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I'm saying things got out of hand. Maybe they did take advantage of her! Maybe the sad truth is, this is not the city for innocence. No charges were brought. And the bottom line is, Rena Reynolds wouldn't play by the rules. You wanna get ahead in Hollywood, you gotta play the game or go home.
~ John Milton

Johnathan "John" Milton is a supporting antagonist in the Scream franchise, serving as the secondary antagonist of Scream 3.

He was a devious and greedy film director who is the possible father of Roman Bridger, who took on the mantle of Ghostface and blames him for the rape of Maureen Prescott. As such, Milton is one of the two characters who is solely responsible for the events of all five films.

He was portrayed by Lance Henriksen, who also played Sergeant Daniel Neff in Damien: Omen II, Chains Cooper in Stone Cold, Emil Fouchon in Hard Target, Dr. Jarret in Man's Best Friend, Thomas Magruder in the Gun video games, The Stranger in When a Stranger Calls, Brainiac in Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Lockdown in Transformers: Animated, General Shepherd in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Karl Bishop Weyland in the 2010 Aliens vs Predator video game, Grim Reaper in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Lieutenant in The Legend of Korra and Baron in Tangled: The Series.

Biography

Background

Milton became a famous Hollywood producer focused on the horror genre of cinema. Making fictional films such as Amazombies, Space Psycho, Creatures of The San Andreas Fault, and used his position to pressure his actresses into intercourse. The most notable of Milton's victims was the star of many of his films, Maureen Prescott, whom he and a group of his friends gang-raped. Milton impregnated Maureen with Roman Bridger, whom she put up for adoption. Maureen was unable to love Roman because he was a constant reminder of the rape, while Milton refused to take responsibility for him, causing Roman to grow up into a violent psychopath and set the Woodsboro murders into motion to get back at his mother, as well as his half-sister, Maureen's daughter Sidney.

Years later, Milton began creating the Stab series based on the original Woodsburo murders committed by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher. The making of these films indirectly caused the events of Scream 2 to 4. Milton then became Roman's filmmaking mentor, unaware that his protégé was actually his son.

Scream 3

Milton's actions would later come to haunt him once Sidney Prescott, Maureen's daughter, become famous for surviving the killing spree Roman had orchestrated. Roman eventually ended up working for him as a means of getting revenge. Milton hadn't learned much from his misdeeds in the past, given he had blackmailed another one of his actresses, Angelina Tyler, into having sex with him in order to get the part. Once Roman finally starts his own personal killing spree and murders the entire cast of Stab 3, he kidnaps Milton and holds him hostage in front of Sidney.

Roman then explains to Sidney that Milton was the one responsible for raping Maureen and that Roman himself was conceived as a result before Maureen coldly shut him out which led to the events in the first place. Roman also intends to kill Milton and frame Sidney for the murders as revenge. Realizing this, Milton begs for his life with the promise of money, and even higher positions on the film and a "final cut", to which Roman refuses by replying: "I already have it", and then slices Milton's throat, killing him.

Despite being horrified by the crimes that Milton had already done, Sidney angrily berates Roman for his actions, right before Roman was shot to death by Dewey.

Trivia

  • An interesting fact about John Milton is his similarities with former film producer Harvey Weinstein, who was expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the aftermath of the sexual allegations against him which arose in late 2017. Like Milton, Weinstein sexually abused several actresses by threatening to ruin their careers. Ironically, Weinstein produced the Scream film series with his brother Bob.
    • This has led some people to believe that John Milton was based on Harvey Weinstein, because although Scream 3 was released in 2000 long before the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein, Weinstein was already producing films with his brother as The Weinstein Company (which was later closed in 2018) and had already started to harass several actresses.
    • However, Hollywood's long history of moguls and tycoons sexually harassing, abusing, and brutalizing women in in the industry, among numerous other criminal revelations and allegations, have persisted for decades even since the beginning of the industry. Even Marilyn Monroe, who would publicly write about such predators, would stave off advances and even once rejected a role she was proposed in exchange for sexual extortion.
  • Wes Craven, the director of the original Scream quadrilogy, was considered to play John Milton, but the idea was dropped and Lance Henriksen was cast instead.
  • John Milton is also the name of the poet who is famous for his portrayal of the Devil in the epic poem Paradise Lost. This is very fitting for the John Milton in Scream 3 because like the Devil, John Milton is the chief instigator of all the evil that happens in the Scream universe, through violating the innocence of a young woman (for the Devil, Eve, and for John, Maureen).

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