It’s Scary That There’s 6 Whole Screams

Margaux Hannewyk, Editor

I don’t think I can really do a video on Scream VI, but I can do it in an article, because I won’t be showing any footage. Loophole.

The Scream movies are all horror movies in the “slasher” subcategory, with a good helping of murder-mystery to go along with them. The first one came about during the latter part of the horror craze of 80s and 90s, following iconic releases like Friday the 13th, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Ghostface, the mysterious (albeit clumsy) masked killer of the Scream franchise had to live up to the likes of Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th, and Michael Myers, and I’d say he did a pretty good job. It’s pretty difficult to not see at least one person wearing a replica of that long-mouthed ghastly mask of his every Halloween.

Yes, Scream established itself as a horror classic, but there was also something that set it apart than those big names I mentioned before. You see, anyone who’s seen any entries in this series before will know that Scream is iconic for being a bit ironic and self-aware. It’s one of the only horror movies to actually have its characters deliberately mention other horror movies from real life. Scream also does its fair share of poking fun at the genre, pointing out its cliches, or having its characters spell out the rules of horror movies (don’t drink or do drugs, don’t say you’ll “be right back”, etc.) followed by the characters immediately not following the rules and then getting killed.

Scream VI follows the same formulas while also having a sort of freshness to it. It’s not trying to be overly “hip”, but it doesn’t feel like an old movie either. It’s a direct follow-up to Scream V, which had a new generation of faces in its cast, and a new story that still had solid links to the originals. All I tend to care about is if a movie can still stand on its own, even if it’s a sequel. And Scream VI wasn’t half bad at doing that! Of course, it had some nice references for the fans, and it had Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” in its soundtrack, just like all the other entries in the series had (except Scream IV, for some reason.)

The Scream movies aren’t the most horror-y, gory horror movies out there, (I think they’re more funny than scary, personally) but they’re a blast to watch with friends and go nuts over, which is exactly what I did, so…

Scream VI is a great new installment to the series, so if you enjoy a good ‘ol slasher, go check it out and gorge yourself on some movie theater popcorn. Seriously, that stuff is the bomb.