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“Scream” debuted in December 1996, and became the highest-grossing slasher film of all-time, until “Halloween”(2018)  passed it. 

The success of the original film led to four additional movies being released, as well as a spin-off television series. The success of “Scream”(2022) has led to “Scream 6” being greenlit and will release in March 2023.

The character, Ghostface, is a pop culture icon, being one of the more popular Halloween costumes of the late 90’s/early 2000s. 

Different variations of the Ghostface mask also exist, including comical versions. The Wayans Bros. parody movie “Scary Movie” featured the Ghostface character not only killing, but also being involved in many comedic scenes, maybe the most iconic being the “What’s up!” scene, which was parodying a popular Budweiser commercial.

The main stars of the franchise are Neve Campbell, Courteny Cox and David Arquette, who played Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley. 

The three have appeared in all of the films thus far.

Prescott had been the main protagonist of the “Scream” franchise. While Prescott has appeared in all the movies thus far, it is being reported that she will not return for the sixth film. 

The franchise has also had an impressive number of names appear throughout the film’s history. 

The following actors appear in the franchise: Drew Barrymore, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Jaime Kennedy, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jada Pinkett, Luke Wilson, Heather Graham,Tori Spelling, Patrick Dempsey, Jenny McCarthy, Jay and Silent Bob, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Anderson, Emma Roberts, Hayden Pannettiere, Alison Brie, Kristen Bell, Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Skeet Ulrich and Jenna Ortega.

Wes Craven directed the first four films in the franchise until he died in 2015 due to a brain tumor. 

The “Scream” franchise was unique because it would acknowledge the cliches of a movie, while also giving out rules to follow to avoid dying. 

There would also be a film, within a film, “Stab” are movies that are inspired by the events that happen in “Scream.” 

Ghostface has been played by multiple actors throughout the franchise’s history, sometimes multiple Ghostfaces appear within the same movie. 

Viewers of “Scream” always have that added bonus of trying to figure out who the killer is within the movie, as well as who is going to die.

“Scream” has found plenty of success at the MTV Movie Awards. “Scream” won “Best Movie” at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards. Campbell won “Best Female Performance” for “Scream 2” at the 1998 MTV Movie Awards. Franchise newcomer Ortega won “Most Frightened Performance” at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Jenna Ortega is one of the stars in “Scream 5.” (Photo courtesy of Hello Sidney)

The confirmed list of actors for “Scream 6” are Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Courtney Cox, and Hayden Panettiere. Samara Weaving will be a new addition. 

It’s possible that with the success of “Scream 6” that Campbell could return to the franchise one day.

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