Allow us this brief breaking of the fourth wall, but Scream-Trilogy has passed the one year mark! Why is this relevant? Because a week after our April 29th 2010 birthdate, we broke a story about new Zombie & Scarecrow variations of the Ghostface mask which had some sort of connection to Scream 4, based on a photo of Wes Craven’s cat and other clues. That article is what made readers sit up and take notice, and realize we weren’t just the usual news recycling fansite. Even though we were cautious from the start that nothing might come of them, we made it a point to follow the mystery of the new masks in those early months when no real information about the film was available. This would lead us down a path that included receiving the #1 movie-run production Zombie Mask itself!
And now we come full-circle one year later to put a cap on the mysterious saga…
Leading up to, including, and even after filming, Fun World’s Director of Licensing/Product Development R.J. Torbert was a key middleman figure between Scream 4 and the fanbase, tweeting filming details and holding contests. Fun World is, of course, the owner and controlling company of the Ghost Face mask design, so have a pretty strong connection with The Weinstein Co because that now-iconographic mask is, in a way, more valuable to the Scream franchise then any flesh & blood cast member!
So the intel on the new masks was that they were first created by Fun World as 2010 Halloween releases, but there was also a discussion and level of interest with the movie’s powers-that-be. However Torbert quite pointedly never confirmed if either – or neither – would appear in the film, only that we would have to wait and see.
We waited and have now seen Scream 4, and the masks were sadly absent. Scream Trilogy reached out to Fun World’s Torbert who provided this comment in response:
The Zombie Mask and Scarecrow Mask were filmed for the barn scene and they were edited out —-I was informed that Harvey and Bob Weinstein were concerned it would cause a bit of “confusion”.
The visually appealing alternate masks weren’t the only removals from the Stab-a-thon sequence, and we’ll tell you all about that in the next edition of Unseen Screams.