I'll be honest: I always found the original Ghostface mask (based on Edvard Munch's famous "Scream" paintings) a little silly. That said, it fit nicely with the jokey, tongue-in-cheek nature of the original film series. MTV's new small-screen revival of the franchise, however, has gone with a more overtly scary look for the new incarnation (as revealed by EW):

So why the new version? Here's executive producer Jaime Paglia to explain:

“The [original] mask is so iconic. If you were to have that mask in a television series, but you weren’t following any of the characters [from the original], I believe that would be misleading the audience."

And if the mask reminds you of Michael Myers' white "William Shatner" visage, you wouldn't be far off:

“It evokes some of the Jason hockey mask and the white Michael Myers mask, but it’s still first and foremost evocative of the Scream mask," adds executive producer Jill Blotevogel. "It’s sort of a reinvention while also paying homage.”

As for original director Wes Craven (now an executive producer on the TV series):

“The new mask is cool and scary and takes the series into a new direction.  It also ties into the story, which I won’t give away.”

Since we're on the topic, did you know that I recently ranked every single character in the original movies? And that I'm a full-grown adult?

"Scream" premieres June 30 on MTV.

[h/t Bloody-Disgusting]

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.