The Scream franchise has undoubtedly earned its place as the king of meta slasher horror. When the fandom reignited with the release of Scream (2022), fan theories have come back out of the woodwork, from the third killer theory to the (unlikely) idea that Dewey is actually an evil genius feigning innocence.
Up until the January 2022 release of Scream 5, one particular theory took on new life thanks to none other than Matthew Lillard, who played Stu Macher in the first film. The actor theorized that Stu managed to survive his on-screen death in the first Scream film - but could that really be possible? Well, surprisingly, there’s some pretty compelling evidence that Stu could be out there…somewhere.
Fair warning, there are SPOILERS ahead for all films in the Scream franchise.
- Photo: Scream (1996) / Dimension Films
Lillard Appeared In The Background Of 'Scream 2'Photo: Scream 2 / Dimension Films
'Scream 2' Originally Ended With Another Ghostface Watching Sidney From The College Bell TowerPhoto: Scream 2 / Dimension Films
Reportedly, Stu Was Meant To Reemerge In 'Scream 3,' But The Idea Was ScrappedPhoto: Scream 3 / Dimension Films
'Scream 3' Might Still Hold The Key To Stu's Secret SurvivalPhoto: Scream (1996) / Dimension Films
Matthew Lillard Does, In Fact, Return For The Fifth 'Scream' FilmPhoto: Scream (2022) / Paramount Pictures