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Warning: this article contains spoilers for Cry VI.
THE Shout saga is widely regarded as one of the most cohesive horror franchises of all. Of course, Cry 3 might be generally considered the weakest entry, but overall the series managed to continually engage audiences with its unique blend of murder, mystery, and meta-humor. However, another key factor in its endless success is the incredible ever-changing ensemble cast that features in the films.
Cry VImore precisely, has one of the best of all Shout universe, from newcomers like Samara Weaving, Dermot Mulroney and Tony Revolori to beloved former players like Hayden Panettiere and Courteney Cox. In fact, the two new films from Radio Silence filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have done a terrific job of weaving new characters in with familiar ones. So much so that you may be wondering what Shout cast members have appeared the most often in the franchise.
Well, wonder no more because here is your guide to every Shout star who has performed more than once.
Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmine Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding (2)
Even more than the original trio of Sidney, Gale and Dewey, the new Shout the protagonists of the films are a package deal, with Cry VI officially christening them “The Core Four”. Luckily, sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter, and twins Mindy and Chad Meeks-Martin all make it out of the last living movie, so hopefully they can tick off a trilogy of guest appearances in Cry 7.
Hayden Panettiere (2)
For a very long time, “Kirby Reed Is Really Alive” was one of the most popular Shout fan theories around, right after “Stu too”. It’s no longer a fan theory, however, as Hayden Panettiere finally makes her highly anticipated return to the franchise in Cry VIwhich reveals that Cry 4The fan-favorite horror lover is now an FBI agent. Again, Kirby survives this one, so a third appearance is in the cards for next time.
Heather Matarazzo (2)
The Diary of a Princess‘ Heather Matarazzo is notable for landing one-stage cameos in two different Shout movies. Matarazzo debuted as Martha Meeks, Randy’s never-mentioned sister, in Cry 3. Considering she was basically just a delivery system for Randy’s posthumous video cameo, we never expected her to return – but she did return in Shout 2022, revealed as Mindy and Chad’s mother.
Marley Shelton (2)
Marley Shelton was adept at playing Deputy Judy Hicks in Cry 4a former classmate of Sidney whom we had never met before, as an actress icon of the 90s (never been kissed, The Sandlot) could easily have appeared in the first Shout. Although she was heavily teased as a suspect, Judy proved to be a good guy, becoming sheriff in Shout ’22. Sadly, however, she was eventually murdered by Ghostface along with her son, Wes.
Nancy O’Dell (3)
THE Shout The franchise has always been a big hit with the media and entertainment industry, but even so, fans probably completely missed the fact that real-life TV host and presenter Nancy O’Dell racked up a trio of appearances across the saga. THE entertainment tonight alum appeared for cameos as herself in three consecutive films, from Cry 2 For Cry 4.
Jamie Kennedy (3)
Randy Meeks remains one of the most legendary Shout supporting characters, due to his status as the franchise’s original resident horror nerd. Likewise, his surprise death in Cry 2 is still one of the most controversial deaths in the entire series. Randy was so popular he was brought back for his aforementioned cameo in Cry 3. His legacy lives on in the new films through his niece and nephew, Mindy and Chad.
Liev Schreiber (3)
Liev Schreiber’s Cotton Weary Has One Of The Most Underrated Bows In The Game Shout franchise. Originally cast as the man who killed Sidney’s mother, Cotton is eventually cleared of the crime but becomes a Ghostface suspect himself in Cry 2, until he proves he’s an ally. Cotton then has the honor of being the big killer in the opening scene of Cry 3in which his newfound fame and success as a talk show host comes to a gruesome end.
Skeet Ulrich (3)
Yes, it’s strange to think, but OG Ghostface killer Billy Loomis has now appeared in a trilogy of Shout movies. As all fans know, Billy only survived the original movie, but Skeet Ulrich made a shock return in Shout ’22 via hallucinatory visions suffered by Sam Carpenter, his secret daughter. In Cry VIBilly returns in much the same title, alluding more to the darkness inside Sam that she inherited from her father.
David Arquette (5)
When the Shout The franchise was revived in 2022, of course David Arquette had to return as Dewey Riley, who had gone from an inexperienced deputy in the first movie to the venerable Sheriff of Woodsboro. In Shout ’22, Dewey started out as a failed alcoholic, but found his heroism back when he faced Ghostface alone, losing his life in the process. It could have been tragic, but it’s hard not to argue that it was the perfect way for his arc to end.
Neve Campbell (5)
Neve Campbell, on the other hand, has yet to receive the perfect conclusion for her. Shout career. As Sidney Prescott, one of the greatest “final girls” in all of horror cinema, Campbell was the protagonist of the original trilogy, remained a key presence in Cry 4and made a welcome return to Shout ’22. Unfortunately, a contract dispute kept her on the sidelines Cry VIeven if the door was not closed when he returned to Cry 7. Crossed fingers.
Courtney Cox (6)
With Campbell dodging Cry VI, that means Courteney Cox has broken a horror movie record as the first female star to appear in six consecutive entries in a horror franchise. She’s earned it, too, as everyone’s favorite sour-tongued reporter Gale Weathers, a character who may not always be the most likable or the wrong choice, but the fans love her. nonetheless love. Here’s more from Gale in Cry 7.
Roger L. Jackson (6)
Who is your favorite horror movie voice actor? That’s right, the only other actor besides Cox to appear in every Shout film to date is Roger L. Jackson, who, of course, provides the creepy but still charming voice of Ghostface. Jackson also has the distinction of being the only actor to appear in the Shout TV series too, as he reprized his iconic voice role on VH1 Cry: Resurrection. While a lot has changed about Shout over the years, Jackson’s involvement remains an enjoyable constant.