Warning: possible spoilers ahead for those who have not watched the films
The iconic ‘Scream’ slasher franchise turns 25 today, December 20. The first film was released in 1996 and has become one of the genre’s greatest classics.
The franchise is set to release a fifth volume – and is already creating countless theories in the minds of fans, including who could be the saga’s new serial killer.
While more details on the narrative (and clues about the killer) are not revealed, it’s still good to remember the revolution that the films have brought about in the horror genre and in the cinema itself. . And to continue our mini-special, we’ve put together a list of all the killers who’ve ever worn the Ghostface mask, from Billy Loomis and Stu Macher to Jill Roberts.
7. CHARLIE WALKER, Panic 4
Performer: Rory Culkin
After the controversial third film in the franchise, it took over a decade for Wes Craven to revisit “Scream” and introduce the slasher classic to a new generation – not just characters, but fans as well. However, despite Emma Roberts’ great performance as psychotic Jill Roberts, the revelation of Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) as the second assassin did not elicit as much fervor or make him a killer in series memorable enough to reach the top of the list (all the more so given his subordination to his colleague in crime).
6. MICKEY ALTIERI, Panic 2
Performer: Timothy Olyphant
Mickey is one of the most notorious assassins in the saga – and not for just any reason: in addition to the applauding portrayal of Timothy Olyphant, the insane character made Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) doubt everyone around him for isolate it and attack for the last lap. Even with a treacherous personality and a strong enough backstory to convince us, Mickey met his end in a less than honorable way and, to top it off, was overshadowed by his partner in crime.
5. JILL ROBERTS, Panic 4
Performer: Emma Roberts
Despite mixed reviews, “Scream 4” is an underrated entry to the slasher saga and has, in some ways, been successful in revitalizing the film series by bringing storytelling into the digital age. And of course, with the emergence of social media, serial killer Jill (played by Emma Roberts) would start from a similar line: envying the fame of her cousin Sidney, Jill built a story very similar to what the protagonist had lived and insisted on being the Last Girl and being the center of the spotlight – that is, until biting her tongue and being the fate of every other murderer in the franchise.
4. STU MACHER, Panic
Performer: Matthew Lillard
Before continuing Shaggy in “Scooby-Doo,” Matthew Lillard played the memorable antagonist Stu Macher in 1996’s “Scream”. Caused a much greater shock when he was revealed to be one of the serial killers. The flippant construction and lack of meaningful detail about his actual intentions always raise questions about what he ultimately wanted (and, even without answers, it’s always fun to revisit those theories).
3. Mrs. LOOMIS, Panic 2
Performer: Laurie Metcalf
When Debbie Salt appeared on the doorstep of the Windsor College theater and revealed herself to be Mrs. Loomis, Billy’s mother, the world was shocked to see her reveal herself as the other killer of “Scream 2” . Aided by Mickey’s troubled mind, the character plunged into a personal vendetta, showing that she was as psychologically distorted as her own son and that she would do anything to kill Sidney. As if that wasn’t enough, Ms. Loomis’ complex personality was absorbed perfectly by the incredible Laurie Metcalf – who stole the show every time she appeared.
2. BILLY LOOMIS, Panic
Performer: Skeet Ulrich
Billy Loomis was the first assassin in the “Scream” franchise and was brilliantly played by Skeet Ulrich. Billy posed as Sidney’s boyfriend and vowed to stay by his side after Ghostface targeted the protagonist, while vowing to protect her from harm. However, he was responsible for devising the plan to kill Sidney’s mother, accusing her of having an affair with her father and taking him away from the family. Billy has the “best” motivations in the franchise, and he’s a top sociopath too. But without Roman, he would still be happy with Sidney. May be…
1. ROMAN BRIDGE, Panic 3
Performer: Scott Foley
“Scream 3” represented a drastic drop in the quality of the franchise, but it’s still an above average movie. Criticizing Hollywood and the rotten things lurking behind the scenes of show business, the film has its strengths – however, one of them isn’t Roman Bridger (Scott Foley). As well as being the most prolific serial killer, with no less than nine deaths to his name, the character also carries an incredible story – having been “responsible” for the launch of the entire franchise. The showdown scene between her and her stepsister Sidney is one of the best and most intense in the entire franchise, with a murderous ending.
Recalling that Paramount Pictures is releasing “Pânico” in Brazil on January 13, 2022, the day before the North American premiere.
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