How Many Scream Movies Are There?
The Scream franchise is a highly successful iconic series of horror films that have captivated terrorized audiences since its inception. Created by Kevin Williamson directed by Wes Craven the Scream movies are known for their self-awareness wit thrilling plotlines that play upon the tropes conventions of the horror genre.
The Original Scream Trilogy
The Scream film series began with the release of “Scream” in 1996. This game-changing horror movie revitalized the slasher genre introducing elements of humor self-referentiality. The success of the first film led to the creation of two more movies that formed the original Scream Trilogy:
- Scream (1996): The first film in the franchise where a masked killer known as Ghostface terrorizes the small town of Woodsboro.
- Scream 2 (1997): The sequel continues the story focusing on a series of copycat murders that occur at a college campus.
- Scream 3 (2000): The final installment of the original trilogy reveals the identity motives of the Ghostface killer.
The original Scream trilogy is often lauded as a genre-defying masterpiece combining scares satire in a way that became a trademark of the series.
After a long hiatus the Scream franchise returned with a fourth installment nearly eleven years later:
- Scream 4 (2011): This film introduces a new generation of characters while remaining connected to the events of the original trilogy. The story revolves around the return of Ghostface his reign of terror in the town of Woodsboro.
Scream 4 aimed to refresh the franchise while paying homage to the original trilogy continuing to deconstruct the horror genre its clichés.
More recently after another hiatus a fifth movie simply titled “Scream” was released in 2022:
- Scream (2022): In this highly anticipated installment the legacy characters from the original trilogy reunite to face a new wave of Ghostface killings in Woodsboro.
Scream (2022) was both a continuation an homage to the earlier films incorporating fresh twists surprises while staying true to the essence of Scream.
In total there are five Scream movies with the original trilogy setting the foundation for the franchise’s success. Scream 4 the recently released Scream (2022) served as revivals that continued the Scream legacy attracted both old new fans ensuring that the iconic Ghostface mask would continue to haunt our nightmares.