WILMINGTON — When one door closes, another opens — to reveal yet another terrifying cinematic killer.
Wilmington's recent string of horror film projects claims another as "Scream," the relaunch of the iconic franchise, wrapped filming this week after a 41-day shoot.
But just as Ghostface holsters his knife until the film hits theaters on Jan. 14, 2022, an independent horror movie, "Ocracoke," has set its sights on a short local production.
On Wednesday, "Scream's" original screenwriter and creator Kevin Williamson shared the news that the fifth installment in the story he began in 1996 with late director Wes Craven had come to an end in Wilmington.
In his social media post, Williamson confirmed the film would simply be titled "Scream," a callback to the original film but also a sign of the intentions of the new installment — to relaunch the saga of Ghostface with original cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette on board to star and help introduce a slew of new cast members.
"I'm excited for you to return to Woodsboro and get really scared again," Williamson wrote in the post. "I believe Wes would've been so proud of the film that (new directors) Matt (Bettinelli-Olpin) and Tyler (Gillett) are making. I'm thrilled to be reunited with Neve, Courteney, David and Marley (Shelton), and to be working alongside a new filmmaking team and incredible cast of newcomers that have come together to continue Wes's legacy with the upcoming relaunch of the franchise that I hold so dear to my heart."
The younger cast includes Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner and Jasmin Savoy Brown.
If social media posts were any indication, the newcomers — some likely to fall victim to the latest white shrieking mask killer — grew close while in Wilmington, making frequent trips to the beach and spending time together on the EUE/Screen Gems Studios lot, where the production was based.
"No better feeling than finishing a film with people you consider your family," Gooding wrote on his Instagram.
After filming wrapped, the majority of the young cast shared a private plane ride out of Wilmington, according to their social media.
For the cast, crew and eager fans, now comes the hard part — waiting a year and two months to see the film that's been shrouded in secrecy.
In the interim, the local film industry will get another — expedited — project as the small independent vampire film "Ocracoke" plans to shoot a few days in Wilmington and in Pender County through the end of the year.
The film's 10-member cast and crew previously shot a week on Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks earlier this month.
The film is described as "the story of Thomas White, a vicious 160-year-old vampire masquerading as a charming 20-something entrepreneur. White — who shipwrecked off the coast of Ocracoke Island in the 1800's — runs the bucolic beach community as a benevolent despot with a combination of economic incentives and fear."
"Ocracoke" is currently eliciting financial backing from horror movie fans through a Kickstarter campaign that has, so far, raised over $3,300, as of Friday.
"Scream," as well as "Ocracoke," join recent horror productions in Wilmington like "Halloween Kills," set for release in October 2021, and "The Georgetown Project," which does not yet have a release date.