“Scream VI” does not disappoint as a classic slasher film

On March 10, the highly anticipated “Scream VI” was released into theaters all over America. This satirical slasher film directly lined up with the expectations we had for it.

The “Scream” movies follow a group of friends, Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), Dewey Riley (David Arquette), Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere) and the main character, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and the original Ghostface (Skeet Urich and Matthew Lillard), a man who stalks and stabs his victims. “Scream VI” follows the original Ghostface’s daughter, Samantha Carpenter and her sister Tara Carpenter, (Melissa Berrera and Jenna Ortega) who were being hunted by successors of the original Ghostface (voiced by Roger L. Jackson).

The “Scream” franchise became popular due to its satirical outlook of modern day horror movies. The first movie, released in 1996, consisted of cheesy lines, an abundance of fake blood and a seemingly infinite chase scene. In the new movie, these features have remained prevalent. “Scream” was the most successful slasher movie until 2018, when the first reboot of “Halloween” came out. “Scream VI” is filled with dramatic commentary and more frustratingly, typical dumb actions made by the main characters, which leaves viewers screaming at the screen, begging characters to use common sense and look behind them.

“Scream VI” is entertaining because it does not take itself seriously. Consisting of ostentatious gore, decent acting from everybody but one police officer [his facial expressions were very funny] and a fourth wall as susceptible to breakage as an iPhone screen, this movie did an exceptional job mocking the standard horror flick. There were many instances of questionable choices made by the characters, choices that had the viewer squirming in their seat, waiting for the repercussions of splitting up in an unfamiliar location when you know there is a very strong, and very determined killer out to get you. Besides that, the viewer might be able to appreciate the on-the-nose irony and the cheesy foreshadowing that makes a slasher film what it is.

“Scream VI” is definitely not your traditional horror movie; it’s a movie that a wider audience can appreciate. It’s a movie you watch with a group of friends on Halloween night when you don’t feel like being left paranoid for days. You might find it frustrating, especially when characters play Ghostface’s game and follow his signature move: answering the phone so he can say he’s either watching you or in your home, or how the characters absolutely do not fight back until the end of the movie, but it’s fun and worth a watch, as long as your expectations aren’t too high.