Scream VI

Scream VI ★★★½

As the film itself makes reference to, as a franchise ages, it must subvert expectations. Scream VI does this in a few ways, some of which are more successful than others, but I appreciate the impulse to take a big swing. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett don’t just up the brutality with this one; they stage a couple of the series’ most excruciatingly tense set-pieces, no small feat half a dozen instalments in. The Billy Loomis parentage plot continues to feel clunky to me, it’s impact on the narrative mimicking that of weights attached to the ankles of a drowning man. Despite that, I can’t imagine any fan of Scream being too disappointed with its visit to New York.

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