Scream Retro Poster Shows Ghostface Slashing Terrified Sidney Prescott

The final Scream poster shows Ghostface brandishing their classic knife against Sidney Prescott in a retro design. The latest entry in the slasher horror franchise, early critic reviews for Scream are already positive despite the lack of original director Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015. Ready or Not directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, take over to tell a new story, which appears to be a relaunch of the now-classic series of films. Set 25 years after the original murders by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher, a new Ghostface killer emerges and threatens to expose old secrets. Long-standing heroes Sidney (Neve Campbell), Gale Riley (Courtney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) return to unmask the threat.

In a relevant nod to the original age of slasher films, graphic artist Creepy Duck Design, aka Colm Geoghegan, shares the last official poster for Scream. It features Ghostface in the character's original garb brandishing a bloody knife against a screaming Sidney. Lightning strikes the murder weapon out of the corner of a thick white border, and the film's tagline reads, "It's always someone you know!" Check out the full poster below:

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This new poster is likely a welcome sight for classic horror movie fans concerned about certain modern elements presented in the film's marketing thus far. The retro design harkens back to exploitation and grindhouse film posters of the '60s and '70s with the thick white border, grain, and minimalist appearance. It could imply that Scream will respect its origins as a commentary on classic slasher movies while also representing modern slasher flair, like Ghostface wielding a flamethrower. On the other hand, it could imply that the film will do something completely different—or maybe it's just a cool concept.

The classic killer disguise, which has been seen in trailers and other marketing pieces, also clashes with the metallic mask adorned by the flamethrower Ghostface. This element lends credence to fan speculation that Scream could once again feature multiple killers, another sign pointing to the original film. Unlike the Halloween reboot/sequel, however, Scream will not retcon its sequels, so directors Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett can use anything at their disposal to surprise audiences. Even if the poster does not hint at anything present in the story, it's still a slick homage to older genre films. How the heroes will find Ghostface and uncover their identity remains to be seen on January 14, when Scream officially premieres.

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