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Jamie Nicholas’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
🔪Scream cinema double bill time!🔪
+The "core-four" from 5cream are back, again proving to be some of the most compelling characters in the Scream franchise. Sam and Tara are the true stars of the show, demonstrating that the franchise can stand on its own two feet without Sidney Prescott in the centre. (I hope she returns for VII though!).
+Using the words of the man himself "something about this one feels different". Similar to 5cream, Ghostface in Scream VI is a brutal and relentless killer. The 'requel' Ghostfaces are terrifying in comparison to the more goofy killers from the earlier films. The chase sequences are even stronger than the previous film; having a great claustrophobic metro scare, and shotgun chase set in a shop.
+I admire the fact that they tried something new with the opening. However, I wish it was explored further.
+Ghostface takes Manhattan! The backdrops and set pieces are better than ever.
+It's a celebration of both Scream and Horror. I love the Scream museum set piece, it established such an eerie yet nostalgic tone for act three.
On another note... imagine only getting a C- on a Argento/ Giallo paper!
+The score is great again, incorporating all the best tracks from the last film. The Dewey theme will always standout from the pack.
-I was left frustrated with how the film handles the kills. Mindy establishes sequel rules: "Anyone can die." Well- not in this one. Nearly every character is brutally stabbed and then appears in the following scene. This takes away the emotional weight. It felt like the film was too afraid to take risks.
+/- The twist is solid. It makes sense and builds upon the previous film. Things are kinda obvious, but there is enough to keep you speculating. However, with the nature of a whodunit, I somehow convinced myself an old legacy character would return, and when they didn't I felt disappointed. One day he will be back to finish off what he started.
Overall- The Scream franchise continues to be consistent. Despite being the sixth instalment, things still feel fresh having a new setting, thrilling scares and solid twist. The chemistry between the 'core four' gives me faith for the future of the franchise. I'm intrigued with the direction they are going with Sam and Tara. It's not quite as strong as 5cream, but nevertheless is a strong entry!
DID YOU KNOW- Neve Campbell stated on June 6, 2022, that she would not be reprising her role of Sidney Prescott, after starring in the five previous entries, due a salary dispute with Paramount. Campbell's statement read, "As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream. I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise. It's been a very difficult decision to move on. To all my Scream fans, I love you. You've always been so incredibly supportive to me. I'm forever grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years." After Campbell announced that she wouldn't be reprising her role as Sidney, her former Scream co-star Matthew Lillard offered his support for her decision. "Did Tom Cruise take less money for Maverick 5 [sic]?" he asked, insisting that a woman should not be expected to take a smaller paycheck. He noted that Scream V was a "smash hit," and that Campbell should be paid accordingly.22