Scream VI Review

*Of course the killer wont be spoiled…

IMDB Synopsis

Four survivors of the Ghostface murders leave Woodsboro behind for a fresh start in New York City. However, they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when a new killer embarks on a bloody rampage.

“Saw that in a scary movie once.”

Scream movies continuing to come out early in the year almost feels perfect for the franchise that seems to go against any and all horror tropes. The entire premise of these movies is to challenge the past and zig where others have zagged. That is another reason why they decided to bring Ghostface to New York this time, just to continue to do things differently. And unlike another horror icon in a hockey mask, this movie does not take place mostly on a boat.

This film was directed, like the 5th one, by the Radio Silence crew (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett) and they really seem to be at the top of the horror comedy genre right now. The 5th movie was a surprising reboot/requel that actually worked and felt like it belonged in the franchise, but also moved the franchise forward at the same time. So like I said the 6th one they decided to leave Woodsboro and show us what would happen if Ghostface was in a metropolis. The only problem is since they filmed in Vancouver it never really feels like New York. Sure they give you a bodega scene, and a subway scene, but zero landmarks to show us the city were in. So it just feels like it really could be any big city not specifically New York. Other than that though we get to see our main characters all back from the last movie, plus a few new additions, and legacy members like Courtney Cox and Hayden Panettiere.

As far as the story I mean it is what it is, it’s a Scream movie. We have Ghostface running amok, our Core Four trying to figure out what scary movie narrative he is falling, and yanking the rug out with a big twist at the end. Nothing is going to be groundbreaking, but it is classic Scream stuff through and through. They surround all of that with stylish camera work and a fun soundtrack and you almost forget that they did not bring back Neve Campbell for this movie.

Stock Watch

Stock Neutral – Melissa Barrera

I thought she was solid again in the role, but nothing really blew me away. I want to see her in something different before I really cast judgement on her as an actress as a whole. I still think she absolutely was able to lead the movie though which is saying a lot in her young career.

Stock Up – Jenna Ortega

She is one of the hottest rising stars we have and she continues to be the best part of these reboots/requels? She is starting to get typecast as a scream queen, so again I would like to see her continue to branch out. However, she can do no wrong right now.

*A couple other tidbits

  • I thought Kirby was great and would love to see Panetierre in more movies moving foward.
  • Always fun seeing Courtney Cox show up in these, she is our last link now to the original movies.
  • Loved ow they continue to innovate with the opening scenes.
  • Dermot Mulroney!

This is another solid entry to the franchise, which is good, however I still was expecting more. I thought when they announced they were going to New York they had a better idea for it. Alas, I still enjoyed it and continue to be amazed they can still pull off a fun twist.

Juice Rating:

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