Scream 6 Cast Learned Who Ghostface Is in the Most Epic Way
If you and your friends were being stalked by a relentless masked killer in a small town, you'd probably move, right? Scream 6, stylized this time around as Scream VI, follows this line of thinking. The four young survivors of the most recent Ghostface killings get the hell out of Woodsboro in hopes of starting a new chapter of their lives in New York City — but a new city means new rules, and a meaner, gorier, and faster Ghostface.
Reprising their roles from Scream (2022), Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, and Jasmin Savoy Brown star in the latest installment of the classic horror franchise as half-sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter and fraternal twins Chad and Mindy Meeks-Martin, respectively. When Chad, Mindy, and Tara head off to college at the fictional Blackmore University in Manhattan, Sam follows closely behind, driven by a desire to protect her sister and, well, Ghostface paranoia. Soon enough, a new Ghostface surely emerges from the darkest corners of the city, and the “Core Four” have nowhere to hide. From the subway to the bodega, Ghostface is inescapable.
Higher stakes. Bloodier kills. More startling twists. All of our favorite characters are once again in jeopardy, and that's the real thrill; after all, one of the cardinal rules of the Scream universe is that no one is safe — everyone is up for stabs.
Scream VI, out in theaters everywhere today, also stars Courteney Cox, Hayden Panettiere, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Tony Revolori, and Samara Weaving.
Teen Vogue talked with three of the Core Four — Melissa, Mason, and Jasmin — about the art of getting fake-stabbed, what they want their characters' legacies to be, and who knew the identity of Ghostface all along.
Teen Vogue: Scream 6 takes a fun note from Scream 2 and shows your characters trying to move on, grow up, taking on the monster of college. Was coming back for this movie kind of like coming back to college after summer break?
Jasmin Savoy Brown: I can't answer that, because I didn't go to college. [Laughs]
Melissa Barrera: It was like coming back home. It felt like coming back home to work with the people that we'd formed such a beautiful family with after [Scream] 5. Getting a second chance to work with your friends is not normal in this industry.
JSB: Yeah, that's rare.
MB: So it did feel like a rare gift and it was so fun. This was actually like summer camp, because [filming] was during summer.
Mason Gooding: Yeah, I like that summer camp comparison a lot, considering it just felt like we were doing activities all day. Scream is full of little narrative games of “who's who” and it really never stopped being fun, even over the hiatus.
TV: The Core Four is such a beautiful example of chosen family, and y'all have awesome chemistry. How did you bond and spend time together while the cameras weren't rolling?
JSB: We love playing board games, all kinds of board games.
MB: We love games.
MB: We laugh a lot. We joke all the time.
JSB: Then Melissa brings the McDonald's.
MB: I always do.
MG: We've got our roles, and Melissa's the McDonald's bringer.
MB: I need my meal. I need my “Melissa Meal.”
MG: We created the notion that there should be a “Melissa Meal” at McDonald's.
MB: You know what they got me for my birthday? McDonald's gift cards.
TV: The Core Four is very much not okay, but the movie seems to embrace that and leans into the reality of their trauma. Why do you think that's important?
MG: I think it's important to show that support systems, whether it be found ones or professionals that are trained in psychology and understanding trauma, [are] certainly integral to getting better. I guess if [someone in your support system] is stabbed, then that creates complications, but at least you have [other] friends and family that you can rely on! [Laughs]
TV: So much of the last movie was about continuing the legacy: Sam had to reconcile with her father's legacy, Chad and Mindy had to carry on the legacy of their Uncle Randy. What do you want your own characters' legacies to be?
JSB: I want Mindy's legacy to be that of embracing: embracing who you are and being proud of that, proud and joyfully living as authentically you, whatever that means.
MG: I love a good himbo in current pop culture, and I love the depiction of any physically strong man that's also willing to take direction and criticism from women and sort of fall in line when he's out of his depth. I love that about Chad, that he's willing to listen to the women in his life and sort of admit when he's incapable of mentally going through the gymnastics. And then when it comes time to keep them safe physically, he steps into that role.
MB: What I love about Sam is that she's not all good. She's complicated and there's a darkness to her. Obviously this darkness is very extreme because she can kill people, but I feel like in life, embracing the light and the darkness in us [is important]. Also, in the genre of slashers, final girls are usually the “good girl” that is all positive attributes and you're rooting for her. The fact that Sam is not that is cool. Playing with the trope and turning it upside down is something that I was attracted to when I first read the script, and that I hope we can continue to see more flawed, real women in the genre.
TV: Do you have a favorite memory from filming?
MG: One of our producers, Will Sherak, is a big proponent of “Bagel Sunday." Every Sunday we would gather and try different bagels from around the city we're filming in. This one was fun because we had a grill and we would actually grill the bagels at the same time with eggs and bacon, which was a great juxtaposition to game nights, which I would like to reiterate were hellacious, to say the least. But the bagels, those were very charming.
MB: It's all about balance. While we were shooting the ladder [across-the-window] sequence, it was insane, but it was also so much fun.
JSB: That was so fun with Josh Segarra and Devyn Nakoda, who both gave it their all and really cemented their piece in this franchise.
TV: Being fake stabbed and making it look realistic is, in my opinion, an art. What goes into getting fake stabbed, what is that preparation like as an actor? Do you look at other slasher performances, is it careful choreography, are there multiple takes?
JSB: It's really a combo of all of that. It's also very much about who you're in the scene with and what's going on around you. Matt [Bettinelli-Olpin] and Tyler [Gillett] really help because it's also very technical. You want to make sure wherever you're stabbed, you're leaning the right way for the camera and for the wound. Then sometimes there's a little hose with blood under there, so it pumps out. Because it's so technical, you're ready to give it your all every single time. But it's fun.
MB: I remember in the last movie, in the 5th one, I was like, there's such few people out in the world I feel like that have actually been stabbed… it's not as common of an injury. So I was like, “I wonder what it feels like.” I know when you get shot, sometimes you don't even feel it because the adrenaline just kind of kicks in. One of our stunt guys on the team had been stabbed, so I spoke to him about it because I was about to get stabbed by Richie. I was like, "I wonder if it's automatically painful or if it would just be a shock?" And he was like, "You feel warmth."
MB: And I was like, "But what about when he twists it?" He was like, “If he twists it, yeah, it would hurt.” So I based my performance on the last [movie] on that.
JSB: It's cool you asked that.
MG: That's pretty smart. It's not necessarily the same as being stabbed, but I hatcheted my shin when I was younger.
JSB: How many injuries have you had!?
MG: [Laughs] So many. You mentioned the shock. It's funny you said “warm” — I remember it being really cold on my leg.
MG: I get stabbed like a pin cushion in the 5th one, and maybe the 6th one. I just remember [while filming] I was like, “I want to scream but I don't want it to be real. I don't want the reality of what's happening to set in.” But I imagine if you get stabbed that many times, eventually your body's just like… you got to scream or you got to do something. You're getting poked left and right, left and right.
TV: It's well known that the teams behind Marvel and Stranger Things go to the ends of the earth to protect their spoilers, only revealing them to cast members on a need-to-know basis, even giving out fake scripts. Was that the same situation for this film? Who knew who Ghostface was during filming?
MG: For the 5th film it was definitely fake scripts going around, because I thought Jasmin was the killer literally until we wrapped the movie. I was like, "Oh by the way, who was it?" And they told me it was Jack [Quaid] and Mikey [Madison]. But I had a script that said Mindy.
MB: Yeah, they did have multiple endings for the 5th one. And this one, I think they just withheld the third act from us. I remember they would send the script up to page 70-something and then we'd all be like, "Can you please?" And they'd be like, "No." I remember the first time I read the whole script was sitting in the office in Montreal, because I was there for a fitting a couple of weeks before we started shooting. And I was like, "Can I please?" And I just sat in Matt and Tyler's office and read the whole script.
JSB: Yeah, they keep it on lock.
MG: And for who played Ghostface this time around, they told them in the fitting. They just walked in with the robes and they were like, “We have one more thing for you to try on.”
JSB: Which is pretty epic.
TV: Were any of you hoping to be Ghostface this time?
MB: Always hoping.
MG: Hoping and praying.
JSB: For sure, but all three options are great. Being the killer, getting killed, or surviving. Those are all epic in this franchise. Happy no matter what.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue
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