What could be scarier than a knife-wielding Ghostface coming right after you? How about a Ghostface killer that has seemingly adapted in its brutality? A new TV spot for the upcoming Scream sequel shows the all-too-familiar Ghostface killer terrorizing the town of Woodsboro once again, only this time with a metallic mask. That’s right, a metallic mask and what appears to be a flamethrower. It appears that this new version of the popular killer will be using different tactics for Scream 5.
Check out the Scream 5 trailer below. The flames start flying at the 0:18 timestamp.
As the still image for the new TV spot indicates, the new Ghostface killer is bringing out some new tricks in the eventual roasting of a poor soul that has crossed their path. While the killer is seen wearing the traditional white and rubber mask, when the flamethrower comes in, the mask is metallic and golden. It’s likely this will lead to more surprises for the cast.
The Scream 5 teaser also shows a phone conversation that Dewey Riley (David Arquette) is having with Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). During the background conversation, Ghostface is shown slashing and chasing down a new batch of victims, complete with its brand-new mask.
This revelation bodes well for the franchise, as seeing the same old style of killings could grow a bit boring, but it’s great to see there will be some sort of deviation from the traditional way in which previous Scream films have operated. It’s not entirely new, as Sidney says, “I’ve seen this movie,” while the new Ghostface counters with, “not this movie, Sidney.” Sidney Prescott is alluding to the fact that she knows how this particular situation will play out. It seems this new copycat killer has a few tricks up its sleeve. Scream 5 apparently wants to add its own flavor to the growing franchise.
Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell, is returning to this brand new Scream 5 chapter. Joining her are longtime characters, Dewey Riley (David Arquette), Gale Riles (Courtney Cox), and Deputy Judy Hicks (Mary Shelton). Even with these returning characters wanting their revenge on the killer that has tormented them for decades, they will look for help amongst the youth of Woodsboro and this new copycat Ghostface killer bringing fresh ideas to the killing floor. The new cast includes Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mikey Madison, and Kyle Gallner.
Wes Craven, unfortunately, passed away in 2015, leaving the door wide-open or closed for the Scream franchise. Scream 4 was made in 2011, and the horror series had not experienced a new version since. Enter Spyglass Media Group, the production company that has bought the rights to the franchise. Spyglass tapped Ready or Not duo, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett to direct the film while partnering with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Even though Scream 5, technically only titled Scream, seems to be a reboot, it is a direct sequel to the aforementioned Scream 4.
Horror franchises can sometimes become stale and overdone (we’re looking at you Saw) but with the new mask shown in the TV spot, things might go somewhat differently. Traps and various weaponry can breathe new life into a killer that seems comical at times, though still frighteningly accurate with a knife. Scream 5 is set to slash into theaters on January 14, 2022. The new film is aptly titled, Scream.