How to Watch the ‘Scream’ Movies in Chronological Order (and Where to Stream)

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“What’s your favorite scary movie?” It’s an iconic phrase that every fan of the Scream franchise has committed to memory.

Set in the fictional town of Woodsboro, California, the first installment of Wes Craven’s horror franchise premiered in 1996. It follows a young teenager named Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell), who is haunted by the brutal murder of her mother. A year after her death, Sidney and her friends become the targets of the Ghostface killer, who calls his victims on the phone and torments them with scary movie trivia.

The gory yet comical slasher film went on to become a commercial success, grossing approximately $173 million worldwide during the month of its release. Scream 2 came out a year later, and Scream 3 followed in 2000. In total, the Scream franchise has spawned a total of six sequels, with a seventh installment currently in the works. Oh, and did we mention the slasher film series also inspired the Scream television series, which aired on MTV in 2015?

In the spirit of the spooky season, we have compiled a list of all the Scream movies—just in case you were looking to have a horror movie night at home (with the best candy!). Keep reading to learn where you can watch every Scream movie in order.

Where to Watch Every Scream Movie

You heard it here first: The Scream movies are available to watch right now on Prime Video, Apple TV+, Max and Paramount+

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1. Scream (1996)

  • Cast: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 111 minutes

One year after the passing of her mother, high schooler Sidney Prescott (Campbell) and her friends become the targets of a masked killer with a sinister obsession with horror movies. 

2. Scream 2 (1997)

  • Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 120 minutes

In this slasher sequel, Sidney is now a college student. After two students from her school turn up dead, survivors Sidney (Campbell), Gale Weathers (Cox), Deputy Dewey (Arquette) and Randy (Kennedy) believe a new Ghostface has emerged for one last scare. 

3. Scream 3 (2000)

  • Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 117 minutes

The Stab franchise, which is based on the Woodsboro murders, has become a box-office success. Set in Hollywood, California, the film crew is getting ready to film Stab 3. As the cast members get killed off one by one, it’s up to Sidney, Gale and Dewey to stop Ghostface before they stab again.

4. Scream 4 (2011)

  • Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 111 minutes

Years have passed since Sidney has come face to face with Ghostface. While trying to promote her memoir, she returns to Woodsboro for a press book tour. But her arrival causes a new Ghostface to emerge, and they won’t stop until Sidney is gone for good.

5. Scream (2022)

  • Cast: Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Mikey Madison, Neve Campbell, Dylan Minnette
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 114 minutes

Ghostface is back. But this time, the killer targets a teenage girl named Tara Carpenter (Ortega). Luckily, she survives. After learning about her younger sister’s admission into the hospital, Sam Carpenter (Barrera) travels back home to be with her.

However, this Ghostface has a new ulterior motive. After they discover the killer appears to be going after people linked to the original Woodsboro murders, Tara, Sam and the rest of their friends try to stop the masked figure before they strike again.

6. Scream 6 (2023)

  • Cast: Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Hayden Panettiere, Courteney Cox, Mason Gooding
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 122 minutes

After moving to the Big Apple, Tara (Ortega) and Sam (Barrera) are looking to start over. But Ghostface is ready to finish what they started. Can they escape the killer once again?

Where to Stream Scream TV Show

  • Cast: Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Carlson Young, Bella Thorne
  • Seasons: 3
  • Genre: Horror, Slasher

Inspired by the Scream franchise, this MTV anthology show follows a group of teenagers who find themselves in the middle of a gruesome murder mystery in their hometown. The Scream series went on for three seasons, with the final installment premiering on VH1 on July 8, 2019. 

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