Review (Scott McCutcheon 12/03/23)

When Scream was released in 2022 with a production budget of $24 million and grossing over $137 million worldwide at the box-office it wasn’t going to be long before the producers went back to the well in order to siphon more money from the long running franchise.

And so just slightly over a year later we have Scream VI, we’re back to the numbering of the sequels, a direct continuation of the 2022 films story.

Before watching Scream VI I suggest revisiting, or watching for the first time, the previous five films as this one makes so many references to the previous films that only the most diehard of fans will be able to keep up.

Scream VI sees the surviving cast from last year’s Scream moving to New York where sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter (Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega) brother and sister Chad and Mindy Meeks-Martin (Mason Gooding and Jasmin Savoy Brown) are trying to forget about their run in with Ghostface in Woodsboro.

Beginning with one of the best scene in the film Ghostface turns up in New York where he murders Laura Crane (Samara Weaving) a Blackmore University professor who specialises in slasher movies.

After that killing he starts again to target Sam and Tara and anyone who happens to be friendly with them. The clues this time are all linked to the killings from the previous five films, so like I said previously make sure you’re well up-to-date with our Scream knowledge.

Thrown into the chaos are Dermot Mulroney who turns up as a New York detective, Hayden Panettiere who reprises her role as Kirby Reed from Scream IV (2011) and the last original cast member Courteney Cox who returns as reporter Gale Weathers.

Directors Matt Bettinelli- Olphin and Tyler Gillett have made a film that is going to be enjoyed the most by fans of the franchise. Slasher fans with a less encyclopedic knowledge might be left scratching their heads at times. Either way Scream VI is still a great deal of fun and there’s worse ways, and at 2 hours and 2 minutes it’s the longest Scream film yet, to pass a couple of hours.


Scream VI

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding , Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere, Courteney Cox

UK Release: Cinemas 10th March 2023