All the Scream movies were ranked before Ghostface returned in Scream 6

With Halloween right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to look back at Wes Craven’s eccentricities to scream If you’re in the mood to explore a franchise that shows no signs of slowing down the series.

Indeed, a new one to scream flick is on the horizon, so if you’re new to the franchise or want to further your knowledge of this long-running series, check out the list below and then let us know which to scream The flick gets your adrenaline pumping.

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5) Scream 4 (2011)


There was a point in Screaming 4 Where I was ready to declare the third sequel the best — and a killer piece of cinema that uses modern media as its ultimate weapon. Unfortunately, Wes Craven and returning writer Kevin Williamson opted for a happy ending that allows the original cast to live to see another day.

Really, the picture should have ended with Emma Roberts’ deranged killer, Jill Roberts, riding off into the sunset as a twisted version of Sidney Prescott, manipulating the news media to create her own self-made hero’s journey. Imagine the consequences of her actions in the sequel — will she be haunted by the murders she committed? Will she regret making herself a target for future Ghostface villains? Will she finally come clean with her twisted story?

Screaming 4 A shocking ending is necessary to justify its existence. Alas, despite some great kills and great performances from the likes of Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin, the fourth entry is little more than another chapter in a franchise stuck on autopilot.

4) Scream (2022)

Surprisingly, to scream, the requel, shocks and surprises without bringing much new to the table aside from a more somber tone. Although beatings are more vulgar and bad than usual, jokes are less common; Even Dewey, our resident goofball, replaces the twinkle in his eye with a tired look that makes the character somehow less interesting.

More Crime, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillette and writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick bring Sydney back for more ghostface mayhem but she has nothing to do. This character seems to be attached to the plot because someone didn’t think the audience would come for more Scream without seeing Neve Campbell on the poster. To be fair, the talented actress does what she can with a sizeable cameo, but can’t overcome the limitations of the script. Her showdown with this iteration of Ghostface feels more forced than the last, which spoils the character’s journey from the original trilogy.

Negativity aside, Scream 2022 Hem offers enough blood and guts to keep your attention though. The young cast, led by Melissa Barrera (as Billy Loomis’ daughter), Jenna Ortega, and Jack Quaid, handle the material well, and the script at least delves into some new ideas that are exciting for the sequel. At this point, there’s only so much you can do with this franchise, and credit everyone involved for creating at least one plausible reason to kill Ghostface again.

3) Scream (1996)

Wes Craven’s original flick is still enjoyed as a clever slice of ’90s pop culture, but often looks and feels like a made-for-TV thriller starring 20-year-olds playing high school kids. The action is convoluted, Craven’s direction surprisingly erratic; The cinematography coats the horror in warm hues for the romantic comedy.

In other words, you can tell that no one involved had any idea how successful it was to scream will eventually. And yet, much of its success lies in Kevin Williamson’s clever screenplay (and that terrific opening scene featuring Drew Barrymore), which pokes fun at the slasher genre without straying too far from the formula. At one point, two characters literally scream at the security monitor as if they were watching Halloween. This is pretty cool.

Still, after my latest re-watch, I found myself underwhelmed to scream Overall design, its one-note character and overlong finale. I still respect the original for its novelty but episodes two and three feel like execution to scream The concept is very good.

2) Scream 3 (2000)

I don’t keep Screaming 3 Just here to argue. I think it’s a remarkably well-crafted slasher film that somehow manages to reconfigure itself to scream Formula in something, uh, necessary. Sure, you get the usual gruesome kills and shocking twists and turns, but Wes Craven and screenwriter Ehren Kruger aim a little higher with their threequel and take a stab at Hollywood’s seedy underbelly; Exploring the world with lazy producers who spend too much time on young actresses itching for stardom. Somehow it all connects to Sydney, the results of which may surprise you.

Also, where the first two films were late 90s productions, Screaming 3 Feels more timeless with less focus on tongue-in-cheek meta-commentary and more emphasis on character and story. There’s also the welcome addition of Parker Posey, who absolutely nails her Gale Weather-worshipping character and delivers a scene-stealing performance that makes you want her to stick around a little longer.

I have only seen Screaming 3 A few times, but every viewing always gives me satisfaction. I also think Sydney’s arc should have stopped here, because the picture needs her so much. Ditto for Dewey and Gale, who enjoy themselves under Ghostface’s nonstop reign of terror.

Alas, the powers that be couldn’t be resisted and our rag-tag team had to be dusted off for more sequels that undermined their individual journeys. Oh, Hollywood!

1) Scream 2 (1997)


where to scream was a novel cinematic exercise that somehow turned into an entertaining film, Screaming 2 Takes an established concept and completely knocks it out of the park. With a big budget at his disposal, Wes Craven delivers a bolder, bloodier and more stylish sequel full of shocking revelations, gruesome murders and surprising suspense that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat from start to finish.

This is the movie to scream wanted to be

Everyone brings their A-game, especially Neve Campbell, who adds more pathos to Sydney, turning her from a run-of-the-mill scream queen into an actual human being. Courteney Cox and David Arquette carry off the Gale/Dewey romance convincingly, while newcomers Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timothy Olyphant and Jerry O’Connell impress in small supporting roles.

Yes, the third act goes a bit long again and the big reveal is more eye-popping than breath-taking, but Screaming 2 Walks with such confidence and shameless self-awareness that it’s easy to overlook his flaws. From the brilliant opening scene with Jada Pickett and Omar Epps to the wild confrontation with Ghostface at the climax, Screaming 2 It dazzles with its whip-smart dialogue and oh-so-clear jabs at pop culture (especially the sequels). There is a riot.

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