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I know what it's like to see ghosts that don't go away. To be watching a scary movie in your head, whether you want to or not, watching it alone.

–Mark to Sidney Prescott.

Detective Mark Kincaid is the husband of Sidney Prescott. He was introduced as a homicide detective in Scream 3 (2000). After assigning Gale Weathers to help him investigate the Stab 3 murders following Cotton Weary and Christine Hamilton's murders, he develops an interest in Sidney, her mother and their story.

He attempts to bond and subtly flirt with Sidney amid the investigation connected to her mother's murder, something the latter his partner J. Wallace points out.

After surviving the third Ghostface killings, he joined Sidney and engaged couple Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers to watch a movie, a possible double-date. Since the epilogue of Scream 3, he has not been seen since.

He was alluded to as Sidney's husband, mentioned in the fifth film, Scream (2022 film). It was later confirmed by directors Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett. He is also mentioned in Scream VI (2023) as being in hiding.

He is portrayed by Patrick Dempsey.

Biography[]

Early Life[]

Mark confesses that he lived in Hollywood his entire life, growing up there and so he knew his way around the studios, thus being assigned to many of the cases involving show business. At some point, he became a police officer, eventually being promoted to Detective.

The Hollywood Ghostface Murders (2000)[]

The only thing I know about trilogies is that in the third one... all bets are off.

–Kincaid answering Sidney's question, Scream 3

Mark made his first appearance at a seminar at a high school to see reporter, author and Ghostface killing spree survivor, Gale Weathers. He pulled her aside and explained to her that Cotton Weary had been murdered, as well as his girlfriend Christine Hamilton. The killer also left a photograph of a woman on one of the bodies. He hands it to Gale, who identifies the woman as Maureen Prescott, Sidney Prescott's mother.

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Mark arguing with Dewey.

He is next seen with his partner, Detective J. Wallace, at the studio set of Stab 3. However, he and Wallace are only seen briefly and Mark doesn't even have a line in the scene. The scene shows them exiting the studio lot, when they are asked by one of the executive producers. John Milton, whether Cotton's death may have been inspired by his involvement in Stab 3. His partner replies: "He was making a movie called Stab. He was stabbed."

His next appearance shows Wallace present as well, where he is at the official crime scene of another Stab 3 cast member, Sarah Darling. He informs Gale that whoever the killer is, he's killing his victims in order of how their characters die in the script for the film, Stab 3. However, there were about three different rewrites, meaning that three different characters die next, and they don't have any clue as to which script the killer has read.

He questions Roman Bridger, the director of the movie, about the death of Sarah and accuses him of calling her before Sarah's death, although Roman didn't say anything about calling her. Distraught, he and his partner take him down to the station for further questioning. They let him go when they discover that his cellular phone record is clean.

Sidney Mark Scream 3 2000

After the murders of Jennifer Jolie's bodyguard, Steven Stone, and another Stab 3 actor, Tom Prinze, Mark investigates the discovery of another photo of Maureen Prescott from nearly thirty years ago, only with this one suggesting the Ghostface responsible for the Stab 3 murders was also involved in the murder of the first Ghostface victim, Maureen.

While at the station, Sidney goes to see her old friend Deputy Dewey Riley and meets Mark for the first time. Sidney tells Mark about the fact that the killer called her. He shows her the photographs of her mother that the killer leaves behind after every murder. She asks him what he "knows about trilogies". He explains his knowledge of movie trilogies, leaving Sidney unsure if she can trust him or not.

Sidney mistakens Mark as the killer.

Sidney mistakens Mark as the killer.

During the final act, Mark follows Sidney to John Milton's mansion, where he quickly becomes aware of the kidnappings of Gale and Dewey and the murders of three more Stab 3 cast members, Angelina Tyler, Tyson Fox and Jennifer Jolie.

He arrives just as the killer flees, rendering Sidney suspicious of Mark. But then, the real killer appears from behind Sidney. Mark manages to push her out of the way of the knife and, as a result, is stabbed in the chest and brutally wounded. He later hands Gale and Dewey one of his guns after they are freed.

He places his other gun in his hand and navigates the area before finding Sidney and a recently murdered John Milton in a hidden theatre room where he is knocked unconscious by a surprise attack from the killer. He ultimately survives his injuries with assistance from the other remaining survivors.

In the epilogue, Mark can be seen in Sidney's home, putting on a movie to watch with her and engaged couple Gale and Dewey (a possible double-date). He does not specify the genre when she asks, telling him, "You'll have to come and see".

Post-Hollywood, the 2011 and 2022 Woodsboro Murders[]

Although unconfirmed, Mark and Sidney kept in touch and formed a romantic relationship, eventually marrying. Sidney returns to Woodsboro in 2011 on the last stop of her book tour where she faces another Ghostface killing spree. Given that Mark was not on the tour with Sidney, he did not come to Woodsboro.

Between 2013 and 2022 he and Sidney have three daughters, the youngest being born sometime between 2019 and 2021. When a new Ghostface killer starts targeting Woodsboro residents in 2022, Sidney initially stays with Mark and their children in their new hometown. However, after Dewey Riley is murdered, Sidney returns to Woodsboro alone to stop the new killer, with Mark staying with their kids.

The New York Ghostface Murders (2023)[]

During the murders, it’s implied that Gale reached out to Mark and Sidney in a phone call about the attacks in New York City. They go into hiding with their children as informed by Gale to Samantha and Tara; also with Sidney sending her love to them in the ordeal.

Relationships[]

See more: Sidney-Mark relationship

Family[]

Allies[]

Enemies[]

Trivia[]

  • He was described as "mid-thirties. Handsome with piercing eyes" in the script.
  • Implied Love Interest trope: Many fans debated the implied romantic tension between Sidney and Mark, which was eventually revealed.
  • Dempsey was offered to reprise his role as Det. Kincaid in Scream 4, but he declined due to his commitment to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Kincaid's character was then written out of the script.
  • The writers were planning to expand on the relationship between Mark and Sidney if they brought him back for Scream 4. However, since Patrick Dempsey didn't reprise his role as Mark, it is assumed, given that their marriage is confirmed in Scream (2022), that Mark is away during the 2011 Woodsboro Murders.
  • Dempsey would later star in TV series Grey's Anatomy, which featured his Scream 3 co-star Neve Campbell in a two-episode supporting role as his character's sister. Neve Campbell recalled this role during the promotion of Scream (2022) and noted it was funny given Mark Kincaid was Sidney's husband.
  • It's unknown if his wife Sidney is now Sidney Kincaid if her last name was changed.
  • In the original script of Scream VI, Mark was now sheriff and is the father of Sidney Prescott's three daughters (10-year-old Hanna and two more girls aged 8 and 4). His role was minor as he was aimed at avoiding and warning Sidney not to go to New York. Afterwards, Mark calls her and Sidney informs her of Gale Weathers' condition.[1]

Gallery[]

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Mark Kincaid has a Photo Gallery.

Appearances[]

Character Guide[]

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