Which characters portrayed Ghostface throughout the Scream franchise? Across the four movies, eight people have posed as Ghostface at one point or another.
Wes Craven's Scream introduced the world to a new face in horror. The villain wasn't a crazed maniac who targeted random people and would keep returning - like icons Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees or Craven's own Freddy Kreuger. Ghostface was the guise used for murderers on a specific mission, which invariably ended up with Sidney Prescott as the target.
Each Scream movie contained a major mystery surrounding the identity of Ghostface. It ramped up the level of horror knowing that the killer was often in close proximity to the main characters. Some of the lead characters even played Ghostface at times. So which Scream characters donned the infamous Ghostface mask throughout the Scream films?
Ghostface Killer Identity In Scream
Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) in Scream: Billy was the prototypical bad boy in the first Scream movie, something he took to a new level after he shockingly revealed himself as the Ghostface killer. Well, one of them: working with Stu Macher, Billy planned to kill Sidney and frame the murders, including that of Maureen Prescott, on Sid's father. Billy blamed Maureen for driving his own mother away because the woman was having an affair with Billy's father. Sidney managed to escape from Billy's attack a few times and eventually killed him with the help of Gale and Randy.
Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard) in Scream: Stu played the goofy friend of Sidney Prescott but he never showed any kind of threatening demeanor. It was a complete surprise to viewers that Stu served as Billy's accomplice in their murdering masquerade. Stu claimed "peer pressure" as the reason he agreed to help Billy act revenge on Sidney. Sidney used Stu's weak-willed nature to antagonize him and later managed to kill him while Billy was unconscious.
Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) in Scream: Sidney wasn't a part of the Ghostface murder spree but she did wear the mask for a brief scene as she turned the tables on her attackers. After Billy and Stu revealed their plan, Gale caused a distraction that led to Sidney escaping. Billy was enraged at the fact that she got away so he went around the house looking for her. When he opened the closet door, Sidney jumped out wearing the Ghostface costume and stabbed Billy multiple times with an umbrella.
Ghostface Killer Identity In Scream 2
Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf) in Scream 2: When a copycat killer goes after Sidney at her college, the mystery of Ghostface's identity started all over again. Mrs. Loomis disguised herself as a journalist when the media descended on campus. By the end of the movie, it was revealed that she orchestrated the second murder spree because Billy was her son. To avenge his death, Mrs. Loomis hired Mickey to carry out the killings. She was later killed by Sidney and Cotton.
Mickey Altieri (Timothy Olyphant) in Scream 2: Mickey was a close friend of Sidney's at college. It turned out that he was actually a psychopath that Mrs. Loomis met online. She paid his tuition in the exchange that he carried out the copycat killings. Mickey fulfilled his end of the bargain and shared that he wanted to be caught so he could become famous. Mrs. Loomis then turned on him after the revelation of their motive. He eventually died from multiple gunshot wounds at the hands of Mrs. Loomis, Gale, and Sidney.
Ghostface Killer Identity In Scream 3
Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) in Scream 3: Not only was Roman revealed to be the Ghostface killer in Scream 3, but he was also the mastermind behind the previous two movies. Roman was the son of Maureen Prescott but she wanted nothing to do with him. Roman's jealousy of Prescott family drove him insane so he filmed Maureen's affairs and showed them to Billy. He then gave Billy the idea of carrying out the first Ghostface killings which in turn led to his mother's involvement in Scream 2. Sidney ultimately came out on top from her half-brother's murderous plan.
Ghostface Killer Identity In Scream 4
Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) in Scream 4: Jealousy must run in the Prescott family because it became the main motivation of Jill's role as Ghostface in Scream 4. She was the estranged cousin of Sidney and a target of the new killings. It turned out that Jill craved the attention that Sidney always got so she set up the killing spree of her mother and friends. Jill thought she killed Sidney but she was wrong so they had one final showdown at the hospital. Once again, Sidney came out on top.
Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) in Scream 4: Charlie played Jill's secret boyfriend who helped with Jill's murder spree. He portrayed the second Ghostface to make it look like Jill was also being targeted at the time. After they revealed themselves to Sidney, Charlie and Jill were planning to injure each other (Stu and Billy style) to act as though they were victims. Instead, Jill realized she would rather be a sole survivor so she killed Charlie. For someone obsessed with horror movies, he certainly didn't see that obvious twist coming.