Scream VI - Review
They Probably Have a Letterboxd Account Instead of a Personality. 3.5 / 5
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
Following the latest Ghostface killings, the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter in New York City.
A double bill of the new generation of Scream is a wonderfully bloodthirsty way to spend the evening. Taking Ghostface to the big city, Scream VI leaves Woodsboro behind for its most brutal instalment yet.
As the film states in its own rules, all bets are off as it embraces its place as a franchise with some of the most vicious twists and kills of the series. While it still finds plenty of time to weave through its signature meta humour, this sixth instalment plays into modern expectations of horror with a darker tone and a rageful ferocity to its murder sequences setting it apart from its predecessors.
Graduating from a legacy sequel, although it treads new ground, it doesn't utilise its New York setting as well as it could besides one claustrophobic subway sequence. As some of the previous cast return, the stakes don't feel as high as it proves repeatedly that just because you get ruthlessly sliced or stabbed in the gut doesn't always mean you're down for the count.
A worthy and exciting sequel, this doesn't quite hit the heights of the 2022 'requel' but it captures the same mischievous spirit and makes for a sinfully good time at the movies.