There are three episodes left in this season of MTV's “Scream” and the killer could be anybody. Audrey's (Bex Taylor-Klaus) DNA was found on a Brandon James mask, Noah (John Karna) knows way too much about serial killers, and Kieran (Amadeus Serafini) seems to conveniently never be around when the killer is doing his dirty work.
While much of the group, as well as Mr. Bronson (Bobby Campo) and Mayor Maddox (Bryan Batt) are suspects, there is one character that comes to the fore based on how prior “Scream” films played out. This character is Jake (Tom Maden).
While Jake as the killer would seem almost too obvious, it's still a very strong possibility. Jake has been one of the creepiest characters on the show this season, with his quotes about how "Murder is like potato chips, you can't just have one,” and how he says he likes to put ice in the hot coffee because he likes to “torture the ice.” He also had no problem harming Mayor Maddox (Bryan Batt) when he had to and just happened to have a big knife on him in last week's episode.
If the “Scream” films have taught us anything, it's that sometimes the most obvious suspect is the killer. These killers have also been known to harm themselves to make themselves look innocent, which Jake could be guilty of.
Last week on “Scream” episode 7, Jake was found stabbed in the bowling alley, but the wound wasn't fatal. If there's one thing that has been made clear so far this season, it's when the killer wants you dead, you're dead. Just ask Will (Connor Weil). So how was Jake able to survive the killer? And where was he when the rest of the group was getting chased around the bowling alley?
In the original “Scream" movie, the killer was Sidney Prescott's (Neve Campbell) boyfriend Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and his friend Stu (Matthew Lillard). When this was revealed at the end of the movie, the two detailed an elaborate plan to kill Sidney and then pin the whole thing on her father (Lawrence Hecht). Billy and Stu stab each other to make it seem that a struggle broke out and that they were defending themselves when trying to stop the killer, showing self-mutilation isn't out of the question for the killer.
Billy was a suspect the entire movie and was even arrested by police at one point. The audience could have guessed from the beginning that he was the killer, but a lot felt it would be too obvious until the big reveal. Billy would even quote past works of horror like Jake, telling Sidney "We all go a little mad sometimes," quoting Norman Bates from "Psycho."
Watch the "Scream" clip of Billy and Stu below:
The original “Scream” wasn't the only time the killers tried to hurt themselves to make it seem they innocent. In one of the more memorable scenes in the latest film, “Scream 4,” Emma Roberts' character Jill goes to the extreme to make it appear that she's a victim because she wants to become famous for it, as Sidney once was. She stabs herself, uses a dead body to pull out some of her hair, slams her head into a picture frame and leaps through a glass table.
The "Scream 4" clip of Roberts can be seen below:
In three of four of the “Scream” movies, there were two killers, with the one exception being "Scream 3." It feels as though there's going to be two in this season as well, especially if Jake is one of the killers, since it would have been impossible for him to kill Will from the hospital -- although his partner could have.
While the first “Scream” showed us sometimes the most obvious suspect could be the killer, the other three films have done a great job of throwing a curve ball and making the killer someone no one saw coming. It will be interesting to see which way they go on the MTV show, but for now, the odds are stacked pretty high in favor of Jake.
“Scream” episode 8 airs Tuesday on MTV at 10 p.m. EDT. Do you believe Jake is the killer, or could it be someone else? Sound off in the comments below.