Horror is usually associated with the Halloween month of October, but the “Scream” franchise is straying away from the stereotype with its newest installment set to release on January 14. The long-awaited slasher film “Scream” kicks off the new year, welcoming moviegoers back to Woodsboro where Ghostface first emerged to initiate chaos and fear in the town. The film that will be releasing this Friday is the fifth film of the “Scream” franchise, with the fourth movie, “Scream 4,” having premiered over a decade ago on April 15, 2011.
This franchise is different from other classic horror movie franchises because although it involves suspense and terror, each film also implements comical lines and irony. Throughout the movies, the theme of “anyone is a suspect” plays out as viewers are guided to predict who the killer can be because various characters conduct suspicious acts. The films essentially express the idea that anyone can be the one behind the Ghostface mask, but the real culprit is discovered near the end of each movie.
While there is time before the newest film appears in theatres, why not rewatch the first four “Scream” movies to catch any references that can potentially appear in this next movie? This upcoming movie is, in fact, a direct sequel to the fourth movie and will bring back the main characters from the film franchise like Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley and, of course, Ghostface.
If you choose to rewatch the movies before the fifth film’s theatrical release, keep an eye out for some familiar locations, such as the ones in “Scream 2.” The settings in this film are bound to captivate UCLA students because it actually utilized UCLA’s remarkable buildings to film certain suspenseful scenes.
Kerckhoff Hall seen at night with Sidney Prescott, played by actress Neve Campbell, running up the steps. Photo by Paramount Pictures
The lawn in front of Kerckhoff Hall can be seen in “Scream 2.” Photo by Paramount Pictures
There is much to look forward to with the arrival of “Scream” to movie theatres everywhere on January 14, so are you ready for some frights and screams this early in the year?