Scream VI

Scream VI ★★★

Who gives a fuck about movies?

Mindy's "Lavender Menace" top is the MVP of the film for me.

Maybe it's just me, but having one of the signature elements of your franchise be a killer unmasking that becomes more improbable and less interesting with every installment is a questionable move at the very least. You can dress it up in self-referential quippiness and metatextual musing all you want, but at the end of the day a weak ending is a weak ending, and Scream VI barely manages to limp across the finish line.

On the other end of the spectrum in terms of both quality and chronology, the opening is strong as hell. It's all of those aspects that go to waste in the ending, but focused to maximum effect. This imbalance, where the Scream movies start out strongly and finish weakly becomes more pronounced the longer the series goes on.
There are also some strong slasher sequences sprinkled throughout, which I won't mention specifically in order to avoid spoilers.

OK, I'll mention one. The subway sequence was very unnerving. But I'm not sure if that's due to the slasher aspect or my lingering Covid-related aversion to being in a jampacked subway car.

The cast is good overall (I'm one of many Jenna Ortega stans), but there are just too many people for a movie that isn't adept at character development. As Mindy says in her now obligatory meta-discourse on slashers, this is largely to provide for plenty of suspects while also padding out the kill count fodder. It's effective for the latter, for sure. It feels kind of pointless for the former though, because by now we know that the twist in Scream movies almost always involves some inherently unguessable connection between Ghostface and the main characters, which takes a lot of fun out of the guessing game.

Full disclosure, I'm not the biggest fan of this series anyway. The first one is a classic, and they all have their moments, but I'm largely indifferent to it as a franchise. So a lot of the fan service that might otherwise have boosted my rating mostly left me cold.

I do wonder how much more juice this concept has left, because while the requel did reinvigorate it somewhat, it already feels like it's losing its luster.

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