixth installment of the Scream franchise. Part of the franchise's new era and wave, the film was able to bring audiences back to theaters and proved maybe it's time to look ahead. Without featuring the main star Sidney Prescott in the cast, the film managed to engage new horror fans by following up on the dynamics of a new cast ensemble that's seemingly able to hold the franchise on their shoulders. The formula is still valid, and even though rules are constantly being broken (the opening scenes in the last two films have been... controversial), there's a reason why we keep on coming: pure nostalgia for what Wes Craven did in 1996 to pave the new way for modern horror.

Since its original release in 1996, the franchise has spawned sequel after sequel. The franchise was thought to be finished after the fourth installment, especially after the unfortunate death of Craven, but the collective known as Radio Silence took the helm and delivered a fresh take on the Ghostface adventures with two more recent films. Horror fans got what they deserved. Over the last three decades, the Scream films have developed a reputation for hinging on the twist reveal of the killers, always surprising both the characters and the audience, so let's take a look at which of those killers have been the best.

Updated on September 27th, 2023, by Federico Furzan: This article has been updated with additional content to keep the discussion fresh and relevant with even more information and new entries.

Spoiler alert: The entire Scream franchise

12 Ethan Landry

Scream vi (2023).

Unfortunately, not much is known about Scream VI 's Ethan (Jack Champion), the part of the trio that turns out to be the killers in the latest film. For most of the film, Ethan is seen as the suspicious new member of the gang, but not much else.

He lingers in the back and constantly wears a dumbfounded expression. When he reveals himself to be part of Richie's family, and thus seeks revenge for his death, it doesn't take too long for audience favorite Kirby to smash a TV on his head. Kirby actually uses the same TV set that killed Stu in the first film.

11 Charlie Walker

Scream 4 (2011).

Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) is one of the weaker Ghostface killers in Scream 4 , as his motives are mostly tied to being obsessively in love with Jill Roberts (the other killer in the film). His personality is a bit in the incel realm, "killing" Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) because she "never noticed him" until the end of the film.

He was also interested in remaking the Stab films by using real footage of the victim's deaths. After Charlie reveals himself as a killer, he and Jill try to recreate Billy and Stu's idea by hurting each other to pose as victims after killing Sidney. Unfortunately for him, he dies when Jill purposely stabs him in the chest, rather than the side.

10 Wayne Bailey

We can all agree the killers in Scream VI are among the weakest of the franchise, right? Their motivation just doesn't hold up. Either they're Richie's family, or they're just cultists following up on the activities carried out by Richie and Amber. But even though there are three of them, the third act of the film is more about Sam and Tara's big and violent rebellion against trauma.

Wayne (Dermot Mulroney) is a father, and he's pissed. And you can tell by his strong pursuit of revenge that he's willing to go all the way with his acts. But when compared to other Ghostfaces, he doesn't live up to the name and gets stabbed to death in a not-so-climactic kill.

9 Roman Bridger

Scream 3 (2000).

Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) is one of the most interesting inclusions on the list. Both Scream and Scream 2 featured two killers, so the audience (and Sidney) was shocked to learn that Roman acted as the lone Ghostface killer in Scream 3 . When he reveals himself, Sidney finds out that Roman is her half-brother, born from her mother with one of her acting career directors. When he searched her out, she acted like she didn't know him, being that she had started a new family.

Roman also reveals that he was the mastermind behind training Billy Loomis and Stu Macher to become murderers in the first Scream film, setting up his mother's death. Roman's kill count is high, but understandably, being that he acted alone. Roman dies when Sidney stabs him a few times, and Dewey finishes him off with a headshot.

8 Richie Kirsch

Scream (2022).

Richie (Jack Quaid) is an interesting character in what turned out to be a great return to the franchise. In Scream (2022), he plays the boyfriend who seemingly knows nothing about horror movies and has to Netflix-train to save himself. Surely, the franchise wasn't going to use the same "the boyfriend of the protagonist turns out to be the killer," right?

Well, the writers of the franchise's new era nailed it and made Richie the violent killer who antagonized Sam after playing her sweet love. Richie is one of the dumbest Ghostfaces in the franchise because he looks clumsy, and let's face it, it's hard to see Jack Quaid being a bad guy with the handsome smile he's capable of weaponizing.

Related: Can The Original Scream Ever Be Topped?

7 Quinn Bailey

What's good about Quinn (Liana Liberato) in Scream VI is that the directors actually show us her death, making her an impossible pick for our continuous "who's the killer" guessing game . But as it turns out, she's Wayne's daughter, and being that he's a detective, they can cheat the regular forensic process.

Quinn shows up in the third act to complete the trio of killers in a franchise first. This one's Liberato's merit, as she uses her quaint and innocent giggle to seem more perverse than usual. Unfortunately, she gets killed off quickly in the conclusion, and we don't see much of her motivations besides the stated by her father.

6 Jill Roberts

Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) was the younger cousin of Sidney Prescott. In Scream 4 , Jill is seemingly the intended victim of Ghostface due to her close relationship with Sidney, and the fact that she still lives in Woodsboro, California. When Jill reveals herself to Sidney as one of the killers, her motive is the weakest of the franchise, regardless of one of the highest kill counts.

Jill is jealous of all the attention that Sidney received during her time in Woodsboro, taking away from her own. After stabbing Sidney and believing her to be dead, Jill embarks on an incredibly silly scene of beating herself up to make it look like she was a victim. Once she finds that Sidney is still alive, Jill attacks her in the hospital, only to meet her end from a defibrillator to the head, in one of the franchise's funniest kills .

5 Amber Freeman

Amber's position in the ranking has only one reason: Mikey Madison. The actress's portrayal of a psychotic killer is absurdly loud, frenetic, and anything but funny. She makes the film land when she states her reasons for being a killer: pure fascination with the Stab franchise.

Scream (2022) was a solid return to Woodsboro, and most of all had to do with a generational tone that Amber displayed well, both when she was Sam's friend and when she was the iteration of Ghostface that absurdly garnered strength to murder innocent victims.

4 Mickey Altieri

Scream 2 (1997).

Mickey Altieri's (Timothy Olyphant) motives were close to the weakest of the franchise. In Scream 2 , Mickey was a random serial killer that Mrs. Loomis met online and convinced to help her copycat the Woodsboro murders at Windsor College.

Mrs. Loomis paid Mickey's tuition and helped him get accepted in turn for him befriending Sidney and even dating her college roommate. His ultimate goal was to get the recognition and fame that came with being a notable serial killer. Mickey meets his demise when Sidney and Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) put sixteen bullets into him.

3 Stu Macher

Scream (1996).

Stu (Matthew Lillard) is one of the most likable characters to reveal himself as a killer, as well as the most chaotic. In Scream , Stu has no motive for his kills, as he chalks them all up to the "peer pressure" from Billy Loomis.

Unlike a lot of the other killers, Stu's reveal was one of the most shocking as he can turn his kill-mode personality on and off, posing as a fun-loving, silly, and personable person, and even protector to those he's close to. Stu dies ( or does he? ) when weakened from several stabs from Billy, in an attempt to cover up their crimes, followed by Sidney dropping a television on his head. Lillard's is one of the most iconic performances of the franchise.

Related: Scream: 10 Characters Who Could be the Next Ghostface

2 Mrs. Loomis

Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metacalf) belongs near the top for having the best motive and strategy: Pure revenge. Sidney killed her only son in the ending events of the first Scream film. Her son had inherited her psychopathic behavior as she was just as quick to murder people as he was.

By the events of Scream 2 , her husband had slept with Sidney's mother, resulting in divorce, and her son had been killed. After feeling she had nothing to live for, Mrs. Loomis found Mickey Altieri in a chat room and partnered up with him to infiltrate Sidney's life. She even attempts to manipulate accused killer Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) to kill Sidney after Mickey dies. She fails when Cotton supports Sidney, and after a scuffle, Sidney puts a bullet in her head.

1 Billy Loomis

"You're telling me that's not a killer?" said Randy as he suspected right away that Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) was the original Ghostface killer in Scream . Not only does Billy have the most iconic and scariest lines—"Movies don't create psychos, movies make psychos more creative!"—of the entire franchise, but he's also the most ferocious of the killers. Billy's motives came from pure anger with the result of his father cheating on his mother with Sidney's mother, causing his parents' marriage to fall apart, and his mother to abandon Billy. We later find out in Scream 3 that Roman had been orchestrating the entire thing, using Billy as his pawn.

Billy is a master manipulator as well, pressuring Stu to do whatever he wants, and tricking Sidney into sleeping with him just minutes before revealing himself as the killer. Billy plans to frame Sidney's father as the killer and leave himself and Stu for dead, but his plan goes awry when Gale and Sidney team up to confuse the two killers, and Sidney eventually puts a bullet in his skull, right after Randy predicts the killer's final scare.

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Mickey Altieri was the secondary antagonist of Scream 2 and the third revealed Ghostface killer in the Scream franchise. He is depicted as one of Sidney Prescott 's best friends at Windsor College , a film student.

Introduced as a casual film geek nemesis to Randy Meeks , the two disagreed on the quality of film sequels in comparison to the original film. As a film student, Mickey is often seen filming whatever is going on around campus. He subtly increases paranoia and suspicion, when the murder spree begins, with intimate conversations.

Mickey finally reveals himself to be one of the killers to Sidney, with the intention of getting caught and gaining infamy. He is thus far, the only Ghostface killer who intended to not get away with the murders. He is betrayed by his partner, Nancy Loomis ( Billy 's vengeful mother), however, who expressed disbelief in his motive. Despite this, he manages to get one more scare in before being executed to death with 16 gunshots by Sidney and Gale Weathers .

His role as the third Ghostface killer affects Sidney for several years, due to his total lack of connection to Woodsboro , and being hired as a contract killer. She sinks into reclusion because of this, until the year 2000.

Mickey was played by Timothy Olyphant .

  • 1.1 Early Life
  • 1.2 The Windsor College Murders
  • 1.3.1 Hollywood
  • 1.3.2 Legacy Killings
  • 1.3.3 The New York City Killings
  • 2.1 Confirmed Murders
  • 2.2 Speculated Murders
  • 3.2 Enemies
  • 4.1 As Ghostface
  • 4.2 After Reveal
  • 7 Appearances
  • 8 Character Guide

A psychotic serial killer obsessed with films, he met Nancy Loomis online. She helped him go to Windsor College and his tuition fees, so the two of them could execute a murder spree. He planned on getting caught and starring in the following media circus.

At college he befriended original survivors Sidney and Randy Meeks , as well as Sidney's boyfriend, Derek Feldman . He even started dating Sidney's roommate, Hallie McDaniel , to further embed himself in her life.

The Windsor College Murders

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Mickey in film class

In an early scene in the movie, while at film class, he argues, that violence in the media contributed to the theater killings the previous night. He also says, sequels can be better than the original, unlike Randy, citing The Godfather 2 as an example. Mickey and Randy seem to have a solid relationship, unlike the rocky one between Randy and the killers Stu and Billy from the first movie because of their specialty . However, under this, Mickey is deranged, distraught, and psychotic. Mickey has a fascination with murderers and how the media affects them. He met Nancy Loomis , Billy's mother, on a serial killer website and agreed to help him with his tuition fees and expenses if it will lure her or him to Sidney in order to kill her, however the plan doesn't go as well as both of them hoped for.

The first victims of Mickey and Nancy were Windsor College students, Phil Stevens and Maureen Evans . They were killed because of similar names to first Woodsboro Victims, Steven Orth and Maureen Prescott . Both students were attending the premiere of Stab , a film based on The Woodsboro Murders by Gale Weathers . When Phil went to the bathroom, Nancy or Mickey hid in the stall next to him and started quietly rambling, this caught Phil's attention. When he put his ear against the stall wall, Ghostface stabbed him in the ear through the stall. Phil bleed to death. Nancy hid Phil's body and Mickey put Phil's jacket to fool Maureen. Maureen firstly thought it was Phil. Later she noticed blood on the jacket and then Mickey stabbed her in the stomach. She attempted to get away through the crowds, but Mickey stabbed her three times in the back. The audience didn't help Maureen, because they thought that was some kind of publicity stunt. Mickey escaped through the side door of the theater while Maureen climbed onto the stage and let out a painful scream and then finally succumbed to her injuries and died.

Mickey Altieri as Ghostface

Mickey dressed as Ghostface wearing Phil's jacket.

The next victim was a girl at Windsor college named Cici Cooper . At the night of the "mixer" party, she was the "sober sister". Obviously there were two killers involved, as one was sneaking into the house and one called her. One was the one who films and calling her, while the other one snuck into the house. Ghostface then chased Cici to the roof before throwing her through a screen door and onto the balcony. Ghostface stabbed her twice in the back before throwing her off the roof, killing her.

Nancy later attempted to attack Sidney at the mixer while everybody checked up on Cici, though she was unsuccessful.

During Sidney's performance, she was attacked on-stage by Ghostface, who disguised himself as one of the actors. However, it is unknown if Sidney was really attacked, or if it was just her imagination. After attacking Sidney, you can barely see Ghostface escaping the scene, which might be an evidence. If it was really Ghostface, then Mickey was behind this as he would have excess into the school, whereas Mrs Loomis doesn't.

Mickey At Sorority Party

The next (unplanned) victim was original survivor, Randy Meeks , except for this murder, Mickey had nothing to do with it. Randy had bad-mouthed Billy Loomis as Mrs. Loomis hid in the news van and pulled him in. She slit his throat and overpowered him, throwing him into the window. After he was pushed into the glass, he was stabbed multiple times and killed. Nancy firstly planned to call and kill Gale, and this is unknown if she planned to kill Randy.

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Mickey pretends to be upset and comforts Sidney.

The next attacks were on Gale and Dewey, while they were investigating the possibility that the killer was filming the murders. Both Mickey and Nancy were there. The one filming was Mickey and the one who pops up behind Gale and chases her is Mrs. Loomis. It was around this time, Mickey had left for Sidney. Mrs. Loomis also later appears behind Dewey in a soundproof room, while he was trying to get Gale's attention. She then stabs Dewey in the back multiple times right in front of Gale before leaving the young deputy for dead.

The next attack was then on Officers Andrews and Richards who were protecting Sidney, and her best friend Hallie . Mickey killed the two service men and crashed the car knocking himself out, yet that hasn't been confirmed, he could've been awake the whole time and it was just a plan. Sidney and Hallie escaped the car, only to have Sidney go back to see who it is, Mickey escaped the car and popped up behind Hallie who was alone and stabbed her to death. Mickey then chased Sidney to the campus theater. Mickey then walked up to the stage before revealing himself to Sidney and Derek, in which Mickey has a wound next to his forehead due to the impact of the crash, and tried to convince Sidney that Derek was his partner. Sidney panicked and was confused whether or not Derek was the killer. An angry Derek threatens Mickey who shoots him in the chest. Derek dies after telling Sidney that he would never hurt her.

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Mickey reveals himself

After Mickey taunts Sidney and explains his motive, Sidney slashes his face with Derek's necklace and fights him but is held at knife point before Gale and "Debbie Salt" enter with Gale being held at gun point, Sidney recognizes her as Mrs. Loomis, the mother of her ex boyfriend Billy, revealing that Mrs. Loomis is the other Ghostface and her true identity as Billy's mother and that Mickey is her accomplice. With her guidance and tuition expenses, they planned the killings so Nancy could have revenge on Sidney for the death of her son.

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Mickey's corpse.

Mickey claims that unlike most killers, he wants to be caught so he will be "immortalized" by the media and be in the world's most talked about court trial. However, Mrs. Loomis shoots him three times in the chest and shoulder, saying that his motive of blaming the movies will never be believed. Before he seemingly dies, he shoots Gale off stage.

After the whole ordeal is over, as per usual, Mickey reveals, he is indeed alive but extremely bloody. However, before getting a chance to do something, Gale and Sidney shoot him multiple times in the torso area, until he does a backflip in the air and hits the ground dead.

Mickey Post-Reveal

Despite not being mentioned by name, Mickey's shadow looms over Sidney's life even in Scream 3. On the DVD commentary for Scream 2, Wes Craven revealed that Mickey was the reason that Sidney went into hiding during the events of Scream 3, as he had "[messed] with her head" to such an extreme degree.

This is also likely because Mickey was a random psychopath who tracked her down and actually befriended her before killing her best friend, Hallie, and her boyfriend, Derek. Unlike Mrs. Loomis, who would have went after Sidney anyway due to a personal vendetta, the frightening prospect of more copycats like Mickey coming after her drove her into hiding.

Legacy Killings

Sidney questions Amber 's motive, pondering if it is the same as Mickey's. She asks her, "Let me guess: the movies made you do it?" Amber frantically responds, "No! No! It was the message board!"

The New York City Killings

Mickey's picture appears on Wayne and Kirby's investigation board detailing past Ghostface killers.

Committed Murders

Confirmed murders, speculated murders, relationships, as ghostface.

  • Do you wanna die tonight, Cici?
  • You wish it was Ted. Don't forget to set the alarm.

After Reveal

  • "It's a perfect example of life imitating art imitating life."
  • "Yeah, well, shh. That'll be our little secret." (After Sidney calls him psychotic).
  • "Surprise, Sidney!"
  • "You've got a little Linda Hamilton thing going on."
  • "That's what Billy was good at. He knew it was all about... execution."
  • Sidney: "Fuck you!" Mickey: "Oh, so vulgar!"
  • He is the only Ghostface who was a serial killer before the events of his film, giving him quite possibly the biggest kill count out of them all.
  • He was described as "20's, athletic, cool and rowdy" in the script.
  • In the original script, Mickey was innocent and was stripped to his underwear and chained by his greek brothers for declaring his love for Hallie over them. Sidney eventually untied him, but he was then stabbed to death simultaneously by two killers (Who would've been Hallie and Derek). This role was given to Derek, and Mickey ended up with Derek's film obsession and being Ghostface.
  • In Mickey's first appearance, Mickey states that "many sequels have surpassed their original" which is meant to indicate that he intends on making his and Mrs. Loomis' killing spree better than the killing spree Billy Loomis and Stu Macher orchestrated in the first film .
  • In the Scream 2 DVD commentary, Wes Craven likens Mickey to Iago ; both characters deftly cast suspicion.
  • Mickey is the first killer to both unmask himself in front of Sidney, and wear the Ghostface costume.
  • Although being the secondary antagonist, Mickey killed more people in Scream 2 since he was hired by Mrs. Loomis to execute the copycat killing spree.
  • Mickey was Stu's equivalent from the sequel.
  • Mickey appeared in a photo in Scream VI , the image used was a promotional shot of Timothy Olyphant from Go .
  • He was the first Ghostface to be betrayed by Nancy Loomis , like in the fourth film Jill Roberts also betrayed her secret boyfriend Charlie Walker .
  • According to Jamie Kennedy on his YouTube channel, Original Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire was offered the role of Mickey and turned it down.
  • Matthew Lillard's name is on some posters while neither Timothy Olyphant (possibly because he was still an unknown in Hollywood) or Laurie Metcalf (she was a known actress at the time, this was possibly done to hide the twist of Debbie Salt being Billy's mother) names are completely absent despite their pivotal roles.
  • As seen in the leaked early cut of Scream 3 dubbed by fans as the Assembly Cut , a deleted scene in the film showed an extended/alternate take of the video of Randy where he manages to immediately predict that Mickey is the killer, with him referencing that one time that Mickey wrote a paper laying out how Superman 2 was better than Superman 1. In this context however, Randy was technically predicting Mickey as being the killer during his hypothetical layout of Scream 3's events.

Appearances

  • Scream 2 (1997 film)
  • Scream VI (photograph)

Character Guide

  • 1 Billy Loomis
  • 2 Samantha Carpenter
  • 3 Sidney Prescott

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How the first scream kept ghostface voice actor hidden from cast on set.

Ghostface voice actor Roger Jackson was hidden from the original Scream's principal actors in order to increase on-set tension - find out how.

Some of the key players behind the production of Wes Craven’s 1996 teen-slasher Scream have revealed how the actor who voiced the film’s Ghostface killer remained hidden from the cast while on set. Now four films into what has become something of an iconic horror franchise with  Scream 5 set to arrive this January , the original Scream was an unexpected hit. This year the film celebrates its 25th anniversary and Paramount is celebrating with a 4K Ultra HD re-release while also providing fans with plenty of Scream trivia.

For horror fans, the film’s arrival marked yet another effort on the part of one of cinema’s greatest horror directors. Craven’s resume spoke for itself prior to the release of Scream , with his biggest breakthrough into mainstream film discourse coming with 1984’s A Nightmare On Elm Street . While some feel that the creation of Freddy Krueger is one of, if not the greatest horror movie villains of all time , the arrival of Ghostface in Scream provided some strong competition. A different killer is behind the now infamous distorted screaming mask of the Ghostface killer with each Scream  installment, and this ability to consistently change and surprise audiences has kept the killer relevant and entirely mysterious.

Related: Scream 4 Cut Its Best References To The Original

Yet even today, 25 years after the first Scream arrived in theaters to a somewhat disappointing opening, fans still have questions about Ghostface. The character has been voiced by Roger Jackson throughout each installment of the popular franchise, and as THR recently discovered during an interview with some of Scream’s key players, Jackson was never seen by the cast on the set of the 1996 film. Exactly how this manifested itself during filming was explained by editor Patrick Lussier, producer Marianne Maddalena and Ghostface himself, Jackson:

LUSSIER  One of the smartest things they did when they shot it was Roger Jackson, who does Ghostface’s voice, the killer voice, he was on set. All those phone calls were done live. They were tapped into a phone, but Drew and none of the actors could see him. They didn’t know what he looked like. MADDALENA  We hid him. We had separate rooms. He was never around. He was never at craft services. He was absolutely incognito. It made it scary for the actors and Wes just got better performances out of them. It’s a completely different thing than a script supervisor reading the lines. He has an amazing voice, but I don’t know how menacing he would be in person, you know? JACKSON  The first night when we were filming the bulk of the scene with Ms. Barrymore, I was outside the window under a little canopy trying to keep dry because it was raining. I’m looking at her through the window while I’m talking to her on the phone, but she couldn’t see outside. Then on the second night they moved me to the garage of the house and set me up with a monitor so I could watch the camera feed. That made it much better, not being wet.

The decision to keep Jackson away from the actors is a bit of a brilliant touch on the part of the late Craven, and it could help explain why the original Scream still manages to feel so different from subsequent sequels . It does seem that Craven was dedicated to doing whatever he could to keep the tension and scares real on set, with past disclosures from the film’s production having revealed that he also told vegetarian and animal lover Barrymore real-life stories of animal cruelty in order to keep her agitated and visibly upset between takes. Some might say this was going too far, but the end result is nothing if not tense.

It is, of course, extremely unfortunate that Craven couldn’t be here today to have overseen directorial duties on the fifth Scream film. His talent and ingenious horror filmmaking abilities will absolutely be missed. But judging by what’s been revealed to date with regard to Scream 5 , directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin share a strong love for the franchise and everything that Craven did to make it what it is today . After 25 years, Scream fans remain as dedicated as ever, and there’s no denying that’s due to Craven’s efforts.

Next: Scream 5's Best Way To Honor Wes Craven Is To Kill Everyone

Source: THR

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Scream (2022).

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.

RELATED:  Scream Reboot Releases Its First Official Synopsis

Billy Loomis and Stu Macher Were Scream's Killer Duo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Every Ghostface Kill in the Scream Movies, Ranked

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Ghostface is unique among the marquee slashers because the face (or faces) behind the mask changes with every Scream installment, imbuing each new round of murders with a different personality and, thus, a different set of methods for killing. Each Ghostface packs that signature hunting knife, but each Ghostface uses it in a different way, and all Ghostfaces are prone to improvising when simple stabbing won’t do the job. Because in the end, getting the kill and making your point is what counts.

All of this means we’ve been treated to dozens of very different death scenes in the Scream films over the years, from gunshots to garage doors, explosions to long falls. Throw in the elaborate nature of the various motives and meta-narratives behind each Ghostface killer and you’ve got a franchise that never repeats itself, even if some kills are clever mirror images of the past.

Of course, not all Ghostface killings are created equal. Some shuffle right out of our brains the moment they’re over, while others will stick in our heads until the day we die, burned into our collective psyche thanks to a combination of tension, brutality, and brilliant iconography. So to celebrate the arrival of yet another Scream film , and another round of death scenes, we’ve ranked every single Ghostface kill in the entire movie franchise from worst to best, creating a definitive order for more than 25 years of terror.

The carnage begins below, but first, a few notes on what counts as a Ghostface kill. This list includes every person killed by a Ghostface across all the Scream movies, but it does not include people killed by a Ghostface offscreen (i.e., Maureen Prescott), people killed by a Ghostface within the metafictional Stab films (i.e., the first few deaths in Scream 4 ), or people attacked by Ghostface but ultimately killed by someone else (i.e., Mickey in Scream 2 ). What’s your favorite scary movie kill? It’s probably on the list below.

46. Brooks — Scream VI

Poor Gale Weathers. She could never quite get that happily ever after with Dewey, and just when it seemed she’d settled into a comfy life in a swanky New York City apartment, Ghostface had to come along and kill yet another lover. Sadly, his connection to Gale is really all we know about Brooks. He hands her a phone, walks offscreen, and then his body comes flying back into frame.

45. Deputy Clay — Scream (2022)

The body count in Scream movies isn’t usually ridiculously high, which makes it weird when a character just sort of … turns up dead, particularly when it’s a guy we didn’t really get to know. Sadly for Deputy Clay, that’s exactly what his kill turns out to be: a little bit of window dressing so Tara Carpenter can have something scary to look at when she’s trying to escape Woodsboro Hospital.

44. Bodega Customer No. 2 — Scream VI

The bodega sequence is one of Scream VI ’s most memorable setpieces, but the high body count makes it so that not every kill is great on its own merits. The second customer Ghostface picks off is the least memorable victim. He falls between two much more memorable kills, including Ghostface’s shotgun rampage, so in the context of the scene, he’s really not much more than an afterthought to get Tara and Sam alone in the store.

43. Ross Hoss — Scream 4

You see Adam Brody in a horror movie in the early 2010s, and you sort of expect more than what his character ended up getting. Despite a great joke about how he’s destined to die because he has a new baby at home, Deputy Hoss gets little more than a simple stab in the back before he’s pushed to the side in favor of his colleague’s more elaborate death (more on that later). If we didn’t recognize the actor, we’d barely remember it.

42. Marnie Cooper  — Scream 4

The first true death in Scream 4 comes after not one but two fakeouts courtesy of the Stab movies, and while those “fake” kills are a thrill, Marnie Cooper’s demise is mostly there to frighten her friend Jenny and to let the audience know we’re finally in the “real” movie. Like Steve Orth before her, she’s a means to an end, but her death doesn’t have quite the same impact.

41. John Milton  — Scream 3

Casting Lance Henriksen as a shady horror producer with a lot of skeletons in his closet was a great choice for Scream 3 ’s meta-Hollywood odyssey, and setting his character up as the father of Maureen Prescott’s long-lost son was a juicy twist for the film’s third act. Sadly, despite all that setup and a house full of secret passages and movie props, John Milton’s death came down to nothing more than a simple throat slit so Ghostface Roman Bridger could make a point. It’s not bad, but you just want more when a genre legend is in the house.

40. Derek Feldman  — Scream 2

Poor Derek. Despite all of Sidney’s understandable suspicions, he turned out to be a pretty good guy who really did love her, and all he got in return was a quick death by gunshot while tied up and defenseless. He didn’t get to really fight for Sidney and go down swinging, despite his protests, and considering how wild the rest of Scream 2 ’s finale ended up getting, that’s a real shame.

39. Kate Roberts  — Scream 4

Kate Roberts was just doing her best to protect her family, and she ended up dead for her trouble. Thankfully, her death wasn’t particularly brutal. It’s just a quick stab in the back, but it’s memorable because Ghostface got her with a knife via mail slot after the danger had seemingly passed. Mary McDonnell’s eyes do the rest.

38. Dr. Christopher Stone — Scream VI

Dr. Stone is yet another in a long line of Ghostface victims who had the misfortune of getting too close to the primary target, in this case his patient Sam Carpenter. His death — a means to an end that allows Ghostface to get hold of Sam’s private files — is quick, but it’s also wonderfully effective, as our killer stabs right through Stone’s gated front door and into the shrink’s brain. It’s one of several examples of just how efficient and effective the Scream VI breed of Ghostface is.

37. Steven Stone  — Scream 3

Some Ghostface kills come out of nowhere and vanish almost as quickly, and that was the case with Scream 3 ’s bodyguard to the stars, Steve Stone. Patrick Warburton’s deadpan bruiser barely got the chance to fight back, which is a shame in a franchise where the killer famously falls all over the set as much as their victims. Still, watching Ghostface use the close quarters of a trailer to really drive the knife home is fun.

36. Vince Schneider  — Scream (2022)

The first kill of 2022’s Scream is a character we don’t really know, and who we’ve already been told is a creep who maybe needs to get away from the teen girls at the heart of the story, so we’re not exactly sad to see him go. It’s also not an especially elaborate or even satisfying death, but it does feature the return of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand,” a welcome mainstay on the Scream soundtracks, for the first time since Scream 3 . Sometimes that’s all you really need.

35. Bodega Customer No. 1 — Scream VI

Ghostface’s rampage through a bodega is an essential piece of Scream VI , not just because it’s a New York City movie , but because of just how relentless this particular Ghostface turns out to be. And it all begins right here. The first face to greet the killer when he runs through the door is a classic New York guy who’s ready to handle the problem, and seconds later that same guy is gutted. In a franchise where Ghostface is falling over furniture just as often as he’s killing people, it sends a message.

34. Angelina Tyler — Scream 3

Sidney Prescott doesn’t die in Scream movies, but in Scream 3 we did get to see the actor who played Sidney Prescott in Stab 3 meet her end in the middle of John Milton’s movie mansion. The death itself is a basic stab job, nothing too crazy in the grand scheme of this movie in particular, but before she goes out, Angelina gets to call both Courteney Cox and Parker Posey “second-rate celebrities,” so that’s fun.

33. Bodega Clerk — Scream VI

The moment from the Scream VI trailer that launched a thousand hot takes about whether or not Ghostface should use guns (something Ghostface has done in some form or another since 1996), the death of the poor bodega clerk who almost got the jump on Ghostface still works no matter how many times you’ve already seen the footage. It’s not simply that Ghostface is using a shotgun. It’s that he’s using a shotgun that he casually ripped out of the clerk’s hands, and that he’s using it with such cold intensity.

32. Trevor Sheldon — Scream 4

Trevor Sheldon re-emerges at the end of Scream 4 tied up and tucked away by the two killers, just like Sidney’s dad at the end of the first film. Unlike Mr. Prescott, though, Trevor had the bad sense to cheat on a rising Ghostface killer and got a bullet in the head and a bullet in the crotch for his trouble. It’s a rough death, and it underscores just how ruthless Jill Roberts’s next-generation Ghostface can be.

31. Jennifer Jolie  — Scream 3

Without question the most memorable new character in Scream 3 , Parker Posey’s Jennifer Jolie doesn’t get an especially elaborate death scene, but in true Parker Posey fashion, she makes every second of it count. The would-be Gale Weathers goes down swinging against Ghostface, and she gets to crash through a mirrored glass pane for good measure. Like everything else Posey does in this movie, it’s a death we won’t forget.

30. Robbie Mercer  — Scream 4

Scream 4 takes full advantage of its 2010s setting to explore the world of livestreaming and easily maneuverable webcams, creating a whole new sandbox of perspective to play in. The perpetually live-streaming Robbie is a key part of this, so it’s fitting that his death scene begins with a perspective trick courtesy of his own webcam. Watching him get repeatedly stabbed while wearing a T-shirt with the word “STAB” emblazoned on the front is the cherry on top.

29. Kenny Brown — Scream (1996)

Although Kenny’s actual death — a quick throat cut from behind as he leans out of his news van — is straightforward and quick, its place in Scream history is actually more complex. Before Kenny, Ghostface murders happened with lots of tension and buildup, setting the stage for the killer’s entrance. This time, after playing with perspective via Gale’s hidden camera in Stu’s house, the film snuck up not just on the character but the audience, adding a new layer of fear to the franchise.

28. Phil Stevens — Scream 2

The first kill of the first Scream sequel had to be memorable in a completely different way than the first kill in Scream , but it also had to remind us we were watching the same franchise. So Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven gave us another boyfriend death, but in a completely different way. We were expecting Phil Stevens to die in that movie-theater bathroom, but we weren’t expecting the knife to come right through the stall wall like an unstoppable force of death. It’s still an effective shot, but it pales in comparison to what’s coming next.

27. Principal Arthur Himbry — Scream (1996)

The most gruesome part of Arthur Himbry’s death — his eventual public display on the Woodsboro High football field — is something we only hear about in Scream , but that doesn’t mar the effectiveness of the part we do see. Himbry’s death is the first in the franchise to occur in broad daylight, adding a new dimension of fear to the film, and Henry Winkler’s world-champion scream of terror as the knife slides into his stomach is still perfect.

26. Officer Andrews — Scream 2

Andrews, one of the two detectives assigned to protect Sidney in Scream 2 , doesn’t have all that sophisticated of a death. Ghostface just slams his way into the patrol car, slashes the cop’s throat, and commandeers the vehicle. It’s nothing compared to what happens next, but it definitely works as the kickoff to a great sequel set piece.

25. Tyson Fox — Scream 3

In keeping with the “all bets are off” energy of a trilogy capper, by the end of Scream 3 bodies are flying left and right, which means it could be easy to gloss over a death scene and turn the supporting cast into Ghostface fodder. Tyson Fox’s death falls in the middle of the third-act rampage, but the sheer intensity of it ensures that we’ll never forget it, as he joins the distinguished list of Scream victims who get thrown off of buildings as a finishing move.

24. Laura Crane — Scream VI

The opening kill from Scream VI plays by all the anticipated rules from a very early stage. You’ve got the distracting phone call, the clueless victim, the movie star (Samara Weaving, in this case) willing to be killed off in the opening minutes, and the noteworthy new location. It’s all laid out exactly as we’d expect it to be, and even though we see it coming, it’s a well-executed kill. What makes it land harder, though, is the film’s choice to reveal who’s behind the mask for the first time in an opening scene, signaling to us right away that we’re in for something a bit different.

23. Charlie Walker — Scream 4

So much of Scream 4 mirrors Scream that you almost expect the two movies to bleed together at various points, but every time a reference to the original film pops up, the new one veers off onto its own course. Nowhere is this more evident than when Jill and Charlie set out to wound each other in a perfect mirroring of Billy and Stu’s original plan, only for Jill to aim right for Charlie’s heart and take him out. It’s not just a great subversion of the original plan but also a great moment in a long line of moments illustrating how badly Jill wants her fame.

22. Anthony Perkins — Scream 4

A split second after his partner, Deputy Hoss, gets stabbed and thrown out of the frame, Ghostface turns to Deputy Perkins, and we expect things to end just as fast. What we get instead is a truly gruesome stab right in the middle of Perkins’s forehead , followed by an agonizing death walk as the brain-damaged deputy flails around for his life before collapsing. It’s easy to be desensitized to Ghostface stab wounds, but you can always feel this one.

21. Liv McKenzie — Scream (2022)

Poor Liv. She just wanted to take things to the next level with her boyfriend and have a nice night at Amber’s party, and she got a bullet in the head instead. Ghostface shooting someone instead of stabbing them could be seen as an easy way out, sure, but because Amber shoots Liv in the head out of costume , unmasking herself without using an actual mask, it gets our heart rates up with startling effectiveness. Amber’s little “Welcome to Act III” intonation is just the cherry on top.

20. Christine Hamilton  — Scream 3

Although Roger Jackson has been the legendary voice of Ghostface for 27 years now, Scream 3 decided to play with our auditory expectations and give us a killer whose voice changer could copy and use just about anyone’s voice. Christine Hamilton’s actual moment of death might not be spectacular, but the build-up — in which she’s convinced by Ghostface that her boyfriend, Cotton, is in the costume just to mess with her — is a great introduction to a whole new scary-movie paradigm.

19. Steve Orth  — Scream (1996)

Absolutely everything about the cold open to the original Scream is perfect, and that includes the death of the first Ghostface victim ever depicted on film. We don’t know Steve Orth, we don’t get to see a buildup to his particular demise, but his appearance on Casey Becker’s patio, and his frighteningly quick disemboweling, is proof that this movie means business, and there’s no going back.

18. Judy Hicks — Scream (2022)

Sheriff Judy’s death isn’t the most gut-wrenching of the Scream sequel (more on that later), but it’s still an emotional moment in a movie full of emotional moments. She just wants to drive home and save her son Wes from Ghostface’s clutches, and we fully expect her to make it there and find his body in the Hicks family home. What she discovers instead is her own death right there for all of Woodsboro to see. It’s heartbreaking, and it’s made more heartbreaking by what happens next.

17. Jenny Randall — Scream 4

The first properly elaborate death scene in Scream 4 isn’t just a anguishing pursuit, but also a loving tour back through some of the franchise’s most memorable deaths up to that point. Jenny Randall runs through her house like Casey Becker, runs upstairs like Cici Cooper, and even tries to escape via garage door like Tatum Riley. Unfortunately for her, all those efforts fail, but fortunately for us, we’re pulled right back into the Scream vibes more than a decade after Scream 3 .

16. Cotton Weary — Scream 3

Cotton Weary went through so much in the first two Scream films you could argue that he deserved to live out the rest of his days as a rich, famous talk-show host, but Ghostface isn’t a creature of mercy. Cotton survives prison, multiple murder accusations, and a Ghostface rampage across two movies, only to die in his home after Ghostface tricks his own girlfriend into attacking him. That’s just bad luck, but at least he doesn’t go down without a bookcase-smashing, bone-crushing fight.

15. Cici Cooper — Scream 2

Randy Meeks warned us that sequel death scenes are always much more elaborate, and Scream 2 proved that with Cici Cooper. Like Casey Becker, she’s a kind, pretty blonde who had the bad fortune of being alone in a house where Ghostface could get at her. Unlike Casey Becker, she takes Ghostface all the way up through the multiple stories of a sorority house before getting stabbed and thrown off a roof. Her death raises (pun intended) the stakes for Ghostface encounters, and lays a foundation for even wilder death scenes to come in the franchise.

14. Sarah Darling — Scream 3

It certainly has its issues, but Scream 3 is at its best when it’s milking the movie-within-a-movie setup for all it’s worth, and that’s definitely true for Sarah Darling’s death. An actress lured to the studio under false pretenses, Sarah finds Ghostface in a room full of empty Ghostface costumes, then has to try to fight him off with prop weapon after prop weapon. It’s an ingenious little set piece and arguably the wittiest death scene of the whole film.

13. Anika Kayoko — Scream VI

Six movies in and the Scream franchise is still finding new ways to kill people. In the case of Anika, Mindy Meeks-Martin’s ill-fated love interest, we get death by improvised ladder bridge as she attempts to crawl between two apartment buildings with Ghostface on her tail. She’s not the first Ghostface victim to fall to her death, but the scene is so harrowing, and so full of genuine, panic-laden terror, that it manages to make a mark all its own.

12. Hallie McDaniel — Scream 2

Okay, so Hallie’s actual moment of death isn’t that spectacular. Sidney’s roommate gets stabbed from behind while Sid watches in horror, but the moments leading up to that death are so great that her kill still ranks among the best in the franchise. Like Sidney, she spends several agonizing minutes crawling over an unconscious Ghostface to get out of a cop car. Unlike Sidney, she doesn’t survive what happens after that. It’s a nerve jangler even by Scream standards.

11. Wes Hicks — Scream (2022)

We spend several agonizing minutes with Wes Hicks before Ghostface actually attempts to kill him, minutes made all the more tense and frightening by the death of his mother just outside their home. Even after Sheriff Judy’s death, Scream 2022’s camera gives us false scare after false scare, almost convincing us that Wes might just find his mother rather than die himself. Then Ghostface appears with a devastating stab through the throat, giving us one of the most intimate deaths in the series.

10. Officer Richards — Scream 2

While his partner definitely didn’t get an easy death, it feels downright calm compared to what Officer Richards faces when he hops on his patrol car to try and stop a fast-driving Ghostface. He could have fallen off and been run over, or even just thrown clear, but instead he gets full-on impaled by some pipes at a construction site in one of the film’s best set-piece moments. Ouch.

9. Rebecca Walters — Scream 4

No one (well … almost no one) deserves to be murdered by Ghostface, but Sidney’s publicist, Rebecca, was certainly signaling her availability for death with her shameless willingness to capitalize on a new round of Woodsboro murders. It’s not surprising when Ghostface comes looking for her in a parking garage, but it is surprising just how far the death goes. In a franchise with several falling deaths, she gets the biggest one of all, followed by one of the franchise’s best gallows-humor laughs as Dewey futilely checks her pulse.

8. Tom Prinze — Scream 3

It was a little surprising when that Scream VI trailer came out and some corners of the internet were upset that Ghostface used a shotgun, because, well, Ghostface will kill people with just about anything. Case in point: Tom Prinze, who plays Dewey in Stab 3 , gets killed by an entire exploding house in Scream 3 . Granted, we don’t get to actually see Ghostface in the scene with Tom when the death happens, but, well, there’s just no other way to put this: Ghostface straight-up exploded a dude, and that’s awesome.

7. Jason Carvey — Scream VI

After seemingly revealing one of its killers with the opening death scene, Scream VI swerves yet again with its second major murder, as would-be Ghostface Jason Carvey ends up dead minutes after murdering Laura Crane. After revealing Ghostface with the first kill, the film amps up the tension with a little game of hot-and-cold, eventually revealing Jason’s roommate and co-conspirator (well, what’s left of him) in the fridge, then giving us the true Ghostface right before the cut to the opening title. It’s a wonderful subversion, and it puts in place a tangled web that won’t become completely clear until the very end of the film.

6. Randy Meeks — Scream 2

Not adhering to his own horror-movie-survival rules (he really should have taken his own advice from Scream and turned around) was bound to catch up to Randy eventually. After narrowly avoiding death via Ghostface in the first film, the horror fanatic and self-proclaimed slasher-survival evangelist flew too close to the sun in Scream 2 , staying on the line with Ghostface long enough to get lured to his own bloody demise in a news van. It’s still one of the franchise’s most surprising and brutal moments, but in retrospect, it feels inevitable.

5. Olivia Morris — Scream 4

It might feel like overkill (ha) to follow up the fake-out-laden opening kills of Scream 4 with yet another fake out, but when it’s as effective as it is with Olivia’s death, it’s hard to argue with the results. Ghostface doesn’t call his chosen victim in this case, but instead telephones her best friends across the street, revealing where he is just in time for them to watch, screaming all the while, as he butchers Olivia in her bedroom. It’s a slick bit of slasher storytelling made even better by the very bloody aftermath.

4. Maureen Evans — Scream 2

How do you top the iconic opening murders of Scream ? Well, you don’t, but Scream 2 ’s centerpiece cold-open kill is about as close as you could ever hope to get. Maureen Evans is just there to groan through a scary movie with her boyfriend, and she gets a knife in the stomach from a Ghostface in a sea of Ghostfaces. That’s frightening enough, but watching her plead for help while a crowd of confused theatergoers cheer on the bloody spectacle is still gut-wrenching after 25 years.

3. Tatum Riley — Scream (1996)

Even before I saw Scream , I knew about Tatum Riley’s garage-door demise, because it’s all anyone who’d seen the film could talk about when they got to school on Monday. Everything about the movie up to that point had trained viewers to expect more knife slayings, which made Ghostface’s casual press of the garage-door button all the more effective. The squirm-inducing crunch that followed is something no fan of the series will ever forget.

2. Dewey Riley — Scream (2022)

The first four Scream movies established a notable and often darkly funny pattern for good ol’ Dewey Riley: He fights Ghostface, he gets absolutely wrecked in one way or another, and he somehow survives at the end with a few more war wounds. We had absolutely no reason to expect that to change in Scream 2022, so when Ghostface started to pull those knives up and down Dewey’s torso, bleeding him dry with no way back, it was as devastating as it was brilliant.

1. Casey Becker — Scream (1996)

Casey Becker’s death at the end of Scream ’s amazing cold open isn’t just the best death in the Scream franchise. There’s an argument to be made that it’s the best kill in any slasher movie ever made because of the sheer level of frightening detail poured into every moment. There’s the elaborate nature of the phone call, the Jiffy Pop burning on the stove, the chair flying through the window, Casey trying to scream for her mother through a crushed windpipe, and finally, Casey’s parents being able to hear her last breaths because the phone line is still open. It’s brutal, it’s clever, and it’s a legendary introduction to one of our finest horror franchises that still cuts deep all these years later.

But even outside the context of the onscreen violence, the behind-the-scenes story decisions that went into Casey’s death enrich the scene with even more terrifying value. Remember Drew Barrymore was front and center on the poster for Scream . She was a star with more than a decade of major roles to her name at this point, and the original trailer puts her on par with Neve Campbell in terms of character importance. If you were watching this film in 1996, you absolutely were not expecting Drew Barrymore to go in the opening scene. It’s a Janet-Leigh-in- Psycho -level swerve, and it all happens in less than 15 minutes. That’s power that doesn’t go away, even if you already know what’s about to happen.

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  1. Every Person Who Played Ghostface In Scream

    Updated Oct 19, 2023 Scream introduced a horror icon with Ghostface. Which characters in the franchise have worn the Ghostface mask over the 5 movies and TV show? Summary The Scream franchise features a variety of Ghostface killers, each with their own motives and unique kill styles.

  2. 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.

  3. Scream: Every Ghostface Killer Ranked

    While not the main antagonist of the legendary Scream 4, Charlie Walker ( Rory Culkin) tried his best to play Ghostface, but his ultimate goal was in becoming the "next" Randy Meeks ( Jamie...

  4. '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 ...

  5. Every Scream Ghostface Killer, Ranked

    Amber Freeman (Scream, 2022) We've got to give actress Mikey Madison, who plays Amber, one of Scream (2022)'s Ghostfaces, some serious props. She is good at playing extremely, extremely off the ...

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

    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...

  7. Every Person Who Played Ghostface In Scream

    The best Ghostface killers in the franchise are considered to be the original duo, Billy Loomis and Stu Macher, who had deeply personal motives and played with the self-awareness of the horror genre.

  8. Ghostface explained

    In 1996, horror maestro Wes Craven introduced the world to one of the most memorable killers in cinema, Ghostface. Changing film to film, one thing that always remains the same is the creepy white mask, unflinching in the face of death. Scream has given us some of the best horror movies from the '90s to now.

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

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

  10. The Scream Franchise: All of Ghostface's Kills, Ranked

    Here is every single Ghostface kill in the Scream franchise, including Scream 6, ranked. ... the original killer, ... a bit actor in "Stab 3." Receiving a call from Ghostface, Darling gets scared ...

  11. Scream (2022)

    Voice Actor / looper Richard Miro ... looper Stewart Scott Mitchell ... production resources Andrew Morgado ... looper Cassandra Lee Morris ... looper (as Cassandra Morris) Erin Myles ... looper Ty'Amber Neal ... Stand-In for Mindy Christian Obando ...

  12. Roger Jackson

    Dishonored 2 (2016) 29 Videos 10 Photos Roger is a theater-trained actor who specializes in characters, vocal sound effects, dialects, and impressions. He is best known for his work as Ghostface in Wes Craven's Scream films, Mojo Jojo in The Powerpuff Girls, and the original Mr. Mucus for Mucinex.

  13. Who Is the SCREAM Franchise's Deadliest Ghostface?

    by Meaghan Kirby Jan 10 2022 • 10:00 AM Over the course of 25 years, many have donned the Ghostface mask. But only seven as the actual Ghostface killer. To be a Ghostface killer is to...

  14. Ghostface

    Hallie McDaniel (original script) Mickey Altieri Scream 3 Roman Bridger Angelina Tyler (original script) Scream 4 Jill Roberts Charlie Walker Scream Amber Freeman Richie Kirsch Scream VI Jason Carvey Greg Bruckner Wayne Kirsch Ethan Kirsch Quinn Kirsch Created by Wes Craven

  15. Scream 6 Cast Learned Who Ghostface Is in the Most Epic Way

    Scream VI, out in theaters everywhere today, also stars Courteney Cox, Hayden Panettiere, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Tony Revolori, and Samara Weaving. Teen Vogue talked with ...

  16. Roger L. Jackson

    Roger L. Jackson is an American voice actor. He is known for voicing Ghostface in the Scream franchise (1996-present). He is also known for voicing the character of Mojo Jojo on The Powerpuff Girls . Career Jackson is known for providing the voice for the serial killer Ghostface in the Scream film franchise.

  17. New 'Scream' trailer brings back Ghostface, original stars

    Oct. 12, 2021 11:53 AM PT. Ghostface is back and ready to make his victims run, bleed and — of course — scream in the new "Scream" trailer. Released Tuesday, the preview features Wes ...

  18. Scream 5 Cast & Character Guide

    Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) Sam's younger sister, Tara is the one we see in one of the trailers being attacked by Ghostface. The attack prompts Sam to return to Woodsboro and kicks off a new ...

  19. Ghostface Killers, Ranked: Who's the Best Scream Villain?

    Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) is one of the weaker Ghostface killers in Scream 4, as his motives are mostly tied to being obsessively in love with Jill Roberts (the other killer in the film).His ...

  20. Mickey Altieri

    Mickey was played by Timothy Olyphant A psychotic serial killer obsessed with films, he met online. She helped him go to Windsor College and his tuition fees, so the two of them could execute a murder spree. He planned on getting caught and starring in the following media circus.

  21. How the First Scream Kept Ghostface Voice Actor Hidden from Cast on Set

    Ghostface voice actor Roger Jackson was hidden from the original Scream's principal actors in order to increase on-set tension - find out how. Some of the key players behind the production of Wes Craven's 1996 teen-slasher Scream have revealed how the actor who voiced the film's Ghostface killer remained hidden from the cast while on set.

  22. Scream: Every Character Who Has Been Ghostface

    Billy Loomis and Stu Macher Were Scream's Killer Duo. 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 ...

  23. Ghostface's 'Scream' Kills, Ranked

    1. Casey Becker — Scream (1996) Casey Becker's death at the end of Scream 's amazing cold open isn't just the best death in the Scream franchise. There's an argument to be made that it ...