Scream VI has graced the silver screen, venturing from Woodsboro to the bustling streets of New York City, leaving Sidney Prescott behind. The iconic franchise that began with Wes Craven’s 1996 masterpiece continues to haunt our nightmares, even though the killers seem to change with every sequel. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), our forever final girl, has faced a rogues’ gallery of deranged paramours, sinister siblings, and attention-seeking cohorts. Surviving a horror movie might not be as enjoyable as watching one, but with Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) by her side, anything is possible. Last year’s Scream “requel” was a thrilling addition to the franchise, challenging our notions of horror, “elevated” or not, and introducing two new slashers to the Ghostface legacy. Scream VI raises the stakes with not two, not three, but four new Ghostface killers, or should we say, three and a half. Even without Sidney, the film promises a generous dose of blood, gore, and unhinged killers.
In the eerie world of Ghostface, where the mask conceals the true malevolence within, each killer is unique, yet eerily familiar. Let’s embark on a ranking of these chilling murderers.
Ethan Bailey (Scream 6)
In the chilling climax of Scream VI, we uncover the Bailey family’s sinister collaboration as Ghostface, driven by vengeance for Richie Kirsch’s death. Detective Bailey (Dermot Mulroney), the family patriarch, orchestrates the new wave of Ghostface attacks. His daughter, Quinn (Liana Liberato), is a bloodthirsty maniac capable of staging her own demise to roam freely and claim victims. As for Ethan (Jack Champion), Detective Bailey’s third child, he seems to be just along for the ride.
While multiple Ghostface wielders blur the lines of responsibility, Ethan fails to notch a single confirmed kill. His involvement in the chaos is dubious at best, with the most likely incident occurring at Tara and Sam Carpenter’s apartment, where Quinn feigned her death, a friend met a grisly fate in the bathroom, and Anika plummeted to her demise. However, Ethan’s unremarkable demeanor renders him the most forgettable member of the Bailey family.
Charlie Walker (Scream 4)
Beware of film enthusiasts, for they may harbor sinister intentions. While not the central antagonist of Scream 4, Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) aspired to don the Ghostface mantle. His true goal, however, was to emulate the late Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) and emerge as one of the final survivors in the latest Woodsboro massacre. “The unexpected is the new cliché,” he proclaimed to his Cinema Club, a statement proven true by his unexpected twist. Charlie, the most unlikely suspect, nearly eluded suspicion. Yet, he proved to be one of the weakest Ghostfaces, dispatched swiftly by his accomplice. Each of his kills was sloppier than the last, making him a less formidable adversary. While we wouldn’t wish to encounter Charlie in a dark alley, the odds may favor our survival.
Debbie Loomis (Scream 2)
The mother of the original Ghostface killer, Debbie Loomis (Laurie Metcalf), also known as Debbie Salt, evoked memories of Pamela Voorhees when she resurfaced in Scream 2. After Sidney dispatched her son Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich), Debbie hatched a plan to avenge his death, involving sponsoring a student’s education and drawing him close to Sidney through school. Her vendetta led to the demise of Sidney’s high school friend, Randy Meeks, a loss mourned by fans. However, Debbie’s psychotic revenge scheme ended poorly for her, as she fell victim to a gunshot from Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) and Sidney ensured her downfall. Despite eliminating one of the franchise’s beloved characters, Debbie remains one of the less memorable Ghostfaces, reminiscent of an homage to Friday the 13th.
Jason Carvey (Scream 6)
Scream VI introduced a bold twist by featuring not one, not two, but four Ghostface killers. In a typical fashion, the film opens with a chilling murder, this time of Samara Weaving’s cinema professor, Laura Crane. Surprisingly, Scream VI swiftly unmasks Laura’s killer, college student Jason (Tony Revolori).
Jason’s motive stems from a bad grade given by Laura, and he conspires with his flatmate Greg to perpetrate a new massacre, continuing Richie Kirsch’s legacy from Scream (2022). Unfortunately for Jason and Greg, they face competition, as another villain emerges to eliminate them and claim Tara and Sam as targets. Despite his brief appearance in the franchise, Jason’s brutality in Laura’s demise and Revolori’s charisma make him more memorable than some previous main killers.
Detective Bailey (Scream 6)
While Detective Bailey may not match the prowess of other Ghostfaces, he merits the title of the worst father. Allowing his child to become obsessed with serial killers and envision a shrine to Ghostface is a parental failure of epic proportions. He groomed Richie to become
a serial killer and trained Ethan and Quinn to follow suit, all while pilfering police evidence to enhance the Ghostface shrine.
Detective Bailey’s motivation mirrors that of Debbie Loomis, but he garners credit for his willingness to get his hands dirty. He is implicated in the bodega massacre, which claims three innocent bystanders. While five Ghostface deaths remain unattributed in Scream VI, the patriarch of the killer family likely dispatched Jason and Greg, as the killer on the phone expressed disdain for the Ghostface wannabes, a sentiment that aligns with Bailey’s mastermind role. It’s also probable that Bailey murdered Dr. Christopher Stone (Henry Czerny), Sam’s psychologist, given his greater freedom of movement without arousing suspicion.
Mickey Altieri (Scream 2)
Mickey Altieri (played by Timothy Olyphant) in Scream 2 was not only one of Sidney’s closest friends in college, but also a passionate film student with a profound adoration for horror movies. Ultimately revealed as the main killer, Mickey’s character adds an intriguing twist to the storyline. Naturally, just like every other Ghostface killer, he eventually fulfilled his dream of becoming the “star” by embarking on a killing spree across the campus. Mickey personally took the lives of five individuals and possibly two more, all while attempting to convince Sidney that witnessing history repeat itself was just as unsettling for him as it was for her. In a truly malicious manner, Mickey managed to infiltrate Sidney’s mind, leading her to believe that Derek Feldman, her boyfriend and Mickey’s supposed partner, was involved in his murder. This deeply affected Sidney’s future relationships, and she carried on wearing the necklace Derek had gifted her as a symbol of his memory (which proved to be quite useful when she used it to slash Mickey’s face), ultimately realizing that Mickey had been deceitful all along.
Quinn Bailey (Scream VI)
Although the entire Bailey family grapples with significant psychiatric issues, Quinn undoubtedly claims the title as the most deranged killer among them. During the climactic battle, Quinn unveils her shocking deception of faking her own demise to continue her spree of slashing without arousing suspicion. This twisted act highlights Quinn’s unwavering dedication to the role of Ghostface. In addition to this revelation, it was Quinn who targeted Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) in her apartment, ultimately claiming the life of the reporter’s new beau, Brooks (Thomas Cadrot).
The showdown between Gale and Ghostface in Scream VI stands as one of the franchise’s most exceptional scenes, solidifying Quinn’s status as the standout among her family members. Her portrayal in this pivotal moment alone is deserving of greater recognition and celebration. However, in Scream VI, she wreaks even more havoc. She ruthlessly stabs Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) on the subway and takes charge in the climactic third act, leading the charge against Chad (Mason Gooding). It is also possible that she is responsible for some of the five unclaimed deaths in the sixth installment. The level of resemblance between the incidents is recorded at 67%.