Movie Review: Scream 6

Scream VI is an American Slasher film which is the sequel of Scream (2022) and the sixth addition to the Scream horror franchise. This film was released on March 10, 2023, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. The film was announced just a couple weeks after the successful release of the 2022 film, with much of the cast signing on to reprise their roles. 

This film brings back familiar faces such as Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega), Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) Mindy Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown), Chad Meeks-Martin (Mason Gooding) Kirby Reed (Hayden Lesley Panettiere) with new faces such as Josh Segarra, Jack Champion, Devyn Nekoda, Liana Liberato, Tony Revolori, Samara Weaving, Henry Czerny, and Dermot Mulroney. 

Taking place in New York City a year after the Woodsboro killings, it’s a brand new start at life for sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter played by Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega who are trying to forget their haunting past.. The sisters and the students of Blackmore University are not ready for what’s to come. Tragic events happen throughout the night making the sisters wonder if it has anything to do with their past. The sisters and their friends are targeted by the infamous Ghostface killer and are mysteriously followed everywhere they go. With only one thing on their mind, Sam and Tara go on the troubled journey to uncover the man behind the mask and reveal their identity to the world. 

As the 6th movie in the series, it makes it harder to make the concept fresh and intriguing, but they did a great job at keeping it new. For example, at the end of the movie where they reveal the killer, they reference killers from past movies like the original Ghostface killer Billy Loomis. More than just bringing back past characters the movie also shows the sisters’ lives after their lives dramatically changed by moving across the country. It shows how the sisters grieve differently – Tara goes partying, while Sam goes to therapy. The previous film’s plot twist kept me on my toes, persuading me to watch the newest addition. I like this style of movie because of the suspense and mystery it has. Although it is a slasher movie, it is not too gory which I enjoy.

In any slasher film you know people are bound to die since the beginning, Scream VI did a pretty good job at keeping the deaths interesting and not to repetitive, like in the beginning scene when professor Laura Cane, who was the first victim of the slasher, gets tricked into going into an alleyway, after a death occured in the film, the main characters did not have time to grief a death so they would simply moved on as they were trying to save their own lives. 

I really enjoyed watching this film, I enjoyed the ending and how they revealed the Ghostface killer. There is nothing I did not like about the movie, I actually enjoyed it quite a lot so I would definitely recommend this film to anyone, even if you are not a big fan of horror movies since it is not too extreme, the only downside for some people might be the run time since it is 2 hours 2 minutes, however it did not feel too long. Overall, my rating for this movie is a 4/5.