Neve Campbell, 'Scream' Exec Reveal the Surprising Origins of the Ghostface Mask

The iconic screaming ghoul costume was found in a dime store

BY Allie GregoryPublished Oct 19, 2021

Ahead of next year's release of the fifth instalment of Scream, film star Neve Campbell and original executive producer Kevin Williamson have explained the surprisingly mundane origins of Ghostface's iconic mask.

As it turns out, the filmmaking team found the original mask in a dime store, and asked the design crew to create something inspired by it. After several iterations, they settled with the original mask and got the rights to the design.

Williamson explained:

No one could agree on a mask and I remember we were in a location scout, and we found Ghostface... in a box of stuff in a garage... Wes [Craven] immediately looked at it and said, "This is like the famous Scream painting." And so we took that to our production and we said, "Riff on this... make something like this." They must've done 20 different designs. Every one of them was rejected by the studio, and finally, we were like, why don't we just get the rights to this mask?

The segment comes in tandem with an announcement detailing the 25th anniversary home entertainment release of Wes Craven's original Scream (1996). The first instalment in the (now five-part) franchise was re-released in 4K through Paramount Home Entertainment today.

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's Scream is due in theatres on January 14 and will see Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette reprising their iconic roles. Revisit the trailer here

Watch the segment below.

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