I apologize for this very late review of Scream VI, I saw this March 9th, I hadn’t reviewed it yet because I wanted to be sure to get each of my thoughts down. Anyway Scream VI is the 6th installment of the franchise and serves as a sequel to Scream (2022), this is a franchise that is known to always hit it out of the park. Even with it’s weakest entry (Scream 3 in my opinion) it’s still not a terrible movie, Scream VI brings a whole lot to the table and ends up being one of the franchise’s best.
For starters the cast truly blends so well together here, I have always said this but one thing that truly makes the Scream franchise so great is how easily the characters can blend so well together. There’s so many moments and Scream VI that really show that very well, there’s a lot of standouts here such as Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere, Courtney Cox, Mason Gooding and Jasmin Savoy Brown. Each performance truly feels special and adds quite a lot to the whole film.
If Scream (2022) was a love letter to the franchise than Scream VI is a huge celebration of the franchise. There is so much here that dives into several moments from the other films, tons of callbacks as well that don’t feel shoehorned into the movie. They have a purpose of why they are here and add to the overall plot, the whole use of the New York City setting was truly fantastic. I was a bit worried they weren’t going to take full advantage of it considering some slasher movies in the past really failed to do so, but luckily that wasn’t the case here. Between creative kills, use of environment and Tyler Gillet’s and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin’s direction it was very successful.
There’s tons of scenes here that are some of the best of the franchise and have already been celebrated by many fans, the main one being the ladder scene that is just so well done. Between the atmosphere, the overall situation and the thrilling nature with the camera angles there is so much there that really hits the viewer hard. There’s the third act which is definitely divisive among fans, however I do think it matches the overall nature and atmosphere the movie was going for throughout it’s running time.
Scream VI had this nature of not knowing what to expect and the least unexpected could pop up in your face, it’s something that truly pulls bizarre moments out of hat and throws into the viewer’s face which ends up being wildly entertaining. Which definitely matches with what the third act really did. Plus when you combine that with the kills that are truly some of the franchise’s best you get some really strong results.
Overall Scream VI is phenomenal and one of the best films so far this year, it’s a film that is truly a celebration to this fantastic franchise that I can’t wait to see where they go next.
Scream VI is available in theaters.