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After more than ten years, the Scream the franchise is back. The slasher that blended self-aware jabs at the horror genre with genuinely terrifying thrills won the hearts of horror aficionados and casual viewers alike. The new entry, despite some significant changes behind the scenes, is just as much a love letter to the genre as the rest of the franchise.

If you want to catch up on everything you know about SCREAM (yes, it’s written exactly like that), we’ve compiled all the information you should know before watching the movie. Here’s everything you need to know about the secret but promising sequel (spoiler-free!).

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An official teaser for the film was released in October, giving fans a taste of Ghostface’s mysterious return. Whether you’re like me and obsessively rewatched the trailer, or haven’t seen it yet, check it out below.

If you’re hoping for more footage, we have good news! A new teaser that asks what makes a good horror villain has also been released ahead of the film’s premiere. Check it out below. Maybe you’ll start wondering why some slashers stick in your head long after watching their movies.

What is SCREAM about?

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the Scream The franchise has always embraced the horror trends of the day, and this fifth entry is no exception. This time it’s a riff on horror reboots that serve as inherited sequelae to classic movies. It also seems like the so-called prestige horror might be an influence of the dark and eerie images that audiences have already seen. Without giving away too much of the plot, we can say that it centers on the 25th anniversary of the Woodsboro massacre, with a new killer wearing the Ghostface mask.

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What is the SCREAM rating?

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If you thought the franchise would change its rating to appease a wider audience, think again. SCREAM was officially rated R in early December for “strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some sexual references”.

Which characters are returning in SCREAM?

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You can’t have one Scream film without the three main protagonists of the franchise. Sydney Prescott (neve campbell), gale time (Courtney Cox) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) are all back in woodsboro again for another series of murders. They are joined by Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton), Dewey’s detective partner introduced in Cry 4. Roger L. Jackson also reprises his franchise role as the sinister, modulated voice of Ghostface.

Who are the new additions to SCREAM?

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In addition to the legacy characters, a host of new characters are also introduced in SCREAM. As revealed prior to the film’s release, the Sam sisters (Melissa Barrera) and Tara Charpentier (Jenna Ortega) play a vital role in the resurgence of Ghostface. The first trailer shows Tara being terrorized by the serial killer, but this opening scene might not be the last you see of her.

Some new characters also have interesting connections to characters franchise fans have encountered before. It was revealed that Judy had a teenage son aptly named Wes (Dylan Minette), while the Chad brothers (Mason Gooding) and Mindy (Savoy Brown Jasminelisten)) carry the combined surname Meeks-Martin. We may not know who Martin is, but it is clear that they are the children of Martha (Heather Matarazzo) and the nephew and niece of still dead Randy (Jamie Kennedy).

The other new characters are pretty interesting on their own. Sam and Tara have partners who also become entangled in the new murders: Richie Kitsch (Jack Quaid) and Amber Freeman (Mikey Madison), who may or may not want to kill for love. Mechanic Vince Schneider (Kyle Gallner) could be a red herring or the perfect killer, while Chad’s girlfriend Liv McKenzie (Sonia Ben-Ammar) might have ulterior motives.

Obviously, we are not going to reveal the intentions or motivations behind this new Ghostface. It would be cheating. And either way, with a cast like this, the ultimate reveals are sure to be killer.

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How does SCREAM plan to honor Wes Craven?

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Without Wes Craven, there would never have been Scream franchise. The iconic horror director previously helmed every entry in the franchise until this new one. He sadly passed away in 2015 at the age of 76.

SCREAM directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillette, who previously co-directed Ready or Not, didn’t talk about how the film honors Craven’s legacy. However, the seeds are already there for a tribute like no other. Perhaps the most obvious nod is Minnett’s aforementioned character named Wes, though there are other ways to ensure the pioneer’s spirit remains alive in their film. In one interview last year with Collider’s Perri Nemiroff, Gillett said it “has been a priority” since the project began.

“It’s a tightrope to walk, isn’t it?” Be respectful and find ways to tie new history to old lineage,” Gillett said. Despite this obstacle, the duo knew they had struck what they considered to be the perfect balance when they read the script in Jamie Vanderbilt and Guy Busick.

“All I can say is that we would have had tremendous anxiety going into this franchise because Wes, the level of respect we have for his work, it’s really impossible to fully express what it’s is,” he said. “But when we read the story that Guy and Jamie put on the page, there was something so undeniably new and also something so undeniably Scream about it, and we just knew we had to be a part of it. and that it was walking the tightrope in precisely the right way.

Why does SCREAM have a new distributor?

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It’s kind of a miracle that a new movie in the Scream the franchise is even happening. SCREAM is the first film in the franchise to be distributed by Paramount Pictures. Dimension Films, a subsidiary of Miramax, was the franchise’s original distributor. Spyglass Media Group bought the rights to the Scream franchise in November 2019, marking the theatrical return of the fast-moving franchise.

Unfortunately, you can’t talk about Miramax without talking about The Weinstein Company. After the latter was shut down due to a staggering number of sexual assault allegations against the co-founder Harvey, Miramax and Dimension Films have been purchased by ViacomCBS, the deal reach completion in April 2020. Two months later, Paramount Pictures, owned by Spyglass and ViacomCBS, reached an agreement to officially bring us SCREAM.

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Where can I watch the other films in the franchise?

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If you are looking to hold a Scream marathon, thankfully you won’t have to scramble to find the other films in the franchise. You can stream the first three movies on Paramount+, Pluto TV, and The Roku Channel. Cry 2 is also available on Youtube, while you can also watch Cry 3 on Amazon Prime. Finally, you can only broadcast Cry 4 on Tubu. The franchise is also available for purchase anywhere you can buy digital movies, such as iTunes and Vudu.

Will SCREAM make its way to cinemas or streaming?

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don’t expect SCREAM will soon air on Paramount+. The film had its premiere on January 14, 2022 and was released exclusively theatrically. Despite similar blockbuster horror A Quiet Place Part II hitting Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical release, there are apparently no plans to adopt a similar streaming debut in the works.

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