It’s been almost a decade shout 4 came out, so fans may wonder if the scream they know and love is still alive in the most recent addition to the franchise that came out on January 14, especially considering the legendary original director, Wes Craven, passed away in 2015. The new directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the duo behind production house Radio Silence who made Ready or not have openly expressed their love and loyalty to the Scream franchise in 2019. So while scream Explores new aspects of the horror genre that fit into the 21st century, you can bet it still has a lot of connections to the original movies that fans will recognize almost immediately.
Is the new scream a sequel or a reboot?
Some may be confused whether: scream is a “real” sequel because it doesn’t take place right after the last movie, shout 4, which came out in 2011 and is also not called shout 5 (some theorize they dropped the number because it would discourage new viewers from seeing the film if they haven’t seen the first four).
A reboot rejects continuity and recreates characters, storylines, and plot to emulate a franchise, while a sequel continues the same storyline and plot of the original movies. This means 2022’s scream is definitely a sequel. It is better to classify scream as a legacy sequel, however. Legacy sequels are a continuation of a franchise typically created a decade or more later that preserves the “legacy” of the original characters but brings new characters into the story and pays tribute to key elements by providing new perspectives for a younger audience.
Other recently released legacy sequels include: Halloween kills, Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. This proves scream is just one of many new films created specifically to preserve iconic franchises for generations to come.
So with a legacy sequel comes the legacy characters. scream actors Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox all reprise their roles as Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers in their return to Woodsboro. Fans knew this months before the movie came out. Even Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich), one of the original Ghostface killers from the first 1996 scream, shows his ghostly face on screen in the new movie. Just the fact that these original characters are returning alongside a new Ghostface is enough to show fans that the franchise is still loyal.
How do Scream’s new characters tie in with the original characters?
The new roles in scream (2022) have a great reputation. Rumors of Chad and Mindy Meeks-Martin (Mason Gooding and Jasmin Savoy Brown) characters quickly spread after a Tiktok from @toobrashsarah confirmed they were the cousins of Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), one of Sidney’s original friends who dies in shout 2 (and one of the first characters to spell out all the “rules” for surviving a horror movie). Other character connections, such as how Wes Hicks (Dylan Minnette) is the son of Deputy Sheriff Judy Hicks, who worked with Dewey during his police days in the old movies, show that the Scream Cinematic Universe has continued off-screen, giving fans the whole timeline know something new to look forward to.
What is Stab’s role in the new scream?
A Scream movie wouldn’t really be Scream worthy without its dedication to the meta verse. In shout 3, the plot revolves around the creation of Stab, a film franchise within the franchise about the Woodsboro murders, Sidney, and the original Ghostface story. by the end of shout 4, Stab already has seven sequels, and it’s only natural that the new scream pays tribute to its Stab counterpart by adding references to all the meta movies and the “latest” Stitch 8.
Is the Scream Party House in the new Scream?
the iconic scream party house where Sidney first comes face-to-face (and fights to the death) with her Ghostface tormentors is also a great connection to previous films appearing in the latest film. Without ruining the new movie, the trailer teases that some scenes will take place in the house to round out the franchise. And after it became known that the fifth episode was coming, the real one scream The party house where they shot the 1996 film was even available on Airbnb last year in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary. For fans who love scream, it’s reassuring to know that the latest episode pretty literally takes you back to where it all started.
With all these connections (and an ending that in many ways truly mirrors the classic), it’s safe to say scream is a true tribute to the original films and still gives new audiences a solid introduction to the horror genre. We can’t wait to see what future episodes might look like, especially if this means more thrills, shivers, and Ghostface kills for future Scream movies!