Hayden Panettiere’s New Haircut Has Scream Fans Freaking Out

Kirby in Scream 4

The horror world has been in a serious renaissance lately, as the genre has seen a ton of new and exciting properties hit theaters. And with the trend of nostalgia continuing to dominate the pop culture landscape, some horror classics have made their way back to theaters. Blumhouse had great success with Halloween, and there were recently rumors swirling about a possible fifth Scream movie. And Hayden Panettiere's haircut has seemingly added fuel to the fire.

Hayden Panettiere made her Scream debut in the most recent film outing, Scream 4. She played Kirby, the horror enthusiast best friend of Emma Roberts' Jill. She was a serious scene stealer throughout the slasher, especially during her epic monologue listing horror titles. The Nashville alum recently cut her hair to rock Kirby's look, and the fandom is collectively freaking out. Check it out below.

Do you hear that? It's the sound of horror fans everywhere freaking out. Because in addition to rocking Kirby's signature haircut from Scream 4, Hayden Panettiere directly referenced the 2011 slasher.

Hayden Panettiere's hair update comes from her personal Twitter account, which the actress utilizes to directly communicate with fans. The caption and hashtags mention her role in Scream 4, and her return to Kirby's spunky look. And given the rumors about a fifth movie, this is sure to exacerbate the campaign for another sequel.

Kirby's fate is one of the only questions left after the events of Scream 4. She was brutally stabbed by Rory Culkin's Charlie after "winning" the battle against Ghostface for his life. But despite meeting the pointy end of a kitchen knife, she was never actually seen dead. In fact, the final shot of Kirby had her eyes open, despite losing a ton of blood.

It certainly seems possible that Kirby survived, and could seemingly appear in Scream 5. Of course, there's no guarantee that a fifth movie will ever happen. It looks like those reports are only rumors, as not even franchise star David Arquette knows of any plans.

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Perhaps the biggest reason why a fifth Scream movie might not come to fruition is the death of horror legend Wes Craven. Craven created the iconic franchise, and directed all four big screen installments. But Craven passed away in 2015, so a fifth movie would require a seriously visionary filmmaker in order for it to fit alongside its predecessors. But given the success of Blumhouse's Halloween, perhaps its possible.

Hayden Panettiere doesn't have any film projects coming up, but hopefully that'll change with a fifth Scream movie. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.