Regular readers of Horror Freak News know we’re huge proponents of creative and thought-provoking film theories. Even though many (if not most) are unprovable, finding new interpretations of genre favorites of one of fandoms greatest joys. Was Willy Wonka a cannibal? Is Home Alone a Saw origin story? Was Josh the real killer in The Blair Witch Project?
Probably not. But these and other theories are a blast to contemplate.
Some films and franchises are the subjects of multiple fan theories, and Wes Craven’s Scream is a perfect example. The meta-franchise with more twists than the Road to Hana is perfect for creative minds to toy with endlessly. As proof, check out the video below from our friends at Screen Rant: 10 Terrifying Theories That Completely Change the Scream Franchise!
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If you can’t stream, the 10 fan theories about the Scream films are briefly summarized below the video. After that, for kicks, you can check out the trailers for Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, and Scream 4. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: The Scream film franchise is filled with all types of mysteries, huge reveals, and big twists. Not everything shown on the screen is as simple as it seems, though. With four movies and a television show, there are a lot of theories that have popped up through the years.
After the release of Scream 4, many people believe the popular character Kirby is actually still alive even though she was brutally stabbed by Charlie. Dewey is one of the more beloved characters in the franchise, but was he actually a killer all along? The Scream TV show may have more connections to the movies than you realize. Scream 3 would have been a lot different if Kevin Williamson got his script produced. Roman was revealed to be a huge mastermind in Scream 3, but did he actually commit murders in the first film? Scream 5 rumors spread around for years and many people theorized on various directions the story would go. Randy is seen as the horror movie guru, but was Billy actually smarter than him? Stuart gets crushed by a TV in the original Scream, but you can easily see him in the background of the sequel. The mask and suit in Scream are scary, but do they also possess special powers? Scream is known for being a movie within a movie, but are they actually set in a world based off books? Watch to see some of these crazy theories come to life and how they could all actually be real.
1. Kirby (from Scream 4) is still alive! Since we never saw the character actually die after being stabbed, Scream fans are hoping she might reappear in Scream 5 (if that film is ever made).
2. Dewey is a killer! This theory suggests the small-town cop is actually obsessed with Sidney and a protégé of whomever happens to be the current Ghostface.
3. The Scream TV Series actually takes place in the Stab meta-verse. This one if a bit of a mind-bender, suggesting the lack of continuity between the Scream moves and the TV series on MTV means it’s actually part of the Stab franchise introduced in Scream 2.
4. The Following is the real Scream 3! Kevin Williamson’s script for Scream 3 was completely shredded, making the final project much different than the original scribe’s true vision. It’s rumored, however, that much of the axed script for Scream 3 was reworked into episodes of The Following, which Williamson created.
5. Roman helped in the first Scream! Since Roman claimed to have inspired Stu and Billy to kill, some believe he actually donned the Ghostface mask in Part 1.
6. Scream 5 plot rumors! The fact that a 5th Chapter in the Scream franchise seems unlikely, fans have shared many rumored plot details. One of the most popular claimed Sidney, Gale, and Dewey were all doomed to die. Others claim Jill would have survived Scream 4 to continue her rampage.
7. Billy knows more than Randy! Billy actually has more horror movie knowledge than Randy, as proven by his constant film quotes and behind-the-scenes knowledge.
8. Stuart survived Scream! Since we never actually see him in a body bag, some theorized that Stu survived his ordeal and still stalks Sidney secretly. This theory is bolstered by the fact that Matthew Lillard actually had a cameo in Scream 2.
9. The Ghostface costume is supernatural! Though those who don the costume are mere mortals, they all seem to exhibit remarkable strength and resilience when fighting.
10. The ultimate meta-theory! Some believe Scream is a movie within a movie; in other words, it’s an adaptation of a Gale Weathers novel.
Official Synopsis: Wes Craven re-invented and revitalized the slasher-horror genre with this modern horror classic, which manages to be funny, clever and scary, as a fright-masked knife maniac stalks high-school students in middle-class suburbia. Craven is happy to provide both tension and self-parody as the body count mounts – but the victims aren’t always the ones you’d expect.
Official Synopsis: Sydney (Neve Campbell) and tabloid reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) survived the events of the first “Scream,” but their nightmare isn’t over. When two college students are murdered at a sneak preview of “Stab,” a movie based on the events from the first film, it’s clear a copycat killer is on the loose. Sydney and Gail, as well as fellow survivors Deputy Dewey (David Arquette) and Randy (Jamie Kennedy) have to find out who is behind this new murder spree, before they all end up dead.
Official Synopsis: The last instalment in the `Scream’ trilogy is set in Hollywood, where `Stab 3′ is being shot, with Gale Weathers and Dwight Riley on set as advisors to Jennifer Jolie. Unfortunately, a killer decides to off the cast in the order of the screenplay and only `Sid’ Prescott, now in hiding until the killer tracks her down, can solve the riddle.
Official Synopsis: It has been many years since the Ghostface Killer cut a deadly path through the town of Woodsboro. In order to get over the trauma of those horrific events, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has written a self-help book. She returns to Woodsboro for her book tour, and reconnects with old friends Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette). However, Sidney’s arrival also sparks the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney and everyone she loves in danger.