Ranking the “Scream” movies from Best to Worst

“What’s YOUR favorite scary movie?”

A timeless question for sure and the start of it all in the popular Scream franchise. With Courtney Cox’s recent announcement about confirming her role in Scream 5, I thought it would the perfect time to re-visit the other Scream films and rank them from best to worst.

There’s just something about Scream. It has it all. It nails the comedy, it gives us plenty of slasher horror scares, and it is just one of those movies you can watch over and over again. Trust me, it would alarm you how much I have actually watched these movies…

Please note some spoilers are ahead.

Without any further delay, let’s find out exactly how I ranked the Scream films and why.


Scream (1996)

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The original film is the best one by far. It is actually my favorite movie of all time and I think that it really set the bar for slasher movies in the 90’s and the early 2000’s. The opening scene was so shocking the first time I watched it. I remember thinking that Drew Barrymore was going to be the star of the movie and then so much for that.

However, Neve Campbell was the perfect Final Girl as Sidney Prescott. I pretty much loved every single character in this movie and I still think that Tatum deserved better.

Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich also made quite the tag team and I will be forever woozy watching them.

Scream 1
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There’s just something about the original movie that stands the test of time for me. I find something new every single time I watch it and I am so impressed by all of the clever Easter eggs and references sprinkled in to give fans a sense of nostalgia while creating something iconic at the same time.

Standout Death: 

Drew’s shocking demise in the opening scene of the movie is probably one of the most brutal and violent deaths. It still upsets me when I watch it now, but Tatum’s encounter with the garage door was also really memorable.

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I mean, she did want to be in the sequel…


Scream 2 (1997)

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The sequel actually really holds up. There is even a hilarious class discussion where sequels come up. It’s hard to live up to the original, but Scream 2 does a fantastic job of keeping up the pace.

We get a new environment for Sidney in this film. She’s in college now, which was a welcomed change as we got to meet new characters and say hello to some familiar faces as well. A copy cat killer is on the loose with the release of the movie, “Stab,” which actually ends up starring Tori Spelling. Well played!

There is a sense of maturity in the second film and some shocking reveals as well. Mickey, the creepy film student played by Timothy Olyphant, is a welcomed addition. We get a roommate for Sidney, a boyfriend, and some sorority sisters thrown into the mix. The second film really doesn’t hold anything back and wasn’t afraid to kill off a main character…even though I wish he would have stuck around.

Standout Death: 

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s demise was unfortunate, but this scene was pretty epic. I still yell at the television screen and tell her to use her Slayer strength, but SMG doesn’t always luck out in horror movies…

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We still love seeing her anyway though!


Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4
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It’s been quite some time since we checked in on Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, but Ghostface is back and ready to shed some new blood. We get a new set of characters in the fourth film and are introduced to Sidney’s cousin, Jill, played by Emma Roberts.

As the familiar kills return, everyone is danger…including Sidney. We get a shocking twist in this film that made it worth the watch and a lesson about not “fucking with the original.” Well said!

Standout Death: 

The word “clear” comes to mind for sure. Jill’s death was quite “shocking.” I also thought that Kirby deserved a lot better and really showed off her knowledge about horror films. There are some theories floating around that she could still be alive (similar to Stu) since we never actually saw her dead, but either way, she deserved better!


Scream 3 (2000)

Scream 3
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Yeah, so on to the third film. It is my least favorite in the franchise. Courtney Cox’s micro bangs may have been the real horror of this film, but the third film always just fell a little flat. Part of that probably has a lot to do with the change in writer, but Scream 3 does have some entertaining moments.

I loved that we were able to see Randy on video with his rules about trilogies…even though Scream moved past the three films. There are some comedic moments between Gale and fake Gale along with Dewey, but the film just didn’t have the same balance of comedy and slasher fun that I was accustomed to.

Standout Death: 

The explosion killing Tom was kind of shocking, but overall the death scenes were all just kind of okay in this movie…

Overall, the Scream franchise is iconic for me and it always will be. Let’s not forget that we also got a short-lived television series on MTV. The first two seasons were actually pretty decent, but the third one was all over the map. However, I do know some fans who actually enjoyed it and there were some fun cameos.

Scream 5 is looking to release some time in 2021, which would be the 25th anniversary of the films. I am looking forward to seeing it, but I also think that we need to shake things up and kill off another main character.

Our Final Girl, Sidney Prescott, has certainly been through a lot over the years, but she will continue to be my favorite Final Girl of all time and I will always root for her.

Which Scream films did YOU enjoy most?

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on the Scream films in the comments section below. Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!


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Spoiler-Free Review of “Scream: Resurrection” Season 3 on VH1: I’m Feeling Woozy Here!

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“Do you like scary movies?”  I actually do and my favorite movie of all time is Scream.  I have probably seen this movie over 30 times now and I never get tired of watching it.  I love everything related to Scream…up until now.  It’s been about three years since Scream season 2 released on MTV and I was pretty shocked to discover that we were finally getting a season 3.  Only it’s a new network, a new cast, and a new story-line.  We were left with a cliffhanger in Scream season 2, but I was ready to give this season a chance and I was hoping for the best.

Along with the series, we currently have four movies in the Scream franchise so far, which makes me smile because I think about how Randy pointed out the rules of a trilogy, but I’m always up for more slasher fun in ScreamScream Resurrection features six episodes, which aired as a three-night event on VH1, premiering on July 8th 2019.  It stars RJ Cyler, Jessica Sula, Giorgia Whigham, Tyga, and Keke Palmer.

Our main protagonist, Deion, lost his brother when he was young after they went out trick-or-treating together.  In present day, Deion ends up getting detention with several other students, forming their own version of The Breakfast Club.  They rename it, The Deadfest Club, and are quickly targeted and stalked by a killer wearing the infamous Ghostface mask, as they realize that perhaps the killer is hiding in plain sight.

The Pros:

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The original Ghostface mask and voice actor return.

I thought this was really cool and it gave me a lot of Scream nostalgia hearing voice actor, Roger Jackson, again, bringing back all of my “Surprise Sidney” feels!  It was genuinely scary and creepy hearing the OG Ghostface over the phone, so this really helped elevate some of the threats for me.

Tony Todd is awesome.

You gotta love seeing Candyman and I absolutely welcomed his small role on the series, which provided me with some genuinely entertaining moments.  Tony Todd is fantastic in everything and he knows how to really creep out an audience and he didn’t disappoint here!

The Cons:

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The dialogue is bloody terrible.

I don’t think that I have sat through a show with dialogue this bad in a very long time and I was really working hard to sit through this, but some of these conversations had me pulling my hair out.  The jokes didn’t work and everything just felt so forced and uninspiring.  Even the pickup lines and pointless hookup scenes made you wish for some cheesy guy to come up to you and ask you if there is a mirror in your pocket.  That’s how bad they were.

The characters leave a lot to be desired.

The characters on season 3 even made it a point to say that they all fit into certain labels or stereotypes, like the goth or the jock.  However, even though they were aware of this, they didn’t do anything to actually separate themselves from these dull and tired stereotypes.  Deion’s backstory was just kind of meh and I found myself really struggling to connect with anyone. 

Beth (Giorgia Whigham from The Punisher) and Kym (Keke Palmer from Scream Queens) had some glimmers of potential, but it simply wasn’t enough.  When you watch a horror or slasher movie, you want to have someone to root for and I simply did not care about what happened to any of the characters…at all.

So am I in or out?

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Sidney Prescott called and she’s out and so am I!  Everything just felt so forced and dull.  There were even several attempts to chat about horror movies and different rules, but they didn’t work them in seamlessly, which made these references kind of pointless.  The kills were just OK and the reveals and twists at the end were just whatever for me and why did we keep calling the killer, “Ghostface,” like that was his or her real name?  Just call him or her the killer!  

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I was honestly so disappointed with this and I don’t recommend it to anyone unless you want to have a good laugh and if you do, watch Scream Queens instead, which is actually really clever and well done.  If you are looking for some slasher fun and gore, I would recommend watching Slasher on Netflix instead.  You might as well have a Scream movie marathon or even watch the first two seasons of MTV’s Scream, rather than waste your time on this.

Seriously, anything other than watching this.  VH1 was smart about turning this into a three night event or else I probably would have tuned out after the premiere.  I’m hoping that this doesn’t taint the Scream franchise because I am a huge fan, but I was just looking for so much more and unfortunately I didn’t get it here.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on Scream Resurrection in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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