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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scream 1 (1996)

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

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

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

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

Scream 2 (1997)

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

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

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

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

Scream 3 (2000)

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

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

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

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

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

Scream 4 (2011)

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

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

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

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

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

Scream 5 (2022)

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

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

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

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

Scream 6 (2023)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Scream franchise, while focusing on a consistent group of protagonists , tends to change antagonists from film to film. As such, the main killer in each individual entry always ends up being a different person or duo in every scenario. But they all maintain one common trait – the costume. Every single time the killer in the Scream films is shown, they tend to wear what’s usually called the “Ghostface mask”. But, as it turns out, that isn’t quite the only name associated with the Ghostface costume.

Ghostface interestingly has a multitude of different names associated with his mask. The massively iconic slasher villain disguise originally started out as a real world costume, and as such, there happens to be names associated with the design both in real life and within the films themselves.

For starters, the actual mask was licensed for the film from a company called Fun World. Because the mask really was a relatively generic Halloween costume, it helped with the idea that anyone could go out and buy the costume. The actual real world costume was part of the Fantastic Faces line produced by Fun World and went by the name “The Peanut-Eyed Ghost”.

What’s more, the costume as presented in the original Scream film had another name associated with it as well. As you can see in the movie, Dewey takes a copy of the costume to the police station and a name is labeled on the packaging that says “Father Death”. It’s certainly a lot scarier sounding than Ghostface, but nevertheless that’s the name which stuck.

Obviously the Scream franchise and the associated costumes and characters have had an interesting evolution over the years, one which has proved which tropes work and which unfortunately do not. Hopefully whatever the new Scream film ends up being does the franchise’s past justice and we can get a proper big screen revival for the memorable Ghostface killer as he’s become known by the name.

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Ghostface , also known as the Lakewood Slasher in the TV series, is the identity adopted by the main antagonists of the Scream franchise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abilities and Attributes [ ]

Unlike supernatural killers, such as Michael Myers , Jason Voorhees , or Freddy Krueger , Ghostface is human, but has several skills of a deadly killer. Ghostface is skilled in spying and stealth, allowing him or her to hide in unexpected places. Also, he or she exhibits tremendous durability against physical harm and has high levels of physical strength both of which have limits that exist within their human attributes. As seen in Scream 2, he was able to kill both Officer Richards and Officers Andrews, who were two of Chief Hartley's best men. In Scream 3 he was able to kill both Cotton Weary and later on Jennifer Jolie's bodyguard Steven Stone, despite their size.

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

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

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

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

Six of the Ghostface killers (Billy, Mickey, Roman, Jill, Amber and Ethan) have been able to survive potentially fatal wounds and spring back up for one last scare (although they were killed immediately after).

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

Weapons and Equipment [ ]

  • Buck 120 Hunting Knife : The iconic weapon of the Ghostface killer. Usually used to stab victims, slit their throats or gut them.
  • Gun : Usually used when Ghostface finally reveals his/her identity to their last victim.
  • Father Death costume/Ghost mask : Used to hide his/her identity. The iconic wardrobe of the killer of the Scream franchise.
  • Bullet-proof Vest : Used by Roman Bridger and Amber Freeman to protect themselves from gunshots to the chest.
  • Voice-changer : An electronic device used to mask the killer's real voice and change it to a deep, grunting voice. In the third film, another voice changer is used and it's able to replicate anyone's voice perfectly, allowing the person behind the mask to easily deceive and manipulate their victims.
  • Video Camera : Used by the 'Remake' killers, to record a video of them murdering their victims in order to obey the rule of which the Killer should film the murders.

Behind The Mask [ ]

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

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  • Maureen Prescott - Stabbed to death by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher
  • Steven Orth - Bound to chair, gagged with tape, gutted with knife by Stu Macher
  • Casey Becker - Stabbed in the chest/stomach/neck by Billy Loomis, then gutted and hung from tree by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher
  • Principal Arthur Himbry - Stabbed 3 times in the chest/stomach, gutted, hung from high school football goal post by Billy Loomis
  • Tatum Riley - Arm sliced with knife, lifted, head crushed by garage door after being stuck in cat flap by Billy Loomis
  • Kenny Brown - Throat slit with knife by Stu Macher
  • Phil Stevens - Stabbed in the ear through bathroom stall, hacked up by Nancy Loomis or Mickey Altieri
  • Maureen Evans - Stabbed in the stomach/back (6 times), hacked up by Mickey Altieri
  • Cici Cooper - Thrown through a glass door, stabbed twice in the back, thrown off the 2nd balcony by Nancy Loomis or Mickey Altieri
  • Randy Meeks - Stabbed 4 times in the chest, throat slit in news van by Nancy Loomis
  • Officer Andrews - Throat slashed with knife by Mickey Altieri
  • Officer Richards - Head bashed against car window 3 times, thrown, impaled in the back of head through windshield by pipe while on moving car by Mickey Altieri
  • Hallie McDaniel - Stabbed in the chest 4 times by Mickey Altieri
  • Derek Feldman - Bound to cross, shot in the chest with a handgun by Mickey Altieri
  • Christine Hamilton - Stabbed in the back by Roman Bridger
  • Cotton Weary - Hit in head with golf club, arm slashed, stabbed in the chest/head by Roman Bridger
  • Sarah Darling - Head punched through glass door, stabbed in the back by Roman Bridger
  • Steven Stone - Stabbed in the back, head bludgeoned 3 times with frying pan (final punch hit the knife in his back hitting major arteries) by Roman Bridger
  • Tom Prinze - House filled with gas exploded by lighting lighter by Roman Bridger
  • Angelina Tyler - Stabbed in the chest by Roman Bridger
  • Tyson Fox - Stabbed in the stomach, rug pulled underneath, neck broken, slammed against glass case, thrown off second balcony by Roman Bridger
  • Jennifer Jolie - Stabbed in the back/stomach behind one-way mirror by Roman Bridger
  • John Milton - Throat slit with the knife by Roman Bridger
  • Trudie - Chest impaled with hunting knife by Ghostface (in the Stab movies)
  • Sherrie - Throat slit with hunting knife by Ghostface (in the Stab movies)
  • Rachel - Stomach impaled with kitchen knife by Chloe (in the Stab movies)
  • Marnie Cooper - Stabbed in the stomach, thrown through glass door, stabbed several times, arm slashed, hung from ceiling fan by Charlie Walker
  • Jenny Randall - Stabbed in the back, back crushed by garage door, stabbed in the chest, stabbed several times, bound to chair by Jill Roberts
  • Olivia Morris - Stabbed in the chest/through the hand, kicked/thrown, stabbed in the back/stomach 6 times, head bashed through the window, gutted by Charlie Walker
  • Rebecca Walters - Stabbed in the stomach, thrown off parking garage roof, lands on news van by Charlie Walker
  • Deputy Hoss - Stabbed in the back by Jill Roberts, stabbed several times to make sure he is dead by Charlie Walker
  • Deputy Perkins - Stabbed in the forehead by Jill Roberts
  • Kate Roberts - Stabbed in the back through letterbox by Jill Roberts
  • Robbie Mercer - Stabbed in the chest/back/stomach by Charlie Walker
  • Trevor Sheldon - Tied up with tape, shot in the groin/forehead with handgun by Jill Roberts
  • Charlie Walker - Stabbed in the heart/stomach by Jill Roberts
  • Tyler O'Neill - Decapitated off-screen by Piper Shaw
  • Nina Patterson - Back and throat slashed by Piper Shaw
  • Rachel Murray - Hung by noose, appeared to look like a suicide by Kieran Wilcox
  • Riley Marra - Stabbed in the back/side, artery slashed by Piper Shaw
  • Will Belmont - Head shredded in half from behind with a trencher by Piper Shaw, triggered by Emma running onto a tripwire.
  • Clifton Roberts - Stabbed multiple times and gutted off-screen by Piper Shaw
  • Sheriff Clark Hudson - Stomach sliced open which drops his intestines by Kieran Wilcox
  • Grayson Pfeiffer - Throat slashed off-screen by Piper Shaw
  • Jake Fitzgerald - Slashed open with a scythe by Kieran Wilcox
  • Eddie Hayes - Glass smashed on the head; stabbed multiple times in the back and throat with a corkscrew by Kieran Wilcox
  • Seth Branson - Hand cut off and burned with iron, stabbed in the stomach, left to death in burning house by Kieran Wilcox
  • Deputy Dwayne - Thrown through glass mirror; died of blood loss by Kieran Wilcox
  • Haley Meyers - Stabbed eleven times repeatedly in the chest and abdomen, hung by Kieran Wilcox
  • Zoë Vaughn - Locked in a coffin and left to drown at Wren Lake by Kieran Wilcox
  • Quinn Maddox - Impaled through the chest with a pitchfork; bled out by Kieran Wilcox
  • Deputy Stevens - Stabbed several times in the abdomen and back area by Kieran Wilcox
  • Eli Hudson - Stabbed by Kieran Wilcox; shot several times, once by Emma Duval and thrice by Kieran Wilcox
  • Prison Guard - Neck twisted in 180 degrees by Third Killer
  • Kieran Wilcox - Throat slashed, stabbed in the back of neck by Third Killer
  • Tommy Jenkins - Stabbed in the neck before having his head covered with a plastic bag which quickly fills up with his own blood by Jamal Elliot
  • Avery Collins - Thrown over the balcony at the silent disco rave and was impaled on a spike upon landing by Jamal Elliot
  • Latavious - Throat slashed off-screen by Jamal Elliot
  • Shane - A deadly dose of drugs was injected into his eye; A ladder dropped on his windpipe by Beth
  • Luther Thompson - Stabbed in the stomach and crushed to death with a car crusher by Jamal Elliot
  • Manny - Leg broken with a tire iron and burned to death in a car by Beth
  • Amir Ayoub - Stabbed and split down the middle with a bone saw by Beth
  • Officer B. Westbrook - Stabbed in the back of the head and burned to death by Beth
  • Jamal Elliot - Stabbed with a trash picker multiple times and tortured; blood loss by Beth
  • Vince Schneider - Stabbed in the neck by Richie Kirsch
  • Sheriff Judy Hicks - Stabbed multiple times in the stomach by Amber Freeman
  • Wes Hicks - Stabbed in the neck by Richie Kirsch
  • Deputy Clay - Throat slashed off-screen by Richie Kirsch, body shown
  • Dwight "Dewey" Riley - Stomach and back cut open by Amber Freeman
  • Liv McKenzie - Shot in the head by Amber Freeman
  • Mrs. Kirsch - Killed in an unknown manner by Wayne Bailey and Ethan Landry. (death mentioned in a deleted scene, non-canon)
  • Laura Crane - Stabbed multiple times in the stomach and chest by Jason Carvey.
  • Greg Bruckner - Dismembered into multiple body parts by Wayne Bailey.
  • Jason Carvey - Stabbed multiple times in the stomach by Wayne Bailey.
  • Unnamed Male Customer - Stabbed to death by (speculated) Wayne Bailey.
  • Unnamed Male Customer - Stabbed in the neck by (speculated) Wayne Bailey.
  • Unnamed Male Bodega Owner - Shot in the head by (speculated) Wayne Bailey with a shotgun.
  • Dr. Christopher Stone - Face bashed against metal door, stabbed in the nose by Wayne Bailey.
  • Paul - Stabbed to death by Ethan Landry off-screen, body shown.
  • Anika Kayoko - Gutted in the stomach and thrown off the ladder by Ethan Landry, neck broken upon hitting dumpster bin.
  • Brooks - Throat slashed by Quinn Bailey.
  • The character is based on a real-life serial killer, Louisiana-born Daniel Harold "Danny" Rolling, also known as "The Gainesville Ripper". Rolling murdered five co-eds and three others between 1989 and 1990 and was sentenced to death for these crimes in 1994, finally being executed in 2006 by lethal injection.
  • The mask is based on The Scream painting by the late Edvard Munch and ghosts that appeared in a Betty Boop cartoon.
  • As previously stated, no matter who dons the mantle of Ghostface (both in-universe and in-filming), the man behind the voice box in the films and season 3 is always Roger L. Jackson, who is known for voicing Mojo Jojo , Rowdyruff Boys member Butch, and Wizeman the Wicked.
  • Interestingly, the character Tatum calls the killer "Mr. Ghostface" in Scream (1996), indicating that this could have been R.J. Torbert's inspiration for the name of the mask.
  • Ghostface was featured along with other horror icons in the Halloween sale promotion for Vivziepop's Hazbin Hotel .
  • Given the notoriety that Ghostface has received, it has become a staple in many horror movie references and parodies, including a character simply known as " The Killer " in the 2000 comedy spoof movie Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th .
  • Wes Craven had the characters in Scream mention the Ghostface costume is called "Father Death" as a red herring, alluding to Neil, Sidney's father.
  • In Scream (1996) , Stu was meant to mention having to pee before Sidney is attacked in the high school bathroom, but it was believed to be too strong a clue that he was the killer.
  • In the original Scream 2 script, there are three killers: Nancy Loomis, Derek Feldman, and Hallie McDaniel.
  • In the original Scream 3 script, Angelina Tyler is a second killer. She reveals herself to be a former classmate of Sidney's and now in a relationship with Roman.
  • The protagonists to wear the Ghostface costume and use the voice changer who wasn't a murderer were Sidney Prescott and Sam Carpenter. During a brief moment in Scream and Scream VI , they do this to turn the tables on Billy and Stu ( Scream ) and on Wayne Bailey ( Scream VI ). However, Sidney and Sam were only doing it in self defense.
  • The 3 victims of the copycat murders from Scream 2 are: Phil Stevens (representing Steven Orth), Maureen Evans (representing Maureen Prescott) and Casey 'Cici' Cooper (representing Casey Becker). The copycat murders of Scream 2 are a dangling plot point. Mickey and Nancy begin murdering victims based on their names matching those of the original Woodsboro murders, but stop at 3. While the investigators discover the pattern, nothing comes of this, or is mentioned in the final confrontation. This is fleshed out slightly more in earlier drafts of the script, but still not resolved. Whether the two killers planned this as a red herring or altered course as they went along remains to be seen. From a story perspective, this fits in with the two killers having very different motives.
  • The murders in Scream 3 follow a similar path to Scream 2. Roman killed the cast in the order their characters died in the Stab 3 script, until veering off course and killing without a pattern, just as Mickey and Nancy started as copycat killers until Randy's murder. In both cases, characters tried deducing who would be the next victim based on the pattern right when the killer stopped using the pattern.
  • The Scream 3 characters may indeed have been killed in accordance with the Stab 3 script if you allow for the exceptions of non-cast members (Christine Hamilton, Steven Stone, and John Milton). Cotton Weary was set to cameo as himself in the opening death scene and he was the first actor to die. Sarah Darling's Candy was the second to die. It's known that Ricky was written to die and since the fictionalized Gale Weathers was set to be the killer, she would have died last. Tyson Fox dies between Sarah and Jennifer Jolie, who was the last killed. It's unknown if Sidney and Dewey's characters were set to be killed, but since Tori Spelling and David Schwimmer didn't return, it's likely the producers wanted to kill the characters off, making it possible that they died in the order Tom Prinze and Angelina Tyler were murdered.
  • One of the killers "Came back to life for one last scare" in each film:
  • Billy Loomis (shot in the head by Sidney) - Scream (1996)
  • Mickey Altieri (shot in the chest by Sidney and Gale) - Scream 2
  • Roman Bridger (shot in the head by Dewey) - Scream 3
  • Jill Roberts (shot in the chest by Sidney) - Scream 4
  • Amber Freeman (shot in the head by Tara) - Scream (2022)
  • Ethan Landry (TV thrown on his head by Kirby) - Scream VI
  • It would have been possible that Nancy could have returned for one last scare, but she was shot in the head by Sidney, after she and Gale killed Mickey.
  • With the exception of Scream 2 and Scream VI , in every cycle of murders there is one victim who Ghostface doesn't stab or kill with his knife:
  • Tatum Riley (garage door) - Scream (1996)
  • Officer Richards (metal pole) - Scream 2
  • Derek Feldman (shot) - Scream 2
  • Tom Prinze (blown up) - Scream 3
  • Trevor Sheldon (shot) - Scream 4
  • Liv McKenzie (shot) - Scream (2022)
  • Roman, Quinn and Ethan are the only killers who dies in the Ghostface/Father Death costume.
  • Roman Bridger was the only Ghostface who had no accomplice.
  • Each of the Ghostface killers had the opportunity to kill off the 3 main characters:
  • Billy nearly stabs Sidney (Gale shoots him before he does that). The scene before that, Stu and Billy were about to kill Sidney if it weren't for Gale distracting them. ( Scream )
  • Ghostface (Billy) also stabbed Dewey in the back but he survived. ( Scream )
  • Ghostface (Nancy) brutally stabs Dewey in the back thrice, but he survives once again. ( Scream 2 )
  • Mickey reflexively shoots Gale in the stomach, but she survived. Before that, Nancy had her at gunpoint and could have killed her instantly. ( Scream 2 )
  • Sidney intensely escapes a police car through a knocked-out Ghostface (Mickey) at the driver's seat. Nancy has Sidney on a knife-point (Cotton Weary ends up saving Sidney by shooting Nancy in the neck) ( Scream 2 )
  • Gale falls into a basement along with Ghostface (Roman) who was knocked-out temporarily. ( Scream 3 )
  • Ghostface (Roman) throws his knife at Dewey into his head, but the handle hits him instead and knocks him out. ( Scream 3 )
  • Ghostface (Roman) ties Gale and Dewey together to hold them as hostage to lure Sidney when he could've just killed them. ( Scream 3 )
  • Roman strangles Sidney to death but stops when Dewey turns down the electricity of the house, he also shot her with a gun (but she wore a bullet-proof vest) and could've shot her in the head. ( Scream 3 )
  • Ghostface (Charlie) managed to stab Gale at a "Stab-a-Thon" in the shoulder, but he escaped, when Dewey fired his gun. In the climax, Jill also held Gale at a gun-point and was going to shoot her. ( Scream 4 )
  • Jill threatens to blow Dewey's head off with his gun. ( Scream 4 )
  • Jill could've stabbed Sidney even more in Kirby's house, but she was probably in a hurry as she was aware that the police were coming. ( Scream 4 )
  • In Scream (2022) , Ghostface (Amber) finally managed to kill one of the legacy characters (Dewey) by cutting up his back, stomach and chest.
  • Amber firstly shot Gale in the chest with gun, and later during her fight with Gale, is close to stab her. ( Scream 2022 )
  • Amber stabbed Sidney in the stomach and was fighting her in the kitchen. ( Scream 2022 )
  • As Sidney wasn't in Scream VI, Gale was the only legacy character (from the beginning) to appear in sixth film. In the movie, she was stabbed multiple times in her apartment by Ghostface (Quinn) and barely survives.
  • In Scream 4 , it is revealed that Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker are the killers, they planned this to "remake" the franchise:
  • Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper represent Casey Becker and Steve Orth (killed first simultaneously after one receives a call from Ghostface. A deleted scene shows that they were hung and tied to a chair like Casey and Steve).
  • Kate Roberts represents her sister, Maureen Prescott. Both are the mothers of the "protagonist".
  • Trevor Sheldon represents Neil Prescott. Both were kidnapped, bound and gagged, and would-be framed for the murder spree.
  • Jill and Charlie's plan to make their innocence in the killing spree more solid by stabbing each other, is just like Billy and Stu's plan in the first movie.
  • Jill stabbing Charlie to death on purpose, is a reference to Scream 2 when Nancy betrays her accomplice Mickey.
  • Mickey Altieri, Roman Bridger, Jill Roberts, Ethan Landry and Quinn Bailey are the only killers to reveal themselves while they are still in the Ghostface costume.

External Links [ ]

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Ghostface often calls his victims on the phone, taunting or threatening them before stabbing them to death with an eight inch hunting knife. He occasionally asks his victims horror movie trivia, and stalks them in a manner reminiscent of said films.

Abilities and Attributes [ ]

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

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

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

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

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

Ghostface is sometimes a little bit of a klutz. Ghostface gets hit by doors and other objects like a refrigerator door while fighting with Tatum Riley , and sometimes falls down to the floor while chasing Sidney Prescott .

Despite being human, four of the killers (Billy, Mickey Altieri , Roman and Jill Roberts ) seem to have a supernatural ability to survive fatal wounds and spring back to life (although they were killed immediately after).

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

Weapons and Equipment [ ]

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

Gun: Usually used when Ghostface finally reveals his/her identity.

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

Bullet-proof Vest: used by Roman to protect himself from gunshots to the chest.

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

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


1) Maureen Prescott - Raped and stabbed to death by Billy Loomis & Stu Macher ; took place before events of Scream 1.

2) Steven Orth - disemboweled (off-screen) by Stu Macher

3) Casey Becker - stabbed once in chest, once in stomach, once in neck; disemboweled by Billy Loomis & Stu Macher (off- screen) ; hanged from tree (not seen until afterwards)

4) Principal Arthur Himbry - stabbed three times in chest/stomach by Billy Loomis ; disemboweled (off-screen) ; hanged from football goal post (off-screen)

5) Tatum Riley - arm sliced with knife; lifted from garage door; head flattened after being stuck in cat flap by Billy Loomis

6) Kenny Jones - throat slashed with knife by Stu Macher

1) Phil Stevens - stabbed in ear through bathroom stall; hacked up by Mickey Altieri (off-screen)

2) Maureen Evans - stabbed in stomach/back 3 times/3 more times; hacked up by Mickey Altieri (off-screen)

3) Cici Cooper - thrown through glass door; stabbed twice in back; thrown off second-story balcony by Mickey Altieri

4) Randy Meeks - stabbed 4 times in chest, throat slit in news van by Debbie Loomis

5) Officer Andrews - throat slashed with knife by Mickey Altieri

6) Officer Richards - head bashed against car window 3 times; hit by car; impaled in back of head through windshield by pipe while on moving car by Mickey Altieri

7) Hallie McDaniel - stabbed 4 times in chest by Mickey Altieri

8) Derek Feldman - bound to cross; shot in heart with handgun by Mickey Altieri

1) Christine Hamilton - stabbed in back by Roman Bridger

2) Cotton Weary - hit in head with golf club; arm slashed; stabbed in chest; stabbed in face by Roman Bridger (off-screen)

3) Sarah Darling - face punched through glass door; stabbed in back by Roman Bridger

4) Steven Stone - stabbed in back; head bludgeoned 3 times with frying pan by Roman Bridger (final punch hit the knife in his back hitting major arteries)

5) Tom Prinze - house filled with gas by Roman Bridger ; exploded by lighter

6) Angelina Tyler - stabbed in chest by Roman Bridger

7) Tyson Fox - stabbed in stomach; rug pulled underneath (neck broken); slammed against glass case; thrown off second-story balcony by Roman Bridger

8) Jennifer Jolie - stabbed in back/stomach behind one-way mirror by Roman Bridger

9) John Milton - throat slit with knife by Roman Bridger

1) Trudie Harrold (Stab 6 opening) - stabbed in chest

2) Sherrie Marconi (Stab 6 opening) - throat slashed with knife

3) Rachel Milles (Stab 7 opening) - stabbed twice in stomach

4) Marnie Cooper - stabbed in stomach; thrown through glass door; stabbed several times by Charlie Walker (off-screen) ; hung from ceiling fan (seen hanging in deleted scene)

5) Jenny Randall - stabbed in back; back crushed by garage door; stabbed in chest by Charlie Walker ( off-screen) ; stabbed several times (off-screen) , bound to chair (seen bound in deleted scene)

6) Olivia Morris - stabbed in chest/through left hand; kicked/thrown; stabbed in back once/stomach 6 times; head smashed through window; disemboweled by Charlie Walker (off-screen)

7) Rebecca Walters - stabbed in stomach; thrown off parking garage roof by Jill Roberts ; lands on news van

8) Ross Hoss - stabbed in back; stabbed several times by Jill Roberts (off-screen)

9) Anthony Perkins - stabbed in forehead; stabbed several times by Jill Roberts (off-screen)

10) Kate Roberts - stabbed in back through letterbox by Jill Roberts

11) Robbie Mercer - stabbed in chest/back/stomach by Charlie Walker

12) Trevor Sheldon - tied up with duct tape (off-screen) ; shot in groin/forehead with handgun by Jill Roberts

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Ghostface Glossary: A Guide to Every Horror Reference in the Original ‘Scream’ Movie

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Welcome to the Ghostface Glossary , a guide to every horror reference and nod throughout the first five films of the Scream franchise.

After a lot of pausing, rewinding, and zooming in, as well as researching, we’re catching all of the many horror-specific references Williamson, Craven, and Co. included in this beloved postmodern slasher franchise. If we’ve forgotten any glaring ones, kindly let us know. 

“If they’d watch Prom Night , they’d save time!”

For millions of horror fans in the ’90s— the budding and jaded alike— a murder mystery slasher movie that promised Drew Barrymore in the marketing and released right before Christmas ’96 came out of absolute nowhere. Written by an up-and-comer with a penchant for the original Halloween and directed by the guy who directed meta masterpiece New Nightmare , the original Scream blew minds and box office numbers with not only its hot cast, brutal kills, and what-would-become iconic villain Ghostface, but its wealth of knowledge and genuine love for the horror genre, which ebbed and flowed in quality after years of what felt like slasher movie (in particular) burnout.

Millennial-aged horror fans own it, quote it, cosplay it, and most importantly, perhaps even learned from it— as the film dropped so many references of past horror classics that it became a gateway film for those of us who may have been a few years too young to have caught the Golden Age of slasher films in theaters.

Forget the “rules.” Here are all the horror nods contained within the OG classic!  

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‘When a Stranger Calls’

Black Christmas (1974), When A Stranger Calls (1979) and When A Stranger Calls Back (1993): The call is coming from inside the house . A masked murderer taunting a teenage girl home alone over a landline call is so often identified with the first 12 minutes and 46 seconds of Scream that it’s difficult to imagine that scenario in film before it. But the extended opening sequence of When A Stranger Calls (its most valuable) was the precursor for Casey’s deadly phone games with Ghostface, as both are perfectly valid short films on their own accord.

Its made-for-TV 1993 sequel, When A Stranger Calls Back , really ramps up the tension, as whoever is watching the babysitter is watching her through windows and doors to the house– almost identical to what’s happening to Casey in Scream . Of course, five years before WASC , Billy tortured Jess and the sorority girls via lewd phone calls in the beginning moments of Black Christmas , which doesn’t carry quite the same scare impact– as the group of girls are together and not home alone during that particular scene.  

Halloween (1978) and Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992): 1) In a scene which will forever live in infamy, Ghostface begins his game by asking Casey what her favorite scary movie is, to which she says the 1978 classic. 2) Casey is making popcorn, too, just like her fellow fictional victim, Annie. 3) When Ghostface quizzes her for the killer’s name, Casey knows it’s Michael. 4) Thanks to some brightening and zooming, the video tapes that Casey notoriously gets ready to watch before she meets her fate appear to be Halloween and Children of the Corn II . Brace yourself for an obscene amount of Halloween references to come. 

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, and franchise): “Is that the guy who had knives for fingers?” Ghostface plays dumb while Casey guesses his favorite scary movie. Of course, Casey goes on to quip that the first one was good, but the rest “sucked.” Obviously, at the time, this was the film franchise Wes Craven was most famous for. 

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‘Friday the 13th’

Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981): Friday fans around the world would cringe during the moment in which Ghostface tricks Casey into incorrectly answering Jason as the killer instead of Pamela Voorhees. Casey’s boyfriend Steve ultimately pays for this sin.

Halloween II (1981): Similar to Laurie crawling her way through the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital parking lot and softly crying for help to no avail, Casey’s close-by parents arrive home and do not hear her faint, desperate sobbing for assistance. This sequence within a hospital setting would also be emulated in a later Scream sequel.  

Dementia 13 aka The Haunted and the Hunted (1963): Ghostface drags Casey’s body across her lawn before her final breaths, akin to the scene in which the killer drags a woman’s body by the wrist in this Francis Ford Coppola black-and-white horror classic.

Halloween (1978): Repeated almost verbatim from this Laurie line to Lindsey and Tommy, the Beckers come home to a burning kitchen and no Casey in sight. Frightened, Casey’s dad prompts her mother to “call the Mackenzies.” 

Suspiria (1977): Casey’s hanging, blood-doused body, mouth agape, is a nod to the iconic Argento moment in which young woman Pat is stabbed, killed, and hung from the ceiling.

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Psycho (1960): Drew Barrymore famously rejected the role of Sidney and insisted on portraying Casey to shock the audience, a la Janet Leigh as Marion Crane dying halfway through the Hitchcockian classic. Additionally, though we often associate Billy’s last name Loomis with Halloween ’s Dr. Loomis, we forget that the origin of the Loomis name comes from Marion’s questionable boyfriend Sam Loomis in Psycho . 

A Nightmare on Elm Street , again (1984): 1) The casting directors of Scream famously considered Skeet Ulrich the ’90s version of NOES ’s Johnny Depp, due to their similar heartthrob physical features, so they threw a nod to the ’84 film when he enters Sidney’s window in the same fashion as Nancy’s boyfriend Glen. 2) Sheriff Burke, portrayed by Joseph Whipp, is also in NOES as Sgt. Parker. 3) Of course, Wes Craven also later makes his cameo as a Freddy Krueger janitor lookalike, and 4) Tatum wears the same crop top ”10” jersey as Glen. 

The Exorcist (1973): 1) “ The Exorcist was on. It got me thinking of you.” One of Billy’s most nauseating lines– and there are quite a few. 2) Linda Blair later appears as the obnoxious TV reporter questioning Sidney about her “almost butchered” attack. “The people want to know– they have the right to know!” Of course, Linda has appeared in several horror movies, including a Wes Craven film from 1978, Stranger in Our House – but Regan remains her most recognizable role. 

Halloween (1978): Though Scream is better known for featuring Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand,” a slow, haunting cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” plays in the background, performed by Gus Black. The script also pokes fun at the confusion of John Carpenter and Wes Craven when Tatum says the line “Wes Carpenter flick” later on. 

Basic Instinct: While the gang sits around at lunchtime and discusses Casey and Steve’s murders, Tatum argues the killer could easily be female, because of the ice-picking female baddie portrayed by Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct . (There’s stabbing, so we’re counting it as horror.)

Are You In the House Alone? (1978): As Sidney receives her first phone call from Ghostface, he asks her if she’s “alone in the house?” Uncertain as to why Kevin Williamson didn’t just use the direct line “are you in the house alone” from this 1978 TV movie. (This film also would go on to influence I Know What You Did Last Summer with the handwritten note “I’m watching you”). 

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Candyman (1992): Stu criticizes Sidney for branding (Billy) as the Candyman. “His heart’s broken!”  

Copycat (1995): The bathroom stall scene, in which Sidney gets stalked by someone in the Ghostface costume before she runs out of there intact, references a scene from the 1995 film in which the killer attacks Sigourney Weaver’s Helen from the neighboring stall. 

Frankenstein (1931): Before Randy goes on his first of two infamous rants, this 1931 Universal Classic Monsters movie plays on the TV at the video store. 

The Howling (1981): “What’s that werewolf movie with E.T.’s mom in it?” Oh, you mean scream queen Dee Wallace? 

Prom Night (1980): The film’s adoration for another scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, firmly begins with Randy’s famous line: “If they’d watch Prom Night , they’d save time. There’s a formula to it– a very simple formula. Everybody’s a suspect!”

Mother’s Boys (1993): A poster of the film at the video store prominently displays this ’90s thriller with JLC at the helm. 

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‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976): Getting prepared for town curfew, Sidney compares the desolate Woodsboro town to the 1976 film, to which Dewey says he has also seen. 

Hellraiser (1987), The Evil Dead (1981), The Fog (1980), Terror Train (1980), Prom Night (1980), Halloween (1978): Randy brings these VHS tapes to Stu’s party, and explains Jamie Lee’s scream queen status to horror cynic Sidney. “Not til Trading Places – ’83…”

I Spit On Your Grave (1978): While unrealistic to think that the same girl who confuses Wes C and John C would be familiar with this video nasty rape revenge title, the “I spit on your garage” line spoken by Tatum is too quintessential to not love. 

Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974): A jealous Randy refers to Billy as Leatherface when he arrives at the party to “make up” with Sid.

The Bad Seed (1956): Sidney confides in Billy that she’s scared she’ll follow in her mother’s scandalous footsteps, worrying she’ll turn out to be a “bad seed or somethin’.”

The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Another of Billy’s unhinged, obsessive movie-brain analogies, he compares Sidney’s anguish to this 1991 Oscar-winning film. He also later references the film again when he rhetorically asks if they ever found out why Hannibal Lecter liked to eat people. 

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‘Deep Red’

Deep Red (1975): As Sidney is being chased by Ghostface throughout Stu’s house, she runs through a room (Stu’s?) in which several dolls are strung across the ceiling- a nod to this Argento giallo in which the killer does the same. Of course, the creepy-dolls-being-hung-by-a-noose to indicate a psychopath’s working space is a common trope used throughout the genre.. 

Halloween (1978): In these final loving tributes to the Halloween night classic, Randy watches on as fellow real-life actor named Jamie gets stalked by Michael Myers, as he unknowingly gets stalked by Ghostface. Before Sidney finally ends Billy’s life for good, she hides in the closet until the right moment to stab Billy with an umbrella. 

Lady in White (1988): Sidney locks herself in the car to avoid Ghostface, akin to a scene in which LIW ’s protagonist Frankie does the same.

Carrie (1976): 1) According to Kevin Williamson, the visual of Sidney drenched in blood, as Gale nearly runs her over driving the news van, recalls Carrie White standing in the middle of the road and telepathically causing classmates to crash and burn before they almost run her down. 2) Once Billy “unmasks” himself, he reveals he and Stu used corn syrup– “same stuff they used for pig’s blood in Carrie .” 

Psycho (1960): 1) “We all go a little mad sometimes.” Once again, a line from Billy’s movie-freaked mind. 2) “Did Norman Bates have a motive?”

Happy Birthday to Me (1981): Billy’s motive is reminiscent of the killer’s motive in this 1981 slasher gem, as HBTM ’s Ann was also furious about her father’s affair with another woman. Never a good enough excuse for murder though, guys…

Thanks to IMDb and the Zack Cherry YouTube channel for picking up a couple this writer had missed for this comprehensive guide. 

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In a world where superheroes, sequels, horror (thankfully) and anything IP related are king, it seems as though the risqué original thriller has gone by the wayside. Over the past ten years or so you’d be hard pressed to find anything other than The Invisible Man, You Should Have Left,   Gerald’s Game, Gone Girl,  or  Knock, Knock that really fit the mold (albeit with some finagling) and each of those is either tied to popular literature or skews closer to the horror genre.

But the original thriller  thrived in the 1990s. Also thriving during this beautiful time in Hollywood were action movies featuring two adversaries face to face on the poster and/or movie cover. Movies like Face/Off, Point Break, Demolition Man, Universal Soldier, and Broken Arrow.  1992’s   Unlawful   Entry  combines both of these elements with two heaping sides of the stalker and slasher horror subgenres. Which is why it’s one of my favorite films to recommend to people all these years later.

In the film, average businessman-dude Michael Carr ( Kurt Russell ) and his wife Karen ( Madeleine Stowe ) are attacked in their home in the middle of the night. Michael and the intruder fight for a bit before he escapes and puts a kitchen knife to Karen’s throat. He escapes and dumps her in the pool on his way out but the two are shaken up pretty badly. The entire situation leaves them each feeling violated and Michael wondering if he’s able to keep his wife safe despite his valiant attempt to do just that.

The next day, cops Pete ( Ray Liotta ) and Roy ( Roger E. Mosley ) show up to take the report and a fresh out of Goodfellas Liotta does a hell of a job creeping the hell out of us the moment he lays eyes on Karen. Michael doesn’t see it but we do… and you don’t ever want someone looking at your significant other that way. Michael and Karen, being the naïve suburban couple they are, assume this cop only wants to help when he personally comes over to install their new security system.

Pete really plays up the bachelor cop angle in front of the couple and Michael tries to act tough and impress him when he talks about what he’d do if he were to get his hands on their assailant. Michael tells him in one of those great Kurt Russell moments that he’d “rip his fuckin’ heart out” and Pete laughs in his face and says, “you’re a really scary guy!”

The dynamic between the two is crystal clear. Pete doesn’t take him seriously in the slightest and it sets the tone for the rest of the film.

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Pete then invites Michael on a ride along. Michael goes, just to avoid being rude and gets a taste of just how twisted the streets of Los Angeles can be at night. Eventually, in a moment alone, Pete walks into a dilapidated house and back out, dragging with him the very man who broke into their house and assaulted his wife. Excitement turns to panic for Michael when Pete hands him a night stick and tells him to do what he promised: ”rip his fucking heart out.” In this moment, Pete really lets the monster out of the cage and shows Michael and all of us know just how psychotic he really is. But he’s a cop and you get a sense of the uphill battle that’s about to take place when Michael has a hard time convincing even his own wife that Pete is bad news.

What follows next is a series of escalating events where Pete begins to obsess over Karen. He finds reasons to show up unannounced, uses his nice guy lonely cop routine to take her for a cup of coffee, and delivers a speech about “what it means to be a cop” to her elementary school students. Meanwhile, systematically tearing Michael’s life apart so he can get him out of the way.

We’ve seen this plot before in other movies but what makes it so different in  Unlawful   Entry  are both the performances of Liotta and Russell and the tightness of the script. First off, Ray Liotta is  scary as hell  when he wants to be. The way that he turns, at the flip of a switch, from nice guy to absolute psycho is something to behold. You can tell he truly believes his psychotic thoughts and it is frightening. Liotta actually had me thinking at several moments here what an amazing Joker he would have played at this point in his career.

On the flip side, Kurt Russell once again manages to make his lack of ego one of his pure strengths as an actor. Steven Seagal could never. Russell is completely game to play an underdog way over his head who’s outmatched and out experienced in every way by a man who desperately wants to take his wife from him. Sure, Russell can play the over-the-top action hero as well as anyone and he’s proven such with roles like  Tango and Cash  or the  Escape From New York/LA  films. He’s also willing to strip all that down and play a normal everyday guy who’s scared shitless but maybe willing to do what it takes when the moment calls for it. It’s a talent he also brought to movies like  Breakdown and Executive Decision  but none more impressive than here. You can  really  put yourself in this guy’s shoes and it makes the moments where he overcomes the odds all the more heart pounding and exciting.

There’s very few things in the world I love more than a movie that comes down to a bare-knuckled fist fight between the hero and the villain. Especially when the hero is the massive underdog ala  Bloodsport, Broken Arrow  or  Lethal Weapon . The lead up here raises the stakes significantly, and it uses horror to do so.

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With Michael supposedly in jail after Pete frames him by planting drugs in his home, Pete shows up at their home to claim Karen. She comes downstairs thinking her friend is making dinner and there stands Pete cooking dinner in her home as though he belonged there. Just completely violating every space he moves through. Karen is forced to play along to keep from angering him. Even as she finds the body of her best friend stuffed in the closet shelf Michael Myers style complete with a  Black Christmas  bag still covering her face. When Karen finally breaks kayfabe and escapes after Pete tries to sleep with her, his switch flips and he begins to violently assault her.

If  American Psycho ’s Patrick Bateman were just a bit more subtle of a character who also happened to be a Police Officer, he’d be Officer Pete Davis. So, when Michael makes his heroic appearance and gets the chance to cathartically do what he could not earlier in the film by saving his wife, he’s doing so facing a fully tilted madman at the end of his rope.

It’s hard to figure out why  Unlawful   Entry seems so unheralded. Considering it received generally favorable reviews, was a box office success and oh yeah, stars Kurt Russell and Ray fuckin’ Liotta at their arguable peaks. Perhaps the problem was the film was sandwiched in between each actor’s most memorable roles? For Russell,  Unlawful   Entry   released in the middle of an amazing run that included  Tango & Cash, Backdraft  and  Tombstone . For Liotta, it just a few years removed from Goodfellas  and  Field of Dreams .

Or it’s possible the movie is looked at as just another run of the mill, racy thriller from the ’90s. I’d argue Unlawful   Entry   is much more than that. Not only does the film boast a great cast and have a fun mix of subgenres but it’s written tighter than most of its genre brethren. Part of what makes the story so frightening is that Michael makes  all  the right decisions throughout the film. He makes a stand early on and tells Pete to his face to his face to “fuck off” and leave them alone when being polite wasn’t getting through to him. He reports him to the department. When that doesn’t work he smartly reaches out to his partner ( Roger E. Mosley ), who he knows to be a good person. Michael is a smart son of a bitch who simply cannot  overcome the pull this cop has over the city, no matter what he tries. When you, as an audience, spend your time trying  unsuccessfully to solve this problem for him, instead of yelling at the characters to do the obvious, you can really begin to put yourself in his shoes and feel that helplessness for yourself. Sure, it’s frustrating to watch Karen be so naïve to this man’s charms but given the state of mind she’s in, you can sympathize to a point. Michael finally overcomes her doubt with a great line when he pleads to his wife, “What’s it going to take to convince you? Me in a body bag?!”

These are the moments that make the script by George Putnam , John Katchmer and Lewis Colick so impressive.

Unlawful   Entry is a movie that may be a run of the mill ’90s thriller on the surface but explores so much more. It covers masculinity and relationships in the same way as a movie like Straw Dogs,  with the entertainment level of a thriller like  The Fugitive  or  The Bodyguard .  There’s also a lot of very realistic points about how we as a society can be susceptible to the power those in certain professions hold over us if they choose to use them to do evil. There’s even some nice subtle Wes Craven-esque observations about classism and like a Christmas star on the tree, it’s all topped off with an unhinged Ray Liotta in top form, stalking and slashing his way through the movie.  Unlawful   Entry  remains forever underrated.

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‘Scream’: All of the Ghostface Killers, Ranked

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Editor's Note: The following contains spoilers for every Scream film, including the latest Scream 6. Scream VI is finally in theaters, taking Ghostface and the new generation of victims to New York City , leaving behind Woodsboro (and Sidney Prescott) . It's clear that the Scream franchise, starting with Wes Craven 's 1996 Scream films lives on, even if none of the killers seem to... The forever final girl Sidney Prescott ( Neve Campbell ) has dealt with her fair share of psycho boyfriends, evil half-brothers, and attention-seeking friends and family to know that surviving a horror movie isn't nearly as fun as watching one, but with Dewey Riley ( David Arquette ) and Gale Weathers ( Courteney Cox ) always by her side, nothing is impossible. Last year's Scream "requel" (yes, we spelled that right) was an exciting addition to the iconic horror franchise that challenges everything we know about horror, "elevated" or not and introduced two new slashers to the Ghostface legacy. Scream VI added not two, not three, but four new Ghostface killers. Well, three and a half more so. Despite the new film being the first without our "forever" final girl , the film still offers up a ton of blood, gore, and crazed killers.

While Woodsboro's most famous psycho killers all shared the same mask (and the same voice by Roger L. Jackson ) , they were all in fact very different people with, sometimes, the exact same motives as the last. Nonetheless, they were foes to be reckoned with, so let's rank every one of them.

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13. Ethan Bailey (Scream 6)

By the end of Scream VI , we learn that the Bailey family has been working together as Ghostface to avenge the death of Richie Kirsch ( Jack Quaid ). Richie's father and patriarch, Detective Bailey ( Dermot Mulroney ) , coordinates all the new Ghostface attacks. His daughter, Quinn ( Liana Liberato ), is a bloodthirsty lunatic capable of faking her own death to give her more freedom to slash away her victims. Ethan ( Jack Champion ), Detective Bailey’s third child, is just there.

With three people donning the Ghostface mask and jumping from place to place with a blade in their hands, it gets hard to know who killed who. But Ethan doesn’t have a single confirmed death under his belt. The most likely attack performed by Ethan happens at Tara ( Jenna Ortega ) and Sam Carpenter’s ( Melissa Barrera ) apartment, in which Quinn fakes her murder, the girl’s new sex-positive bestie is slashed in the bathroom, and Anika ( Devyn Nekoda ) falls to her death. Still, while Ethan could have been behind the five unclaimed deaths in Scream 6 , his bland personality makes him the most forgettable member of the Bailey family.

Kill Count : 0 (possibly 5 others)

12. Charlie Walker (Scream 4)

It's those film guys you've got to watch out for... 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 ( J amie Kennedy ) and be one of the last survivors of the most recent Woodsboro murders. "The unexpected is the new cliché", he says to his Cinema Club, and it's true. Charlie may have been the least likely suspect, and that's exactly how he (almost) got away with it. However, Charlie was also one of the weakest of all the Ghostfaces. Not only was he killed almost immediately by his accomplice (more on her later), but each of his kills was sloppier than the last. Sure, we wouldn't want to meet Charlie in a dark alley, but it's possible we could take him.

Kill Count : 3

11. Debbie Loomis (Scream 2)

The mother of the original Ghostface killer, Debbie Loomis ( Laurie Metcalf ), also known as Debbie Salt, gave off some real Pamela Voorhees vibes when she showed up at the end of Scream 2 . After Sidney killed Billy Loomis ( Skeet Ulrich ), Debbie quickly began devising a plan to avenge her son's murder, which involved paying for a student's tuition (see below) and for him to get close to Sidney through school. As it turned out, she was the one who killed Sidney's high school friend Randy Meeks, who we were all sad to see go. Debbie's psychotic revenge plot didn't end well for her. Not only was she shot by Cotton Weary ( Liev Schreiber ), but Sidney then made sure to finish the job. Although Debbie killed one of the best characters in the franchise, she's still one of the least memorable, and a clear rip-off of the original Friday the 13th to boot.

Kill Count : 1 (possibly 2 others)

10. Jason Carvey (Scream 6)

Scream VI revolutionized the franchise by having not one, not two, but four killers donning the Ghostface mask. As usual, the movie opens with the killer stalking and slaying one of his victims, Samara Weaving ’s cinema professor Laura Crane, whose knowledge of slasher culture doesn’t prevent her from going alone into a dark alleyway. Surprisingly, Scream VI doesn’t waste time before unmasking Laura’s killer, college student Jason ( Tony Revolori ).

Jason targeted Laura because she gave him a bad grade, but with his flatmate Greg, he planned to start a new massacre and finish the work Richie Kirsch started in Scream (2022). Unfortunately for Jason and Greg, they had some competition, with the true villain of Scream VI slashing away the two boys to save Tara and Sam for themselves. Despite Jason having a short franchise appearance, Laura’s death is nothing less than brutal. And with Revolori’s natural charisma added to the mix, Jason becomes more memorable than a few main killers of previous movies.

Kill Count : 1

9. Detective Bailey (Scream 6)

While Detective Bailey doesn’t perform well compared to other Ghostfaces, we must give him the prize of the worst father ever. Any parent who lets their child become so fascinated with serial killers they want to build a temple to Ghostface should be frowned upon. He raised Richie to become a serial killer and trained Ethan and Quinn to follow the same path. All the while stealing police evidence to make the Ghostface shrine look good.

Detective Bailey’s motivation doesn’t differ much from Debbie Loomis’, but he gets some credit for being willing to get his hands dirty. Detective Bailey is also responsible for the bodega massacre, where he takes down three bystanders. While there are five unclaimed Ghostface deaths in Scream VI , the patriarch of the killer family was probably the one to off Jason and Greg, as the killer on the phone underlined how he despised the Ghostface wannabes. That sounds like Bailey, who was the mastermind behind the whole operation. It’s also likely Bailey murdered Dr. Christopher Stone ( Henry Czerny ), Sam’s psychologist, as he had more freedom than his children to go out without raising suspicions.

Kill Count : 3 (possibly 5 others)

8. Mickey Altieri (Scream 2)

The main killer of Scream 2 , Mickey Altieri ( Timothy Olyphant ) was one of Sidney's best friends in college and a film student who especially loved horror flicks. Of course, like all the Ghostface killers, his dream of becoming the "star" eventually came to pass as he began killing across campus. Mickey directly killed five people and potentially two others, all the while reassuring Sidney that he was just as disturbed to see history repeat itself as she was. In the worst way possible, Mickey got into Sidney's head, making her think that his best friend and her boyfriend Derek Feldman ( Jerry O'Connell ) was his accomplice, right before killing him. This stunted Sidney's relationships going forward, and she continued to wear the necklace Derek gave her in remembrance of him (which came in handy when she used it to slice Mickey's face), realizing Mickey was lying the whole time.

Kill Count : 5 (possibly 2 others)

7. Quinn Bailey (Scream VI)

While the entire Bailey family has some serious psychiatric issues, Quinn wins the prize of the most deranged killer. During the final fight, Quinn reveals she faked her own death to keep slashing her victims without raising suspicions. That’s a sick thing to do, which underlines Quinn’s commitment to the role of Ghostface. Besides that, Quinn was the Ghostface who attacked Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) in her apartment, offing the reporter’s new boyfriend, Brooks ( Thomas Cadrot ).

The Gale vs. Ghostface duel of Scream VI is one of the best scenes in the entire franchise, which is already reason enough for Quinn to be more celebrated than her other family members. Still, she does much more damage in Scream VI , stabbing Mindy ( Jasmin Savoy Brown ) on the subway and leading the charge against Chad ( Mason Gooding ) during the third act. She could have also been responsible for some of the five unclaimed deaths in the sixth movie.

Kill Count : 1 (possibly 5 others)

6. Amber Freeman (Scream 5)

Amber Freeman ( Mikey Madison ) might only be eighteen, but she's one of the toughest Ghostfaces to ever slash through the competition. One of the two antagonists in the recent Scream "requel", Amber managed to get close to Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) and infiltrate her group of friends, just as the original Woodsboro killers did. Amber managed to not only get close to Tara but so close that Tara would prefer her company to that of her sister, Sam (Melissa Barrera): She's a phenomenal actor.

But Amber's true claim to fame is that she was able to do what no other Ghostface has ever been able to do, finally kill Dewey Riley . Sure, Dewey was a lot older than he was in the original films, but he's survived a heck of a lot throughout the years. Still, Amber manages to take him out for good, and we've got to give it to her. She's one of the scariest slashers on this list. Did we even mention that she also got burned alive and then still tried to kill Sidney, Gale, and Sam?

Kill Count : 4

5. Richie Kirsch (Scream 5)

Along with Amber, Richie Kirsch (Jack Quaid) decided to create his own version of "Stab 8" that would better serve the "fans" (i.e. their) wants and needs. His master plan involved cozying up to Sam Carpenter, the long-lost daughter of Billy Loomis, only to turn on her in the final hour. The first boyfriend since Billy Loomis to actually be the killer, Richie makes an immediate impression as a genuinely "nice guy." Still, Dewey managed to peg it right off the bat because of course he does.

So why is Richie higher on the list than Amber? Honestly, because of his consistent charisma, brilliant plan, and superior acting skills. While Amber seems like a suspect, Richie gives off no immediate warning signs other than being Sam's boyfriend. Until the final moments when he reveals himself, we're genuinely hoping against hope that he isn't the killer, and when it's revealed we feel beyond betrayed. Plus, he killed the acting Sheriff Judy Hicks ( Marley Shelton ) and her son Wes ( Dylan Minnette ) in broad daylight, which is pretty impressive. And now we know that he's the character to spawn the events of Scream VI . Talk about a legacy!

Kill Count : 2

4. Stu Macher (Scream)

Possibly the most disturbing of all the Ghostfaces, Stu Macher ( Matthew Lillard ) does some of the weirdest stuff with his tongue since Gene Simmons put on that KISS makeup. That said, this Ghostface is the secondary (and surprise) antagonist of the original Scream who helped kill Sidney's mother before beginning the famous 1996 Woodsboro Murders a year later, starting with his ex-girlfriend Casey Becker ( Drew Barrymore ) and her then-boyfriend.

Stu is actually insane (you can see it in his eyes), and his legacy would live on through the rest of the franchise as he and Billy are mentioned in every film (with Lillard cameoing in each). There are also huge speculations based on early treatments by co-creator Kevin Williamson that Stu is still alive and serving jail time, awaiting his return with a cult of Ghostfaces. Ultimately, this idea was used for Williamson's show The Following , but it would definitely make a compelling seventh installment..

3. Roman Bridger (Scream 3)

Scream 3 might be the least memorable film of the bunch, but this killer is unforgettable. For young Hollywood music video director Roman Bridger ( Scott Foley ), landing the job directing Stab 3 wasn't nearly enough. The illegitimate son of Maureen Prescott ( Lynn McRee ) aka actress Rina Reynolds, Roman was flat-out rejected by his birth mother, only to stalk her and learn of her secret affair with Hank Loomis ( C.W. Morgan ). It's Roman's influence that actually drove Billy Loomis and Stu Macher to kill Billy's father in the first place, resulting in the events of the 1996 Woodsboro Murders.

The original Woodsboro Murderers weren't enough for Roman though, who decided that it was his time to shine and try to kill his half-sister Sidney. Roman might be the most prolific Ghostface there ever was, and the only one to act completely alone (the hidden twist that marked the third film). Thankfully Dewey was there to shoot him in the head and save Sidney from being his tenth and final victim.

Kill Count : 9

2. Jill Roberts (Scream 4)

Sidney's cousin Jill Roberts ( Emma Roberts ) is another straight psycho. Obviously, all the Ghostfaces must be crazy on some level, but Jill brings entirely new energy to it, willing to injure herself in order for her "attack" to look real. In fact, the revelation that she was the mastermind behind the events of Scream 4 , followed by her killing her own accomplice to make her the "new" Sidney Prescott, was probably the most shocking moment in the entire Scream canon. And it works.

To this day, Jill is one of the scariest, and most ruthless slashers in the Scream franchise with seven victims to her name, showing the dangers of this social media age of attention-seeking. After failing to kill her cousin once, she tries to kill Sidney again in the hospital, only for Sidney to electrocute her in the head with two defibrillators before shooting her point-blank. It's intense, but it gets the job done.

Kill Count : 7

1. Billy Loomis (Scream)

The O.G. Ghostface killer, Billy Loomis was the first man to directly torment Sidney Prescott, not to mention the rest of Woodsboro. Alongside Stu Macher, Billy slashed through all of their high school pals, but not before murdering Sidney's own mother a year prior in a revenge-fueled rage. Billy might be the scariest of all the Ghostface killers because even when he was out of costume he was something of a freak, and was very clearly the killer from the beginning.

Billy's legacy would haunt the rest of Woodsboro (and the franchise) for years to come, directly inspiring future Ghostfaces and adding even more bloodshed to his name. Even Sam Carpenter, the latest final girl and Billy's long-lost daughter, channeled her inner-Loomis (after having visions of him in her head, yikes) to brutally kill Richie before he could murder her. This isn't even to mention the years of therapy Sidney had to go through after Billy revealed himself as Ghostface.

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15 iconic ghostface quotes.

Along with a high body count in the Scream franchise, the various Ghostface killer(s) also knows how to deliver iconic lines across the series.

  • Ghostface's quotes in the Scream franchise combine pop culture knowledge with real fear, making him an iconic horror movie villain.
  • The new generation of Ghostface killers in Scream 5 target their victims with taunts and personal information, pushing them to become heroes.
  • Ghostface's quotes in Scream often taunt and manipulate the victims, showing the killer's obsession and willingness to use anything against them.

The Scream franchise features one of the most iconic horror movie villains of all time and the best Ghostface quotes help to cement that reputation. Over the years of the franchise's popularity, audiences have come to love the lines that come from the iconic horror villain. Ghostface simultaneously balances hilarity with genuine menace in each entry in Scream . No matter who the killer behind the mask is, they manage to combine pop culture knowledge with real fear,

The Ghostface in Scream IV added a new element to the franchise but also honors what fans have come to expect from the masked killer. This includes his famous taunting of his victims over the phone while quizzing them on their favorite scary movies and displaying some remorseless dark humor while killing the latest victim. Though every movie has featured a different killer (or killers) behind the mask, the unhinged sense of humor and the near-encyclopedic knowledge of horror has remained intact. As memorable as the mask is in the Scream movies, these Ghostface quotes help make it an iconic villain.

9 Scream Theories That Completely Change The Entire Saga

15 “do you think i made it inside your house before you could re-arm”, talking to tara - scream 5 (2022).

Scream 5 introduced a whole new generation of people in Woodsboro that would be chased by a new generation of Ghostface killers. This particular Ghostface quote comes from the beginning of the movie as Tara takes her first phone call from the killer and becomes a target.

While the call begins with Tara and Ghostface talking about horror movies (Tara prefers elevated horror to slasher flicks), Tara eventually realizes that it’s not a prank. The audience might think that she’s going to get out of being one of Ghostface’s victims because of how drawn out their conversation is, but Ghostface surprises Tara and the audience by revealing that they’ve made it into Tara’s house. It’s a classic jump scare moment in the franchise just before Tara is stabbed multiple times - but she still survives her wounds to become one of the new franchise heroines.

14 “Maybe You’re Too Weak For This Franchise.”

Talking to sam - scream 5 (2022).

The other new franchise heroine in Scream 5 is Sam, the previously unknown daughter of Billy Loomis. Ghostface knows Sam’s secret, even though she’s tried incredibly hard to keep it ever since she found out as a teenager. The secret is one that she believes tore her family apart, and Sam has been running from it - right up until she finds out her little sister was attacked by Ghostface.

This Ghostface taunts Sam with her family history instead of just scary movies. Though Sam is singled out as the heroine by the duo who take on the Ghostface persona in Scream 5, they think they can “take over the franchise” from her and Sidney, not realizing that the more Sam is taunted and the more her sister is placed in danger, the more likely she is to become violent herself and fight back. This is one of the Ghostface quotes used to provoke her, only turning her into the hero of the story.

13 "Welcome Home, Sidney. Preview Of Events Coming."

Talking to sidney - scream 4 (2011).

Olivia Morris marks the third death in Scream 4 . When her phone rings after she is killed, Sidney answers it. On the other end is the familiar, distorted voice of Ghostface in a nod to the iconic "Hello, Sidney". The addition of the ominous statement, which foreshadows the bloody events that are about to unfold in the movie. It also ties into the movie theme that all the films follow with the mention of a preview or trailer, like in an actual movie. It delves into the meta that the series loves to play with.

12 "I Only Hear You Too, Sidney."

Talking to sidney - scream 3 (2000).

Scream 6 without Sidney Prescott was a bold move as she has been tied to each Ghostface as a figure of obsession. In Scream 3 , this sinister quote comes in a roundabout, somewhat mocking way. When Sidney answers the phone, the voice on the other end repeats what she says twice. Thinking that it is either Gale or Dewey, she tells the person on the line to call her back because she can only hear herself talking. This is when the voice becomes clear. What makes it such a chilling line is that it shows just how obsessed with Sidney the killer truly is. How Ghostface is willing to use anything against her in his quest to torture Sidney, even her voice.

11 "When You're Friends With Sid, You Die."

This hair-raising quote from Scream 3 comes about in more of a mocking tone. Speaking with Sidney on the phone, the Ghostface monologue begins with him taunting her about the people she's closest to in life. Needless to say, the killer is also twisting the metaphorical knife as well. Telling her that it is up to her to save their lives, Sidney begins to question if the events unfolding are even real. In the end, the whole thing is heartbreaking for the final girl. It's a tough moment for a well-loved character who has already been through so much pain.

Scream Movies: Where Is Woodsboro? Every Filming Location

10 “it’s an honor.”, to dewey - scream 5 (2022).

Most of the best Ghostface quotes are the ones repeated in multiple movies in the franchise, the ones that taunt the victims. This is not one of those lines. Instead, it’s one said to Dewey in Scream 5 right as he becomes Ghostface’s latest victim.

Dewey survived attacks in multiple movies and was there to protect Sidney and Gale for over 20 years, even when his relationship with Gale ended. Back in his hometown, as a new generation takes over the Ghostface mask is when Dewey meets his end. Even the new Ghostface knows that Dewey is a legend.

9 "If You Want To Be In The Hospital, I'd Be Happy To Put You There."

Talking to rebecca - scream 4 (2011).

As one of the few creepy quotes from Ghostface that isn't directed at Sidney, this line is said to Rebecca Walters in Scream 4 after her vehicle alarm is triggered inside a parking garage. As Sidney's publicist and personal assistant, she was fired just moments before the call. Rebecca claims to be inside the hospital, but the voice on the phone does not believe her. It escalates and escalates until she ends up dying quite horribly. The whole scene builds up amazingly to that death, and that quote is one of the reasons it works so well.

8 "Don't Forget To Set The Alarm."

Talking to cici - scream 2 (1997).

If the Scream franchise is known for anything, then it's that there are always multiple cameos from big-name stars. In Scream 2 , Sarah Michelle Gellar as Cici Cooper gets taunted by Ghostface in a truly over-the-top scene. This line was intended to mock her attempts at staying safe, making it even creepier. After all, audiences know that when Ghostface says such things then the killer is probably in the house and waiting to strike. Using that knowledge, the scene brings that scare to even greater heights.

7 "Never Say 'Who's There?' Don't You Watch Scary Movies?"

Talking to casey - scream (1996).

From the iconic first Scream film, the first character that Ghostface taunts over the phone is Casey Becker. Not sure what to make of the strange phone call, Casey misses a trick question about the first Friday the 13th movie. After all, it's always Mrs. Vorhees who was the killer, not Jason. With the wrong question, Ghostface seals Casey's future death. While her boyfriend did die, it's her that has the most brutal and heartbreaking kill in the first movie. The line also shows Ghostface's own propensity to look down on others who don't know the horror movie genre like the killer does.

6 "You Hang Up On Me Again, I'll Gut You Like A Fish."

This Ghostface quote in the call with Casey turns it from slight fun and flirty to straight-up terrifying. After being hung up on and cursed at, Ghostface could no longer maintain the lighthearted conversation. That's the key moment when Casey realizes that she's very much in danger. The line also turns to somewhat prophetic as Ghostface does, indeed, gut Casey like a fish in her kill. The entire scene and conversation are absolutely iconic, making it one of the best openings in horror movie history while setting up the plot for the Scream franchise as a whole. The 180-turn in Ghostface's demeanor shows that the killer can change from fun to terrifying in a heartbeat.

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

5 "i never said i was in your closet.", talking to kirby - scream 4 (2011).

In Scream 4 , Kirby Reed is on the phone with a mysterious voice - Ghostface. She doesn't seem to be afraid even after the voice reveals what she and Jill are watching on TV. She bravely flings open the closet doors after being told that he is hiding inside. However, no one is found. The line is delivered mockingly to the horror movie buff. At the moment, this is when the friends realize that the killer is next door murdering the neighbor. Not only does the line play with the audience's expectations, but it also does so with the right character, who is acting the most as an audience surrogate.

4 “Strange That You And I Have Never Spoken On The Phone. This Is Long Overdue.”

To gale - scream 6 (2023).

Through the first five movies, Gale Weathers is a Scream franchise staple. She’s there to be blunt, say the things people don’t want to hear, and act as a foil for Sidney. By Scream 6 , Sidney isn’t on screen bantering with Ghostface herself, but Gale is.

That’s a big step for the franchise. Even though Gale has been present for the carnage and her career has been built on the Woodsboro murders, she’s never talked to Ghostface. Gale has only ended up a target of Ghostface in the past because she was there, alongside Sidney or Dewey, and in the way. In Scream 6 , alone in her apartment in New York, Gale is targeted for her connection to the history of the franchise for the first time, and the new Ghostface is more than ready to confront her.

3 "Hello, Sidney."

Talking to sidney - scream (1996).

As the most iconic one-liner in Scream history, this quote packs a punch every time a fan hears it. Used in the trailers, including the Scream (2022) preview, it delivers a bone-chilling feeling that is associated with cult classic horror movies. Since Sidney has been the obsession of every Ghostface serial killer , it signifies to audience members that her plight is not yet over. The moment those words leave the killer's mouth, things in the film are about to get very, very real.

2 "What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?"

This famous Ghostface quote sets up the entire premise of the Scream franchise, which is very into meta-textual storytelling. In the first call with Casey Becker, Ghostface's iconic line simultaneously nods at previous horror movies while also making it clear that the characters are now in a scary movie. It's an interesting sort of dichotomy that the franchise loves to play with. This also ties in with many of the parodies - such as Scary Movie - that follow after the success of Scream . In the end, this is Ghostface's most timeless quote, appearing in the sequels and being referenced throughout pop culture as a whole.

1 "Who Gives A F*** About The Movies!"

Talking to jason - scream 6 (2023).

The opening scene of Scream 6 perfectly sets itself apart from those that followed and delivers something unexpected. The scene sees the typical opening murder of a big name (Samara Weaving), but instead of cutting to the title card, Ghostface removes his mask and the scene follows him as he goes about the rest of his day only to be targeted by another Ghostface.

The scene goes further in spinning the usual formula on its head. As the horror movie obsessive lies bleeding at Ghostface's feet, he laments not being able to finish his movie. Ghostface's surprising line before killing Jason proves this is a new killer with new motivations. Scream 6 has managed to reinvigorate the franchise and provide even more iconic Ghostface quotes.


Who Was The Killer In Scream 1: The Iconic Ghostface and Infamous Killer

Ricky Nguyen

“Who Was The Killer In Scream 1?” is a query that continues to intrigue fans of the cult-classic horror franchise Scream, conceived by the brilliant mind of horror maestro Wes Craven. The beloved series, comprising four films, intricately weaves the tale of Sidney Prescott, a high school student who unwittingly finds herself in the crosshairs of a menacing masked murderer known as Ghostface.

The Scream saga, celebrated for its ingenious amalgamation of horror and comedy elements, has secured its status as a cornerstone in the horror film genre. Fans often find themselves pondering the identity of the elusive killer lurking behind the mask in each installment of the series.

This article is dedicated to dissecting each film, unveiling the identity of the sinister killer that has kept audiences on the edge of their seats. Beyond its commendable box office performance, the Scream franchise has left an indelible mark on popular culture, with the Ghostface mask evolving into a symbol synonymous with horror.

The series’ distinctive concoction of horror and satire, memorable characters, and unexpected plot twists have cemented its place as a favorite amongst horror enthusiasts and general audiences alike.

Who Was The Killer In Scream 1: Scream (1996)

The first Scream movie, released in 1996, introduced audiences to the small town of Woodsboro and its residents, including Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell), her best friend Tatum (played by Rose McGowan), and her boyfriend Billy (played by Skeet Ulrich). The film follows Sidney as she becomes the target of a killer who is obsessed with horror movies and uses their rules to terrorize his victims.

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $173 million worldwide and receiving positive reviews for its innovative blend of horror and comedy. It also spawned a new era of slasher films, with its self-aware humor and clever subversion of horror movie clichés. The film’s success led to the creation of three sequels, each with its own unique twist on the Ghostface killer.

Who Was The Killer In Scream 1: Sidney's boyfriend, Billy Loomis

The killer in the first Scream movie is revealed to be none other than Sidney’s boyfriend, Billy Loomis. Throughout the film, Billy is portrayed as a supportive and caring boyfriend, but it is later revealed that he is the mastermind behind the Ghostface killings. He is motivated by his hatred towards Sidney’s mother, who he blames for the breakup of his parents’ marriage. Billy’s accomplice is revealed to be Stu Macher (played by Matthew Lillard), who is driven by his desire for fame and attention.

The reveal of Billy as the killer was a shocking twist for audiences, as he was initially presented as a sympathetic character. His transformation into a cold-blooded killer added a layer of complexity to his character and provided a chilling climax to the film. Similarly, Stu’s reveal as the accomplice added an element of surprise and further deepened the mystery of the Ghostface killer.

Who Was The Killer In Scream 1: Scream 2 (1997)

The success of the first Scream movie led to a sequel, Scream 2, which was released in 1997. The film takes place two years after the events of the first movie and follows Sidney as she attends college and becomes the target of a new Ghostface killer.

Scream 2 continued the franchise’s tradition of blending horror and comedy, while also introducing new characters and expanding on the story of the original film. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $172 million worldwide, and received positive reviews for its clever writing and engaging performances.

Who Was The Killer In Scream 2: Laurie Metcalf as Mrs. Loomis

The killer in Scream 2 is revealed to be Billy’s mother, Mrs. Loomis (played by Laurie Metcalf). She is seeking revenge for her son’s death and uses the events of the first movie to manipulate Sidney and her friends. Mrs. Loomis’s accomplice is revealed to be Mickey (played by Timothy Olyphant), a fellow college student who is obsessed with horror movies and wants to become famous by committing a mass murder.

The reveal of Mrs. Loomis as the killer added a new layer of complexity to the Scream franchise, as it showed that the effects of the Ghostface killings extended beyond the immediate victims. Mickey’s role as the accomplice also added a new dimension to the story, as his obsession with horror movies mirrored the meta-commentary of the Scream films themselves.

Who Was The Killer In Scream 1: Scream 3 (2000)

The third installment in the Scream franchise, Scream 3, was released in 2000. The film takes place three years after the events of Scream 2 and follows Sidney as she is once again targeted by a new Ghostface killer.

Scream 3 took the franchise in a new direction, with a plot that delved deeper into Sidney’s past and explored the origins of the Ghostface killer. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $161 million worldwide, and received mixed reviews from critics.

Scott Foley as Roman Bridger

The killer in Scream 3 is revealed to be Roman Bridger (played by Scott Foley), Sidney’s long-lost half-brother. Roman is seeking revenge against Sidney and their mother for abandoning him as a child. He also reveals that he was the mastermind behind the events of the first two movies, using Billy and Mrs. Loomis as his pawns. Roman’s accomplice is revealed to be John Milton (played by Lance Henriksen), a Hollywood producer who helped Roman get revenge on Sidney and her family.

The reveal of Roman as the killer added a new level of depth to the Scream franchise, as it connected the events of the previous films in a surprising and unexpected way. The inclusion of John Milton as the accomplice also added a new twist to the story, as it tied the Ghostface killings to the world of Hollywood and the film industry.

Who Was The Killer In Scream 1: Scream 4 (2011)

After an 11-year hiatus, the Scream franchise returned with Scream 4 in 2011. The film takes place 15 years after the events of Scream 3 and follows Sidney as she returns to Woodsboro, where a new Ghostface killer is targeting her and her friends.

Scream 4 was a welcome return for fans of the franchise, with its familiar blend of horror and comedy and its return to the small town setting of the original film. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $97 million worldwide, and received positive reviews for its clever writing and engaging performances.

Emma Roberts as Jill Roberts

The killer in Scream 4 is revealed to be Sidney’s cousin, Jill Roberts (played by Emma Roberts). Jill is motivated by her desire for fame and attention, and she wants to become the sole survivor of the Ghostface killings. Her accomplice is revealed to be Charlie Walker (played by Rory Culkin), a friend of Jill’s who is in love with her and helps her carry out the murders.

The reveal of Jill as the killer was a shocking twist for audiences, as she was initially presented as a sympathetic character. Her transformation into a cold-blooded killer added a layer of complexity to her character and provided a chilling climax to the film. Similarly, Charlie’s reveal as the accomplice added an element of surprise and further deepened the mystery of the Ghostface killer.

Conclusion: Who Was The Killer In Scream 1

In each of the Scream movies, the killer is someone close to Sidney, whether it be a family member, friend, or boyfriend. This adds an extra layer of suspense and betrayal to the films, making them even more thrilling to watch. Wes Craven’s clever storytelling and use of horror movie tropes keep audiences guessing until the very end, making the Scream franchise a beloved classic in the horror genre. So the next time you watch a Scream movie, remember to keep an eye out for the killer and their motives, as they may not be who you initially suspect.

In conclusion, the killers in each of the Scream movies are: Billy Loomis and Stu Macher in Scream (1996), Mrs. Loomis and Mickey in Scream 2 (1997), Roman Bridger and John Milton in Scream 3 (2000), and Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker in Scream 4 (2011).

These characters, along with the iconic Ghostface mask, have solidified their place in horror movie history and continue to be a source of fascination for fans of the franchise. So the next time you watch a Scream movie, remember to keep an eye out for the killer and their motives, as they may not be who you initially suspect.

The Scream franchise has left an indelible mark on the horror genre, with its unique blend of horror and comedy, memorable characters, and shocking plot twists. The identity of the Ghostface killer in each film is a key part of the franchise’s appeal, as it adds an element of mystery and suspense that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. So whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the series, the Scream movies offer a thrilling and entertaining viewing experience that is sure to keep you guessing until the very end.

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Ghostface's Buck-120 as seen in Scream 3 .

The Buck 120 Hunting Knife is the most common/signature weapon used by Ghostface to either harm or kill his/her victims.

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  • 4.2 Lakewood Slasher

Description [ ]

Ghostface uses a modified Buck 120, which is a common eight-inch hunting knife that is used as the main weapon by Ghostface, a persona adopted by the primary antagonists of the Scream film series. It also features a fuller beveled into the top of the blade to help lighten the blade. The knife features a clip-point blade, typical of Bowie-style knives, along with a small guard. 

The knives used in the film series are made of aluminum with solid wood handles or metallic painted rubber blades with rubber handles, although there are prop knives that use retractable blades. In Scream 4 , however, they used CGI to make the knife appear as if it was going into flesh.

The handle is made of black phenolic with finger grooves and a curved chrome tip in the first three films. In Scream 4 , however, the knife looks different. The Scream 4 version features a longer handle. The stunt knives are wrapped in duct tape and the blade has a less pronounced shape and is wider to boot, with the blood sight and blade looking more faint than usual, since they don't go as deep into the knife. The Scream 4 fuller looks much larger than the older models and the hero knives feature a smooth wood handle. 

In the TV series, it appears that the Lakewood Slasher/s and the show's version of Ghostface in the third season uses the Buck 119 instead of the 120, as evidenced by the shorter blade and fuller groove.

History [ ]

The Buck 120 was developed by Buck in the 1960s, but was discontinued around 1992 due to complaints by hunters that the blade length was excessive. 

It was replaced by the much-smaller Buck 119, with a blade length of closer to five inches, rather than eight. Today, the Buck 119 lives on due to great popularity. Many fans of the series do not have the money for a Buck 120 or are unable to locate it. So they instead get a Buck 119. The Buck 119 is quite popular with fans today. 

The Buck 120 has been recently been brought back to the Buck catalog, renamed the “Buck 120 General”, and is still sold alongside the Buck 119.

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Ghostface holding knife

Characters who used the knife [ ]

Ghostface [ ].

  • Scream (1996) - Billy Loomis and Stu Macher (Buck 120)
  • Scream 2 (1997) - Nancy Loomis and Mickey Altieri (Buck 120)
  • Scream 3 (2000) - Roman Bridger (Buck 120)
  • Scream 4 (2011) - Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker (Buck 120)
  • Scream: Ressurection (2019)- (as part of Scream: TV Series ): Jamal Elliot and Beth (Buck 119)
  • Scream (2022) - Richie Kirsch , Amber Freeman and Samantha Carpenter (Buck 120)
  • Whilst an unofficial Ghostface killer in the film, Jason Carvey does use the knife in the murder he commits, albeit unclear which model (Buck 119-120)
  • This is the only film, so far, in which older Buck 120 knives from the previous films are shown and used in various degrees by the new trio of Ghostface killers/family and by the Carpenter sisters, and used to some capacity due to the Ghostface Shrine as an homage to the previous five films/ massacres honing them (among other artifacts).

Lakewood Slasher [ ]

  • Whilst unclear, it’s unstated whether or not the original and first Lakewood Slasher, aka the unknown 94 Killer , also used the knife in the murder of his other 3 victims following Brett Kenner (due to murder of Dara Alden having been a slit throat).
  • Brandon James and Will Belmont both carried hunting knives. However, neither used a Buck 120 to kill someone.
  • Throughout the entire canon franchise , the Buck 120 is only referred to by name once in—by the Lakewood Slasher (later revealed to be Kieran Wilcox ) in Psycho . Although, in a Scream 4 deleted scene, Dewey mentions it as a "hunting knife" when Perkins refers to the size of the knife used to kill Marnie Cooper and Jenny Randall .
  • The Buck 120 was seen on the film posters for Friday the 13th Part 4, 7 and 8 . The knife's appearance on these iconic horror film posters may be why it was chosen as Ghostface's primary weapon.
  • The Buck 120 General we have today is different to the Original Buck 120 with a dip at the bottom of the blade, Arched Handle, and smaller blade.
  • Until the 25 year anniversary "Ghost Face Knife", There was never an accurate official Buck 120 knife.
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Scream (2022): How Tara Carpenter Stole the Show

Posted: January 3, 2024 | Last updated: January 4, 2024

When it comes to the slasher genre , the final girl is as important as the slasher killer themself. For decades, horror fans have celebrated final girls like Laurie Strode, Nancy Thompson, and Sidney Prescott in their fights against Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Ghostface. When the fifth Scream was released in 2022, the franchise introduced a new lineup of teen characters to take on another new Ghostface: twins Mindy and Chad Meeks (niece and nephew to Scream legacy Randy Meeks), Amber Freeman, Richie Kirsch, Tara Carpenter, and Scream's new protagonist, Sam Carpenter.

Though Sam is ostensibly the protagonist of Scream, it’s her younger half-sister Tara that stands out among the cast in both it and its sequel, Scream VI . More than a clueless character just waiting to meet the end of Ghostface’s knife, this Gen-Z teen proves herself a capable fighter and follow-up to fan-favorite hero Sidney Prescott. The franchise seemingly found a character that could be the new lead of the franchise, similar to Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed becoming the new face of the Rocky franchise. However, now Ortega has departed Scream VII , and the studio now finds themselves scrambling to salvage the film after a series of bad headlines for their firing of Melissa Berrera.

Here is why Tara Reed became the breakout star of the Scream franchise, why she was so beloved, and also what the future holds for the horror franchise now that Ortega has left the series.

Update January 3, 2024: This article has been updated following the controversy surrounding the development of Scream VII , including Jenna Ortega exiting the project.

Tara Survives the Famous Scream Opening

Since the beginning, one of the most iconic pieces of the Scream franchise is its killer opening scenes . As established by Drew Barrymore’s Casey Becker in the original Scream , the character introduced at the beginning of these movies is destined to die after a sick game of cat and mouse with Ghostface. In Scream (2022), though, Tara survives. Using every resource at her disposal—her Stab knowledge, her phone, a knife, her hands and feet, etc.—to fight back, and despite sustaining several wounds, Tara manages to hold out long enough for the paramedics to arrive.

She shines because of her tenacity; not only is she able to hold her own well enough physically, but she is also intelligent and courageous. Even if Tara Carpenter had followed the franchise tradition and died in the opening of Scream (2022), there’s no doubt that she’d still hold a place as one of the series’ strongest heroines. It showed that the franchise was willing to subvert expectations but also someone realized that there was more to Tara's story and keeping her alive was a smart move.

She’s Strong Enough to Fight Off Ghostface

While it’s Tara’s mental aptitude that ultimately allows her to survive until the authorities show up, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t put up a good physical fight against Ghostface. Even with a broken leg, injured arm, and multiple stab wounds, Tara survives the killer’s assault at Woodsboro Hospital. In Tara's final battle against Ghostface , she again uses every available resource to fight off the killer and give Sam, Sidney, and Gale the opportunity to retaliate.

Related: Scream 7: Who's Left to Carry on the Franchise?

Tara shows off her physical strength and quick feet again in Scream VI ; take, for instance, the moment she and Sam encounter New York City’s Ghostface as he stalks them into a small bodega. The scene is terrifying, the killer mutilating multiple bystanders while Tara and Sam retreat behind the cramped store shelves. On the defensive, the two crawl through the bodega aisles to hide from Ghostface before striking at just the right moment, knocking over a shelf and incapacitating the killer long enough for them both to get away unscathed.

She’s Defeated Multiple Ghostfaces

Tara not only survives every encounter against Ghostface in Scream (2022), but she ultimately defeats one of them (Amber) herself. With a clever line referencing her earlier commentary about The Babadook being her favorite horror flick, Tara fatally shoots Amber and saves the day, paying homage to Sidney Prescott by shooting the killer in the head as Sidney does in almost every other Scream movie. Additionally, while Sidney has been preyed upon countless times by different incarnations of Ghostface, she's rarely had to defeat Ghostface while recovering from severe bodily injuries. Tara, meanwhile, deals with both mental and physical trauma while taking down the duo of killers, making her quite the force to be reckoned with.

Tara’s tenacity against the masked murderer continues into Scream VI . Not one to let the past define her, Tara heads into her college years with the hope that she can forget the traumatic events of the previous film. But when Ghostface returns and ruins any dreams Tara had of moving on, the young survivor helps her sister defeat the Kirsch trio of killers . Trapped by Detective Wayne Bailey, Quinn, and Ethan after the three reveal themselves as Richie’s family, Sam and Tara use their surroundings to beat back the murderers. In a moment of growth, Sam lets Tara go physically and mentally, allowing the younger sister to fatally stab Ethan and survive a nasty knife wound herself.

Tara Has the Best Character Development

Tara Carpenter is introduced as an average teenager who’s more interested in modern-day “ elevated horror ” than classic slasher fare. Upon surviving the opening attack in Scream (2022), Tara shows her more vulnerable side, especially as it pertains to her half-sister, Sam. Tara harbors some resentment towards Sam for abandoning the family as a teenager, only to be compounded when Sam reveals the big secret of her heritage immediately after Tara’s life-or-death encounter with Ghostface. Nevertheless, Tara's maturity comes to the surface when she forgives Sam soon after and then fearlessly battles Amber to defend her half-sister from certain death.

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Scream VI is all about recovering from trauma instead of letting it fester and take over your life, and this is epitomized in the Carpenter sisters. While Sam is trying to overcome her trauma—whether it be from her father or her ex-boyfriend—Tara wants to aggressively move past what happened and live without fear. By the sequel’s end, Sam finally learns that she can trust her sister to take care of herself, and Tara realizes that she can never truly grow after what life has put her through until she accepts help. From beginning to end, Tara continues to grow as a character, making her top-tier Final Girl material.

Jenna Ortega is One of the Best Actors in the New Scream Films

Any horror Final Girl is only as memorable as the actor portraying them: Jenna Ortega turns in an incredible performance as Tara Carpenter. Jenna Ortega is absolutely magnetic, so it’s gut-wrenching for audiences invested in the character’s well-being and the actor’s continued screentime to watch Tara being attacked. In just her first ten minutes, Tara won over many a Scream fan. As the film unfolds, Tara's struggle becomes increasingly relatable as she reconnects with her estranged sister while dealing with Ghostface's continual attacks.

The movie also was released the same year that Ortega was blowing up as one of the most in-demand stars. A few months after Scream (2022) opened, she was seen in the horror film X , solidifying her status as a scream queen. She closed out 2022 with the role of Wednesday Addams on the series Wednesday . The series became one of the biggest shows in the history of Netflix , and while much of the appeal of the show was nostalgia for the Addams family brand, it was also the star power of Ortega that got audiences to tune in.

Scream VI allowed Ortega to take Tara in a new direction as she tries to move on from her stained past in Woodsboro and her relation to Sam, who is in the public spotlight following what happened. It’s a delight to watch this new Tara trying to navigate the complexities of life and fighting with her sister for her right to make mistakes. Tara’s method of moving on and refusing to let the shadows of the past haunt her is refreshing, especially when considering the plethora of trauma-driven characters in horror over the last few years.

Where Will the Scream Franchise Go Without Jenna Ortega and the Carpenter Sisters?

At just 21 years old, Jenna Ortega has already exhibited the kind of star power that draws in audiences and keeps them on the edge of their seats. Given the actor’s lengthy horror repertoire—including The Babysitter: Killer Queen , You , Insidious: Chapter 2 , Studio 666 , X , and Netflix’s Wednesday —Ortega has already established herself as a modern-day scream queen, a worthy fit to take over for Neve Campbell as the Scream franchise’s final girl. It’s too bad, then, that 2023 saw fans’ hopes for Ortega’s continued role in Scream dashed.

In late November 2023, Melissa Barrera (who plays Sam Carpenter) was fired from Scream by Spyglass Entertainment for her social media posts pertaining to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Soon after, Ortega and director Christopher Landon left Scream VII as well. While Ortega’s departure was not an explicit act of solidarity—she reportedly dropped from the franchise when Spyglass refused to give the actor a well-deserved pay bump —one can’t help but wonder if the timing of this announcement was affected by Barrera's firing as it was the following day. Regardless, with the director and two leads out, Scream VII will struggle to maintain the momentum it had from the previous two films.

The rebooted Scream franchise has thus far focused on the Carpenter sisters' stories, giving both actors room to grow into and with their characters; now, the series has to start all over again. And while it’s reported that Spyglass wants to bring back Neve Campbell to save this crumbling empire, that seems unlikely given the studio’s poor treatment of her in the past. Without a strong lead like Jenna Ortega to take Scream into the future, the series looks destined to die out for at least some time before it’s inevitably resurrected once more.

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‘Scream 7’: Christopher Landon Exits as Director

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Director Christopher Landon has departed “ Scream 7 .”

The “Happy Death Day” director announced his exit on X/Twitter Saturday, writing , “I guess now is as good a time as any to announce I formally exited ‘Scream 7’ weeks ago. This will disappoint some and delight others. It was a dream job that turned into a nightmare. And my heart did break for everyone involved. Everyone. But it’s time to move on.”

He continued, “I have nothing more to add to the conversation other than I hope Wes’ legacy thrives and lifts above the din of a divided world. What he and Kevin created is something amazing and I was honored to have even the briefest moment basking in their glow.”

The “Scream” franchise is in turmoil ever since Melissa Barrera, the star of the fifth and sixth installments, was fired from “Scream 7” over social media posts regarding Israel and Palestine. Amid the Israel-Hamas War, the actor shared a post that accuses Israel of “genocide and ethnic cleansing” and posted an excerpt  from Jewish Currents magazine  about distorting “the Holocaust to boost the Israeli arms industry.”

“Scream” producer Spyglass severed ties with Barrera after the posts , saying the actor was not fired for showing support for the Palestinian cause but because her messages were interpreted as antisemitic. “Spyglass’ stance is unequivocally clear: We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech,” the production company said to Variety in a statement .

Landon wrote on X after Barrera’s exit, “Everything sucks. Stop yelling. This was not my decision to make.” The post has since been deleted.

After Barrera was fired from “Scream 7,” it was announced that her co-star, Jenna Ortega, also exited the franchise due to her “Wednesday” Season 2 shooting schedule. Ortega’s departure was apparently not influenced by Barrera’s firing and was in the works months ago before the SAG-AFTRA strike began. Production dates for “Wednesday” Season 2 have yet to be confirmed.

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