‘Scream’ was jam-packed with huge nods to the film that started it all. There was one appearance by an original character, though, that will leave you speechless. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Scream fans have known since the beginning that Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette would return as Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers, and Dewey Riley in the highly anticipated fifth film. There had been speculations that someone from Sidney, Gale, and Dewey’s past — ahem, Stu — may show up, but Scream decided to throw us another surprise.
Billy Loomis, played by Skeet Ulrich, made a cameo appearance in the fifth Scream film. No, he hasn’t survived all this time. Billy is still alive and well. To Sam Carpenter, the film’s new protagonist, he appears as visions. Billy was indeed cheating on Sidney all those years ago and fathered a child, Sam, as it turned out.
Sam didn’t learn that Billy was her biological father until she was thirteen years old. She rebelled and fled Woodsboro after discovering the truth in her mother’s diaries. After her sister, Tara, is attacked by Ghostface, Sam is drawn back to her homeland.
Sam initially sees Billy at the Woodsboro hospital, where she is seeing Tara. Billy is still wearing the same bloody white T-shirt that he was wearing when he died at the end of the 1996 slasher. Billy tells his daughter, «You can’t run from who you are.» He inquires as to when she intends to inform Tara of the situation. Billy reappears and tells Sam to accept herself as she is.
Sam isn’t her father’s daughter, but she isn’t hesitant to get her hands a little bloodied. The climactic showdown takes place at Stu’s former house, which Amber’s parents now own. After meeting on Reddit, Richie, Sam’s boyfriend, and Amber are the new killers.
During Sam’s final confrontation with Richie, Billy reappears to take her to the knife that will allow her to kill Richie. Sam takes the knife and stabs Richie in the neck with it. Sam advises against messing with a serial killer’s daughter, and she’s right. The film Scream is presently playing in theatres.