Producer Confirms ‘Scream 5’ Will Be Rated R

by | Aug 4, 2021

The fifth installment in the Scream franchise will be getting an R rating (18 in the UK) according to producer Chad Villella. The movie is set to release 11 years after the last part in the franchise, 2011’s Scream 4, and will reunite the movie’s original cast, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell.

Wes Craven directed the original Scream film back in 1996, which saw the character Sidney Prescott (Campbell) battling against teen slasher “Ghostface”, as the masked menace terrorized her home town. The film was a massive hit and started a huge franchise which has transferred over to both TV and video games. 

Villella sat down for an interview with Hello Sidney, joined by his collected creative partners known as Radio Silence. During the interview, Villella made a point of revealing that the “movie is rated R.” which is completely innkeeping with the films roots. When Wes Craven was secured as the original film’s director, the script by Kevin Williamson, had been rewritten as PG13 film, with all the guts and gore removed. Wes insisted that the gore be kept in and battled hard with MPAA to keep the R rating. In fact, Wes submitting eight cuts of the movie before securing the R the film deserved. 

Fans will be relived knowing that the new film will be keeping with tradition and is not moving towards a more teen focused franchise. If Scream had been made as a PG-13, it certainly would not have been as commercially successful as it was. It’s the hard nosed gore juxtaposed by the films self parody of it’s own genre that really nailed the tone and attitude of film goers of the late 90s. It’s the film that reprised horror for the new age. Can Scream 5 do the same?

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