Ghostface in Scream
Location Woodsboro
Weapon of Choice Buck Knife
M.O. Stabbing

Throat Slitting

Notable aliases The Woodsboro Murder
Portrayed by
Created by Kevin Williamson (Script description)

Wes Craven (Concept look)

Ghostface is the main villain of the Scream series

Ghostface was named after a rubber Halloween mask inspired by the Edvard Munch painting The Scream. He has also been called the Woodsboro Killer, after the town where the Ghostface costume was first used to commit murders.

Ghostface often called his victims on the phone, taunting or threatening them before stabbing them to death with an eight inch hunting knife. He occasionally asked his victims horror movie trivia, and stalked them in a manner reminiscent of said films.

Behind the Scenes

  • Wes Craven had the characters in Scream mention the Ghostface costume is called "Father Death" as a red herring, alluding to Neil, Sidney's father.
  • In Scream, Stu was meant to mention having to pee before Sidney is attacked in the high school bathroom, but it was believed to be too strong a clue that he was the killer.
  • In the original Scream 2 script, there are thee killers: Mrs. Loomis, Derek Feldman, and Hallie McDaniel.
  • In the original Scream 3 script, Angelina Tyler is a second killer. She reveals herself to be a former classmate of Sidney's and now in a relationship with Roman.
  • Five men have been Ghostface, while only two have been women, Mrs. Loomis and Jill Roberts.
  • The only person to wear the Ghostface costume and use the voice changer who wasn't a murderer was Sidney. During a brief moment in Scream, she does this to turn the tables on Billy and Stu. It can be argued that she is a murderer since she kills several of the killers.
  • The 3 victims of the copycat murders from Scream 2 are:
  1. Phil Stevens (representing Steven Orth)
  2. Maureen Evans (representing Maureen Prescott)
  3. Casey 'Cici' Cooper (representing Casey Becker)
  • The copycat murders of Scream 2 are a dangling plot point. Mickey and Mrs. Loomis begin murdering victims based on their names matching those of the original Woodsboro murders, but stop at 3. While the investigators discover the pattern, nothing comes of this, or is mentioned in the final confrontation. This is fleshed out slightly more in earlier drafts of the script, but still not resolved. Wether the two killers planned this as a red herring or altered course as they went along remains to be seen. From a story perspective, this fits in with the two killers having very different motives.
  • The murders in Scream 3 follow a similar path to Scream 2. Roman killed the cast in the order their characters died in the Stab 3 script, until veering off course and killing without a pattern, just as Mickey and Mrs. Loomis started as copycat killers until Randy's murder. In both cases characters tried deducing who would be the next victim based on the pattern right when the killer stopped using the pattern.
  • The Scream 3 characters may indeed have been killed in accordance with the Stab 3 script if you allow for the exceptions of non-cast members (Christine Hamilton, Steven Stone, and John Milton). Cotton Weary was set to cameo as himself in the opening death scene and he was the first actor to die. Sarah Darling's Candy was the second to die. It's known that Ricky was written to die and since the fictionalized Gale Weathers was set to be the killer, she would have died last. Tyson Fox dies between Sarah and Jennifer Jolie, who was the last killed. It's unknown if Sidney and Dewey's characters were set to be killed, but since Tori Spelling and David Schwimmer didn't return, it's likely the producers wanted to kill the characters off, making it possible that they died in the order Tom Prinze and Angelina Tyler were murdered.
  • One of the killers "Came back to life for one last scare" in each film:
  1. Billy Loomis (shot in the head by Sidney) - Scream
  2. Mickey Alteri (shot in the chest by Sidney and Gale) - Scream 2
  3. Roman Bridger (shot in the head by Dewey) - Scream 3
  4. Jill Roberts (shot through the heart by Sidney) - Scream 4

It would have been possible that Mrs. Loomis could have returned for one last scare, but she was shot in the head by Sidney, after she and Gale killed Mickey.

  • Ghostface killed a pair of victims in the opening of each film:
  1. Steven Orth & Casey Becker (Scream)
  2. Phil Stevens & Maureen Evans (Scream 2)
  3. Christine & Cotton Weary (Scream 3)
  4. Marnie Cooper & Jenny Randall (Scream 4)
  • Ghostface called and killed a blonde as the third victim in each cycle of murder
  1. Casey Becker - Scream (Billy and Stu's cycle began with Maureen)
  2. Cici Cooper - Scream 2
  3. Sarah Darling - Scream 3
  4. Rachel Barnes (Stab movies) - Scream 4
  5. Olivia Morris - Scream 4
  • With the exception of Scream 2, in every cycle of murders there is one victim who Ghostface doesn't stab or kill with his knife:
  1. Tatum Riley (garage door) - Scream
  2. Officer Richards (metal pole) - Scream 2
  3. Derek Feldman (shot) - Scream 2
  4. Tom Prinze (blown up) - Scream 3
  5. Trevor Sheldon (shot) - Scream 4
  • Roman is the only killer who dies in his Father Death costume.
  • Roman Bridger was the only Ghostface who had no acomplice.
  • Each of the Ghostface killers had the opportunity to kill off the 3 main characters:
  1. Billy nearly stabs Sidney (Gale shoots him before he does that). The scene before that, Stu and Billy were about to kill Sidney if it wern't for Gale distracting them. (Scream)
  2. Ghostface also stabbed Dewey at the back but he survived. (Scream)
  3. Ghostface brutally stabs Dewey, but he survives once again. (Scream 2)
  4. Mickey reflexively shoots Gale, but she survived before that Mrs. Loomis had her at gunpoint and could have killed her instantly. (Scream 2)
  5. Sidney intensely escapes a police car through a knocked-out Ghostface at the driver's seat. Mrs. Loomis has Sidney on a knife-point (Cotton Weary ends up saving Sidney by shooting Mrs. Loomis) (Scream 2)
  6. Gale falls into a basement along with Ghostface who was knocked-out temporarily. (Scream 3)
  7. Ghostface throws his knife at Dewey into his head, but the handle hits him instead and knocks him out. (Scream 3)
  8. Ghostface ties Gale and Dewey together to hold them as hostage to lure Sidney when he could've just killed them. (Scream 3)
  9. Roman strangles Sidney to death but stops when Dewey turns down the electricity of the house, he also shot her with a gun (but she wore a bullet-proof vest) and could've shot her in the head. (Scream 3)
  10. Ghostface had the chance to stab Gale at a vital point but hesitated when Dewey fires his gun. Jill also held Gale at a gun-point and was going to shoot her. (Scream 4)
  11. Jill threatens to blow Dewey's head off with his gun. (Scream 4)
  12. Jill could've stabbed Sidney even more in Kirby's house, but she was probably in a hurry as she was aware that the police were coming. (Scream 4)
  • Jill Roberts being the killer is ironic. Her character is based on Sidney Prescott and the fact that she is a Ghostface killer is a reference to the fact that some fans often speculate that Sidney Prescott would eventually become the Ghostface killer due to witnessing the deaths of the people close to her.
  • It is revealed that Jill Roberts andCharlie Walker are the killers in Scream 4, they planned this to "remake" the franchise:
  1. Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper represent Casey Becker and Steve Orth (killed first simultaneously after one receives a call from Ghostface. A deleted scene shows that they were hung and tied to a chair like Casey and Steve)
  2. Kate Roberts represents her sister, Maureen Prescott. Both are the mothers of the 'protagonist'
  3. Trevor Sheldon represents Neil Prescott. Both were kidnapped, bound and gagged, and would-be framed for the murder spree.
  4. Jill and Charlie's plan to make their innocence in the killing spree more solid by stabbing each other, is just like Billy and Stu's plan in the first movie.
  5. Jill stabbing Charlie to death on purpose, is a reference to Scream 2 when Mrs. Loomis betrays her acomplice Mickey.
  • It is arguable that the Remake Jill and Charlie also tried to 'remake' the Windsor Collage Murders since a few of their victims deaths are parallel to the Windsor College victims:
  1. Ghostface slashes Jill's arm to make Sidney think that Ghostface is trying to kill her, this is similar to Ghostface slashing Derek's arm leading Sidney to doubt whether he is an acomplice of Ghostface.
  2. Rebecca was thrown from a several stories building, similar to Cici's death who was thrown off a two-story building from the balcony.
  3. Officer Hoss and Perkins' Deaths are parallel to Officer Richards and Andrews' deaths.
  4. Robbie's Death was reminescent of Randy's brutal murder.
  5. Kirby's Attack was reminescent of Hallie's murder, as both were attacked by surprise by Ghostface. (note that the Ghostface that attacked them were the men they were implied to have a relationship with.)
  • Sidney killed both murderers by herself in Scream. In Scream 2, Cotton shot Mrs. Loomis to free Sidney. Mrs. Loomis was shot again by Sidney, making her the third killer killed by Sidney. Mickey was shot by both Sidney and Gale. In Scream 3, Sidney mortally wounded Roman, but in the end, Dewey is the one who killed the him killer. Charlie was killed by Jill, and Sidney also killed the last of the "remake killers", her cousin, Jill.
  • Stu and Charlie are the only killers not be shot to death. Stu is electrocuted by a T.V and Charlie is stabbed to death by Jill.
  • Both female killers, Jill Roberts and Mrs. Loomis, betrayed their accomplices in the end.
  • The remake killers Jill Roberts and Charlie Walker have similarities to the previous 5 killers:
  1. They are a duo similar to Billy and Stu as well as Mrs. Loomis and Mickey.
  2. Charlie is betrayed by his accomplice just like Mickey.
  3. Both tried to attack and failed to kill Sidney.
  4. Both planned to frame someone else.
  5. Both attempted to stab each other to make it seem they were attacked by the Killer.
  6. Jill craves for fame of being the survivor of the new Ghostface killing spree just like Roman Bridger.
  • Mickey Altieri, Roman Bridger and Jill Roberts are the only killers to reveal themselves while they are still in the Ghostface costume.
  • Each of the Ghostface killers, except Mickey, gets themselves hit by a glass object:
  1. Billy Loomis: beer bottle thrown into the face. (whilst attacking Tatum Riley)
  2. Stu Macher: vase smashed into his head, Television screen smashes into his face. (getting killed by Sidney Prescott)
  3. Mrs. Loomis: a prop jar is smashed to her head. (after Sidney distracted her)
  4. Roman Bridger: a beer bottle is smashed into his face. (whilst having a physical fight with Sidney)
  5. Charlie Walker: a glass picture frame is smashed into his shoulder. (whilst trying to attack Sidney)
  6. Jill Roberts: runs into a glass picture frame and jumps onto a glass coffee table. (Self Inflicted)
  • In Scream 4 it is proven that Marnie Cooper is the Steve Orth in the film as she is first to die, while Jenny Randall as the Casey Becker as she has a vast knowledge of horror movies and is taunted before dying as the fourth installment is following the remake movies this century.

Fictunal world of Scream

William Henshaw = Scream: The Generation of Death

Todd Roberts = 5CREAM

Angie Crick = 5CREAM

Notes and References