The Scream movies franchise is a series of slasher films that began in 1996 with the release of Scream, directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. The film became a major box office success and spawned three sequels: Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), and Scream 4 (2011). The films center around a masked killer known as Ghostface, who targets the residents of the fictional town of Woodsboro, and the efforts of the survivors to uncover the killer's identity.
In 2022, a fifth installment of the franchise, titled simply Scream, was released. The film serves as a direct sequel to Scream 4, and features several returning cast members, as well as new characters. The film was a critical and commercial success, leading to the release of a sixth film in the franchise, Scream VI, in 2023.
The Scream franchise is known for its self-awareness and meta-commentary on horror films, as well as its use of humor and suspense. It has been credited with revitalizing the slasher genre in the late 1990s and inspiring a wave of similar films.
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