‘Scream VI’ Slashes Its Way to New York City with Next-Gen Stars

As the latest installment of the “Scream” franchise hits theaters, “Scream VI” proves itself a worthy successor by blending fresh talent with classic horror thrills. With Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega leading the charge, Paramount delivers another bloodcurdling chapter that seamlessly bridges the gap between old and new.

While the ad campaign leans heavily on the film’s New York City setting, the Big Apple serves as more of a backdrop than a game-changer. Nevertheless, the urban landscape adds a new dimension to the familiar terror, showcasing a subway scene that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Ortega shines as Tara, a college student navigating the city’s dangers with her vigilant sister Sam, portrayed by Barrera. Together, they inject the film with a dynamic energy, complemented by returning characters Chad (Mason Gooding) and Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown), who grapple with lingering trauma from past encounters with Ghostface.

While Neve Campbell sits this one out, Courteney Cox’s return alongside Hayden Panettiere offers a nostalgic nod to the franchise’s roots. Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett skillfully balance homage with innovation, delivering a film that honors its predecessors while carving its own path.

Despite occasional lapses in logic, “Scream VI” delivers plenty of thrills and laughs, thanks to the chemistry between its talented cast and the directors’ genuine affection for the series. With a legacy spanning decades, it’s clear that the “Scream” franchise isn’t going anywhere, ensuring that horror fans will continue to flock to theaters for years to come.

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