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Karly Rayner

Every Scream fan under the sun might be about to get totally turned off MTV's upcoming TV show based on the iconic slasher movies - because of one shocking oversight.

Although we only have a smattering of information about the plot so far, the Ghostface mask won't be making an appearance in the show - which begs the question, what will make this series a recognizable homage to Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson's classic horror movies?

Ghostface IS the fear in the Scream franchise
Ghostface IS the fear in the Scream franchise

The Mix Up Behind the Madness

According to RJ Torbert of Fun World, who own the rights to Ghostface's chilling image, MTV has approached him, but decided against shelling out for the rights to use the iconic mask. He wrote the following message explaining the situation on

Please note, that I had been in communication with TWC regarding this and they have informed me, that as of now, and during the initial launch that GHOST FACE® is not involved in the new format. They also indicated that because of this direction, it does not mean, that Ghost Face® will not be involved at a later date. So, there is still a question, to the question. However, as of now, there is no involvement.
We believe SCREAM is GHOST FACE, and GHOST FACE® is Scream. However, while GHOST FACE® is owned by Fun World, The Scream Motion Picture Franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company and it is their option to Film a movie or T.V. SHOW without GHOST FACE®.
Regardless, we wish them the best of luck and I’m sure SCREAM FANS will check out the series. Who knows what will happen in the future regarding the series and Ghost Face®. Never say Never.

Can Scream be Scream Without Ghostface?

After digesting this gut punching news, there is one question that needs to be answered. Is it even possible to make a Scream series without Ghostface's bone white face flashing through our subconscious?

After all, without the mask, we are just dealing with a bunch of baby faced teenage killers with a fondness for hunting knives and nuisance phone calls.

Billy and Stu: Not the most terrifying killers!
Billy and Stu: Not the most terrifying killers!

The element of mystery over the killer's identity is integral to the Scream movies, and in order to show the grisly murders, I can't see a way to avoid having a mask. Obviously, a new face for the killer would be wildly unpopular and sever the visual ties with the four movies it takes it's inspiration from.

We know that the plot revolves around a viral video that goes wrong, so there is a possibility the killings could take place in twisted films that circulate the internet and don't reveal the killers face, or real voice, but could this really be as chilling as being practically spattered with blood in the action?

The Glory of Ghostface in Videos

If you need some visual stimulation to remember the glory of Ghostface in action, here my top kills from each and every Scream movie:

Scream - Casey Bites the Dust

Ghostface makes his debut with spectacular style. And, yes, that is Drew Barrymore.


Scream 2 - Maureen's Meta Murder

Ghostface gets meta on our asses!


Scream 3 - Jennifer Goes Behind the Looking Glass

It's not Ghostface's most bloody murder, but the concept of being trapped behind the mirror is genius.


Scream 4 - Death by Door (Ghostface enters at 3:48)

Jenny's scene doesn't quite beat the iconic death by catflap, but the chase is pure slasher adrenalin.


Can you imagine any of those iconic slasher scenes without the mask? No, I didn't think so!


Will you still watch the MTV Scream series without Ghostface?

(Source: Geeky Tyrant)


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