Scream VI is a 2023 American slasher film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. It is the sequel to Scream (2022) and the sixth installment in the Scream film series. The film stars Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Hayden Panettiere, and Courteney Cox, all reprising their roles from previous installments, alongside Josh Segarra, Jack Champion, Devyn Nekoda, Liana Liberato, Tony Revolori, Samara Weaving, Henry Czerny, and Dermot Mulroney joining the ensemble cast. Scream VI follows a new Ghostface killer who targets the survivors of the “Woodsboro legacy attacks” in New York City.
A sixth Scream film was announced just weeks after the successful debut of Scream (2022), with much of the cast signing on to reprise their roles alongside Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett’s return. Filming took place in Montreal, Canada, from June to late August 2022. Neve Campbell did not reprise her role as Sidney Prescott, making this the first Scream film not to feature her. Brian Tyler composed the film’s score with Sven Faulconer also co-scoring the film.
Scream VI premiered at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in Manhattan on March 6, 2023, and was theatrically released in the United States on March 10 by Paramount Pictures. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed over $168 million worldwide. It became the first installment in the franchise to gross $100 million at the domestic US box office since Scream 2 (1997) and is the highest-grossing Scream film in the United States and Canada (in unadjusted dollars).
Plot of movie “Scream VI” :
One year after the Woodsboro killings orchestrated by Richie Kirsch and Amber Freeman, Blackmore University professor Laura Crane is catfished by her student Jason Carvey, who lures her outside a bar in New York City and murders her while wearing a Ghostface costume. Jason plots with his roommate Greg to kill sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter to finish the “movie” that Richie and Amber wanted to make. However, Jason receives a call from a different Ghostface, who has killed Greg and subsequently stabs Jason to death.
Sam and Tara now live in New York City, with Tara attending Blackmore University with fellow survivors Chad and Mindy Meeks-Martin, alongside their roommate Quinn Bailey, Mindy’s girlfriend Anika Kayoko, and Chad’s roommate Ethan Landry. Sam attends therapy with Dr. Stone and is ostracized in public because of an online conspiracy theory that she was the true mastermind of the latest killings. Quinn’s father, Detective Wayne Bailey, calls Sam in for questioning as her ID was found at the scene of Jason’s murder, along with a Ghostface mask worn in the previous year’s attacks. On the way to the station, Ghostface calls Sam from Richie’s phone, who then attacks Tara and kills multiple bystanders, and leaves behind another Ghostface mask worn in the 2011 Woodsboro killings.
At the station, the sisters meet with FBI special agent Kirby Reed, a survivor of the 2011 killings. They also encounter reporter Gale Weathers, who Sam and Tara resent for writing a book based on their experiences. She reveals that Sidney Prescott and her family have gone into hiding in response to the recent attacks. Dr. Stone is murdered by Ghostface, who steals Sam’s file and leaves behind a mask worn in the Hollywood killings. Mindy theorizes that the killer is following the rules of film franchises, specifically the rule that anyone can die while the franchise will still continue. Ghostface later attacks the group in Sam and Tara’s apartment, killing Quinn and Anika, but Sam’s boyfriend Danny helps the others escape. Ghostface leaves behind a mask worn in the Windsor College killings. Wayne is officially taken off the case following Quinn’s death, but vows to help the group and avenge his daughter. Gale takes the group to an abandoned cinema she found while investigating, which has been set up as a shrine to the Ghostface killers, including weapons and outfits from each set of attacks.
Ghostface calls Gale at her apartment and torments her about the death of Dewey Riley, before killing her boyfriend Brooks and attacking her. Sam and Tara arrive just in time to stop Ghostface from killing Gale, who is taken to the hospital. The group agree to meet Kirby at the theater to trap Ghostface. On the subway platform, they are separated, and Mindy is stabbed by Ghostface in a moving train. At the theater, Sam sees a hallucination of her father, original Ghostface killer Billy Loomis, who reminds her to defend herself and distrust everyone. Taking her father’s knife from the original murders, Sam realizes they have been locked inside. Wayne calls Sam to warn her that Kirby was fired from the FBI months earlier. Two Ghostfaces appear and attack Chad. As Tara and Sam attempt to escape, Kirby and Wayne both arrive with guns drawn. Wayne shoots Kirby, revealing himself as a third Ghostface and the mastermind; his accomplices are his children, revealed to be Ethan and a still-alive Quinn.
The trio reveal that they are Richie’s family who want to avenge his death. They were responsible for defaming Sam online and plan to frame her for their killing spree. Sam and Tara gain the upper hand and fight off the Bailey family, with Tara stabbing Ethan and Sam killing Quinn. Sam then dons her father’s Ghostface costume, taunts Wayne with a phone call using the voice changer, and viciously stabs him to death. Ethan resurfaces, but Kirby smashes the television set that killed Stu Macher over his head, killing him.
Sam agrees to let Tara live her life more independently and Tara agrees to go to therapy. As the still-alive Mindy, Chad, and Kirby are taken to the hospital, Sam stares at her father’s Ghostface mask before discarding it and following Tara and Danny into the city.
Cast of Movie “Scream VI” :
- Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter, the illegitimate daughter of Billy Loomis and survivor of the Woodsboro legacy murders
- Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter, Sam’s half-sister and survivor of the Woodsboro legacy killings
- Jasmin Savoy Brown as Mindy Meeks-Martin, Chad’s twin and a survivor of the Woodsboro legacy murders
- Mason Gooding as Chad Meeks-Martin, Mindy’s twin, and a survivor of the Woodsboro legacy killings
- Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers, a talk show host, legacy survivor, and author
- Hayden Panettiere as Kirby Reed, a survivor of the Woodsboro murders in 2011 who is now an FBI agent.
- Dermot Mulroney as Wayne Bailey, a detective and Quinn’s father
- Josh Segarra as Danny Brackett, Sam, Tara and Quinn’s neighbor, and Sam’s boyfriend
- Jack Champion as Ethan Landry, a student at Blackmore University and Chad’s roommate
- Devyn Nekoda as Anika Kayoko, a student at Blackmore University and Mindy’s girlfriend
- Liana Liberato as Quinn Bailey, a student at Blackmore University, Sam and Tara’s roommate, and Wayne’s daughter
- Tony Revolori as Jason Carvey, a film student at Blackmore University
- Samara Weaving as Laura Crane, a film professor at Blackmore University
- Henry Czerny as Christopher Stone, Sam’s therapist
- Roger L. Jackson as the voice of Ghostface
- Skeet Ulrich as vision of Billy Loomis, one of the original Ghostface killers and Sam’s father (cameo)
- Jack Quaid as Richie Kirsch (uncredited cameo)
Production of movie “Scream VI” :
n a production budget of $33–35 million, principal photography began on June 9, 2022, in Montreal, Canada. Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak produced under Project X Entertainment, while Chad Villella, Cathy Konrad, Marianne Maddalena and Williamson served as executive producers. Hayden Panettiere posed for a set photo on August 6, along with Jasmin Savoy Brown, that was picked up by various media outlets given her return to the franchise. Courteney Cox revealed she had finished filming her part as of August 14. Filming ended in late August.
The subway scene was done without a green screen, largely relying on practical effects. According to director of photography Brett Jutkiewicz, “The special effects team was actually able to tow the car into and out of our subway platform set. So, there’s some brief moments when you can see the car stopping at a station. That’s actually practical. It’s being pulled from a black fabric tunnel onto our subway platform set and you can actually see it pulling in.” However, Jutkiewicz did originally protest the subway train flicker effects: “I definitely said to the directors, ‘Is that too much? It’s not totally realistic that it would flicker that much.’ And they were like, ‘No, we love it. It works.’ And I think that’s the whole thing about this film: we’re creating this heightened naturalism where, even if something isn’t super true to reality, we wanted it to be true enough to make you feel like you are in these environments while we heighten the experience and lean into the tension and the emotional experience the characters are going through.”
The film’s climax features a projection of a fictional movie made by the character Richie Kirsch. Some of the footage shown is actually from actor Jack Quaid’s real-life home videos, interspliced with footage for the film, with voiceovers also provided by Quaid. The film features many homages and items from previous films inside the theater museum. The items used were not actually the original props from previous films but rather were recreated by the film’s art and costume departments.
Songs of movie “Scream VI” :
The “Scream” movies are a series of slasher films that began with the original “Scream” in 1996. The franchise follows the character of Sidney Prescott, a high school student who becomes the target of a masked killer known as Ghostface. The killer uses phone calls and horror movie trivia to taunt and terrorize Sidney and her friends.
Throughout the series, the identity of the killer changes, keeping audiences guessing and on the edge of their seats. The films are known for their self-awareness and subversion of horror movie tropes, as well as their iconic use of the Ghostface mask and cloak.
The previous “Scream” films have been both critical and commercial successes, with the first four films grossing over $600 million worldwide. The most recent installment, “Scream 4,” was released in 2011 and starred series veterans Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette alongside a new cast of young actors.
If a “Scream VI” were to be released in the future, it is likely that it would continue the series’ tradition of meta-horror and unexpected twists while also introducing new characters and storylines.
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