Scream 4’s biggest death was the fault of a classic character

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In the new Scream movie, Ghostface committed the film’s biggest death, but it happened because of the franchise’s most controversial hero.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Scream, which is in theaters now.

In the new Scream movie, many were intrigued to see if any of the Legacy characters would be killed off. The film hinted that change was coming and no one was safe as it intended to completely bridge the old and new generations. It delivered on that front when a hero was murdered, prompting the movie’s biggest death, but instead of blaming Ghostface, it owed credit to the franchise’s most controversial hero.

This revolved around the fate of Dewey (David Arquette) and his disembowelment in the hospital when he returned to save Tara. Dewey worked with Billy’s daughter Sam and her boyfriend Richie in hopes of protecting them from the slasher, leading to initial triumph.


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He shot the slasher in the hallway, but went back into the vending area to put a bullet in the killer’s head. After all, that was the rule Randy set years ago, and it’s something the heroes have done time and time again to make sure no villain gets back up to continue their massacres.


Storm and Dewey scream

Unfortunately, Dewey paid full price because just as he was about to pull the trigger, his phone rang. It distracted him and allowed the slasher to stab him and then slice him up in a slow, brutal kill that really shocked those nostalgic. Dewey survived so many attempts on his life, but his luck ran out. What made it even more heartbreaking was that the phone screen revealed the caller was none other than his beloved Gale.


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She tried to reach out to him to make sure he was safe, but all she did was take his head out of the game in a heartbreaking scene. In the blink of an eye, bad timing ended such an iconic connection because despite their ups and downs, they still loved each other. It was even more devastating that Sam, Tara and Richie weren’t around to help him as he died alone, screaming for his loved one. Granted, they had a checkered history since Dewey left as Gale couldn’t part with her media career. She even exploited Sid’s story to the point where she was stymied a few times, but while many other heroes hated her, Dewey still believed in her.


However, as much as their relationship faltered, Gale was obsessed with getting him safe and sound from these new Woodsboro murders, while Dewey wanted Ghostface buried six feet underground to ensure Gale wasn’t chopped to pieces . Sadly, no one could have foreseen this poetic tragedy as his cell phone went from a medium of safety and comfort to one of death as blood oozed onto its background, showing happier times with Gale.

To see how Gale accidentally caused Dewey’s death, Scream is in theaters now.

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