SCREAM 5 – Do you like scary movie sequels?

So, Scream 5 is coming up, due to release in early 2022 some eleven years since the last film. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one to see this as a declining series, becoming increasingly more meta as the films progress, yet we keep coming back for more! Why is this?

I feel it’s partially due to its unique style in the horror genre, not the least bit shy at poking fun at the holes we’ve all come to mock as we’ve grown wise to the tropes. Scream does this, while at the same time executing said tropes with practical effectiveness, at least to the point of being able to still suspend our disbelief. And even though Ghostface might arguably be one of the clumsiest slashers we know of, we go with it because it’s fun. Slasher villains are a rare find, and even harder recreate nowadays, so I think it’s nice to see Ghostface still kicking around, even though the storylines can become harder and harder to get behind. And with the unfortunate passing of Wes Craven, this will be the first installment with a new director(s) at the helm.

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are somewhat new in the director’s chair, with no real credentials in horror, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the project. They can never replace Wes Craven’s touch, and frankly, I don’t think anyone should try to. But it could be a good thing to have a fresh perspective. In all honesty, I think anything beyond part II is significantly difficult to buy into. Among other reasons, I think the most prevalent would be the ever-expanding issue taken against Sidney Prescott. I mean, this has to be one of the most unfortunate souls in the horror genre, and equally one of the most resilient! There are scream queens and badass women in horror, but I defy you to show me one that’s lasted as long as Sid! Four films, heading for a fifth, with a total of seven different killers so far, and one of the more dysfunctional family histories to date, and she’s still kicking! This begs the question though, what more is there to come? Part 4 had given us something of a hard pill to swallow in its excuse with (SPOILER ALERT) making Sid’s cousin the killer. Her reason: jealousy; jealousy at Sid’s fame and notoriety due to her traumatic past. Sidney’s had her fifteen minutes of fame, now it was Jill’s turn! I think it was a bit of a reach, but it fit the era which I suppose has been Scream’s commentary all along. But if anything, I feel now more than ever, it’s time for a change.

If there’s been one consistent element, it’s always been a story of who-done-it. From Ghostface’s first appearance it’s always been a question of who is the killer. It’s easy to assume that part 5 will be no different, and I have a few suggestions as to who the killer(s) could be that would make for an appealing film.

  1. Neil Prescott.

            Starting with the least likely, Sidney’s father might be an interesting twist, although admittedly I am a little weak on motive with this one, other than his involvement with Maureen’s transgressions. He was betrayed, beaten, and all but forgotten after the events of the first film. And, while he seems like a caring enough, and involved father to Sid, with a little bit of elaboration, I could see how he might have a few demons to exercise. I mean the Prescott family is nothing if not tumultuous with drama, am I right? So, until I can dig up some more reasoning why, this theory rests on thin ice.

      2. Dewy and/or Gale

            Here’s where things start to make more sense! It’s become something of a running joke now of watching Dewy take a beating and brought to near death, only to survive by whatever means at the end of the film. Though he’s almost universally loved by fans, you can’t help but feel for the guy. He’s been stabbed, beaten, run over, crippled, all in his efforts to do right by Sid, and protecting the town. I don’t think it would be a stretch to imagine Dewy finally snapping and taking out his frustrations on an ungrateful town and Sidney. While they are friends, Dewy could hold some resentment towards Sid after all these years and attacks. Perhaps his motive could be that he’s trying to end her tortured existence, to spare himself any further misery.

            And as many of these films have shown, it’s common for it to be a team effort, so why not have Gale working with him for similar reasons. Being the starving reporter/author she is, it would stand to reason she would want to manufacture the perfect story to report on. On top of the fact that she’s suffered nearly as much as Dewy and would want to exact some measure of revenge as a result. I think it would be a bombshell unmasking if handled right.

      3. Sidney

            My pick for a grand finale! I don’t know how or why this town is so enveloped in the Prescott life, but they are somehow all involved. This aspect alone is a bit thick with drama that even Jerry Springer couldn’t handle, and everyone around them is simply caught in the wake. Unfortunately for Sidney, she has to have one of the most dysfunctional families ever put on film, and to imagine there to be another distant relative having a grudge feels kind of old.

            But, to say that Sidney has finally cracked under the pressure would not be an exaggeration by any means. To have made it this long, I feel it would only be one bad encounter over a restaurant bill to push her over the edge.

            As mentioned before, Sidney’s put up with an awful lot over the years, and to keep coming back again, and again, while persistent and determined as she is, everyone has their breaking point. It would be a hard sell as Sid is always the killer’s main target. How would they trick the audience in this matter? I think it can be done if Sidney’s friends are indirectly threatened while she’s not around. I can head down a rabbit hole of reasoning here, but you get the gist.

But, there you have it! These are my top candidates for who Ghostface could be for the fifth installment. Do you have any guesses? What are they? Or, who would you want it to be? I will say, I wish Randy had survived because I feel he would have been nothing short of an entertaining reveal! Sadly, part 2 snuffed out that possibility.

            Are you excited for Scream 5? What are your thoughts? Let me know below, and as always, stay scared Seekers!

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