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Scream 6 Is Grittier And More Visceral Than Scream 5, Say Directors

Scream 6 directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet teases that the upcoming film will be much more gritty and visceral than their last film, 2022’s Scream. After the late Wes Craven directed the first four films in the beloved horror franchise, Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett took the reins for the fifth film. 2022’s Scream was met with mostly positive reviews from critics and performed well enough at the box office that a sequel was promptly given the green light. Scream 6 is set to see the return of legacy characters like Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Kirby (Hayden Panettiere), but also more recent additions like Sam (Melissa Barrera), Tara (Jenna Ortega), Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown), and Chad (Mason Gooding).

In a recent interview with NME, Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett reveal that Scream 6 is going to be quite different from their previous entry, promising that the film is “relentless” and “more aggressive“. When it comes to whether this means Scream 6 will have a higher body count, Bettinelli-Olpin remains tight-lipped, teasing, “this one is definitely more brazen and more aggressive than the last one. So, you know, wink-wink, there’s a body count in this one.” Check out Gillett’s comment below regarding the changes audiences can expect to see in Scream 6:

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2022’s Scream served as a breath of fresh air for the franchise after over a decade lying dormant, introducing a number of fresh faces and featuring some surprising twists and gory kills. The upcoming sequel has an opportunity to really up the ante, however, testing Sam, Tara, Mindy, and Chad in a more extreme way. In order to make Scream 6 feel more tonally distinct and not like a rehash of last year’s entry, an increasing amount of violence and intensity could certainly help. Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett have an opportunity with the film to really put their own mark on the franchise while still honoring Craven’s original vision.

A higher body count in Scream 6 could also work really well with the film’s New York City setting. After all five previous films took place mostly in the small town of Woodsboro, California, moving the action to a packed city can change the entire atmosphere of the film for the best. With Scream 6 taking place in New York City, there will likely be a number of innocent civilians and good Samaritans that get in Ghostface’s way, helping to make the movie feel more chaotic and further highlighting just how dangerous the villain is. As the film’s trailers have already demonstrated, Sam, Tara, and the others being surrounded by people on the subway or in a bodega doesn’t make things any less scary – it only gives Ghostface more places to hide and more ways to taunt his victims.

Of course, there is a limit to how high Scream 6‘s body count should go. In addition to the scares, there has also always been a ridiculous and slightly funny element to the franchise in terms of Ghostface’s kills and his ability to go uncaught, but making the character too much of an unnaturally-powerful killing machine could inversely end up making the film less scary. In any case, Scream 6 is already shaping up to be an exciting deviation from Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett’s previous entry, hopefully blazing some interesting new ground and paving the way for more movies to come.

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Source: NME

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