The newest entry to the Scream franchise continues the meta commentary on horror movies as it references its own legacy as well as taking things in new directions. It also continues to boast a large kill count and shows Ghostface as one of the most brutal slasher. There was much hype into this one as to who will actually return back. Sadly Sidney does not appear back in this one due to failed contract negotiations but she does get a name drop.
The plot follows sisters Sam and Tara who have moved to New York for a fresh start and trying to deal with the fallout of the events of the 2022 Scream. Somethings you cannot escape from and once again they are targeted by Ghostface as they are stalked all throughout New York City.
This is a Ghostface that is more innovative and creative in the ways he goes about stalking his victims. The opening establishes right away this is different breed and also raises the theory of either a cult or collective of killers who wear the mask. The mask are beat up and been through wear and tear, so it strongly teases a return of a previous killer from the very first killer. Both Billy Loomis and Stu Macher still hold a large influence to the Ghostface mythos and they are both highly referenced throughout the movie.
There’s also the meta commentary and references to other slashers. One scene shows someone watching Jason Takes Manhattan which was very fitting. There is also a scene on a subway where you see multiple people dressed as Ghostface as well as other horror movie characters. I thought that was pretty neat. It also adds in an interesting tweak because you know one of the Ghostfaces is a killer and it takes time to build up to the eventual attack that happens.
The kills are very brutal and are gory as you would expect. Now as we saw in the trailer, yes Ghostface uses a shotgun during one of his sprees. While he does still use the iconic knife, the fact a gun is used shows innovation. I am glad it was not the main focus, and we got to see Ghostface in all his slashing glory.
It all leads to a showdown in a Ghostface shrine of all places. Again, leading credence to a group of Ghostfaces. The reveal of who Ghostface is this time around actually makes more sense this time around as it directly deals with the fallout of the previous film. I won’t say much but Sam who is the estranged daughter of Billy Loomis who was one of the original Ghostface will decide if she wants to live up to her legacy or go in her own direction. And the end leaves things open for them to continue the franchise though in my opinion the only way that would work is if Sidney returns.
I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. I was originally against the idea of another entry but decided to give it a chance. I’m glad I did because it had a great story and kills were bloody as heck. I would recommend checking it out for yourself and it is currently playing in theaters if you decide to watch it.
If you already seen Scream 6, feel free to leave your thoughts below!!
Till next time. stay scared!!
-Tha Thrilla –