Whatever you do, don’t look behind you. The trailer for Scream 6 has dropped, and it looks like Ghostface has set up shop in NYC.
The trailer begins with Ghostface—the long faced, cloaked and masked slasher at the center of the Scream franchise—appearing in the window of an apartment building “Run,” says Yellowjackets star Jasmin Savoy Brown, as a group of teens disperse throughout the apartment. The only way to escape Ghostface’s blade is to extend a ladder (because every New York City apartment has a ladder just lying around) between two windows of neighboring apartment complexes. A terrified teen is forced to traverse the makeshift bridge from one window to another, with Ghostface standing menacingly in the window behind her.
Directed by Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Scream 6 is the latest film in the hit franchise, which helped to revive the slasher genre in the ’90s. The first film, Scream, premiered in 1996, starring Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell. After four films directed by Wes Craven, the Scream franchise was relaunched in 2022 with a fifth film directed by Gillet and Bettinelli-Olpin, which combined original cast members like Cox, Arquette, and Campbell with a new generation of talent, including 13 Reasons Why star Dylan Minnette and Wednesday breakout Jenna Ortega.
The relaunch was so successful that it has inspired other remakes, like the recently announced I Know What You Did Last Summer remake with original stars Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt. And the buzz on Twitter is that anticipation for the latest installment of the Scream franchise is so high that it temporarily crashed AMC’s ticket purchasing app.
Scream 6 stars Cox, Savoy Brown, Ortega, as well as Melissa Barrera, Samara Weaving, Josh Segarra, Dermot Mulroney, and Hayden Panettiere reprising her role as Kirby Reed from Scream 4. Noticeably absent from Scream 6 is Campbell, who left Scream 6 due to a pay dispute last year. “As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to ‘Scream,’” 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.”
But the Scream must go on, with or without Campbell. “This isn’t like any other Ghostface,” Panettiere’s Kirby Reed warns the others. We then catch glimpses of Ghostface doing what they do best—terrorizing people—as well as engaging in the classic New York activity of riding the subway. The trailer ends with Cox’s Gale Weathers sitting on her laptop, in a precarious position as Ghostface appears to sneak up behind her. Will America’s favorite morning host live to see Scream 7? You’ll have to wait and see when Scream 6 slashes its way into theaters on March 10.
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