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When Will Scream Be Available To Watch At Home?

So what's your favorite scary movie? Is it "Scream," the 1996 film that started it all? Or maybe you're just looking forward to the upcoming fifth movie in the franchise, also called "Scream"? The new thriller returns to Woodsboro on the 25th anniversary of the infamous Macher/Loomis slayings, and unfortunately, Ghostface is back. The killings start up again, and the victims are all relatives of those involved in the first set of slayings. Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) are soon back on the scene, and together they must figure out who's behind the mask before they lose their own lives.

Do you want to see the film in theaters but are put off by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or just plain don't have the time? Or maybe you're going to go see it and want to slo-mo or replay certain scenes later in the privacy of your own house? If so, you probably want to know when the film will be available to stream at home. Luckily, we've got a good idea of when you'll be able to watch the new "Scream" outside of theaters.

Fans will have to wait until the early spring to see the new "Scream" at home

Sadly, "Scream" fanatics will have to wait a little longer to throw their own "Scream" watch along party. Per Deadline, the film will be released exclusively in theaters on January 14, 2022, and there have been no provisions announced for a same-day release to streaming, subscription, or on-demand purchasing services. Revealed in an interview with ViacomCBS CEO and President Bob Bakish published by The Wrap in March of 2021, Paramount Pictures — which is distributing "Scream" theatrically — currently maintains a 45-day theatrical exclusivity window for all of its major releases, and there's no sign that this policy will change for 2022.

Barring any last-minute announcements, that means homebound horror fans won't be able to sink their teeth into 2022's new "Scream" installment until at least late February. Like all of Paramount's other major releases, the film will then likely be heading to Paramount+ (although nothing is confirmed yet), and also be available to rent or purchase on other platforms afterwards. Other forms of pay-to-own media — including a physical release — will probably be available as well. For horror fans, this is quite a long wait, but for "Scream" fans, it will hopefully be worth their while.