Scream VI

Scream VI ★★★

Been really going back and forth on Scream VI in my mind. Definitely a step down from the previous entry, but not a bad time by any stretch.

On one hand, the fact that this entry tries to go the giallo homage route is really admirable, even if this thing doesn't have the guts to get full on nasty. It's certainly embracing the over the top and relentlessly convenient nature of giallos, and doing a decent job of it. A mainstream horror film that manages references to both Maniac and New York Ripper from the jump can't be all that bad.

And yet, by leaning into those cliches, Scream VI can't help but showcase how the franchise has run out of ideas, even with a pivot towards new protagonists. Definitely the most wildly convenient plot of any of these films, but not as sloppy as Scream 3. Sometimes dangles close to the line between self-parody and self-ownage, and I'm not even sure if that's part of the charm of this one. Really unravels around the time of its big reveal, which is kind of shrug despite the fact that it's well done.

Dug it, but didn't love it. Dermot Mulroney is the MVP of this thing in a WALK.

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