Scream’s Returning Legacy Characters Will Surprise & Please Fans

Radio Silence open up on the exciting opportunities for Scream 5’s returning characters and how their growth will surprise the audience.

The filmmakers of Scream 5, officially titled Scream, are excited over the film’s approach to its returning legacy characters. Production on the new movie has wrapped and fans will need to be patient for more information on the anticipated sequel. Scream 5 isn’t slated to release until early 2022.

Horror movies continue to evolve every decade, but Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s Scream helped start a major shift during the late ‘90s and 2000s. Craven is responsible for several influential horror icons and franchises, but the Scream movies applied a self-aware perspective to the genre where the characters being terrorized within the movie are just as savvy to horror tropes as the audience. Scream wasn’t just a success, it spawned a whole franchise and many copycats that tried to capitalize on Scream’s fresh style.

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The Scream films have remained relevant and entrenched in pop culture for nearly 25 years not just because they’re scary and smart, but because they eschew typical traditions and have several characters who survive and return for each film, chief among them being Neve Campbell’s determined Sidney Prescott. The new Scream (2022) from Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett has announced a large cast of new characters played by actors like Jack Quaid, Jenny Ortega, Mason Gooding, and more. Scream will mix these fresh faces with the franchise’s returning heroes, which Radio Silence has teased as being extremely fulfilling

Sidney Prescott in Scream


Scream takes place a decade after the events of Scream 4, which is a long stretch of time as far as horror sequels are concerned. Each sequel in the series examines the new layers of trauma that are present in Sidney, Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette). Scream continues to examine if these characters have been able to find peace. “For us, your mind spins a yarn on what the lives of those characters could be after the fourth installment,” explains Radio Silence’s Tyler Gillett to Screen Rant. “We were all so pleasantly surprised when we read the script. Who they are and how they’re handled. We think the audience is going to be really surprised and really happy with it.”

Scream also brings back Marley Shelton’s Deputy Judy Hicks from Scream 4, who will also be able to pull from experience and has experienced a lot of development since then. Fans are hopeful that Gale and company will survive the vengeful Ghostface to live another day, but Radio Silence is also aware of the natural suspicions that fill a movie like Scream. “He [Wes Craven] made a real point that within each scene that there’s always a misdirect.” Bettinelli-Olpin continues, “All those little moments to keep the audience on their toes is something that we’re really trying to do in this one too and make it a true whodunnit.” It should be fascinating to see how Scream continues to evolve these characters, whether they’re prey, predator, or somewhere in between. There are very few characters who get to survive and grow across five horror films.

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Key Release Dates

  • Scream 5 (2022)Release date: Jan 14, 2022

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Updated: November 18, 2020 — 4:18 pm

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