All the Easter Eggs You May Have Missed in the New Movie
George Nash dives into the new Scream movie to find the Easter eggs you might have missed…
Going against your own set of slasher survival rules – never say “I’ll be right back” remember –Scream is back with even more meta mayhem and sharp self-reference.
With a new generation of movie-loving teenagers and the loyal old guard pulled out to save the day, the new Scream marks 25 years since the original helped shape the blueprint of modern metatextual horror film.
So it should come as no shock that 2022 Scream has more Easter eggs and nods to previous installments than you can shake a blade at. Some, notably the inclusion of a character called “Wes” in homage to the late maestro Wes Craven, are easy to spot. Others, however, are far less obvious to even the most diehard franchise fans.
While Ghostface’s identity won’t be revealed here, this list will contain revelations that are central to the film’s plot. So if you’d rather not know, stop reading now.
For others, here are some of the references you may have missed…
A word about Gale’s hair
For all its meta-ludicity and alarmingly relevant sexual assault subplot, Cry 3 is often defined by its absences. Namely, the absence of series creator Kevin Williamson from the writers’ room, and the absence of Courteney Cox’s fringe. In fact, Gale Weathers’ hair is so notorious in the third movie that it gets a (dis)honorable shoutout in the new one. Scream as Gale herself refers to it on the morning show that Dewey (David Arquette) watches. You’ll have to listen carefully to catch him, but his momentary mention of the bangs is definitely there.
Since his unceremonious (but very necessary) death in Cry 2, fans are longing for the return, in some form or another, of the franchise’s beloved resident filmmaker Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy). In a step of a cameo via a posthumous videotape in Cry 3new Scream Not only gives audiences a double dose of Meeks genealogy, in the form of niece and nephew Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Chad (Mason Gooding), but also the next best thing to Randy: Stab Randy.
Near the end of the film, we see Mindy happily watching the first Stab movie and a deliberately wooden recreation of her late uncle’s famous “Rules” monologue. During the credits, we see Stab Randy being played by unknown actor Christopher Speed, lining up perfectly with something real Randy said a long time ago. Cry 2. “They asked Tori Spelling to play Sid, and they cast Joe Blow Nobody to play me,” he laments to Dewey. “At least you get David Schwimmer. I get the guy who drove the stagecoach for an episode of Dr Quinn.”
Oh, hi Mark
Although the franchise’s last original girl won’t get much screen time, one thing we learn about Sidney Prescott in the new Scream is that she is now a mother. During a conversation with Dewey at the start, we were told that she had children and was also in a relationship with a man named Mark. This is probably Mark Kincaid, the dreamy detective played by Patrick Dempsey in Cry 3 who was last seen by viewers hanging out at Sidney’s at the end of the 2000 sequel. Although not mentioned in Cry 4, surely it can’t be a mere coincidence. The things in the Scream the universe rarely are.
Stabbed seven times
The character of Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega), younger sister of ScreamThe new protagonist of Sam (Melissa Barrera) is intriguing. Not only does she become the first person in the franchise to survive Ghostface’s blade in the opening reel, but she’s also about to steal Dewey’s crown for taking the most stabs and living. to tell the story.
To be exact, Tara’s total wound count is revealed at seven, which is also a clever callback to a similar line in Cry 2where Timothy Olyphant’s Mickey Altieri reveals convict Maureen Evans (played by Jada Pinkett Smith) was stabbed the same number of times.
Dewey’s Meg Ryan Prediction (Sort of) Came True
In the original version Scream, Dewey posits that, if a film were to be made about them, Sidney would be played by a “young Meg Ryan”. A quarter of a century later, his prediction (by a wonderful coincidence) nearly came true. Jack Quaid, the actor who plays Sam’s boyfriend, Richie, is Meg Ryan’s son.
Back to Billy’s Silence of the Lambs reference
Perhaps one of the most controversial elements of the new Scream is the decision to bring back Billy Loomis (an aged Skeet Ulrich) via ghostly hallucinations of his illegitimate daughter, Sam. sneaky eye at something Billy says in the original. Scream. When Sidney talks about being haunted by his mother’s murder, he responds by comparing it to when Thesilenceofthelambs when Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling has flashbacks to her late father. More than two decades later, Sam is going through a similar situation.
Shortly after surviving the opening attack, Tara recovers in a hospital bed as an episode of Dawson’s Creek (by the way, called ‘The Scare’) is on TV. It’s a nod to Scream creator Kevin Williamson, who also wrote the ’90s teen drama, as well as being a wonderful moment of meta mischief. Actors Scott Foley and Joshua Jackson, who both played prominent roles in Dawson’s Creekalso appeared in the Scream series. Foley starred as down-on-his-luck director Roman Bridger in Cry 3while Jackson played one of Randy’s movie class peers in Cry 2.
Small wound on the surface of the meat
Richie has the unenviable task of being the next generation’s goofy love interest. In Scream lore, the boyfriend archetype is a notoriously difficult space to occupy: either you are the killer, killed or, in the case of the hapless Trevor (Nico Tortorella) in Cry 4shot in the dick and then killed.
Romance seems to go hand in hand with bloodshed here, so it’s not that surprising that Richie had his arm chopped off during the attack on the hospital. Perhaps more unexpected is how the injury recalls an almost identical laceration suffered by arguably the most unfortunate of all Scream’s unfortunate romantics: Derek (Jerry O’Connell) of Cry 2.
The disposable phone line
In another seemingly innocuous moment during the attack at the hospital, Tara, believing it was Ghostface chasing her, hits Richie with a mounted landline phone as he enters the room she is hiding in. did you just hit me with the phone? A valid question yes, but also one that nicely invokes Matthew Lillard’s famous ad-libbed line from the original Scream: “You hit me with the phone, asshole!”
One of the biggest questions plaguing the franchise in recent years is what happened to Hayden Panettiere’s savvy Kirby at the end of Cry 4. The much-loved star was killed by Rory Culkin’s Charlie shortly after the film’s third act was revealed. Or was she? Her body is never seen, and Craven himself hinted in the film’s DVD commentary that she may not have, in fact, kicked the bucket. While Panettiere does not show up in the new Scream, his character’s survival is all but confirmed when a character watches a YouTube video about the eighth Stab movie and a sidebar to the right of the screen recommends a related video with the title: “Interview with Woodsboro Survivor, Kirby Reed!” So it’s clarified.
Lemon squares in the fridge
Although Kirby may not have returned for the fifth episode, a character introduced in Cry 4 who did it was lovable, small-town assistant cop Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton). In the new film, Judy, now the sheriff of Woodsboro, gets her own moment of callback when her son Wes (Dylan Minnette) sees a note left by her that reads “Lemon Squares in the Fridge.” His citrus baked goods are the subject of a typical Gale Weathers article in Cry 4mentioned by the feisty TV reporter as having a taste of ass.
Justice for Tatum
Unlike Billy, Stu and Randy, very little time in subsequent sequels is given to the memory of the oft-forgotten member of Screamoriginal adolescent cohort. But what makes Tatum’s (Rose McGowan) lack of recognition doubly surprising is his connection to two of the show’s main characters, Sidney and Dewey. New Scream goes some way to honoring Tatum’s longtime defenders, however, by showing off what appears to be a box of his ashes kept atop his big brother’s fireplace.
The scene in which Chad has a rather nasty encounter with Ghostface is great for two reasons. First of all, there’s something painfully ironic – not to mention the brand entirely – about a Scream character wandering straight into the killer’s clutches while searching for a character called ‘Liv’. Second, the Woodsboro High School jacket he can see sporting is nearly identical to the one worn by Steven Orth (Kevin Patrick Wells), the doomed boyfriend of the equally doomed Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore), who is disembowelled by Ghostface in the first the brutally iconic opening of the film.