WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Scream: Resurrection, airing on VH-1.
The Scream franchise is notable for its vast array of kills, which often involve the slicing and dicing of throats and appendages, not to mention many more gruesome cases where victims are completely gutted. That's the vision Wes Craven had in mind when it came to trying to create the world's best slasher franchise, after all.
But while this is a bit easier to pull off in R-rated movies, VH-1's six-episode TV series Scream: Resurrection, surprisingly, has more brutal and gory kills than the four films in the franchise thus far.
SHANE GETS AN EYEFUL
Shane (Tyler Posey) spends the third season of the show throwing drug-fuelled parties for high-schoolers to attend so he and his cronies can sell them drugs and sleep with them. In fact, when the Ghostface murders begin again, the school dropout even seems suspect, as he uses a mask to rob convenience stores to fund his bad habits.
However, it comes to a head (no pun intended) when Shane is attacked in an alley after clearing his name. He's pinned to the ground by the emergency escape ladder and, after being incapacitated, Ghostface plunges a syringe filled with a mysterious substance into the junkie's eyes. This isn't an easy scene to watch, as it'll leave your stomach churning by the time Shane starts frothing at the mouth -- bodily fluid leaking out his facial orifices.
INJUSTICE IS SERVED
When Officer Reynolds (Gideon Emery) gets cut up after a fight with Ghostface, he's left in an Atlanta hospital with his daughter Liv (Jessica Sula) and her boyfriend Deion (RJ Cyler) at odds about who's really under the mask. Amid all this drama, Ghostface heads to the hospital to finish the job, only to find the cop heavily guarded by a random officer who's in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Frustrated, the killer takes a knife and impales the guard when he takes a break in the storage room to score some pills. But it doesn't end there, as Ghostface pours flammable cleaning liquid on the cop, who's gasping in a pool of blood, and then lights him on fire. It's a very sadistic scene, as the murderer watches the cop get flayed alive, before leaving his charred remains behind to finish the job on Reynolds.
THE HOOK MAN GETS CRUSHED
Luther (Tony Todd) was suspected of killing Deion's brother, Marcus, when they were kids on Halloween night. Sadly, the boy's body was never found and Luther, known as Hook Man because of how Dee saw him kill the boy with an iron hook (an homage to Todd as Candyman in the '90s), went free. We'd later find out this murder was a figment of Dee's imagination due to the panic induced when Luther caught the boys snooping in his garage.
Luther was wracked by guilt, though, as he eventually did find Marcus' body after he died hiding inside a car trunk. He buried the boy and kept it a secret all these years to keep himself out of jail, but he ends up paying for the accident when Ghostface kills him. Somehow, the slasher knows what Luther did and stabs him up before placing him in the compactor used to crumple cars. He crushes Luther, and it's a shockingly graphic scene where you hear bones cracking and witness the man's body getting squashed.
CUT DOWN THE MIDDLE
As expected, Resurrection has a lot of murders in its six episodes, but Amir (C.J. Wallace) tops the list. The show's resident "good boy" tries to stay away from trouble but after having sex with the goth girl and horror buff, Beth (Giorgia Whigham), at her family's funeral home, he's attacked almost immediately in the aftermath.
He tries to hide in the morgue but with his back to a door, Ghostface takes one of the saws used to carve open corpses and plunges it into Amir's upper torso. The killer lifts him off the ground and saws him straight down the middle in a sequence that feels like it'd be a perfect "Fatality" from the Mortal Kombat franchise. It's a merciless death, made all the worse by the revelation it's actually Beth behind the mask, killing someone she loves in the name of twisted fun.