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Scream Movies and Series, Ranked by Tomatometer

We’re ranking all of the Scream franchise, including the ’90s teen slasher classic, the sequels and TV series, and the reboot twenty-five years later! The 1996 original from Wes Craven was responsible for reviving the horror genre in the ’90s out of their creative doldrums, polishing the teen slasher formula with a knowing, post-modern twist. The 1997 sequel, released just a year after, further satirized rushed franchise follow-ups. The third and fourth movies, along with a tv series, kept the Scream name in the zeitgeist but not much else. The 2022 reboot showed there was still life behind the Ghostface mask, leading to a sequel that picks back up the series numbering: Scream VI. Alex Vo

#1

Scream 2 (1997)
82%

#1
Adjusted Score: 87526%
Critics Consensus: As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that manages to poke fun at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate.
Synopsis: Sydney (Neve Campbell) and tabloid reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) survived the events of the first "Scream," but their nightmare... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#2

Scream (1996)
81%

#2
Adjusted Score: 87029%
Critics Consensus: Horror icon Wes Craven's subversive deconstruction of the genre is sly, witty, and surprisingly effective as a slasher film itself, even if it's a little too cheeky for some.
Synopsis: The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#3

Scream VI (2023)
76%

#3
Adjusted Score: 95134%
Critics Consensus: Certain aspects of horror's most murderously meta franchise may be going stale, but a change of setting and some inventive set pieces help keep Scream VI reasonably sharp.
Synopsis: Following the latest Ghostface killings, the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter.... [More]

#4

Scream (2022)
76%

#4
Adjusted Score: 92119%
Critics Consensus: The fifth Scream finds the franchise working harder than ever to maintain its meta edge -- and succeeding surprisingly often.
Synopsis: Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the... [More]

Scream (2015)
61%

#5
Synopsis: MTV teams with super-producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein on a TV series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise. Instigated... [More]

#6

Scream 4 (2011)
60%

#6
Adjusted Score: 67362%
Critics Consensus: The franchise is showing its age, but Scream 4 is undeniably an improvement over its predecessor, with just enough meta humor and clever kills.
Synopsis: It has been many years since the Ghostface Killer cut a deadly path through the town of Woodsboro. In order... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#7

Scream 3 (2000)
41%

#7
Adjusted Score: 45691%
Critics Consensus: Despite some surprising twists, Scream 3 sees the franchise falling back on the same old horror formulas and cliches it once hacked and slashed with postmodern abandon.
Synopsis: In the final installment to this trilogy, a murdering spree begins to happen again; this time targeted toward the original... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven