There is probably no movie genre more suited to sequels than horror. After all, in many horror movies, the threat is never really gone. The killer is never quite dead. The monster had babies. The aliens will be back. It’s not all that hard to find a way to resurrect a series that may have ended, because in horror you’re never really safe. Take Pinhead from Hellraiser, for example, he just landed a series on HBO Max.
No movies know this better than the Scream films. The first Scream, released in 1996, was both a spot-on spoof of horror movie conventions, so well-versed in the cliches and trappings of the genre that one of the characters explains them in the middle of the action and a legitimately scary example of one, so committed to getting it right that they hired horror legend Wes Craven to direct it. It was a smash hit and it spawned two (*checks notes), sorry, three sequels.
And now it’s getting a fourth. Scream is coming back from the dead, and it’s bringing David Arquette with it!
Yesterday, news broke that Scream 5 was in motion and that the producers were working to secure some of the original cast make appearances. So far, the reboot has snagged Arquette, who played Dewey Riley, the hapless local policeman who gets caught in the Ghostface killer’s cross-hairs.
“I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my ‘Scream’ family, old and new,” Arquette said. “‘Scream’ has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honoring Wes Craven’s legacy.”
The new movie is short on details, but according to Variety it will be directed by Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (“Ready or Not”). They’re trying to secure other “legacy” cast members, not that many have survived the previous four installments.
Fans have high hopes for Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox’s return, but so far no further casting announcements have been made.