Bloody Scream Macarons
The groundbreaking 1996 slasher film Scream was the first gory flick to successfully cross over into the mainstream, paving the way for future films in the genre. The film lead to 3 sequels and an MTV episodic remake. Most importantly, it created one of the most recognizable killers- Ghostface. The mask for Ghostface, reportedly found by the director when scouting for locations, is a simple Halloween store mask. To be honest, it’s not even that scary looking! However, the success and scares brought by Scream make the black and white mask an iconic and unforgettable image.
While we all recognize Ghostface, here are some things you may not know about Scream:
The movie is partially based on the real-life killer, “The Gainesville Ripper.”
Okay, as a Florida resident, this fact is especially spooky to me. In fact, I did not even know about the Gainesville Ripper’s existence. So in order to write this, I had to learn about Danny Rolling- an American serial killer who brutally murdered 5 Gainesville college students in the 1990s. (Not a fun read, especially for a wimp like me. I’ll sleep with the light on tonight, thanks!)
Anyways, writer Kevin Williamson was watching a documentary on the Gainesville Ripper one night and ended up super freaked out by the story. Williamson heard a noise in his house that spooked him further, so he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and called his friend. His friend started talking about scary movies. Williamson woke up that night around 4:00am and wrote the opening scene for Scream: a girl home alone who receives a phone call from a stranger inquiring about scary movies, gets spooked, and grabs a knife from the kitchen.
The actors never met the voice of Ghostface.
Ominous phone calls from the killer himself play a large role in Scream, as the characters always receive one before being killed off. Roger Jackson, the voice of Ghostface, is also credited for the voice of Mojo Jojo from beloved childhood show The Power Puff Girls. Director Wes Craven wanted to keep the actors from associating the creepy voice with a friendly face, so Jackson only communicated with actors over the phone during filming.
The longest night in horror history
The final party scene in the movie runs 42 minutes long. The scene took 21 successive nights to complete, filming from sundown to sunrise. The cast and crew referred to it as the “longest night in horror history” After filming completed, they even made t-shirts that read “I SURVIVED SCENE 118.”
Fittingly, making these macarons absolutely made me want to scream. The macarons pictured here are my third attempt. The first two attempts can be found tossed in the trash can, where they unfortunately belong. I will admit, it’s been a few years since I last made macarons. For my first two attempts, I strayed from the recipe I used in the past that always yielded great results. For whatever reason, I used a different recipe and it did not work. The recipe listed below is seriously foolproof. If you precisely follow the directions, you’ll have a batch of lovely macarons in no time. It might take some practice, but I believe in you!
To achieve the Scream mask shape, I simply piped the macarons in a funky oval rather than a perfect circle. I created a stencil to lay underneath my silpat mat to ensure even shapes as I piped. Although straying from the classic circle may seem intimidating, it truly does not change the baking process at all.
To create Ghostface himself, I made a small batch of royal icing. I put together a bag of flood consistency white icing, (meaning I mixed in a few drops of water to make it runny,) and a bag of flood consistency black icing. I then traced the outline of half of the macarons with white and filled in the center. Don’t trace too close to the edge, as flood icing tends to expand out and might drip off the edge. Then, I used my black icing with a small tip to add on the eyes and mouth. I used a toothpick to create the small nose. Allow the royal icing to dry completely before assembling the macarons.
To assemble, gather the non-decorated half of your macarons and flip them so the bottom faces up. Pipe chocolate frosting around the edges of the macaron, leaving a well in the center for your raspberry filling. Add the filling and top off the cookie sandwich with the Ghostface half. Then you’re done! While they are spooky, I hope these Scream macarons are not too scary to make!