Shout spoilers follow.
It does not take you long to realize Shout is made by fans of the franchise and as such it is absolutely chock full of Easter eggs and references.
As with others Shout movies, there are a lot of the usual meta-gags at the broader horror genre and film industry as a whole. This time, the main target is the current trend for “requels” – a sequel that serves as both a reload and a sequel to what came before.
But among the self-conscious jibes, Shout (what is now available to pre-order, By the way) also contains a lot of nods to the previous movies in the series that will delight fans. If you have not noticed them all for the first time, we are here to help with our favorite Easter eggs and references in Shout.
Be warned though, spoilers is ahead, so do not continue reading unless you have seen the movie.
1. “Do you like scary movies?”
There is a reference in almost every piece of Shout‘s excellent opening sequence that gives a modern twist to the opening of the first movie, in which Casey (Drew Barrymore) is haunted by Ghostface.
This time, the target is Tara (Jenna Ortega) who tells Ghostface she’s mostly a fan of “sublime horror”, calls The Babadook an “incredible meditation on motherhood and sadness”.
Where Casey is asked about classic horrors, Tara is asked about the Stab franchise in an extremely meta-sequence that also acts as a Shout refresh. Hilariously, she searches for the answers on her cell phone while talking to Ghostface on the landline.
And in a first for the Shout franchise, Tara can be stabbed multiple times by Ghostface, but she somehow survives.
2. ‘Red right hand’
The first victim of the new movie turns out to be Woodsboro resident bad boy Vince, who is stabbed by Ghostface outside a bar.
Vince is attracted to a car when his headlights are on and when he walks to the car, he notices the radio is on. What plays? Well, none other than ‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
When Ghostface inevitably appears behind Vince, the track still plays in the background as Vince is killed. While some may now know more than Peaky Blinders‘theme song,’ ‘Red Right Hand’ appeared in every movie of the original Shout trilogy.
After Ghostface’s initial attacks, it’s no surprise that Tara’s sister Sam (Melissa Barrera) seeks the help of Dewey (David Arquette) who still lives in Woodsboro.
He did not experience the best times of it, as he was asked to retire from the police force and he broke up with Gale (Courteney Cox), who now hosts a breakfast show in New York. (We see Gale talking about bang, a nod to her notorious Scream 3 haircut.)
When we first see Dewey’s house, it is shown that he preserved his sister Tatum’s ashes after her death. She was first played by Rose McGowan Shout movie and was memorably killed by a garage door.
Nor is it the only nod to a previous character. When Dewey calls Sidney (Neve Campbell) to warn her not to come back, she calls her husband Mark who is presumably a nod to Detective Mark Kincaid (Patrick Dempsey) who is in Scream 3.
It may just be a random Mark, but it’s our fan fiction and we stick to it.
4. Keep it in the family
It was revealed that Sam’s real father is none other than Billy Loomis, who she found out when she read her mother’s diaries when she was 13.
Sam hallucinates about the killer who sees Skeet Ulrich repeat his role in some short cameo scenes. (Her surname, Carpenter, is clearly also intentional, as it’s a nod to legendary horror director John Carpenter, who directed Halloween, with Dr. Sam Loomis – himself a reference to a character in Hitchcock’s Psycho. Pff!)
She’s not the only new character in Shout to also be connected to Woodsboro’s past.
Vince is the nephew of Billy’s partner-in-crime Stu (although we unfortunately do not see Matthew Lillard back in any way), while Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Chad (Mason Gooding) are the cousin and cousin of Randy (Jamie) is Kennedy).
The latter gives the new movie the chance to bring back Heather Matarazzo for a short cameo as Randy’s sister Martha, whom we met in Scream 3. She even set up a “Randy Memorial Home Theater” in her home. Awww.
5. Rian Johnson
One of the running gags in the new movie is that the eighth Stab movie just released, simply titled Stab instead of Stitch 8 (wink wink).
It is directed by the “Knives out old “and some of the Stab fandom absolutely hated it because it did something completely different from their franchise, starring a “Mary Sue” and controversial elements like Ghostface waving a flamethrower.
If you were not aware, it was a nod to the setback by some fans to Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which also happened to be the eighth movie in the headline Star Wars series (if you skip Rogue One).
It’s not meant to be a gag in support of that setback, it clearly takes the piss out of it and toxic fandom in general, especially since it turns out to be the main motivation of the two killers, Richie (Jack Quaid) and Amber (Mikey Madison).
And Johnson gets a shout-out in the closing credits in the special thank you section, so we can only hope he was in the brilliant gag.
6. Lemon cubes
Another new Shout character with a link to Woodsboro’s past is West (Dylan Minnette), the son of Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) who has now been appointed in the time since the sheriff. Scream 4.
Unaware that his mother was brutally murdered by Ghostface outside their home, West is preparing the dinner he brings home. As he goes to the fridge, he sees a note that reads, “Lemon cubes in the fridge.”
Fans will know this is exactly what Judy is offering Dewey Scream 4, which leads Gale to tell her that they “taste like ass”. Unfortunately, West never gets to try them before he is also brutally murdered by Ghostface.
We went into it more detail here, but it’s worth mentioning what is surely the most celebrated Easter Egg of the new Shout movie: Kirby is alive!
The fate of Hayden Panettiere’s character of Scream 4 has long been debated by fans as we have never actually seen her die. She was pretty badly stung by Ghostface, sure, but characters survived worse, so fans always had hope.
We get confirmation that Kirby is alive when we see Richie watching a YouTube video about the new Stab Movie. One of the videos he recommends watching next is an “interview with survivor Kirby Reed”, with Kirby in the screen.
8. “For West”
To truly pay homage to the original movie, Shout simply had to end with a party where all the survivors and potential killers gather in one place for the grand finale.
In the new movie, this party is held as a memorial party for West, who was killed earlier in the movie. But that character name is not coincidental, as it also serves as a tribute to West Craven, who passed away in 2015, with the characters even sending in a toast “for West.”
And if you missed this nod to the director who made the horror genre a revolution, the movie even ends with the words “For West” written in the same font style as the title Shout was in the first movie.
9. Ghostface is behind you!
During this last party, the new movie becomes extremely meta even by Shout standards – and we do not mean that Richie is joking about the fact that he will be “back right away” before entering the basement.
Mindy is seen watching Stab while strolling on the couch the same way her uncle Randy looked Halloween in the first movie. The scene she is watching is the Stab takes on this scene when Ghostface starts crawling behind Randy while telling Laurie Strode to turn in Halloween.
In the new movie, Mindy tells Randy to turn around to see Ghostface, all while the new Ghostface is also crawling behind her. So this is an update of a scene that was in the original, which in turn was remade as a movie-within-a-movie that Mindy is watching.
And if you can work out all the levels of meta in it, then good luck to you.
10. Stu’s house
However, the party does not take place at any home. As Sidney discovers when she locates Sam to the house, it’s the old house of Stu Macher as fans have long suspected from the trailer.
Amber’s family moved in there and that’s what started her obsession with Stu and the previous Woodsboro murders. This in turn led to her meeting Richie on a Reddit Stab forum and the duo working out their plan for their own actual Stab movie.
However, Sidney learned her lessons from the last time she was in the house. Instead of opening doors to track down Amber, she shoots through each door before opening it. Sure, she hits Richie in the leg, but since he turns out to be the wrong person, it does not matter.
To add to the nostalgia, the movie ends with the same camera shot as the first movie with the camera moving out and above the house.
11. Blood cattle
Sam takes a little inspiration from her dad when it comes to stopping Richie, as she stabs him several times with violence. Billy ‘looks’ proudly from a nearby reflection as she cuts off Richie’s throat to kill him.
After she does, Sam wipes the blood off the knife with her hand in the same way we’ve seen Ghostface do it since the first movie was released. One such incident even happened after Ghostface ‘killed’ Billy in the first movie.
Is this a sign that Sam is forced to follow in her father’s footsteps and be the next Ghostface killer? We doubt it, but it’s awful to look at.
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