It’s Halloween! Here’s the First Trailer For the Fifth Installment of ‘Scream’

We have to admit, we’re happy these days just to know that the still adorable Drew Barrymore is doing well and fine, with a successful daytime talk show (The Drew Barrymore Show, if you didn’t know), and about 14 million loyal Instagram followers. But in 1996, we were very worried for her.

A 21-year-old Drew, of course, starred in Wes Craven’s landmark 1996 horror film Scream – and that now iconic telephone scene was nothing short of spine-chillingly masterful. The legendary director succeeded in bringing the genre into a whole new generation, and its influence quickly showed up in flicks like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend. Horror was cool again, but in a kind of celebrity culture, modern pop sort of way. Sequels followed in 1997, 2000 and 2011.

This coming January will at last see the release of the fifth installment, Scream 2022 (via Paramount), which takes place in the same small town of Woodsboro, 25 years after the truly terrifying Ghostface went on his first killing spree. For continuity’s sake, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette will return. But just in time for Halloween chills, the first trailer has just been released, and this time it’s the 19-year-old Jenna Ortega (she played the young Jane in Jane the Virgin from 2014 – 2019) taking over where Barrymore left off, though a smartphone has obviously replaced the landline (it’s somehow not quite the same). She’s getting creepy texts from her possible killer, and the locks on the doors keep unsettlingly switching on and off. We’re kind of guessing it doesn’t end very well.

Campbell’s Sidney Prescott then nervously asks Cox’s Gale Weathers, “You ready?” – to which comes the obvious reply, “For this? Never.” But it doesn’t matter if they’re ready, as they’re quickly pulled back into the murderous mayhem, with Prescott vowing, “I won’t sleep until he’s in the ground.”

It’s important to note there wasn’t really even an internet to promote the first Scream when it came out – but in 2021, already the Twittersphere is lighting up with excitement over the arrival of the initial trailer. Nevertheless, one thing that hasn’t changed: a dead body is a still dead body.

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