Scream VI: Trailer Talk
Despite the supposed conclusive ending of 2022’s ‘Scream’ aka Scream 5, the film grossed $140million worldwide (from a $24million budget), naturally meaning a sequel was sure to come. And, earlier this week, the first full trailer for ‘Scream VI’ arrived.
‘Scream VI’ follows siblings Sam (Melissa Barrera – Scream, In The Heights) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega – Scream, Wednesday) as they move to New York City to escape the Woodsboro murders that occurred in the previous entry. But Ghostface is not done with them yet, and is as brutal as ever.
Even though I didn’t enjoy the previous entry, there’s always something new in each instalment of the ‘Scream’ franchise and this is no exception. This will be the first film in the series that won’t take place in the suburbs, instead swapping for the big city, which could make scenarios much more hectic than before. Plus, I’m excited to see the return of the Carpenter siblings and how they’ll deal with the new setting, and new Ghostface.
However, I have a couple of issues: firstly, the trailer implies that Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox – Scream, Friends) will make a return. With the news that Neve Campbell will not be reprising her role as Sidney Prescott for the first time, it doesn’t make sense narratively for Gale to make a return unless the film does include a strong believable reason for it. Secondly, Ghostface swaps a knife this time for a shotgun, which is a first time for the masked killer. And, while this is an ongoing debate about whether Ghostface should have a gun, I don’t agree with it. The ‘Scream’ franchise has always been known for its creative kills and the inclusion of a gun greatly reduces the variety of kills that can be executed (pun not intended).
Despite not enjoying ‘Scream 5’, I am once again intrigued by ‘Scream VI’. The introduction of a brand new type of setting could bring new life into the franchise and the return of the Carpenter siblings is welcomed. But, the inclusion of Ghostface’s new weapon does reduce the creative kills greatly and the return of Gale Weathers is confusing. Overall, the ‘Scream’ franchise will always pull me back, and I am wary but interested once again.
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