Paramount Pictures has released the newest trailer for the long-running horror franchise “Scream VI.” This time, the film follows the survivors of Ghostface’s terror all the way to New York City. In Scream VI, Melissa Barrera (“Sam Carpenter”), Jasmin Savoy Brown (“Mindy Meeks-Martin”), Mason Gooding (“Chad Meeks-Martin”), Jenna Ortega (“Tara Carpenter”), Hayden Panettiere (“Kirby Reed”) and Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) return to their roles in the franchise alongside Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra, and Samara Weaving.
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (“Ready or Not”) return as directors of “Scream VI,” and for the first time in the film’s franchise history, it moves away from the quiet town of Woodsboro, California, and takes the slashing to New York City. But for Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott won’t be a part of the latest “Scream” film due to a pay dispute. Quite an unfortunate turn considering that she’s been a part of the franchise since the very beginning. Campbell said in a statement to Variety. “I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise.
And so, the brief plot synopsis reflects the changes that are to come for “Scream.” It reads: “Following the latest Ghostface killings, the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter.” The reset and sequel could be just the thing to take the “Scream” franchise in a new direction. The film franchise continues to be self-referential as it perpetuates the quirks of those 90s slashers. It has since evolved by utilizing cultural and social trends like social media and media consumption. So it will be interesting to see where Scream VI and subsequent sequels go next.
As for the trailer itself, well, it opens with Barrera’s Sam and Ortega’s “Tara” running in fear into a bodega with Ghostface following suit. And by the time the cashier and customers realize what is really going on, it’s too late. Then the trailer reveals that Sam seeks advice from Panettiere’s Kirby and Cox’s Gale, both of whom have a history with Ghostface.
What’s more, this Ghostface is not like any other Ghostface we’ve ever seen. The mysterious killer is unafraid to be a public killer, leaving calling cards in the form of graffiti that asks the question: “what’s your favorite scary movie?”
“Scream VI” is in theaters on March 1, 2023.