Scream VI attempts to freshen up the franchise with a move to NYC, but despite this, it continues the same story and “meta” references viewers have seen in the last film. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Scream VI releases in theaters across the United States tomorrow, March 10, 2023. The sequel is the sixth installment of the Scream franchise and includes some new and old faces, including Jenna Ortega (Tara Carpenter), Melissa Barrera (Sam Carpenter), Hayden Panettiere (Kirby Reed), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), Dermot Mulroney (Detective Bailey), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy Meeks-Martin), Mason Gooding (Chad Meeks-Martin). It is directed by the duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and written by James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick, and Kevin Williamson. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Scream VI Parents Guide
In Scream VI: Four survivors of the Ghostface murders leave Woodsboro behind for a fresh start in New York City. However, they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when a new killer embarks on a bloody rampage.
Scream VI Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know, age rating of the movie, before letting their younger children watch Scream VI.
Language: Scream VI contains some strong language, with profanity used throughout. Stronger words include f*ck, sh*t, b*tch, c*ck, a**h*le, wh*re, d*ck, d*mn, and phrases like “g-d d*mmit” and some sexual references.
Mature Content: Other than the bad language mentioned above, the other big indicators of adult material include strong bloody violence, slashings, slaying, murder, a lot of blood, bloody wounds, gore, dead bodies, blood spurts, and more graphic killings. The film includes the use of weapons including knives, guns, and shotguns to murder characters, as well as some other graphic scenes that show a character falling to their death and violently hitting their head on a dumpster. There are no sex scenes shown in the movie, only one scene where viewers can hear moans coming from a room where sexual intercourse is taking place. Characters are also shown consuming alcohol, lots of drinking, excessive drinking, college-age drug use and drug abuse, smoking cannabis.
Age Rating of Scream VI: Paramount Pictures Scream VI has an R rating for intense bloody violence, snippets of language, and brief drug use throughout, and the parents’ advisory recommends it for mature adults, younger adults, and teens 17 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or an adult guardian is highly suggested for younger kids (or older kids) under 17 years of age for this R-rated film. Young viewers are not recommended to view this film. There is drug use content, some sexual content, and brief nudity.
Scream VI may attract fans of the franchise, but it offers little in terms of anything fresh or new to the story. Much of the cast from Scream V is back—the ones who survived anyway—and have moved to New York, but Ghostface seems to follow them everywhere. Like in Scream V, which was all about the making of a sequel in real life, this new story sticks to the same formula, except this time around, it isn’t just a sequel but a franchise. There are even similar scenes recreated in this new sequel that reflect much of the last film, making this author wonder if it is just lazy writing or a failed attempt at being clever.
On a more positive note, Scream VI will please fans with its bloodier, gorier, and downright brutal kill sequences, which will delight slasher film fans. The story does keep the audience hooked into the mystery and intrigue of the identity of Ghostface, but at the same time, the plot points are totally predictable. The film starts out intense, but as the number of kills begins to pile up, the intensity slowly fades, and by the end, viewers will be over the murders and ready to learn the killer’s identity to see if their predictions were correct.
Scream VI has a solid cast and is enjoyable enough that its 122 minute runtime didn’t have it feeling too long. By this time viewers will already know what they are getting into with a Scream film. Honestly, any horror/slasher film franchise follows a very similar formula: a tried and true killer, an element of mystery/suspense, a cast of young individuals (some recurring, some new), a thin premise, over the top kills, and a nonsensical plot. It is rare that a franchise of this genre can up the ante and spin something exciting and thought provoking into all subsequent entries. Every now and then one stands above the rest of the pack, but Scream VI is just another run of the mill money grab.