The film franchise that reinvigorated the horror genre is once again breaking all the rules, and with new rules, comes an all-new Ghostface ready to finish the job that was started in last year’s SCREAM requel!
Like any good reboot worth its weight in salt, when the haunting masked killer Ghostface returns for another murder spree the stakes have to be raised. In 2022, the franchise that reimagined the horror genre for a new generation also effortlessly coined a new cinematic descriptor, and with the advent of the “requel” the rules were once again recalculated. In the latest installment of SCREAM the playing field has expanded, and the body count will be doubled! With the torch passed to an entirely new legacy, the killer is also out for new blood and moving the terror to the concrete jungles of New York City.
In Wes Craven’s 1996 original Scream written by Kevin Williamson, Ghostface terrorized high schooler Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) in her hometown of Woodsboro, and in the subsequent trilogy of films, the threat followed Sidney into her adulthood. A decade later, Sidney returned to Woodsboro, and it all starts all over again, but a lot has changed in a decade and the killer’s motives have gone above and beyond terrorizing innocents. Ghostface now wants to be famous, and another decade later — 25 years after the original murders — the murderer returns to the scene of the first massacre. And now in the latest installment of the horror film franchise, Scream VI once again amps up the ante!
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Had the franchise hung up its ghostly black smock and mask at the conclusion of Scream 3 the story behind the phenomenon might have ended differently. In the specially packaged 3-Movie Collection two bonus documentaries explore the movie’s mythology in the most intricate detail and take the audience behind the scenes of it all. From the script’s early origins to the battle between the studios to the unmatched expectations set to perpetuate the franchise. The additional documentaries also lead right into the then-proper sequel Scream IV which brought a new generation together with the original legacy characters in a newly realized murder spree.
Cut to 2023…and now a killer unlike any of its predecessors is stalking its prey in the largest city in the world, proving that there’s no place safe and nowhere to hide. Scream VI reunites the 2022 “requel” survivors with some familiar faces, but are they friends or foes? Melissa Barrera reprises her role as Sam Carpenter, the latest Final Girl to join the ranks of horror movie mythos. Jenna Ortega, the star of the hit Netflix series Wednesday, is also back as her sister Tara. The pair have left Woodsboro behind and settled into the Big Apple, where they are once again targets of the psycho killer Ghostface, but this time our villain is relentless!
SCREAM VI | directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett is only in theaters on March 10, 2023.