8 Things You Can Expect From MTV's New Scream TV Show

by | June 29, 2015 | Comments

When the movie Scream came out in 1996, it launched a horror renaissance. Suddenly big studios were making horror movies again — although many were written and/or produced by Scream‘s Kevin Williamson. There were four Scream movies in all, and the fact that Neve Campbell still starred in the fourth is a spoiler for the first three.

So to give Scream new life, it was developed as a TV show instead of a Scream 5. Having seen the pilot episode of the series when it premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, I now know how Scream can work on television. Here’s what you can expect when you watch Scream this summer on MTV.

1. Plan for a Drew Barrymore-Style Opening

Spoiler for Scream, but when people saw what happened to Drew Barrymore before the title even came on screen, they were shocked. Now it’s tradition; every Scream movie opens with a big shock and so does the TV show. So don’t get too excited when you see the first starlet on screen. If you know Scream, you know the first girl is not the final girl.

2. Expect Longer Story Arcs

When Scream came out, it answered decades-long frustrations of horror fans. Finally, a horror movie with people who had seen horror movies so they knew not to say “I’ll be right back.” But now Scream is on television and the rules have changed; there are horror TV shows like The Walking Dead and Bates Motel (and even Pretty Little Liars). With at least 10 hours to fill, the stories for television take longer and not everything happens in every episode. The new Scream has figured out the rules of horror TV and it’s following them.

3. Get Ready for a New Randy

In Scream, Jamie Kennedy played Randy, the movie buff who helped others survive their real-life horror movie. With new rules, there’s a new Randy to explain them. John Karna plays Noah, a TV buff who’s also obsessed with real serial killers. That gives him a lot of knowledge bombs to drop every week in clever monologues.

4. Don’t Wait for the Phone to Ring

The Scream movie killers would always call their victims up and ask them about their favorite scary movies. This was before cell phones. Now nobody talks on the phone anymore, but the killer has new ways to stalk his prey. He taps into our cell phones, tablets, and laptop cameras. He uses our social media against us. This is way scarier than answering horror movie trivia questions.

5. Prepare Yourself for a Homemade Ghostface

All the Scream movies used the same mask, because each killer was copycatting the original. We kinda thought it was the last mask that wasn’t already taken by a famous killer, but after the spoof Scary Movie used it, they probably had to come up with a new one. The new Ghostface looks more homemade (the original was admittedly store-bought). A methodical killer taking the time to craft his own mask makes him even deadlier.

6. Meet the New Victims of the TV Scream

Don’t get too attached to these characters, because Scream will make good on its promise to make them scream. But to start out, Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) seems like the good girl, or is she? Brooke (Carlson Young) is the party girl. Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) is a bullied bisexual teen who carries a video camera with her. Will (Connor Weil) is the jock and Emma’s boyfriend. Kieran (Amadeus Serafini) is the troublemaker, provoking dangerous situations and taunting anyone who can’t keep up. Of course, you already met Noah in item #3.

7. Don’t Forget About Brandon James

The original Scream trilogy centered around a love affair Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell)’s mother had and its far-reaching consequences. MTV’S Scream starts a whole new family legend. Brandon James was a disfigured and bullied teen whose vengeful legacy still haunts the town. Emma’s mother (Tracy Middendorf) has a history with Brandon that comes back to haunt her in the present. Does it have something to do with the new killings? Hmm… it’s doubtful that they told us Brandon’s story just to kill time.

8. In the TV Version, Less Is More

The Scream movies had high box counts, but when it comes to television, there won’t be a death every week. That means you have to live with the characters and get involved in their lives week to week. That’ll make the kills hurt more, as Noah says. He even compares it to Friday Night Lights. If they really stick to that, the Scream TV show might end up killing fewer people than a season of Game of Thrones, but look how much those deaths matter!

Scream premieres Tuesday, Jun. 30 at 10 p.m. Do you dare to watch?

Fred Topel is an entertainment journalist and film critic based in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @FredTopel and read his reviews here.

Tag Cloud

batman supernatural Election FXX screenings AMC Starz LGBT theme song Marvel Television Mary Tyler Moore President festivals Rock historical drama Disney streaming service Summer Star Wars Rocky adventure facebook foreign werewolf Holidays canceled TV shows movie Masterpiece christmas movies Black History Month 2015 First Reviews based on movie quibi ESPN SundanceTV robots PBS golden globes Dark Horse Comics Music unscripted zombies Epix Turner Classic Movies Christmas rotten movies we love 20th Century Fox Marvel Studios OneApp Song of Ice and Fire 007 Pirates TBS Showtime animated joker GIFs talk show Reality Competition 2016 game show Crunchyroll VICE Musicals dramedy travel Britbox TNT Teen south america Superheroe Amazon Prime YA Mary poppins ratings Mudbound FOX book Funimation Netflix crime thriller Fantasy Video Games transformers El Rey 71st Emmy Awards stand-up comedy reviews SDCC Warner Bros. Rocketman RT21 boxoffice Brie Larson San Diego Comic-Con The CW comiccon movies thriller canceled crime Musical CNN sequel Family Vudu BBC America Hulu spider-man A24 richard e. Grant 2019 medical drama Character Guide Year in Review Arrowverse witnail Disney+ Disney Plus Box Office cancelled TV series Extras dogs CBS breaking bad Cartoon Network 2017 Winners Super Bowl Sneak Peek Ghostbusters NBC DirecTV OWN Grammys jamie lee curtis TV renewals sports TLC IFC YouTube Amazon Film Festival Peacock zombie DGA Marvel Food Network Biopics Television Academy See It Skip It cinemax ghosts Travel Channel mockumentary Pet Sematary finale BBC Sony Pictures Writers Guild of America space 2020 scary movies comic streaming USA Network elevated horror Infographic Best and Worst Tarantino Disney Channel aliens Opinion blaxploitation Watching Series composers cartoon Apple TV+ Animation free movies VH1 latino indie X-Men natural history FX on Hulu Comics on TV Horror Anna Paquin Chernobyl what to watch Binge Guide MCU APB Acorn TV comics versus Film mutant zero dark thirty discovery Lionsgate anthology WGN Bravo Nat Geo DC Comics Pixar Kids & Family Turner Black Mirror Emmy Nominations Nickelodeon The Walking Dead Emmys Esquire MSNBC romance doctor who casting police drama documentary Premiere Dates Ellie Kemper Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Hallmark spy thriller dragons Cannes E! halloween Action SXSW Fall TV Spike Polls and Games television Columbia Pictures TIFF Cosplay crime drama dceu TV Land video RT History YouTube Premium Sci-Fi DC Universe psycho GoT kids Awards Ovation Paramount Network Toys Shudder Superheroes Podcast Chilling Adventures of Sabrina First Look Rom-Com binge TCA 2017 revenge Trailer Winter TV Pop TV HBO Max Photos cats directors slashers TCA Winter 2020 Walt Disney Pictures cancelled 2018 Adult Swim Calendar justice league period drama Pride Month Set visit CW Seed 45 Tomatazos Lifetime disaster Crackle PaleyFest Apple TV Plus Thanksgiving crossover Lifetime Christmas movies harry potter blockbuster universal monsters reboot franchise Amazon Prime Video CMT strong female leads DC streaming service Heroines Baby Yoda Logo 21st Century Fox war hist The Purge IFC Films miniseries politics psychological thriller Disney Plus Trivia Reality Amazon Studios Comedy Central Universal E3 children's TV USA Awards Tour National Geographic CBS All Access History Spectrum Originals Women's History Month TV anime science fiction renewed TV shows TCM Comic Book MTV ABC A&E true crime FX screen actors guild teaser Fox News Hallmark Christmas movies Pop Western TruTV cops Discovery Channel 24 frames game of thrones Holiday award winner green book political drama Certified Fresh sitcom cars Mindy Kaling ABC Family ITV Endgame Nominations New York Comic Con cooking The Witch name the review technology LGBTQ Freeform Spring TV Comedy Disney Avengers TCA YouTube Red Valentine's Day Netflix Christmas movies spanish language WarnerMedia BET Stephen King The Arrangement spain series American Society of Cinematographers Marathons Captain marvel docudrama Tubi romantic comedy Creative Arts Emmys Star Trek Countdown Sundance TV independent Academy Awards Apple serial killer singing competition Oscars vampires Quiz cults Shondaland cancelled television Red Carpet biography spinoff social media Trophy Talk Syfy Country Paramount Classic Film Mary Poppins Returns GLAAD dc Martial Arts Mystery hispanic tv talk cancelled TV shows sag awards Drama Tumblr HBO toy story adaptation Sundance NYCC Lucasfilm nature Schedule Sundance Now Elton John diversity Interview