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Starring: Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Hayden Panettiere, Courteney Cox, Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra, Samara Weaving
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Slasher horror sequel directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Scream VI (2023) continues with the survivors of the latest Ghostface killings, sisters Samantha and Tara Carpenter (Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega), and twins Chad and Mindy Meeks (Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding), leaving Woodsboro behind for a fresh chapter in New York City, only to again be plagued by a streak of murders by a new Ghostface killer.
Laura Crane: [over phone] Try teaching a class on 20th century slashers to a heap of hungover nineteen year-olds.
Jason Carvey: Slashers, huh? What’s your favorite scary movie?
Laura Crane: Not that one.
Jason Carvey: [over phone] So why slashers?
Laura Crane: Well, I just, you know, I think it’s interesting. You can really examine the culture of the moment by looking at the tropes of the time. Like the masked killer, the final girl, the different rules. Don’t split up. Don’t have sex.
Jason Carvey: Don’t answer the phone.
Laura Crane: Exactly, exactly, exactly. It’s all cliché. But out of those clichés comes an opportunity for outsider art. A voice for the voiceless, you might say. Jesus Christ.
Jason Carvey: Yeah. I’m more of a rom-com guy, to be honest.
Ghostface: [Jason’s voice changes] And that’s not the worst part. The worst part is, you teach a class about slashers, and you still walked into a dark alley. Alone.
Laura Crane: Okay, that’s not funny.
Ghostface: No. It’s not.
[Laura is then attacked and stabbed by Ghostface]
Ghostface: [as he kills Laura] Now I see something red.
Jason Carvey: [referring to killing Laura] I just got massive blue balls, and I had to practice. Please don’t be mad. How mad are you?
Ghostface: Oh, I’m not mad, Jason.
Jason Carvey: Dude. We said we wouldn’t use the voice on each other.
Ghostface: We said a lot of things.
Jason Carvey: This is Greg, right?
Ghostface: Who else would it be?
Ghostface: [referring to Laura] But she wasn’t just meat, Jason. She was a person. Our film professor.
Jason Carvey: Yeah, well. F*** her. She gave me a C-minus on my giallo paper.
Ghostface: Is that why you killed her? Because of the C-minus? Who’s next, your grade-school vice principal?
Jason Carvey: [as he’s being stabbed] But we have to finish the movie.
Ghostface: Who gives a f*** about movies?
Sam Carpenter: My father was Billy Loomis. He was a famous serial killer. They made a movie about him.
Dr. Christopher Stone: Yeah. Certainly did.
Dr. Christopher Stone: [referring to Richie] How did you stop him?
Sam Carpenter: Well, I stabbed him twenty-two times and slit his throat. And then I shot him in the head. But that’s not why I’m here.
Dr. Christopher Stone: Why are you here?
Sam Carpenter: Because it felt right.
'It would make sense if this were just a sequel. But we're not in a sequel, because nobody just makes sequels anymore. We're in a franchise!' - Mindy Meeks-Martin (Scream VI) Click To Tweet
Quinn Bailey: Life, I have found, is about variety.
Quinn Bailey: [as Sam is checking out a shirtless Danny through his apartment window] You guys have been checking each other out for months. Why don’t you just talk to him?
Sam Carpenter: Because that right there is about all the romantic interaction I’m ready for.
Anika Kayoko: It doesn’t bother you? I mean, being at a house party after you were almost brutally murdered at a house party?
Mindy Meeks-Martin: No, I think of it like being struck by lightning. The odds of it happening twice to the same person are extremely low.
Anika Kayoko: Guess I should stay close to you then.
Sam Carpenter: [to Frankie, as he’s fighting with Chad] Sorry to interrupt. I’m just going to tase you in the balls real quick.
Tara Carpenter: [to Sam] If I want to hook up with an a**hole, that’s my decision! It’s my decision. It’s not about you!
'Franchises only survive by subverting expectations.' - Mindy Meeks-Martin (Scream VI) Click To Tweet
Tara Carpenter: I’m uninterested in living in the past like you are.
Sam Carpenter: What’s that supposed to mean?
Tara Carpenter: It means I’m not going to let what happened to us for three days define the rest of my life.
Sam Carpenter: So you’re just going to pretend it never happened.
Tara Carpenter: You just followed me here, and you won’t let me out of your sight.
Sam Carpenter: I’m just trying to look out for you.
Tara Carpenter: I know. I know you are. You can’t do it for the rest of my life though. You have to let me go.
Chad Meeks-Martin: [to Tara] Survivors got to stick together.
Sam Carpenter: [as they are kissing] Careful. Someone might see us.
Danny Brackett: You always say the most romantic things.
Sam Carpenter: Danny.
Danny Brackett: What? Can I help it if my kink is “woman who’s ashamed to be seen with me”?
'You can still make your own family. Even if it's just with one person.' - Gale Weathers (Scream VI) Click To Tweet
TV Reporter: Also found at the scene were various Ghostface costumes, a character popularized by the Stab movie franchise.
Sam Carpenter: Pack a bag. We leave in ten.
Tara Carpenter: Sam! Wait, Sam!
Sam Carpenter: We’re getting out of the city.
Danny Brackett: What?
Tara Carpenter: It’s big city! It’s Halloween. Everybody’s wearing masks! You don’t know.
Sam Carpenter: Tara, this isn’t a coincidence. You knew him!
Tara Carpenter: Barely.
Sam Carpenter: Chad, Mindy, back me up.
Chad Meeks-Martin: I mean, it is a little bit…
Mindy Meeks-Martin: Close to home.
Sam Carpenter: Who is this?
Ghostface: Hello, Samantha. Did you miss me?
Sam Carpenter: I want you to think long and hard about whether you really want to do this. Because the last two people that f***ed with us, ended up dead.
Detective Bailey: Do either of you have anyone that might want to target you?
Tara Carpenter: Not anyone who’s still alive.
Detective Bailey: Yikes.
Kirby Reed: I take a special interest in Ghostface attacks.
'Whenever someone says, “We're safe here,” it means you're not.' - Billy Loomis (Scream VI) Click To Tweet
Kirby Reed: This is a student of the killers who came before.
Gale Weathers: Gale Weathers, Channel 4. Do you ladies think you’re the reason the Ghostface killer has come to the Big Apple?
Gale Weathers: [moves aside as Sam tries to punch her in the face] Nice try, sweetie. But I’ve done this dance before.
[Tara then punches her in the face]
Gale Weathers: Are you really still mad at me?
Sam Carpenter: You said you wouldn’t write a book about what happened. And then you wrote a book about what happened.
Gale Weathers: Oh, come on. Somebody was going to write about it! It’s what I do.
Sam Carpenter: After everything we went through together. What would Dewey think?
Gale Weathers: That’s a low blow.
Sam Carpenter: So is your book. You called me “unstable” and a “born killer”.
Gale Weathers: That’s taken out of context.
Sam Carpenter: That’s literally a quote.
'All the best lies are based on the truth.' - Detective Bailey (Scream VI) Click To Tweet
Gale Weathers: [referring to Sidney] She sends her love, but she’s taking Mark and the kids someplace safe. She deserves to have her happy ending.
Sam Carpenter: On that much, we agree.
Gale Weathers: Hey, I want to catch this f***er as much as you do!
Tara Carpenter: Maybe. Or maybe you’re just afraid that without Ghostface in your life, you’re going to fade away.
Mindy Meeks-Martin: The way I see it, someone is out to make a sequel to the requel.
Anika Kayoko: What’s a requel?
'Not every movie needs a post-credit scene.' - Mindy Meeks-Martin (Scream VI) Click To Tweet
Tara Carpenter: So we think that the killer is trying to copy the movies?
Mindy Meeks-Martin: That is one possibility. Heroes now in college, check. Suspicious new characters brought in to round out the suspect list and, or body count. Check, check, and check.
Mindy Meeks-Martin: It would make sense if this were just a sequel. But we’re not in a sequel, because nobody just makes sequels anymore. We’re in a franchise! And there are certain rules to a continuing franchise.
Sam Carpenter: I had a feeling.
Mindy Meeks-Martin: Rule one. Everything is bigger than last time. Bigger budget, bigger cast, bigger body count. Longer chases, shoot-outs, beheadings. You got to top what came before to keep people coming back.
Chad Meeks-Martin: Beheadings?
Mindy Meeks-Martin: Rule two. Whatever happened last time, expect the opposite. Franchises only survive by subverting expectations. If the killers last time were whiny snowflake film nerds with Letterboxd accounts instead of personalities, you can bet the opposite will be true here.