October is typically a banner month for the release of horror films, and for obvious reasons.
While the fifth instalment in the mega-popular Scream franchise won’t actually be released in time for Halloween, Paramount has at least given us the first official trailer for the gory blockbuster.
Neve Campbell returns as Sidney Prescott, Courteney Cox is back as Gale Weathers and David Arquette is Deputy Dewey Riley once more in the fifth film, which is sure to see a whole bunch of new characters meet their bloody end thanks to the new Ghostface killer who is on the loose.
In the trailer for the slasher flick, the aforementioned original characters explain to the traumatised newcomers that Ghostface always targets people related to the original cast. As Sidney says as she prepares to take the bloodthirsty killer on once more: “I’ve been through this…a lot.”
Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner, Sonia Ammar, Mikey Madison, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Reggie Conquest make up the new additions to the cast so it will be interesting to see how many of them make it out alive.
The first Scream film, directed by the late Wes Craven, debuted in 1996 to rave reviews and great box office success. The story revolved around Campbell as Sidney — a high schooler targeted by a masked killer named Ghostface who was obsessed with ’80s horror movies.
The success of the first film guaranteed the release of three subsequent instalments, with Campbell, Cox and Arquette returning to their roles and Craven behind the camera.
Craven passed away in 2015, leaving many unsure about the future of the franchise.
With the fifth film going ahead, directed by filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (who cite Craven as the reason they became directors), executive producer Kevin Williamson took to Instagram to share his feelings about forging on without his friend.
“Nearly 25 years ago, when I wrote Scream and Wes Craven brought it to life, I could not have imagined the lasting impact it would have on you, the fans. I’m excited for you to return to Woodsboro and get really scared again,” he wrote.
“I believe Wes would’ve been so proud of the film that Matt and Tyler are making. I’m thrilled to be reunited with Neve, Courteney, David and Marley, and to be working alongside a new filmmaking team and incredible cast of newcomers that have come together to continue Wes’s legacy with the upcoming relaunch of the franchise that I hold so dear to my heart.”
Scream 5 is due for a January 2022 release. Check out the terrifying trailer below.