The Reel Review


This latest installment in the twist-filled Scream horror franchise has the most recent group of survivors of the Ghostface killings – affectionately nicknamed by one of them as the “core four” – starting college in New York City, only to discover that – uh oh! – the killing spree has followed them there.

Ghostface on the NYC subway in Scream VI

With Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) kicking off the fun in a thrillingly twisty opening scene, Scream VI still has all of the predictable self-referential meta horror film references, new characters to serve as slasher fodder/suspects, and the nostalgia – Courtney Cox is back as the iconic Gale Weathers, as is Hayden Panettiere, as an even more badass and grown-up Kirby Reed from Scream 4. Even bloodier and gorier than 2022’s Scream, this sequel is also sillier.

Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Devyn Nekoda and Melissa Barrera in Scream VI.

Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega make a terrific sisterly duo, which helps to make up for writer/directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s obsessive nerdfest of shoehorning in way too many distracting references to the prior Scream films (we get it, you’re fans) and a couple of totally hokey, ghostly appearances from original Scream villain Skeet Ulrich. Even with that unnecessary ridiculousness, Scream VI still has enough subversive twists – and a satisfying ending – to prove yet again that this franchise still has some life in it.


Scream VI is the first film in the franchise not to include Neve Campbell, who opted not to reprise her character of Sidney Prescott over a salary dispute. Courtney Cox is now the only actor to appear in every Scream film.

Scream VI is Hayden Panettiere’s first film in five years.

Scream V and VI writer/directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett first made a name for themselves in the 2019′ horror/comedy Ready or Not, that starred Samara Weaving as new bride battling her eccentric in-laws in a deadly game of hide and seek.


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