WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Scream: Resurrection, airing on VH-1.
One of the reasons the Scream television series didn't resonate with fans is that it veered away from the original vision of the slasher franchise, created in 1996 by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. The first two seasons felt like a fairly run-of-the-mill young-adult drama that tried to be a horror. However, with Season 3 bringing back Ghostface and the original voice, Roger L. Jackson, fans hoped the series would return to the essence of the movies.
Whether Scream: Resurrection succeeds in that remains up for debate, but it does work in some important tributes to the original films.
DO YOU LIKE SCARY MOVIES?
The chilling phone call to Drew Barrymore's Casey Becker kickstarted the franchise in 1996, and is still one subgenre's most iconic moments. Right off the bat, Resurrection pays homage to the scene.
Paris Jackson's Becky has basically the same conversation with someone pretending to be Ghostface. However, because it's Jackson's voice 0n the phone, we're anticipating murder. He even asks her if she likes scary movies, and questions her about her boyfriend. When the doorbell rings, and we see a Ghostface standing in front her, we expect a gory death. However, the killer stabs her with toy knife, because it's Halloween. Dressed in a nurse's outfit, Becky laughs it off, and gives the trick-or-treater candy, while leaving the audience with questions about Ghostface's voice.
NON-VIRGINS ALWAYS DIE
Beth (Giorgia Whigham) advises the group of teens how to survive the new Ghostface killer, who's prowling Atlanta. The resident horror expert, she makes it clear that virgins will survive, echoing the advice of Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) in the original Scream.
They represent the same archetype, but Beth ends up sleeping with the nerdy Amir (C.J. Wallace), who's then -- naturally -- murdered immediately afterward. Of course, when Ghostface is unmasked, it's understood why Amir wasn't left a virgin.
THEY ALWAYS COME BACK FOR ONE LAST SCARE
The killer returning to life for one final scare is among the franchise's biggest tropes, seen with Billy in Scream, Mickey in Scream 2 and Dewey killing an already mortally wounded Roman in Scream 3. It's a fun gag that reminds everyone it's not over until a bullet is placed in these slashers' heads. Resurrection honors that in its finale, "Endgame."
Beth is revealed to be one of the two killers and, after she falls through the roof of the high school, she's presumed dead. However, Kym (Keke Palmer) rushes in with her gun, reiterating that the killer "always come back for one last scare." Just then, Beth jumps up with her ax, screaming. Trigger-happy Keke fires a few bullets into Beth, ensuring her resurrection is short-lived.
The previous seasons used masks and killers that paled in comparison to Ghostface. Having the original costumed killer return makes the aesthetic so much better, and believable as part of the Scream universe. Jackson's voice, plus the body movement of the Ghostface killer, are tributes to the films of the '90s and 2000s.
Resurrection even has two killers, like the original films, and hearing Ghostface taunt the victims pushes those nostalgia buttons. The way the killers hold the knives, chase down victims and then disappear into thin air provide the throwback fans have needed since the release of Scream 4 in 2011.