Scream VI is a 2023 American slasher horror film and obviously, the fifth sequel in the successful franchise. The movie takes place in New York City. Also known as Scream 6
The Radio Silence team’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett returned to direct the slasher sequel with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick back on board having written the screenplay. The third member of Radio Silence, Chad Villella, executive produced alongside Scream creator Kevin Williamson and Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre.
Previously, we reported that the Spyglass production’s cast expanded with the announcement that Samara Weaving (Ready or Not; The Babysitter; Mayhem; Ash vs Evil Dead) and Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: Homecoming and No Way Home‘) had joined the cast. Prior to that, it was confirmed that Jack Champion, Liana Liberato (The Beach House), Devyn Nekoda (Ghostwriter) and Josh Segarra (Arrow) had also joined the cast.
The four surviving stars of Scream (2022) – namely Melissa Barrera (Sam), Mason Gooding (Chad), Jenna Ortega (Tara) and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy) – have returned and are joined by Courtney Cox and fan favourite Hayden Panettiere, who was so memorable as Kirby Reed in Scream 4. Dermot Mulroney (Umma) is also in the sequel cast.
Principal photography commenced in the summer of 2022 and the Paramount Pictures-Spyglass Media was released theatrically on March 10, 2023.
Reviews and reactions:
“Scream VI is leaner, meaner, and more exhilarating in every way. Everything is meticulously thought out and well planned, from Easter eggs to formerly dormant franchise plot threads. The entire cast and crew are firing on all cylinders, resulting in a well-crafted, incredible thrill ride you’ll want to revisit again and again.” 5 out of 5 stars, Bloody Disgusting
” …Scream VI follows its own neatly described ‘rules’, on this occasion jettisoning most of its self-referential archness in favour of some well edited, but rather charmless mayhem […] The return of Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers, and Hayden Panettiere […] inject the movies’ now familiar cross-generational character interplay (Sidney Prescott is referenced but doesn’t materialise); but here the knowingness feels forced, as does the rather eye-rolling Scooby Doo ending.” Bloody Flicks
“Scream VI is even better than the last and proves that this franchise, with all the rules thrown out still, has ways to excite, entertain, and keep building a mythos around Ghostface that has no signs of shrinking. And before this review ends, I absolutely have to call out a knife clean in the second act; it’s delightfully sinister, and you’ll know exactly what it is when it happens.” 9 out of 10, But Why Tho?
“There’s no doubt that Scream VI is an unapologetic “fan service” movie […] And there isn’t anything innovative about the plot reveals […] Scream VI is not the best movie in the “Scream” franchise, but Scream VI delivers exactly what it intends: horror entertainment that serves up plenty of gore with self-deprecating laughs.” Culture Mix
“Scream VI’ is a film that will require repeat viewing. There is so much packed into its two hour and three-minute run-time, and SO many Easter Eggs, one viewing simply won’t do it justice. Is it as strong as 2022’s Scream? Not quite but is it a better squeal than Scream 2 was to the original Scream? I think so. Scream VI establishes that the franchise can continue without Sidney…” Entertainment Focus
“Minus a confusing choice that feels off from all of the other brilliant decisions made, Scream VI is still a genuinely fun and thrilling experience. Scream VI is so much fun I feel guilty. It is a perfect blend of terror, comedy, and commentary that enables it to be both horrific and wholesome. The film is brilliantly crafted from conception to execution masterfully manipulating the audience to feel how it wants you to feel.” The Illuminerdy
“ …Scream VI maintains the momentum set forth by its predecessor and makes interesting choices (Ghostface with a shotgun?!) and delivers satisfying thrills. Reservations aside, this is a solid, sturdy Ghostface vehicle with enough juice to make casual viewers care about these movies and the characters again.” Grade: B+ The Only Critic
“While Scream VI doesn’t reinvent the series, it’s an especially well-crafted sequel that will tickle fans of the franchise and might even convert some new ones. This one explores similar subject matter as the underrated Halloween Ends in a much more audience-friendly fashion, and winds up as one of the best films in the franchise.” The Prague Reporter
“Brutal, bloody, and hilarious when it should be, Scream VI is another step in the right direction for the franchise. 2022’s Scream certainly assuaged fears that the franchise could live on even without the guiding hand of Craven, but the crew at Radio Silence (including directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinilli-Olpin) know what they’re doing, and they prove that from the very beginning of this new entry.” 3.5 out of 5, Screen Rant
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