Master of Horror Wes Craven—most famous for the film Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream movie franchise—died last Sunday, August 30 because of brain cancer.
An institution in the business of scaring people shitless, Craven carved out a name for himself after unleashing the menacingly iconic Freddy Krueger to invade the nightmares of audiences the world over. With the original Scream, a box-office hit in 1996, the maestro of madness was able to inject the saturated genre with an updated wit.
Scream’s unique meta-twist was that the characters were aware of the conventions, rules, and tropes that drove a horror movie. They knew how the fuck they were going to get killed, but that didn’t change the fact that were going to get maimed, murdered, and gutted. Oftentimes, they were girls—pretty ones.
Anyone who has seen a Scream movie can attest to the fact that Craven was quite brutal, never scrimping on the gore, especially when it came to his always-sexy female victims. So in celebration of his work and his ability to create a cinematic death scene, here’s a rundown (more like body count) of all the poor women of the Scream franchise who lost their lives to this bard of terror.
R.I.P., Wes Craven. You will live on through many nightmares and screams in the night.
1) DREW BARRYMORE AS CASEY BECKER IN SCREAM
Death by: Stabbed and hung from a tree
All she wanted to do was spend the evening watching scary movies with her boyfriend. But after being stalked through the phone and quizzed about her horror film knowledge, the angelic stunner becomes the Ghostface Killer’s first victim.
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2) ROSE MCGOWAN AS TATUM IN SCREAM
Death by: Head crushed by garage door
One of the franchise’s most iconic deaths comes in the form of well-endowed Tatum, Sidney Prescott’s sassy BFF, getting squished by a garage door after going for a beer run. Alcohol and ample bosom: not the best combo in surviving a slasher.
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3) JADA PINKETT SMITH AS MAUREEN EVANS IN SCREAM 2
Death by: Multiple stab wounds
After her boyfriend gets offed in the theater bathroom, Will Smith’s wifey mistakes the killer for her lover. She pays the ultimate price, cinematically bleeding to death in front of a rowdy audience.
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4) SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR AS CICI IN SCREAM 2
Death by: Flying off a balcony
Sorority girls never fare well with psychopaths. Too bad she couldn’t go all Buffy the Vampire Slayer on his ass.
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5) ELISE NEAL AS HALLIE IN SCREAM 2
Death by: A knife to the chest
Okay, so her and the lead heroine just escaped a brutal car crash with the killer on board. Think they’re clear of any danger? Think again.
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6) KELLY RUTHERFORD AS CHRISTINE IN SCREAM 3
Death by: Stabbing to the back
As this gruesome opening sequence proves, leggy blondes in revealing lingerie don’t stand a chance when it comes to battling it out with Mr. Ghostface.
7) PARKER POSEY AS JENNIFER JOLIE IN SCREAM 3
Death by: A shitload of stab wounds
With a name like Jennifer Jolie, this annoyingly loud, shriek-monster of a character was bound to get the axe.
8) JENNY MCCARTHY AS SARAH DARLING IN SCREAM 3
Death by: A combination of her noggin going through a glass door and a knife to the back
When the villain tells you he’s going to “skewer you like a fucking pig,” chances are you won’t be making it to the end credits.
9) EMILY MORTIMER AS ANGELINA TYLER IN SCREAM 3
Death by: A very direct frontal slashing
If you thought that only curvy tarts with bombshell assets end up cut up like fish, here’s an example of a cute brunette biting the dust.
10) SHENAE GRIMES AS TRUDIE AND LUCY HALE AS SHERIE IN SCREAM 4
Death by: A stab to the chest and a throat-slash respectively
These popular television seductresses were used in the opening of the last installment of the franchise, which featured a movie within a movie within the movie. Sound complicated? Once you watch this sequel, the metafictional madness becomes pretty self-explanatory.