“Scream VI”: A New Generation of Fear Takes the Stage


Paramount Pictures


Do you like scary movies? If so, you may like this one.

For the past 26 years, the infamous slasher Ghostface has been lurking around. From the iconic Halloween costume to the frightening yet hilarious phone calls, Ghostface has been striking fear into our hearts for decades.

Many fans were anxious for a sixth installment due to the previous film being “too weak,” which we can all agree is true.

The story picks up right after the events of “Scream” (2022), this time with a new killer behind the mask. As Ghostface continues to claim the lives of others, a group of friends, also known as the Core Four, must come together to try and uncover the identity of the killer and put an end to their reign of terror.

One of the strengths of the plot is its ability to balance the horror and suspense elements with the character development and emotional arcs of the main characters. The story dives into the traumatic past of the characters, particularly that of Sam Carpenter, and explores how their experiences have shaped them and their relationships with each other.

The film features a mix of returning and new characters, including Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter, Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers, the fan favorite Mason Gooding as Chad Meeks-Martin, and many more familiar faces.

Hayden Panettiere and Cox reprise their iconic roles from the original “Scream” films and deliver strong performances that stay true to their characters while also adding new layers of depth to their roles. The newer cast members, including Melissa Barrera and Ortega, have been praised for their performances and ability to fit seamlessly into the world of the Scream franchise.

The kills seem much more brutal compared to previous films in the franchise. The sound effects and artificial blood, paired up with the acting, plays a crucial role in the gruesome murders, which results in the audience making disgusted and pitiful faces. The film pays tribute to the original serial killer while also introducing new elements to the story, adding a fresh take on the classic horror franchise.

Overall, “Scream VI” does several things well, such as balancing horror and character development, its ability to subvert audience expectations, cast performances, innovating within the franchise, and much more.

So the next time someone calls you and asks, “What’s your favorite scary movie?” answer with “Scream,” it might just save your life.