We’re well into October, which means it’s officially Spooky Season. Halloween is coming up on Sunday. As a result, there’s a good chance that you’ve spent at least some time over the past few weeks watching some of your favorite old horror movies.
A few channels have horror movie marathons at this time of the year. Maybe you’ve plopped down on the couch to watch every Halloween movie in order. Or, perhaps you’re more of a Nightmare on Elm Street type of person. Prefer Friday the 13th instead? There’s nothing wrong with that!
Early next year, one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time is set to return. The latest iteration of Scream will hit theaters on January 14. This will be the fifth installment in the series and the first since 2011’s Scream 4. Most importantly, we’ll see many of the actors from the original reprise their old roles. Neve Campbell is back to play Sidney Prescott, while Courteney Cox and David Arquette will once again play Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley, respectively.
The latest installment of Scream features Kevin Williamson in an executive producer role. Williamson, of course, was the primary scriptwriter for each of the previous four films. Along with Wes Craven, who died in 2015, Williamson is the man credited with being the driving force behind the franchise. Mett Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will be tasked with writing the script for the latest Scream, but it’s safe to say that Williamson’s involvement in the project means the plot won’t stray too far from the classics.
These props will be up until the day before the film’s scheduled release early next year, so you’ve got plenty of time to get your wagers placed. How should you bet the newest Scream?
Will Sidney Prescott Die in Scream?
Sidney Prescott was the protagonist in the original film that dodged death on a number of occasions. We don’t know much about the upcoming version, but we do know that Prescott will be heavily involved again as one of the main characters. We also know that the movie is set in Woodsboro, the same fictional California town featured in the original. And, as expected, someone dressed in the iconic Ghostface outfit is back wreaking havoc on the local community.
Prescott has survived each of the first four Screams, and the betting odds heavily favor survival again this time around. We have essentially watched Sidney grow up over the course of this series. She was in high school back when the original was released in the 1990s, and Scream 2 covered some of her college days. Sidney is a recluse living in the mountains in Scream 3. In the fourth and most recent installment, she bravely goes back to Woodsboro to promote a book she’s written that covers the trauma she endured in each of the previous three incidents.
While Sidney was originally portrayed as a bit of a shy high school kid, she’s actually done a fair amount of killing over the years. Prescott has been credited with six total kills through the first four movies.
Most notably, she killed both Stu Macher and Billy Loomis in the original. Those two, of course, teamed up to terrorize Woodsboro as the original Ghostface tandem. The four other kills came in self-defense.
Sidney has actually been choked by killers in each of the first four movies. She has come close to death in the past, but she’s a survivor. There’s no telling what the future may hold for this franchise, but it’s still tough to imagine this being the time Sidney is actually killed off. The odds heavily favor Prescott to survive yet again, and it’s hard to argue against it. It may be too predictable, but my money is on Sidney to survive yet again.
Will Sidney Prescott Die in Scream? –No (-2000)
Will Gale Weathers Die in Scream?
While oddsmakers think Sidney is a good bet to live to fight in another Scream one day, the other two old protagonists may not be. Gale Weathers, played by Courteney Cox, was originally portrayed as a callous, fame-seeking reporter. Weathers came to fame after writing a book detailing the murder of Sidney’s mother, Maureen. In the original film, she and her trusty cameraman take some ethically-questionable steps to ensure they get their story.
Weathers has evolved over the course of the first four movies. She eventually falls in love with Dewey Riley, the town’s lovably goofy sheriff. She becomes a more compassionate figure by the time Scream 3 rolls around before attempting to reinvent herself as a roving investigative reporter in Scream 4.
Gale may not be the most likable character, but she’s a survivor, too. She survived being stabbed in the shoulder in Scream 4, while she has also been punched on a couple of separate occasions by Sidney. Gale hasn’t come quite as close to death on as many occasions as Sidney has, but you still won’t find many recurring characters that survive through five different installments in a horror movie franchise.
Cox agreed to do Scream 3 only if it would be her last appearance in the franchise. She then reportedly wanted Gale to finally meet her demise in Scream 4, but we know how that turned out. Wes Craven was initially reluctant to kill off any of the original three protagonists, but his opinion quickly changed. In an interview with IGN shortly after the release of Scream 4, Craven said,
“Next time out, one or more of those characters is going to have to die.”
Of course, the deceased Craven isn’t involved with the newest Scream, so take that quote with a grain of salt. This is a total toss-up with the same -120 odds on either side of this prop, but I do think Gale is the most likely of the original trio to perish in the new movie. Sidney seems likely to survive another day, while Dewey has proven to be very difficult to kill through the first four. Bet on Weathers to go down in Scream.
Will Gale Weathers Die in Scream? –Yes (-120)
Will Dewey Riley Die in Scream?
Dewey Riley, played by David Arquette, is the heaviest favorite of the original three main characters to meet his end in Scream. We first meet Dewey as a deputy in the first film when he’s trying to protect his sister, Tatum, and her friend, Sidney, from Ghostface. She then shows up at Sidney’s university to try and save the day in Scream 2. He becomes romantically involved with Gale and proposes in Scream 3, while he has been promoted to sheriff by the time we see him in Scream 4.
Dewey was actually supposed to die after being stabbed by Ghostface in the original, but Craven reportedly took such a liking to the character that he changed his plans. Dewey has been brutally attacked in each of the first four movies, but he’s still alive. His ability to escape death is something of an ongoing gag at this point. The filmmakers actually recorded a few alternate endings for the original, including one in which Dewey dies.
Would Dewey’s death in the next Scream be a surprise?
Not really. He’s come close to meeting his end on a number of occasions in the past, and, as a sheriff, he’s gotta be willing to put his life on the line for the greater good. That said, I’m not convinced that he should be a -200 favorite to be killed in the newest version. Anything can happen, of course, but I think the plus-money odds on “no” represent excellent betting value.
It’s just a hunch, but Dewey is a good bet to get out of this one alive at +160.
Will Dewey Riley Die in Scream? –No (+160)
Total Number of Ghostface Kills in Scream
Over 14.5 (-120)
Under 14.5 (-120)
Horror movies involve plenty of gruesome deaths. However, Scream has taken a slightly different approach through the years. It has plenty of standard slasher elements, but it has never been quite as overtly gory or gruesome as franchises like Saw, for example. We can expect plenty of random characters to be killed by Ghostface yet again, but the over/under of 14.5 looks rather lofty.
Let’s just use the first four films as guidelines. In the original, Billy Loomis and Stu Macher combine for just five on-screen kills. Those two eventually die themselves, but their deaths certainly can’t be attributed to Ghostface. Remember, we’re only counting Ghostface’s murders for this prop.
The first sequel features a few more deaths. Ghostface accounts for seven of the 10 total on-screen deaths. Ghostface kills eight more people in both Scream 3 and Scream 4. There’s a debatable ninth death in Scream 4, as well.
So, Ghostface Has Never Even Cracked Double-Digits in Any of the Previous Four Movies
That may prove to have no bearing on what the writers have in mind for the latest Scream, but getting all the way up to 15 murders would be quite an escalation. At this point, we have no reason to believe the next Scream will include as much as 33% more death than we’ve seen in any of the last four films.
Bet the Under on 14.5 Kills for Ghostface In Scream
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