Ghostface is back! Here’s your guide to the new Scream movie, from trailer and release date to the Scream 5 cast

Ghostface in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream."


Don’t pick up the phone. Don’t answer the door. With the Scream 5 release date set for 14th January, the smartest horror franchise of its generation is back in business.

From cast to trailer, we reveal why Scream 2022 will be your new favourite scary movie.

Scream release date: 14 January

What’s the background to the new Scream movie?

Your phone rings. You pick up, expecting the voice of a friend. Instead, there’s a stranger on the line.

The conversation starts off playful, friendly, even flirtatious. But then comes the loaded question – “What’s your favourite scary movie?” – and the voice becomes an angry rasp as the game of cat and mouse begins.

You can lock your doors, kill the lights and pray for mercy – but nothing will stop the knife-wielding Ghostface killer from hunting you down.

So began the original Scream movie back in 1996 – with Drew Barrymore playing the first victim in a famously nasty opener – and suddenly the washed-up horror genre was back in business.

Directed by Nightmare On Elm Street creator Wes Craven, with a razor-sharp script from Kevin Williamson, Scream was stylish, smart and meta, satirising horror tropes while forging new folklore of its own. By the time the box office receipts settled, it was the highest-grossing slasher film in history (beaten only by 2018’s Halloween).

Ghostface in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream."


With his billowing cloak, glinting knife and strangely mournful-looking mask, Ghostface is arguably the most iconic horror villain of the last quarter-century, terrorising the fictional Californian town of Woodsboro – and eternal nemesis Sidney Prescott – across four Scream movies to date.

And because there’s a different murderer behind the mask in each sequel, he (and sometimes she) never stays dead for long. We’ve waited a decade for Scream 5 – and now it’s finally here.

David Arquette (“Dewey Riley”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream."


What’s the Scream 2022 story?

Having survived four movies, the Scream 5 trailer finds Sidney far from Woodsboro and hoping to rebuild her life. “Sidney, she’s moved on,” explains Campbell, who once again leads the Scream 5 cast. “And then chaos ensues.”

Sure enough, it’s not long before Sidney gets the fateful phone call. It’s not Ghostface, for now, but good-guy Woodsboro cop and franchise veteran Dewey Riley (David Arquette), warning her that the body count is ticking back up in her old hometown.

“It’s happening,” he tells Sidney. “And this one just feels different.”

Scream poster


How does Scream 2022 tie in with the old movies?

The cast and crew are guarding the plot with their lives, but all signs suggest this new Scream movie will dive back into the narrative from the series to date, with old faces, new blood and festering vendettas coming to light.

Take the Scream 5 poster tagline – “It’s always someone you know” – and the revelation in the Scream trailer that each victim is related to the original killers.

Scream 5 isn’t just a random bloodbath: it’s personal.

“Now is the time to make a new Scream movie,” explains Williamson, who serves as Executive Producer this time around.

“Because we had a special story to tell, that connects the legacy of the cast members with the new cast into the world of Woodsboro.”

Who’s in the Scream 5 cast?

The death of Wes Craven in 2015 was a huge loss for horror, but he’d surely approve of Scream 5 co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, whose 2019 comedy-horror Ready Or Not was called “a decadent blast” by Rolling Stone.

Likewise, Williamson can sleep easy entrusting the Scream 5 script to Guy Busick (who penned Ready Or Not) and Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt.

Meanwhile, the Scream 5 cast feels almost like a slasher take on The Force Awakens, with the old heroes you loved joining an up-for-it young cast ready to carry the franchise forward.

Twenty-five years since Scream, Neve Campbell is still the only one who can play Sidney, evolving the character into a grown woman who is still carrying the trauma from a lifetime outrunning Ghostface’s blade.


“Sidney is now a mother," the actress told Total Film. “So [she has] another level of strength as a woman.”

But as Sidney says in the Scream 5 trailer, she’s still packing heat. Campbell laughs: “Because of her history, she’d be an idiot not to.”

Also on the goodies team, David Arquette’s Dewey Riley is perhaps the most human character in the new Scream movie, sworn to serve and protect Woodsboro because that’s what it says on the side of his cop car.

As the actor says: “Dewey, he’s pulled back in because he’s still got a huge heart and really wants to help.”

And while Roger L. Jackson once again lends his deeply creepy voice to Ghostface’s phone calls, don’t go asking who’s under the cloak – it’ll only ruin the surprise when Scream arrives on 14th January.


Is Courteney Cox in the new Scream movie?

Yes! Back in the original Scream, Courteney Cox became the first Friends star to establish herself in the movies, playing tough cookie news reporter Gale Weathers, who comes to Woodsboro to investigate the killings, then develops a conscience and marries Dewey.

Now, Weathers is back and, even after four brutal films, Cox says she was taken aback by Ghostface’s antics in the new Scream movie.

“He’s as scary as ever. There’s things that happen that are shocking. I still can’t believe it.”


Who are the young stars of the Scream 5 cast?

If you’ve watched the harrowing Scream 5 trailer, you’ll know Insidious star Jenna Ortega won’t last the distance as Tara (her death is another one to watch through your fingers). But fellow twenty-somethings Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid and Jasmin Savoy Brown all seem like they could be franchise mainstays. “There are so many twists and turns,” says Savoy Brown, who starred in HBO’s The Leftovers. “Who’s the killer? Who’s not? We don’t know.”

Above all, following her breakthrough performance as Vanessa from In The Heights, we’re excited to see more of Melissa Barrera. “My character, Sam, becomes the target of the Ghostface killer,” explains the Mexico-born actress. “So she seeks Dewey for help.”

Ghostface and Jenna Ortega in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream."


What is the Scream 5 release date?

Scrawl it into your diaries in blood – the Scream 5 release date is 14 January, and we couldn’t be more excited/terrified. After more than a decade in the grave, the franchise that gave horror a shot in the arm is back, brainier and bloodier than ever.

Neve Campbell (“Sidney Prescott”), left, and Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) star in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream.”


Take it from the only man who has survived Ghostface from the start.

“They’re incredible filmmakers and the script is super-scary, and it really does have a love for horror films and the Scream films that have come before it,” Arquette told Collider of the new era.

“I believe Scream was a game changer. And this new version is going to be building on all of that…”



Scream is released 14th January

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