Scream VI: A Thrilling Must Watch

Grace Bridges '25, Contributing Writer

The newest addition to the famous franchise Scream hit theaters on March 6th, 2023, and will be released onto streaming platforms on April 25, 2023. The franchise started in 1997, with Scream 1, which was a huge success and quickly became one of the biggest slasher films. This newest addition made 161 million dollars worldwide; and 44.5 million dollars in the opening weekend alone, setting a new opening-weekend franchise record. 

The Scream franchise revolves around the killer Ghostface, a masked murderer of the fictional town of Woodsboro California. Ghostface kills based on personal vendettas against their victims, with each movie a new person taking the Ghostface name. 

Scream 5 and VI are the start of the new reboot series of the original four movies, starring both Tara Carpenter, played by Jenna Ortega, and her older sister Sam Carpenter, played by Melissa Barrera. While Scream 5 takes place in Woodsboro, Scream VI takes a different approach it takes place in New York City. Making it the first movie of the franchise to take place outside Woodsboro. 

For Tara and Sam, this new city was a fresh start, with Tara attending college in NYC and Sam tagging along in attempts to protect Tara. While in the city the two, along with their new friends and roommates, as well as some familiar faces from Woodsboro, are subject to another Ghostface attack. 

One of the staples of this franchise is its self-awareness, with many references made to the Stab movies, the films within the films. Utilizing them in a manner that throws the viewer suspicion of the killer, as the characters discuss classic horror movie tropes and killer characteristics. 

The feature also uses a multitude of callbacks to the original movies to make them stand out. Mindy Meeks, a friend from Woodsboro, and the niece of Randy Meeks, a prominent character of the original three films, recounts the “rules” of horror movies; paying homage to her now-deceased uncle Randy. 

In correlation with this, the movie also features journalist Gale Weathers, played by Courtney Cox, who has gained massive amounts of fame from the Ghostface murders in the past five movies. Now returns and assists the Carpenter sisters and their friends in discovering and slaying Ghostface.

In uniform with the previous movies, Scream VI proves to be equally as gorry.  With death sequences that send shivers down the viewer’s spine. The killings are chilling and creatively brutal, keeping the audience on their toes. 

While many may love this slasher franchise, it can be too intense for others. With lots of blood, stabbing, violence, and deaths. Some may not be a fan of a large number of self-reference, and self-reflection in the features may not be appealing to everyone.

Overall, the movie lives up to the entire Scream franchise, adding yet another fantastic film to its filmography.