A Guide to the Scream Universe: From Sidney Prescott to Tara Carpenter

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Wes Craven broke into the world of horror with the mortifying rape-revenge film The Last House on the Left in 1972. For decades, Craven was a titan of the genre, helming classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Hills Have Eyes.

His finest work can be found in the slasher franchise Scream. As the director of the first four Scream movies (2011’s Scream 4 was Craven’s final film before his death in 2015), Craven crafted a world full of humor, terror, and meta-humor that proved to be an undeniably entertaining concoction.

Fans thought the franchise was over when Craven died, but in 2022, a new team brought the world of meta-terror back with the legacy sequel Scream. The fifth film in the franchise introduced a new cast of characters, while reintroducing beloved fan favorites. It was every bit as sharp as Craven’s films were and proved that the series had plenty of places to go.

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