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October 1, 2023

A Binge to Far #35 - Hands of the new Ghostface Killers, or the Scream reboot duo (2022 - 2023)

Stunning frame from Scream VI (2023)

Scream (2022) poster



Sisters Tara [Jenna Ortega from Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)] and Sam (Melissa Barrera) are terrorized by a new serial killer in the ghostface mask, but besides the ‘New killer, new rules’ tagline, the murders always go back to the original, and the legendary trio of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette), come back to reveal the identity of the new slasher and off him as well.


Dedicated to late Wes Craven, this fifth film in the 1990s franchise that gave a kiss of life to horror, is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and is both horrifying and fun. Also, at almost 2 hours long it has all the time in the world to pay tribute to the film series’ legacy and bring back several key members of the cast (in the series meta trademark manner, of course). Made on a $24 million budget, this went on to gross a massive $135 million, so you should be sure there’s more coming from where this came from.


Scream VI (2023) poster

Scream VI


As the survivors of the previous film leave the series favorite location of Woodsboro and relocate to New York, where ‘new rules’ apply (as per the tagline, again), they are hunted by a new Ghostface, who’s the most nasty and violent we’ve ever seen in this franchise, and will stop at nothing in his way, butchering people with a variety of methods and utilized weapons of choice.


Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, this is the best sequel to the classic 1990s horror hit we’ve seen in ages and manages to perfectly aim its brutality to its advantage and it perfectly echoes the current crime climate of New York that is not that far away from echoing the chaotic days of the 1970s and 1980s. It is absolutely a slasher when it comes to its aesthetics, but plot-wise I would dare to say that it is a giallo. Returning stars Jenna Ortega and Courtney Cox are brilliant too. Made on a $35 million budget, it was loved by critics and audiences alike, and it went on to gross $168.8 million, so there is probably more where this came from.

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