Scream 5 co-director defends title that divides



Scream co-director Tyler Gillett explains the reasoning behind the 2022 movie name after the original slasher movie, saying it was intentional.

Tyler Gillett, next year’s co-director Scream, defends the title that divides the film and promises that it was chosen for a reason. After revivals of horror franchises like Halloween and Seen, the iconic slasher series from Wes Craven Scream returns to the big screen. This time directed by Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, the spirits behind Ready or Not, the fifth installment of the Ghostface saga hits theaters next January and features a cast made up of new and familiar faces. As expected, it also features another masked killer terrorizing the residents of Woodsboro.

For a while, many thought the movie would simply be called Scream 5, following well in line with previous installments. However, during filming that ended last November, it was announced that the 2022 film would simply be called Scream. This fits with a trend in the horror genre, where a reboot will simply use the exact same title as the original. Most recently this was done with 2018 Halloween. For Scream fans, many have wondered why Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin didn’t use something else like Cream.


Related: Why Is Scream 2022 Not Scream 5 (Is It A Reboot?)

Following the release of the first Scream trailer, the two directors sat down with Empire to break down all the revelations and tease what lies ahead. On the controversial title, Gillett acknowledged that there had been a lot of “feedback“, but insists it was chosen for a specific purpose. It ties into the identity of the film and the legacy it carries. Gillett said:

“It’s no accident that it’s called Scream. For a multitude of reasons, we’ve had a lot of … feedback … about choosing to call it Scream, which is all valid. Wouldn’t be. Screaming if he didn’t fully explore. That’s the nature of movies. He understands what it is. And this movie is no different – it understands what it is and how it fits in with Scream’s lineage and modern horror. “


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The Scream the franchise, especially in the case of the original films, is notable for the way it pokes fun at slasher tropes. Gillett’s line on the movies knowing what they are fits with that, and it has to be assumed that, as a reboot, the 2022 Scream will maintain this trend. Gillett also commented on whether the new movie riffs on familiar tropes, saying: “I think it’s a mixed bag, it’s not a thing. There are a few things at work when it comes to this. We must be vaguely so boring!“Maybe the whole reason behind the title will be related to this.

Yet even though there is a purpose behind it, it doesn’t change how confusing it is to have two movies in the same series named Scream. Hopefully, the 2022 offering will contain some new twists to differentiate itself further from the original. The core trio of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) are all back for Scream, and they will be joined by a large number of newcomers. The cast alone already feels like a satisfying mix of past and present, and maybe that’s where the title comes from. Everything will become clear next January.

More: Scream 2022 Trailer Breakdown: 10 Stories Revealed & Easter Eggs

Source: Empire

  • Scream 5 (2022)Release Date: January 14, 2022


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