Every Ghostface Killer In the ‘Scream’ Movies Ranked

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Ghostface in Scream (2022)

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When it comes to iconic killers from slasher movies, Scream is the most unusual (yes, even next to a killer doll), as the Ghostface killer is different in every film. While the mask, costume, and the creepy voice by Roger L Jackson are always the same, the identity isn’t.

Now, including Scream VI (2023), there have been fourteen Ghostface killers (we’re not including the television shows), and we’ve ranked all of them all from worst to best…

11 — 13. Wayne Bailey, Quinn Bailey, and Ethan Landry — Scream VI

Scream VI character poster
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Scream VI might be getting a ton of critical praise, but there’s one thing even its most avid fans seem to agree on — its Ghostface reveal is by far the weakest in the entire franchise. What’s worse about the fact that it’s in no way surprising, is that there are three Ghostface killers, each of whom was relatively obvious right up until the reveal — detective Wayne Bailey (Dermot Mulroney), his daughter Quinn Bailey (Liana Liberato), and his son Ethan Landry (Jack Champion). They also share the exact same motive, which means they sort of cancel each other out.

Motive: They’re simply avenging their son/brother Ritchie Kirsch, although their angle doesn’t make all that much sense. Just before the title card comes up at the beginning of the film, one of the three says, “Who gives a f*** about movies?”, when it’s later revealed that this family actually does, seeing as they’re also trying to honor the fact that Richie, the insane “Stab” fanatic, was also making his own “real-life” “Stab” movie.

Deaths: Quinn is shot in the head by Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera), Ethan is crushed to death with the same television that killed Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) by Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega), and Wayne is stabbed repeatedly (a lot) by Sam Carpenter.

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10. Jason Carvey — Scream VI

Scream VI character poster
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Hats off (or masks) to Jason Carvey (Tony Revolori), the only Ghostface killer in the entire Scream franchise who reveals themselves to the audience before the title card even hits the screen! He also gets a pretty gnarly kill in when he takes out Laura Crane (Samara Weaving) in a dark New York City alleyway. Unfortunately, though, his tenure as Ghostface is short lived when he’s killed by one staking his claim on Manhattan territory, which is why he’s almost at the bottom of this list. Sorry, Jason, but we still think you rock!

Motive: Film student and “Stab” fanatic Jason, along with partner in crime Greg Bruckner (who we only see in bits in the refrigerator) are “continuing” with Richie Kirsch’s legacy.

Death: The “real” Ghostface stabs him repeatedly, although it’s unclear which of the three main killers it is (we’re sure fans are currently having a field day trying to work it out!).

Related: ‘Scream VI’ Slashes Its Way Through the Box Office AND the Fanbase

9. Charlie Walker – Scream 4

Charlie Walker in Scream 4
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Film buff Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) is revealed to be one of two killers in Scream 4 (2011), but it’s fair to say that he’s definitely the “sidekick” to Jill Roberts’ far more psychotic front-and-center Ghostface killer.

But just because he’s the secondary Ghostface, that doesn’t mean he needed to be ineffective and forgettable (just take fan-favorite Stu Macher from the original Scream, for example).

Nevertheless, placing Charlie at the bottom was easy. While Rory Culkin gives a decent enough performance, Charlie’s personal motive is never fully understood, and once the mask his off, he breaks the record for the most short-lived Ghostface!

Charlie Walker in Scream 4
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Motive: Charlie Walker and Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) are trying to create a real-life “reboot” of the events from the first movie, which they plan to get away with so that they can enjoy the same level of success and infamy Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has.

Death: Knife to the heart by his own partner in crime, Jill Roberts.

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8. Amber Freeman – Scream (2022)

Amber Freeman in Scream (2022)
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Amber Freeman (Mikey Madison) is ever so slightly more memorable than Charlie Walker, but she’s yet another “secondary” Ghostface killer, who lives only to serve another killer with a much stronger motive and screen presence.

With that said, she’s just how we like our Ghostface killers – completely wacky and unhinged. Amber is revealed to be a Ghostface at the end of Scream (2022), alongside Richie Kirsch (Jack Quaid), and their shared motive is brilliant.

If we were to rank Ghostface killer deaths, however, Amber might just be at the top spot (five words: Sidney, Gale, and an oven). The same goes for Ghostface achievements, as Amber brutally kills legacy character Dewey Riley (David Arquette).

Ghostface Scream (2022)
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Motive: Diehard fans of the Stab movies – the in-film series based off the Ghostface killings – Amber Freeman and Richie Kirsch start a new killing spree in the hope that Hollywood will finally have some new source material to create an “authentic” Stab legacy sequel.

Death: Set ablaze on the stove by Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox).

Related: ‘Scream’ (1996) Reveals Billy Loomis Is Ghostface BEFORE the Third Act

7. Roman Bridger – Scream 3

Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) and Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey) in Scream 3
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Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) is so far the only Ghostface killer to have worked alone (as far as we know). In Scream 3 (2000), Roman, who’s directing Stab 3, is revealed to be Sidney Prescott’s long-lost brother (from another father).

And like another killer a lot higher up on this list, Roman almost gets away it too (if it wasn’t for those pesky Woodsboro regulars). After confronting Sidney in a secret movie theater room, Roman comes close to killing his sister.

However, being far too distracted with his whining – something Sidney hilariously points out – and feeling far too confident with his bullet-proof vest (ingenious move, though), Sidney winds up getting the upper hand.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) in Scream 3
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Motive: After being rejected by his mother Maureen Prescott (Lynn McRee), Roman Bridger kills her, and then targets her favorite child Sidney Prescott, first manipulating Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher to do his bidding.

Death: Gunshot to the head by Dewey Riley.

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6. Richie Kirsch – Scream (2022)

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Richie Kirsch is the main Ghostface killer in Scream (2022), which definitely comes as a bit of a surprise. After all, he plays final girl Sam Carpenter’s boyfriend – and the original Scream already went down that road, leaving viewers thinking the series wouldn’t do the same thing again.

Richie is actually quite likable up until this point, though, although in hindsight, his obsession with the Stab movies makes it all a bit obvious. In fact, Richie might just be the only character we hoped wouldn’t turn out to be Ghostface!

But what’s he like as Ghostface once he’s out of the mask? Well, unfortunately, he isn’t all that memorable, although we’re pretty sure the aftermath of his killings obviously play a huge part in Scream VI.

Ghostface in Scream 2022
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Motive: The same as Amber Freeman’s – Richie Kirsch is a toxic fanboy!

Death: Stabbed to death by Sam Carpenter.

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5. Stu Macher – Scream (1996)

Stu Macher and Billy Loomis in Scream
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Stu Macher is a fan-favorite Ghostface killer, so you might be wondering why he’s only in fifth place. Well, the answer is simple – though we love Stu, we think there are some better Ghostface killers.

But this is Stu’s moment to shine, and perhaps the best way to sum him up is to describe him as a bit of a Looney Tune character! Matthew Lillard clearly had fun playing the character in Scream (1996), particularly the post-reveal scenes.

After the big reveal, Stu has some memorable lines, from “Surprise, Sidney!” to “My mom and dad are going to be so mad at me!” In the end, though, you could say it’s the television that killed him – both figuratively and literally.

Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) on the phone with Ghostface in Scream
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Motive: Like Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich), Stu Macher wants to create a real-life movie, but for him, it’s all about the sequel (well, Stu, you got plenty in the end).

Death: Crushed and electrocuted by a television, courtesy of Sidney Prescott.

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4. Billy Loomis – Scream (1996)

Billy Loomis, Randy Meeks and Stu Macher in Scream
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Billy Loomis is the OG Ghostface killer, even if Scream 3 retcons this somewhat by revealing that Roman Bridger was pulling the strings all along. But was Roman present during Billy and Stu’s killing spree? Well, it’s a fan theory, but who knows.

Billy is a complete psychopath in Scream (1996) – and in hindsight, it’s most definitely obvious. His love for movies of the macabre nature isn’t exactly kept secret throughout the first two acts of Scream, and he even looks pure evil!

Billy views real life as “one big movie”, and that “you don’t get to pick your genre”, making him the perfect candidate for Ghostface. He’s also the only Ghostface killer who has an iconic look out of the mask (white t-shirt, blue jeans, greasy hair, some corn syrup – a very cheap Halloween costume!).

Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) on the phone with Ghostface in Scream
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Motive: Sidney’s mother Maureen Prescott slept with Billy Loomis’ father, forcing his mother to leave town and abandon him.

Death: Shot in the head by Sidney Prescott.

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3. Jill Roberts – Scream 4

Hayden Panettiere (Kirby Reed) and Emma Roberts (Jill Roberts) in Scream 4
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This point onwards are our absolute favorite Ghostface killers. In Scream 4, Jill Roberts is the cousin of Sidney Prescott, although we learn that they barely know each other – at least not until the events of Scream 4 begin to unfold.

On first glance, Jill is the new final girl, while Sidney is ushered in for the first time as a legacy character. But, as we now know, this was nothing but a way of throwing viewers off the scent, as Jill turns out to be one of the two Ghostface killers.

Emma Roberts clearly had a ton of fun playing Jill, whether it’s her insanely shallow motive (which is strangely hilarious in its delivery), or the fact that she ends up beating herself up to convince the police she’s a victim (also oddly amusing). Oh, and she also comes close to winning!

Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott) and Emma Roberts (Jill Roberts) in Scream 4
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Motive: Jill Roberts is in pursuit of the same infamy and wealth as her cousin Sidney, and admittedly doesn’t want to have to go to college or work for a living.

Death: Shot in the heart by Sidney Prescott.

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2. Debbie Loomis – Scream 2

Debbie Loomis in Scream 2
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If we were ranking Ghostface killers that didn’t blink, Debbie Loomis (Laurie Metcalf) from Scream 2 (1997) would be right at the top. Debbie, whose alias is Debbie Salt, poses as a reporter so that she can document all the Ghostface killings at Windsor College.

While Ghostface killer Mickey Altieri (Timothy Olyphant) is revealed first, Debbie feels as much the main killer as her partner in crime. In fact, this is the only Ghostface duo in the Scream series in which each killer feels equally primary.

Once the mask is off for Debbie, though, she’s even crazier than Mickey (who’s already off the charts). Her confrontation with Sidney on the drama theater stage is thrilling stuff, and she easily has the craziest look on her face out of any Ghostface killer.

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Motive: Sidney Prescott killed her son, Billy Loomis.

Death: Shot in the throat by Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) and in the head by Sidney Prescott.

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1. Mickey Altieri – Scream 2

Mickey Altieri in Scream 2
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And so we arrive at our top spot, which you probably guessed from the second. Scream 2‘s Mickey Altieri feels very much like the definitive Ghostface killer, whether it’s the carnage he causes while in the mask, or his very interesting motive when out of the mask.

Mickey is perhaps one of the more mean-spirited Ghostface killers too – he kills Sidney’s boyfriend Derek Feldman (Jerry O’Connell) right in front of her, and even taunts her about it afterwards, while also making jokes about her deceased mother.

And then there’s the hair style – it’s as crazy as it should be (we wouldn’t be surprised if many fans worked out he was one of the killers based on this alone). He’s also one of only three Ghostface killers to “remove the mask” on screen.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) in Scream 2
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Motive: Mickey Altieri a straight-up psychopath, who was previously “inactive” until he was “recruited” by Debbie. Mickey simply wants to get caught, enjoy the trial, and “blame the movies”.

Death: Shot several times by Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers.

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Check out the official Scream VI trailer below:

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As per Wikipedia, here’s the official synopsis for Scream VI:

The film continues with the survivors of the latest Ghostface killings, sisters Samantha and Tara Carpenter and twins Chad and Mindy Meeks, leaving Woodsboro behind and starting a new chapter of their lives in New York City only to again be plagued by a streak of murders by a new Ghostface killer.

Scream VI stars Jenna Ortega (Tara Carpenter), Melissa Barrera (Sam Carpenter), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy Meeks), Mason Gooding (Chad Meeks), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), Hayden Panettiere (Kirby Reed),  Roger L Jackson (the voice of Ghostface), Dermot Mulroney (Wayne Bailey), Henry Czerny (Christopher Stone), Tony Revolori (Jason Carvey), Jack Champion (Ethan Landry), Devyn Nekoda (Anika Kayoko), Liana Liberato (Quinn Bailey), Josh Segarra (Danny Brackett), Samara Weaving (Laura Crane) and Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis).

Mindy Meeks in Scream 6
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