Scream VI reviews: Critics say sequel is an improvement over reboot

The film stars Jenna Ortega and Courteney Cox

Ghostface in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's
Ghostface in Scream VI. (Paramount)

The first reviews for Scream VI are in and critics seem to be in agreement that the film is an improvement over the fifth installment of the horror franchise.

Scream VI is the first film in the series not to feature Neve Campbell as Sydney Prescott meaning Courteney Cox is the only remaining cast member from the original movie.

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Returning from the fifth film are Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera as the Carpenter sisters while Hayden Panettiere reprises her role as Kirby Reed from Scream 4.

A still from the teaser trailer for Scream VI. (Paramount)
Ghostface returns in Scream VI. (Paramount)

Scream VI follows on from the previous film with Sam and Tara Carpenter moving to from Woodsboro to New York only for Ghostface to come and haunt them again.

With the film released on 10 March, critics have already seen the film, with some of their judgements rounded up below.

One reviewer wrote on Twitter: "#ScreamVI was everything I wanted! Phenomenal character work, gripping chase scenes, solid balance of terror/humor, and an overall love letter to the sequels. Good performances for the most part, but Courteney Cox really made me proud."

Another said: "#ScreamVI is an awesome addition to the franchise. Pays loving homage to all the entries that came before it while being something ENTIRELY new for the series. So many kickass action scenes, an incredible opening sequence, and very violent kills. It's good to be a Scream fan."

Melissa Barrera (“Sam Carpenter”), left, and Jenna Ortega (“Tara Carpenter”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's
Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera in Scream VI. (Paramount)

The Evening Standard also gave Scream VI four stars and said: "Still, this is top quality fan service. Stuffed with juicy parts for women, plus breezy cultural takes on everything from fake news and found families to zeigots and Gen Z sadism, chapter VI is modern without seeming to try. Should cast and crew carry on Screaming? Most definitely. It would be a crime for them to stop now."

The Independent praised the film in another four star review: "For all that Scream VI may feel sturdy and familiar, you just know some academic in 20 or so years will be picking apart its bones to tell us how much it really said about who we are. Scream is a long way from losing its purpose."

Scream VI was also given a positive review by The Playlist: "Scream VI is a stab-ulous step forward for the franchise that deserves at least one more opportunity after this to make a killing at the box office."

Scream VI is released in cinemas on 10 March.

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