All 6 Scream Movies By Their Release Year

The iconic horror franchise Scream has its sixth installment already arrived in theaters in 2023, leaving you excited enough to know about what happened to the Ghostface Killer survivors and what the future holds for them. It’s the ideal time to brush up on your memory, catch up with all the previous installments, and unleash the Ghostface killer.

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After a long hiatus of several years, Ghostface appeared on the silver screen in 2023 and caused havoc, escalating the fans’ excitement. Whether you are a newcomer or just a true horror fan, the Scream franchise moves forward without raising any confusion about where to start, with its TV series acting as the cherry on top, including sequences from Scream 4 and prior Scream 2022.

Scream Movies

All 6 Scream Movies In Order

  1. Scream

    Streaming On: Paramount +

    Director: Wes Craven

    Writer: Kevin Williamson

    Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Drew Barrymore, Skeet Ulrich, Mathew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan

    Genres: Slasher, Horror

    Scream (1996) on IMDb

    Home alone, High School student Cassie Becker receives a call from an unknown person who starts discussing horror films. Soon the conversation starts turning maniacal and the person reveals that he has Cassie’s boyfriend Steve tied to her patio and that if she gets any answer wrong, Steve will die. After getting a few questions right, Cassie slips up on a trick question about Friday the 13th, and witnesses Steve get murdered in front of her.

    Petrified, Cassie refuses to answer further questions and tries to escape, but is cornered and killed by someone wearing a Ghostface mask. The town goes into a frenzy as the news and media start the coverage of the murder and try to figure out who is behind these murders.

    As mentioned before, this movie breathed life into the slasher horror genre. A perfect balance of meta-humor, and horrifying gore, Scream brings new life to the horror genre keeping you glued to your seats in excitement and fear when the Ghostface Killer brings in extra suspense and a lot of killing in the movie.

  2. Scream 2

    Streaming On: Paramount +

    Director: Wes Craven

    Writer: Kevin Williamson

    Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Kevin Williamson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timothy Olyphant 

    Genres: Slasher, Horror, Mystery

    Scream 2 (1997) on IMDb

    Two college students Maureen Evans, and Phil Stevens sneak into the preview show of the upcoming movie on the Woodsboro Massacre. During the interval, Phil is brutally murdered by Ghostface in the bathroom. Following this, Ghostface sits beside Maureen in the theater unnoticed and then murders her. Heavily injured, Maureen climbs up the stage and cries for help, which the audience ignores as a publicity stunt until she dies.

    As the news and media catch up to this event, another murder takes place at a party. This time, the victim’s name is Casey, so Gale theorizes that this new Ghostface is going after people with the same name from the original Woodsboro murders.

    This follow-up of one of the most interesting slasher movies is a must-watch.  It gives you the jump scares with extra holding on to your seat moments. The plot is predictable but with so much blood displayed throughout the movie, you will be left in sheer curiosity and wanting for its next’s installment.

  3. Scream 3

    Streaming On: Paramount +

    Director: Wes Craven

    Writer: Ehren Kruger

    Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Parker Posey, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Carrie Fisher 

    Genres: Slasher, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

    Scream 3 (2000) on IMDb

    Cotton Weary, now a successful talk-show host receives an ominous call from Ghostface, threatening to kill his girlfriend if he does not give him Sidney Prescott’s whereabouts. Cotton rushes home, only for Ghostface to kill her in front of him, telling Cotton that he should have snitched on Sidney. Detective Mark Kincaid asks Gale for help with the case, leading to her flying out to Hollywood where she meets Dewey.

    More murders follow which force Sidney to come out of hiding, and confront her past once again. When watching a tape from their now-deceased friend Randy says in the third and final installment of a horror trilogy, anyone including “main character” Sidney could die because the rules of a horror movie do not apply to them.

    The Roman reveal as the killer is an interesting twist in Scream 3 who is also Sidney’s lost brother. However, the voice changer angle is weird and there are a few scenes like the basement scene where you see Gale trapped and struggling to escape when Ghostface throws a knife intended to hit Dewey’s head that does not arouse fear and tension. Overall, it’s a good movie to watch for a completionist or if you are a Wes Craven fan. 

  4. Scream 4

    Streaming On: Paramount +

    Director: Wes Craven

    Writer: Kevin Williamson

    Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Kristen Bell

    Genres: Slasher, Horror, Thriller, Mystery

    Scream 4 (2011) on IMDb

    Returning to Woodsboro for the promotion of her self-help book, Sidney finds herself as the prime suspect in two murders committed a day before her arrival. On the 15th anniversary of the Woodsboro murders, high school students Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper are murdered by Ghostface. After evidence of the murder is found in Sidney’s rental car, she is forced to stay in town till the mystery behind the murders is resolved. With another murderer on the loose, the original gang of Sidney, Gale, and Dewey rises to put this situation to rest, once and for all.

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    After 11 years of radio silence, Wes and Kevin returned as a team to give us another sequel to the Scream franchise. Scream 4 has quirky dialogues, a unique concept, and the reunion of its famous old cast. The best whodunit movie keeps you entangled in between unexpected twists and turns.

    With a spin on the first installment, Scream 4 has everything and is worth watching if you like seeing what a movie with a strong base from the original first movie looks like. Watch it for its light horror and unexpected killer reveals and kills that give you extra chills.  

  5. Scream

    Streaming On: Paramount +

    Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

    Writers: James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick

    Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Jenna Ortega, Mikey Madinson, Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Hayden Panettiere

    Genres: Slasher, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

    Scream (2022) on IMDb

    Twenty-five years after the original Woodsboro murder spree, High School student Tara Carpenter is attacked by Ghostface but miraculously survives the attack and is hospitalized for her wounds. Tara’s estranged sister, Sam accompanied by her boyfriend Richie visits her in the hospital where she is reunited with Tara’s friend group. Sam decides the best way to deal with the problem is to contact Dewey, who in turn warns Gale and Sidney about the return of Ghostface.

    In a heated discussion, Mindy, Tara’s friend deduces that the murders are taking place according to the rules of a “requel” – a story that uses Tara as the successor to the original group and the connection of Sam with Dewey as a plot thread connecting the new generation to the old one. After another 11 years of radio silence, a sequel to the Scream movies was announced. This movie shows the horrifying Ghostface killer with a Halloween mask that is scary enough to give you chills.

    Wrapped around enough humor and suspense with an extra dose of gore, Scream 2022 also has emotional sequences and some connection from the first Scream movie. The classic OG characters, Gale, Dewy, and Sidney are also seen in this installment but revealing the one who gets killed will dull your excitement. Grab your favorite snack and get ready for some real jump scares and extra suspense with amazing fearful moments when you sense the killer is somewhere near you, or behind you!

  6. Scream VI

    Streaming On: Not currently available on any streaming service

    Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

    Writers: James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick

    Stars: Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jack Champion, Hayden Panettiere, Samara Weaving, Mason Gooding, Skeet Ulrich, Liana Liberato, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox

    Genres: Slasher, Horror, Horror Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

    Scream VI (2023) on IMDb

    A year after the previous Woodsboro killings, Jason Carvey catfishes a Blackmore University teacher and kills her while wearing a Ghostface mask. Jason recruits the help of his roommate Greg, with whom he plans to kill Tara and Sam to fulfill the “Story” of last year’s Ghostface. However, Jason receives a call from a different Ghostface who has already killed Greg and then goes on to stab Jason. Sam is called in for questioning as her ID was found on the site of the crime along with the mask used by last year’s murder. She receives a call from Ritchie’s phone, but it’s Ghostface on the phone who then attacks Tara, killing many bystanders in the process while wearing the 2011 Ghostface mask.

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    Scream 2023 is all about how the characters developed that we get to see in the previous installment of this franchise. So if you have not watched the previous Scream movie, watch it to get acquainted with the newly introduced characters in the movie. Scream 6 is extremely gore, and brutal, and with some extra spice from its graphic content and profane language, it is one of most scariest Scream movies of all time. Meant for the horror buff and has thrills and suspense and builds up a strong foundation of a horror sequel. Overall, Scream 6 has amazing twists and turns, and incredible special effects with a strong storyline and has everything for a true horror fan making you excited to see more of the Ghostface killer.


A horror franchise spanning over twenty-six years is unheard of, but the Scream franchise has pulled off this feat and has done it with serene grace. With 6 movies under its belt, Scream is one of the most iconic 90s movie franchises, with the mask of Ghostface haunting many in their dreams. Perfecting the balance between meta humor, gore, and horror, Scream has maintained its image as the go-to 90s horror movie series. Watch all 6 parts or select the one you find can tickle your horror side, this blog post has covered much-needed details for you to get your movie marathon started. The Ghostface killer is waiting for you.

All Scream Movies According To Highest To Lowest IMDb Ranking

  • Scream (1996) – 7.4 with 360k
  • Scream VI (2023) – 7.1 with 43k
  • Scream (2022) – 6.3 with 132k
  • Scream 2 (1997) – 6.3 with 195k
  • Scream 4 (2011) – 6.2 with 159k
  • Scream 3 (2000) – 5.6 with 153k

All Scream Movies Sorted By Their Box Office Collection

  • Scream (1996) – $173 Million
  • Scream 2 (1997) – $172.4 Million
  • Scream VI (2023) – $167 Million
  • Scream 3 (2000) – $161.8 Million
  • Scream (2022) – $138.9 Million
  • Scream 4 (2011) – $98.2 Million


Are Scream 4 and 5 connected?

Yes, Scream 5 acts as a direct sequel to its predecessor with it even having some of the original characters from the 4th movie.

In which order should I watch Scream?

Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011), Scream (2022) Scream VI (2023) respectively is the release order and the ones you should watch them in.

Are Scream movies connected?

Yes, all the Scream movies are connected and follow one storyline spanning over a timeline of 25 years.

Can I watch Scream 4 without watching the others?

You don’t need to watch all the previous Scream movies to understand Scream 4, general information about the first movie should be enough.

Kierra Rowsey
Kierra Rowsey

Kierra Rowsey is a freelance TV, Film and anime critic for over 12 years, living in Arkansas with her husband and three kids. She graduated from NYU College of Arts & Science in 2008.

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