“Scream VI” Review Round-Up: A Clever, Homicidal Shell Game in the Big City
The Radio Silence team that brought you last year’s Scream (the fifth installment in the franchise, although it lacked a number in the title) are back, and it seems they’ve delivered an even nastier, naughtier, more tightly-wound slasher with Scream VI. With reviews no longer under embargo, critics have begun weighing in on what the first film in the franchise to be set outside of Woodsboro, California, delivers now that the action has moved to New York City.
The directing team of Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin have made the most of their decision to bring Ghostface to the Big Apple, and they sic him on some familiar faces. Gayle Weathers (Courtney Cox) returns alongside sisters Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega), who moved to New York to rebuild their lives after the horrific events back in Woodsboro, as well as Mindy Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Chad Meeks-Martin (Mason Gooding). And then there’s the glorious return of Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere), back after surviving the bloodbath in Scream 4 (2011) and her Easter egg appearance, via a photograph, in the last Scream.
Newcomers include Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra, and Samara Weaving. All of them have their hands full with a seemingly even more sadistic and unhinged Ghostface as the franchise, now firmly in meta mode and helmed by two Scream superfans who know what they’re doing, put all these characters through the wringer.
The Independent‘s Clarisse Loughrey writes that the sequel is “wholly satisfying and ridiculously fun.” Staying on the far side of the pond, the London Evening Standard‘s Charlotte O’Sullivan writes, “Bloody hell. Number 6 in the post-modern horror Scream series is gory… as well as hot-under-the-arms tense and properly funny.”
Stateside, the Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper says that Scream VI is a “gruesome and wickedly funny horror film that still hits all the right notes we’ve come to expect from the franchise.” IndieWire‘s Christian Zilko says, “If they keep making ’em like Scream VI, the future is as bright as it is bloody.”
Now let’s take a quick peek at what some critics are Tweeting:
The bloody and clever #Scream6 finds fresh ways to heighten old scares. https://t.co/tBTuLCFKqN
— Variety (@Variety) March 8, 2023
#ScreamVI Review: Ghostface Isn’t Playing In Brutal, Bloody & Funny Sequel #Scream6 https://t.co/AcZtRDzBOv pic.twitter.com/BvdBr78BM4
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) March 8, 2023
Leaving Woodsboro behind to go to New York City, #ScreamVI makes it clear there’s still fresh blood left in this franchise. Our review: https://t.co/aPIxNjWrsa
— Collider (@Collider) March 8, 2023
#ScreamVI Review – Bloodier Sequel Slices Up a Flawless, Heartfelt Examination of the Franchise, Raves @HauntedMeg https://t.co/4EvcUhw8JV @ScreamMovies
— Bloody Disgusting (@BDisgusting) March 8, 2023
My non-spoiler review of #ScreamVI is up! Much to discuss …
– Melissa Barrera’s standout work.
– That Gale/Ghostface scene from the trailer.
– Kirby’s return.
– Core Four. ♥️
– How damn good Radio Silence is at making #Scream movies.
– And more!
WATCH: https://t.co/v5T06cbzMH pic.twitter.com/V7pAuRaJS5
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) March 8, 2023
#ScreamVI is an awesome addition to the franchise. Pays loving homage to all the entries that came before it while being something ENTIRELY new for the series. So many kickass action scenes, an incredible opening sequence, and very violent kills. It’s good to be a Scream fan.
— Dead Meat (@deadmeatjames) March 8, 2023
Do you like scary movies? Because SCREAM VI is AWESOME!! Bloody & brutal, but great fun & even better than I expected! Some really great scenes here! Moving the action to NYC really rejuvenated the franchise! The 3rd best SCREAM in the series after SCREAM 1 & SCREAM 2! #Scream6 pic.twitter.com/Hiauoygm9A
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) March 8, 2023
Scream VI hits theaters on March 10.
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Featured image: Ghostface in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s “Scream VI.”