Watch the trailer for the fifth Scream movie

Ghostface has a new set of high-school teens to terrorise.

by Tom George
12 October 2021, 4:03pm

Do you like scary movies? Well, then you’re in luck! 2021 has been a great year for the genre, from the disturbingly-grotesque body horror Titane to the Jordan Peele Candyman reboot, but the new trailer for the fifth installment in the Scream franchise has just dropped, and it promises to be just as jumpy and chaotically blood-thirsty as the previous incantations!

The trailer opens with Jenna Ortega of You fame seemingly taking on the iconic first death role established by Drew Barrymore in the original 1996 film. Of course, 25 years later, Ghostface’s MO has changed with the times and landline calls are replaced with text messages and app-controlled door locks.

We then have the return of relentlessly terrorised Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley and Judy Hicks, from the fourth film, each played by their original actors: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Marley Shelton, respectively. (Luckily, despite Instagram posts suggesting otherwise, Courteney’s cursed bangs from the third film will not be returning). Having stopped seven Ghostface murderers so far, the team advise a new set of teens -- all relations of the previous killers behind the mask -- on how to evade death in the school hallways and house parties.

The first Scream movies became notorious for taking famous stars such as Drew Barrymore, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristen Bell and Emma Roberts and dramatically killing them off, sometimes within the opening scene. Will the new film follow suit? Well, it remains to be seen. But the trailer shows that alongside the OG cast is Melissa Barrera (she’s also starring in the new Carmen adaptation with silver chain king Paul Mescal), a blonde Dylan Minnette of Thirteen Reasons Why fame, Jasmin Savoy Brown, model Sonia Ben Ammar, Mikey Madison (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) and Mason Gooding (Love, Victor) all as the ill-fated high school teens, alongside Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games) and Kyle Gallner (Jennifer’s Body). Perhaps all of them will be murdered!

During filming, which took place in autumn 2020, multiple script variations were made and unused scenes were filmed to stop the murderer’s true identity leaking -- as it infamously did in 1997 around the release of Scream 2. So, 11 years after Scream 4 we can finally watch the simply titled. mysterious Scream in cinemas 14 January 2022. We can’t wait.

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