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In the Scream 5 Poster, the Franchise's ‘Gay Survival’ Subtext Becomes Text

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Scream has always been queer — well, at least subtextually. Like Ghostface himself, the queerness has always lurked in the corner of the screen, popping up when Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott isn’t looking, then sliding off-screen just as quickly as she spins around.

It’s been present from the very start with the subtly homoerotic tone of (warning: spoilers for Scream) Billy (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu’s (Mathew Lillard) homicidal — and ultimately penetrative — bromance, the reveal of which sees Billy quoting Norman Bates’ most infamous line, “We all go a little mad sometimes,” originally spoken by legendary gay actor Anthony Perkins.

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