Parents' Guide to

Scream VI

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dense, extra-brutal slasher sequel has strong characters.

Movie R 2023 123 minutes
Scream VI Movie Poster: The entire cast is posed around a giant Ghostface mask at the top, a knife blade at the bottom, and the movie title in the center

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 17+

NOT for kids under 18 - We had to walk out due to psychologically disturbing content!😱

We were shocked by the disturbingly demented content and graphic psychologically damaging descriptions that were depicted in first 20 minutes of this movie. Nothing like the prior Scream movies! My husband and I usually like horror movies, but I would advise any parents to keep kids under 18 from watching this . ( unless you rent it later and take time to pause and explain the damaging content to them). We took our 14 and 18 yr olds along with some family friends and their 13 year old, and for the first time in my life, we all had to walk out. ( we lost the $70, but it was worth it) It wasn’t the 30 F- bombs in the first 15 minutes, or even the murders themselves, but rather the deranged feeling of elation the killer describes almost immediately after the movie begins. They didn’t seem like a typical sociopathic killer, but rather just a movie obsessed college kid simply playing a game or something —As if the murders were no big deal and were actually funny and enjoyable. Even my 18 yr old son said how sickening it was! As a psychologist, I need people to understand that this type of content is psychologically damaging to children( and probably some adults). The images portrayed reminded me of torture videos they use on prisoners of war. Also, Jenna Ortega’s drunken party behavior and her irrational attack against her friends trying to stop her from being sexually assaulted didn’t really sit well either ( because we were there with younger teens). Just be aware that if you let your kids see this, they may not be the same afterwards.
age 18+

Too disturbing!

Should be rated 18+ content far too disturbing, especially for kids that have had past trauma it could be triggers for them, and adults too for that matter, but as an adult, their choice.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (63 ):

While this slasher sequel is bogged down by complicated lore and is far more brutal than it is actually scary, the strong characters and an effective mystery come together to make it a cut above. Fans of the franchise will likely want to rewatch the previous five movies before tackling Scream VI, as it has many, many references to them. In the last movie, 2022's Scream, Mindy cleverly proclaimed that they were in a "re-quel," but here her efforts to establish the rules are headache-inducing. Additionally, perhaps as the result of the number of kills getting ramped up, each one lacks the suspense it might have had (with the exception of a terrific, extended sequence on the subway). Still, filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (of the Radio Silence collective) do manage to use their 123-minute running time to more deeply explore the characters and their relationships. We can feel their trauma and their wounds and easily empathize with them. Plus, not only is the mystery in Scream VI satisfying and clever, but it's also a logical extension of the previous movie. There actually was a good reason for another sequel; it's more than just a stab in the dark.

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