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Review: 'Scream VI' plays on predictability

"Scream VI" uses the franchise as a crutch to keep going.

"Scream VI" is for the people who love and want to continue the franchise. "Scream" is one of my favorite franchises, so I obviously had to see this film, but it felt anti-climactic. While it wasn't predictable, it wasn't surprising.

Synopsis

The four survivors of the latest Woodsboro murders move to New York City for a fresh start in college. However, their new start becomes a blood bath when a new killer begins a rampage through the city.

Starring Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter, Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter, Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers, and Hayden Panettiere as Kirby Reed.

What I loved 

The music. The soundtrack for this film fit so well, it had me tapping my toes the entire time. It was hits from one scene to another that continued into the credits. In this film, the music just makes it that much more captivating and is half the reason you want to keep watching.

The setting. I really enjoyed that we had a scene change and it really changed what the plot could bring to us. I wish it would've played into the New York setting a lot more, but from riding subways to busy streets, it still gives you a different feel from Woodsboro.

For an honorable mention: the nostalgia factor of it all. While in some ways it hurt itself in the way of nostalgia, I just I can't stop loving it when old characters and themes are brought back and it truly brings you back to the films and characters you love.

What I didn't love 

The predictability of it all. I wouldn't say I 100% knew what was going to happen overall, but in the last Scream movie we discussed the idea of franchise for a lot of the movie and it just happened again this movie but worse. I think bringing the idea of the old films and stab movies makes Scream what it is, but when you keep going on it on it just loses that feeling.

I wasn't really attached to anything. I wasn't really scared, grossed out, or excited throughout the film. It had a decent plot and I wanted to keep watching, but it just felt like something was missing the entire time. I don't even know what more would've made it better, but falling back on old ideas (reliability) didn't really help the movie.

Verdict 

I think I will always have a soft spot for "Scream" films, so I will continue to watch them as they come out no matter what. While the previous "Scream" was great, this one definitely took a step in the wrong direction. I liked a lot of the film, but it was missing that spark that makes a "Scream" movie amazing.

I give "Scream VI" a 7 out of 10.