Surely such an iconic mask was dreamed up in a nightmare somewhere? The truth about Scream’s Ghostface is actually pretty ordinary.
Scream fans are looking forward to the franchise’s return in January 2022, with the new film combining some of the saga’s legacy characters with a new generation to create something that is hopefully recognisable, yet fresh and new. That was certainly something that the producers were thinking when they opted to reset the numbering for the saga by reverting to the series’ original title, Scream, rather than call the new flick Scream 5.
One element that is definitely returning is the iconic Ghostface mask, and to celebrate the pop-cultural impact of it over the last quarter of a century, a new promo video has been released to celebrate and explore the origins of said mask.
As is explained, “no one could agree on a mask and I remember we were in a location scout, and we found Ghostface… in a box of stuff in a garage… [director] Wes [Craven] immediately looked at it and said ‘this is like the famous Scream painting.’ And so we took that to our production and we said, ‘Riff on this… make something like this.’ They must’ve done 20 different designs. Every one of them was rejected by the studio, and finally we were like, why don’t we just get the rights to this mask?”
There’s more to see in the featurette, which is well worth a watch. We’re still glum that the new Scream film won’t be here for this Halloween, but never mind, if the new movie can capture the magic of genre deconstruction as the originals did so well, it’ll be well worth the wait.
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