Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gilbertt’s Scream added an exciting new chapter to the popular series of slashers, but the movie’s conclusion was filled with gore-filled twists. It was nearly 25 years since Wes Craven launched the first Scream film in the year 2022, the town of Woodsboro was the scene of another murder, bringing the three main characters Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Dewey Riley (David Arquette) as well as Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox). But at the heart in 2022’s Scream was a newcomer Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera).
In a scene paying tribute in a nod to the Casey Becker’s (Drew Barrymore) death scene in 1996’s Scream the sister of Sam, Tara (Jenna Ortega) is attacked by Ghostface when she is home on her own. The result is Sam as well as Sam’s boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid) as well as Tara’s circle of friends becoming the new Woodsboro victims. Sidney, Dewey, and Gale are also added to the fray when it becomes clear that the latest Ghostface killings are tied to the first massacre by Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) more than two decades ago.
Scream‘s old characters were moving on from Scream4 believed that they had won However they knew that there was a bigger threat. The duo of Bettinelli-Olpin as well as Gillett were charged with taking over a popular series that had a massive fan following. They not only made sure to increase the gore using a fun lens, but they employed the concept of fandom to create an entirely new spin on the series, notably the character of The Scream‘s Ghostface character and the ending.
After Sidney bravely confronted horror once more, Richie revealed himself as the second Ghostface killer. Amber as well as Richie had created an elaborate “third act” as a method of putting the latest Woodsboro murders on Sam as they claimed that the previous characters, particularly Sidney required to be killed. Tara was able to stop them for a short time which forced the killers to separate with Amber working with Sidney along with Gale while Richie determined to target Sam. After a fight within the kitchen Sidney as well as Gale bested Amber and shot her while she erupted into flames in the oven after being bathed in alcohol. In the meantime, Sam, who suffered an injury similar to Sidney and Gale, fought Richie. After imagining her father’s face, Sam got hold of an uncontrollably sharp knife and struck Richie into death. In another reference to the initial screaming, Amber jumped back to life, causing Sam to insert some more bullets into her.
Similar to Scream 4, 2022’s Scream used the concept of fandoms in the motivation for the Ghostface killers. However, unlike Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts), who wanted to be the sole survivor of her own real-life movie to gather her own fan following, Amber and Richie were on the other side. Amber became obsessed with Sidney’s story and the Stab franchise after her family moved into the old Macher house. Her sick obsession led her to Richie through a subreddit, a superfan who was tired of being put down for his love of the Stab movies, especially the original.