Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett | Script: James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick | Cast: Jenna Ortega (Tara), Melissa Barrera (Sam), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy), Mason Gooding (Chad), Courtney Cox (Gale), Hayden Panettiere (Kirby), Dermot Mulroney (Detective Bailey), Jack Champion (Ethan), Josh Segarra (Danny), Liana Liberato (Quinn), ea | Time to play: 123 minutes | Year: 2023
If there is a franchise that has turned metadialogues into an art, it is the Shoutseries yes. From the first part, which was still in the hands of Wes Craven, the characters explained the rules of the horror genre, how to look at the characters and what they should and should not do. All of this was taking place within the context of the film in which they themselves were operating. The ultimate metalhead.
when last year the ShoutThe series was revived and Neve Campbell’s character Sidney handed over to the new generation, the question was whether the series was still relevant. eleven years later scream IV the fifth part turned out to be perfectly capable of combining the meta-characteristics with a lot of humor. They also updated us on what we had been missing over the past decade. Anything but mustard after meals and scream v it was unexpectedly entertaining.
If you wait for the sixth part with the same feeling, you will probably be disappointed. Although we are dealing with the same directing duo and the same writers, they have completely lost the touch. It’s a harsh message for a film series that, while having minor parts, always managed to maintain a pretty good level.
We’re a year past sisters Tara and Sam being devastated by the Ghostfacekiller, which we now know can really be anyone. The girls are studying in New York with their two best friends, brother and sister Chad and Mindy. Sam, in particular, is still very affected by the events in Woodsboro, especially since she took credit for the circumstances. The (social) media is ruthless in condemning it. We all know it’s only a matter of time before someone dons the mask again and becomes a free-running maniac with a knife.
Shout is famous for its legendary opening scenes. Still, the beginning of the first part, in which Drew Barrymore was dragged across the garden bleeding and phone in hand, was never better. Filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are taking a big risk this time. A bold stage move after the first lustful murder has been committed raises expectations. Would they break convention or shoot themselves in the foot right away?
That last. What follows is an endless series of complications and an abundance of nonsensical characters. Quickly calling themselves ‘The Core Four’, the college quartet has so many friends and dates that it quickly becomes a mess. The reintroduction of the only veteran, Courtney Cox (okay, Hayden Panettiere also returns after the fourth part), seems to be more to please the fans than to add anything.
It should come as no surprise that many of these characters don’t make it out alive. this is exactly Shoutpart with the highest body count and the fewest well-timed startles. You have to know how to count very well, because the creators are constantly playing with the question of whether a character is dead or not. This hackneyed trick soon leads to severe fatigue.
scream VI he’s unintentionally ridiculous with overly long playtime, especially when he removes his dreaded mask. This new installment does not transcend the vast amounts of C-level horror crap that can be found on the many streaming services. It’s hard to imagine a greater contrast to the 2022 reboot. The only reason to scream now is to think of a seventh part.