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Scream VI (2023) - A Worthy Slasher Sequel With a Nostalgic Touch

Updated: Jan 30

Rating: ★★★1/2☆

Released 3-10-2023

Watched 04-07-2023

Reviewed 04-07-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club

"What's your favorite scary movie?"

Scream 6 moves to New York, leaving the familiar setting of Woodsboro behind, but the move doesn't slow down the menacing Ghostface Killer, who once again wreaks havoc, leaving a trail of blood and fear in his wake. As the sixth installment in the iconic franchise, the film aims to thrill both long-time fans and newcomers to the series. Although it delivers on scares and meta-humor, Scream 6 struggles to reach the heights of the original films, largely due to a predictable plot and an overreliance on nostalgia.

Courteney Cox is the sole original cast member to return, reprising her role as Gale Weathers. Her presence brings a touch of familiarity to the film, grounding it within the larger Scream universe. Jenna Ortega (Tara), Melissa Barrera (Sam), Mason Gooding (Chad), and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy) return from Scream 5, showcasing strong chemistry and growing into their roles as they confront the horrors of Ghostface once again.

The movie's self-aware humor, a signature element of the Scream franchise, is one of its most enjoyable aspects. The witty dialogue, in-jokes, and nods to horror tropes keep the audience engaged and entertained. Scream 6 also incorporates elements from contemporary horror films, creating a balance that appeals to both fans of the original series and those discovering it for the first time.

Unfortunately, Scream 6 falls short in terms of originality and plot development. The film follows a familiar formula, which, while entertaining, lacks the freshness and inventiveness of the earlier installments. The plot twists and red herrings feel somewhat predictable, and the movie misses out on opportunities to subvert audience expectations in the way that the first Scream film masterfully did.

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