ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

Michael Myers has his kitchen knife. Jason Voorhees has his machete. Freddy Krueger has his glove made of knives. Ghostface has a knife too, but it's a very specific type. Ghostface uses a Buck 120, a modified hunting knife with an eight-inch blade. As Mick Taylor would say, *this* is a knife!

This scene is probably the most iconic use of Ghostface's Buck 120.

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Ghostface's Bowie-style knife has a number of special features, including a beveled blade to make the knife lighter and reduce suction on impact. You can pick up an official Buck 120 from their website, but it'll differ slightly from the movie version. The Scream knife handle is fitted with grooves for better grip.

An official Buck 120. Credit: Buck Knives
An official Buck 120. Credit: Buck Knives

The movie props have aluminum blades with handles made of either wood or rubber. In the first three Scream movies, a traditional retractible blade was used (just like live theater) while Scream 4 achieved its gruesome stab effects with CGI.

Scream 4 also changed the design of the knife slightly, using a longer handle and a more shallow groove in the blade.

The knife in Scream 1, 2 and 3. Credit: Dimension Films
The knife in Scream 1, 2 and 3. Credit: Dimension Films

The Buck 120 was popularized amongst horror movie fans before Scream came along: Friday the 13th 4, 7 and 8 used the knife on posters, which may have partially inspired the Scream team to choose the iconic weapon for Ghostface.

Friday the 13th VIIi and Scream 4. Credit: Paramount / Dimension
Friday the 13th VIIi and Scream 4. Credit: Paramount / Dimension

While the Ghostface knife was kept almost totally the same for the critically divisive Scream MTV show, we'll have to wait and see whether there'll be any changes to the blade in the highly anticipated Scream 5.

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(Source: Wiki, IMDb, Buck Knives, Dimension Films)


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