Scream VI (2023) Review.


Scream VI 2023

Scream VI Fails to Recapture the Essence of the Franchise:

In Scream VI, like its predecessor, there is a scene where Mindy delivers a monologue on the rules of storytelling based on cinema codes, which was initiated by Wes Craven in the first Scream to satirize the slasher genre and play with audience expectations. However, this time, instead of being a "requel," Mindy introduces it as a franchise with more blood, murder, violence, iconic figures, and a plot that goes against what we know. The film takes place in New York, replacing the small Californian town of Woodsboro.

The directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, are not as clever as they think, favoring increasingly foolish characters who act incoherently and failing to deliver on their promises. Despite the possibilities presented by the film's effective introduction and the setting of New York, the film remains frustratingly one-dimensional and lacks the humor and irony that Wes Craven was able to inject into his films.

Scream VI's story revolves around the reconstruction of Sam and Tara's lives after the previous massacre, with the two sisters struggling to move forward. However, the film's exploration of family and its theme of coming together in the face of adversity are exhaustingly familiar in Hollywood and lack emotional depth. Ultimately, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett fail to capture the essence of Wes Craven's work, which was able to draw genuine emotion from even the most serious moments through the right framing, lighting, or the performance of actors such as Neve Campbell.

Instead, Scream VI seems to rely heavily on its shock value and the gore factor. While there's nothing inherently wrong with that, it does feel like a missed opportunity to delve deeper into the themes and ideas that were introduced in the previous installments.

The characters in Scream VI don't feel as well developed or as engaging as those from the earlier films. While there are some interesting ideas at play, they're not explored in as much depth as they could be, and the plot feels a bit too formulaic at times.

While Scream VI may be an entertaining slasher film on its own, it falls short of the high standards set by the earlier entries in the franchise. It lacks the cleverness, wit, and emotional resonance of the original films, and doesn't do enough to push the series forward in any meaningful way. As a result, it's likely to disappoint fans of the franchise who were hoping for more.

Scream 6 Lacks Creativity in Execution:

The previous movie was not particularly impressive, but this one is even worse. Although the opening scene is fairly successful and enjoyable, the sequel lacks originality. While there are some impressive murder scenes and a mystery surrounding the identity of the killer, the pace is uneven with unnecessary dialogue. The final part of the film accumulates all the tiresome and clichéd elements of horror films, such as a character surviving multiple stab wounds, making it ridiculous and disappointing.

In an attempt to mock the much-hyped premise of the "requel," which revives hit franchises, while passing the torch to a new generation of victims, "Scream 6" (2023) falls into the same faults it intended to denounce. Nonetheless, the film manages to draw a nice slasher, even tickling the nostalgic fiber of "Scream" lovers with its tribute to the original. 

However, the announcement of another sequel to be released the following year poses a problem: after questioning the expectations of the audience regarding horror cinema, what could "Scream 6" make fun of? The answer is the franchise itself, a concept that means everything and nothing in this case, offering no substantial content.

Scream VI Struggles to Find its Own Voice, Leaving Fans with a Disappointing and Formulaic Sequel:

"Scream 6" fails to take risks with its plot and is unable to shed its past, resulting in an "excess" film that offers no decisive added value to the saga. The opening sequence is a perfect example of its shortcomings, with the initial surprise deflating quickly. The return of an emblematic victim from the fourth film, Kirby, is disappointing, leaving fans with moments of discomfort at each appearance. 

Despite some endearing characters in the fifth film, every possible quality is stifled by a defect that takes over, making "Scream 6" a disappointing addition to the series than the previous one, and their chemistry and interactions feel more natural and genuine. It's also interesting to see the way the film explores the idea of legacy and inheritance, not just in terms of the Ghostface killer but also in the broader sense of how the "Scream" franchise itself is passed down from generation to generation of horror fans.

However, these strengths are ultimately undermined by the film's inability to break free from the formula established by the previous entries in the series. The plot twists and revelations are telegraphed far in advance, making them feel less surprising or impactful when they finally come. The self-referential humor and meta-commentary that was once so fresh and innovative now feels tired and forced, and the attempts at social commentary come across as heavy-handed and superficial.

In the end, "Scream 6" is a film that is unable to escape the shadow of its predecessors. It tries to be both a satire of and a tribute to the horror genre, but ends up feeling like a pale imitation of the films that came before it. Fans of the series may find some enjoyment in seeing familiar faces and revisiting old themes, but for newcomers to the franchise, there is little here to justify the time and attention required to fully engage with the story. Overall, "Scream 6" is a disappointing and forgettable entry in a once-great horror franchise.


The movie "Scream VI" was released in theaters on March 8, 2023. It is a 2-hour and 2-minute horror, mystery, and thriller film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olbin and Tyler Gillette. The cast includes Melissa Barrera, Gina Ortega, Jasmine Savoy-Brown, and Mason Gooding.

The plot follows Ghostface, who, after terrorizing Woodsboro, the University of Windsor campus, and Hollywood studios, decides to bring his horror to New York City. However, in a big city like New York, it is unlikely that anyone would hear the screams of the victims. The movie was produced by Paramount, Project X Entertainment, Radio Silence, and Spyglass Media Group with a budget of $35,000,000.00.

The Plot:

After terrorizing the Windsor campus and Hollywood studios, as well as striking three times in Woodsboro, Ghostface has now decided to target the Big Apple. However, in a city as large as New York, nobody will hear you scream......