'Scream VI' Is A Bloody and Exciting Sequel That Teases A Promising Future For The Next Generation
By Sal LoCicero | March 13, 2023
Ever since 1996, when Wes Craven warned people about answering the phone, the Scream films have always found their place in the horror genre. One could say these movies were ahead of their time, while others could say that they’re fun slasher movies, but the fact is, ‘Scream’ is both. Fast forward 27 years and six movies later, and the same lesson has remained relevant, however this time around, it is not the town of Woodsboro that is in danger.
One year after the events in ‘Scream’ (2022), the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind for a fresh start in New York City, but once the murders from ghost face begin to occur, it is up to each survivor to decide who they can really trust. Usually, with (now) six installments, this story would become tiring, and if we were still back at Woodsboro, this wouldn’t nearly be as interesting, but new directors make for new opportunities, and that is exactly what directors Matt Bellinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett go for here.
‘Scream VI’ takes this franchise and renews it while continuing to be as self aware as it is. This is a bigger movie that uses most of its potential to deliver a satisfying entry for fans. Since the setting is in New York City, everything feels less safe with ghost face lurking in the shadows, and the opening sequence does a unique job showing the audiences that the best bet is to trust no one.
While it does start out a bit rough in the first act, the movie eventually finds it footing, and when the plot moves, it makes for one hell of a fun time at the movies.
The cast is great, including Melissa Barrera, and Jenna Ortega (who’s name becomes more frequent each day). Courtney Cox delivers a good performance, especially in one particular scene, however the writers barely had a plan on how to use Gale Weathers because the character has barely anything new to offer, she is exactly the same person she was in every single movie that came before this. Hayden Panettiere reprises her role as Kirby Reed, who appeared in ‘Scream 4’ (2011), only now she has grown into an adult and is a detective who has an obsession with the ghost face murders, and while her character is not the most memorable aspect, she still made for some good screen time
Neve Campbell’s absence was not a disappointment at all, as matter of fact, the story didn’t need her character to be involved this time, and it also allowed for a new generation to continue this franchise’s legacy.
One aspect that has changed is how the violence is depicted, although sometimes the movies did contain some shocking moments, ‘Scream VI’ has a lot of bloody kills. Yes, there are a few death scenes that are satirical, but for the most part, you will be on the edge of your seat.
‘Scream VI’ offers more of what fans want the most while continuing to surprise them with twists and turns. It's gory, it’s fun, it’s highly self aware, and it teases a new and promising future for this franchise.
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