“I hear you like horror movies, but do you like them as much as him?”

You may have heard this quote from SCREAM 4 play before your favorite scary movie podcast, “SCREAM with Ryan C. Showers.” And the “him” in question is me, Ryan C. Showers. You may have read my work here on HelloSidney.com before, like the article I wrote celebrating the anniversary of SCREAM 3 last year.

On my podcast recently, I released screentime data for the actors/characters SCREAM (2022). Two years ago, I collected and published data on SCREAM (1996), SCREAM 2, SCREAM 3, and SCREAM 4. Mining the screentime of the “Scream” characters is part of my trademark Scream content creator brand.

This information was disclosed in a recent “SCREAM with Ryan C. Showers” podcast episode called “Episode 054: Screentime Data for ‘Scream’ 2022.” In this podcast, Fran Perez and I examined the data critically and analyzed it from a historical point of view. We compared the characters’ screentime in the fifth film to each other and the characters in the rest of the series.

You can find this episode along with a collection of other episodes in my “Scream” exclusive podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible, Stitcher, and EarGlueMedia.com.

The method used to generate the screentime is: Marking any second a character/actor is visually seen on screen or audibly heard off-screen. Understanding how many characters are used in each film can assist in a greater understanding of the narrative and character arcs, and how each actor is utilized in the films.

Below is the data for all five “Scream” films, with a comparison of each of the trio’s screentime, ranked from greatest to least in each film:

SCREAM

Neve Campbell – 43:40 (39%)
Skeet Ulrich – 20:21 (18%)
Courteney Cox – 14:26 (13%)
Matthew Lillard – 13:17 (12%)
David Arquette – 12:56  (11%)
Rose McGowan – 12:23 (11%)
Drew Barrymore – 10:19 (9%)
Jamie Kennedy – 9:42 (8%)
W. Earl Jones – 4:32 (4%)
Henry Winkler – 3:34 (3%)
Lawrence Hecht – 1:12 (1%)
Kevin Patrick Walls – 0:29 (>1%)
Liev Schreiber – 0:22 (>1%)

SCREAM 2

Neve Campbell – 37:24 (31%)
Courteney Cox – 22:47 (19%)
David Arquette – 16:21 (14%)
Jerry O’Connell – 13:10 (11%)
Elise Neal – 9:48 (8%)
Timothy Olyphant – 8:37 (7%)
Liev Schreiber – 8:34 (7%)
Laurie Metcalf – 8:13 (7%)
Jamie Kennedy – 8:12 (7%)
Sarah Michelle Gellar – 7:05 (6%)
Jada Pinkett – 6:08 (5%)
Duane Martin – 6:06 (5%)
Omar Epps – 4:18 (3%)

SCREAM 3

Neve Campbell – 33:41 (29%)
Courteney Cox-Arquette – 28:34 (24%)
David Arquette – 26:53 (23%)
Parker Posey – 15:01 (13%)
Scott Foley – 12:31 (11%)
Patrick Dempsey – 10:16 (9%)
Lynn McRee – 6:43 (6%)
Emily Mortimer – 6:40 (6%)
Liev Schreiber – 6:23 (5%)
Jenny McCarthy – 5:44 (5%)
Matt Kesslar – 4:46 (4%)
Patrick Warburton – 4:17 (4%)
Lance Henriksen – 3:48 (3%)
Deon Richmond – 3:25 (3%)
Kelly Rutherford – 2:54 (2%)
Jamie Kennedy – 2:31 (2%)
Lawrence Hecht – 0:53 (>1%)

SCREAM 4

Neve Campbell – 27:32 (25%)
Emma Roberts – 23:40 (21%)
Courteney Cox – 16:26 (15%)
David Arquette – 14:11 (13%)
Hayden Panettiere – 13:55 (12%)
Rory Culkin – 11:43 (11%)
Erik Knudsen – 9:51 (9%)
Allison Brie – 8:13 (7%)
Marley Shelton – 7:12 (6%)
Nico Tortorella – 5:34 (5%)
Marielle Jaffe – 4:59 (4%)
Anthony Anderson – 4:45 (4%)
Aimee Teegarden – 4:18 (4%)
Adam Brody – 4:08 (4%)
Lucy Hale – 3:32 (3%)
Shenae Grimes – 3:26 (3%)
Mary McDonnell – 2:21 (2%)
Brittany Robertson – 2:01 (2%)
Anna Paquin – 1:46 (1%)
Kristen Bell – 1:41 (1%)

SCREAM (2022)

Melissa Barrera – 36:08 (32%)
Jenna Ortega – 22:35 (20%)
Jack Quaid – 20:50 (18%)
Neve Campbell – 12:32 (11%)
David Arquette – 12:17 (11%)
Courteney Cox – 11:31 (10%)
Mikey Madison – 9:58 (8%)
Jasmin Savoy Brown – 9:01 (8%)
Dylan Minnette – 8:36 (7%)
Mason Gooding – 7:31 (6%)
Sonia Ammar – 5:26 (5%)
Marley Shelton – 5:12 (4%)
Kyle Gallner – 1:56 (1%)

NEVE CAMPBELL AS SIDNEY PRESCOTT

Scream – 43:40
Scream 2 – 37:24
Scream 3 – 33:41
Scream 4 – 27:32
Scream (2022) – 12:32

COURTENEY COX AS GALE WEATHERS

Scream 3 – 28:34
Scream 2 – 22:47
Scream 4 – 16:21
Scream – 14:26
Scream (2022) – 11:36

DAVID ARQUETTE AS DEWEY RILEY

Scream 3 – 26:53
Scream 2 – 16:21
Scream 4 – 14:11
Scream – 12:56
Scream (2022) – 12:17

KILLERS

Scream 4: Emma Roberts – 23:40
Scream (2022): Jack Quaid – 20:50
Scream: Skeet Ulrich – 20:21
Scream: Matthew Lillard – 13:17
Scream 3: Scott Foley – 12:31
Scream 4: Rory Culkin – 11:43
Scream (2022): Mikey Madison – 9:58
Scream 2: Timothy Olyphant – 8:37
Scream 2: Laurie Metcalf – 8:13

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