After a year of anticipation following the release of the well-received fifth installment in the Scream franchise, Scream VI has finally graced the screens. Taking the iconic slasher series to the bustling streets of New York, this latest installment aims to inject new life into the nearly three-decade-old franchise. Scream VI is poised to delight dedicated fans and newcomers alike. Picking up the narrative threads from the previous film, this entry follows the survivors as they embark on a journey to the city for college, only to find themselves once again haunted by a fresh Ghostface.
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Whenever a new Scream film hits theaters, two burning questions ignite the minds of fans: who’s behind the Ghostface mask this time, and who’s destined for the gruesome chopping block? Well, I’m here to tell you that the new installment answers both questions with a tantalizing twist. It introduces us to a brand-new Ghostface while also treating the audience to some of the most chilling and brutal deaths ever witnessed in the series. For the sake of this list, we won’t be including any off-screen deaths, so rest assured, you’ll get to savor every thrilling and chilling moment on screen.
8. Quinn Bailey
Sam, played by Melissa Barrera, and her sister Tara, portrayed by Jenna Ortega, share their apartment with Quinn, their sex-positive roommate brilliantly brought to life by Liana Liberato. Quinn’s carefree attitude often leads her to engage in passionate encounters with various partners, and she plays a unique role as a mediator between the two sisters. While she supports Sam’s efforts to protect Tara, she also encourages Tara to embrace her own freedom and make her own choices.
In a shocking turn of events, Quinn appears to meet her demise when Ghostface intrudes into their apartment building, leading to a suspenseful confrontation. However, the finale unveils a stunning twist – Quinn reveals herself as one of the killers. A confrontation ensues with the Carpenter sisters, ultimately resulting in Sam shooting her. But not before a previous encounter left Quinn with some missing teeth and a chilling, blood-stained smile that adds an eerie touch to her character.
7. Laura Crane
As she anxiously waits for her online date at an upscale restaurant, film professor Laura, portrayed by Samara Weaving, captivates the audience with her wit and charm in a brief but memorable performance. Engaging in a phone conversation with her date, she attempts to guide him to their meeting spot, unwittingly lured into an empty alley across the street as she scans the area for him.
In true Scream fashion, the film lives up to its reputation for opening with a suspenseful and deadly scene, and Scream VI is no exception. In a shocking twist, Laura’s date is revealed as Ghostface and brutally kills the endearing character with a series of vicious stabs to the stomach and chest. While the act itself may be familiar to franchise fans, what sets this opening scene apart is that the killer boldly removes their mask, unveiling their identity—a departure from the series’ typical reveal at the end of a Scream movie.
6. Jason Carvey
Jason, the individual behind Laura’s gruesome murder, happens to be one of her students named Jason, portrayed by Tony Revolori. He harbored a deep grudge against her for giving him a C- on one of his essays. After the chilling act, he hastily stashes away his Ghostface disguise and makes a hasty retreat from the crime scene. While on his way back to his apartment, he receives a phone call from his roommate and partner in crime, Greg. During their conversation, they discuss the exhilaration of taking a life and reveal their sinister plan to eliminate the Carpenter sisters, as well as complete the work started by the previous killer, Richie Kirsch, in his movie project.
Upon arriving at his apartment, Jason begins to sense that something is amiss with the caller claiming to be Greg. Compelled to engage in a sinister game orchestrated by this mysterious voice, Jason is met with a horrifying sight: Greg’s lifeless body inside their refrigerator. Before he can react, another Ghostface assailant appears from the shadows and proceeds to inflict a series of brutal stabbings to Jason’s abdomen, exposing a glimpse of his intestines. Bleeding out on the floor, Jason desperately queries his assailant about the fate of the movie project, to which Ghostface chillingly retorts,
5. Dr. Christopher Stone
Sam’s therapist, Dr. Stone, portrayed by Henry Czerny, had been counseling the troubled survivor for quite some time. Throughout their sessions, Sam had remained tight-lipped about her inner turmoil. However, in a shocking revelation, she opens up about the traumatic events of the previous film. She divulges the chilling truth that she is the daughter of the infamous serial killer, Billy Loomis, played by Skeet Ulrich, and unsettlingly confesses to deriving satisfaction from ending Richie’s life. Dr. Stone, visibly disturbed by this revelation, promptly terminates their therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Stone’s fate takes a dark turn when Sam strategically uses him as an alibi for the murder of Jason. Ghostface, in pursuit of vengeance, pays an unexpected visit to the doctor’s residence. As the menacing figure looms at his doorstep, Dr. Stone approaches cautiously, only to be forcefully grabbed through the glass. In a horrifying sequence, a knife is ruthlessly thrust through his face, penetrating his nasal cavity. This swift yet gruesome demise serves as a stark reminder that this incarnation of Ghostface harbors no qualms about aiming higher for lethal precision.
4. The Bodega Massacre
Sam and Tara find themselves at the police station for questioning, linked to Jason’s death by Sam’s ID. As they make their way there, Sam receives a chilling call from Ghostface. Determined to expose the killer, Sam’s plan works as Ghostface suddenly appears, sending the two women running through the streets and into a nearby store.
Desperate for help, Sam pleads with the store’s staff and customers as Ghostface barges in, attacking unsuspecting patrons. Chaos ensues as the man behind the counter fights back with a shotgun, but he ultimately falls victim to Ghostface’s deadly skills. This intense moment, prominently featured in the movie trailer, proves to be the climactic scene as the sisters desperately hide from an empowered and heavily armed Ghostface.
Experience the heart-pounding suspense as Sam and Tara face their deadliest encounter yet, with the killer armed to the teeth.
3. Ethan Landry
Chad’s (Mason Gooding) roommate and newfound friend, Ethan (Jack Champion), is a bit of a nerd who quickly finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of chaos when the gruesome killings begin. Despite being humorously singled out as a prime suspect by Chad’s movie-loving sister, Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown), Ethan often comically struggles to prove his innocence.
As the story unfolds, it turns out that Mindy’s suspicions were spot on. Ethan is shockingly revealed to be Quinn’s brother and one of the Ghostfaces. In a climactic showdown during the finale, he attempts to take down the Carpenter sisters but meets a brutal demise as Sam repeatedly stabs him. Tara, not one to be left out, thrusts a knife into his mouth and gives it a twist. However, Ethan’s persistence is uncanny as he refuses to stay dead. He charges at the Carpenters one last time, only to meet his ultimate end when Kirby (Hayden Panettiere), a survivor from Scream 4, hurls a TV at his head, finally putting an end to Ethan’s reign of terror.
2. Detective Wayne Bailey
Bailey (Dermot Mulroney), Quinn’s father and the dedicated detective on the case to unmask Ghostface, initially appears as a valuable ally to the group in their quest to uncover the killer’s identity. However, when Quinn’s life is tragically cut short—or so it seems—Bailey’s demeanor takes a dark turn as he becomes consumed by a thirst for vengeance. Little do they know that Bailey is not who he appears to be; he’s actually the mastermind behind the entire killing spree.
In a shocking twist, Bailey reveals his true identity as the father of Richie and unveils the sinister plot concocted by his surviving children, Quinn and Ethan. Their scheme to frame Sam for Richie’s murder quickly unravels as Sam taps into her own lineage of killers, turning the tables on the Ghostface family. The brutal confrontation ends with Sam delivering a relentless onslaught of stabbings to Bailey, totaling close to 36 times, before ultimately dispatching him with a knife to the eye. It’s a gruesome but fitting conclusion for the latest formidable antagonist in the franchise.
1. Anika Kayoko
Anika (Devyn Nekoda), Mindy’s girlfriend, seamlessly integrated herself into the core friendship circle. Demonstrating qualities of kindness and compassion, Anika swiftly intervened when Tara, inebriated and at risk of being led away by someone with ill intentions, needed help. Anika’s inherent goodness shone brightly as she courageously put her own life on the line to protect her partner. It’s Anika’s admirable character that makes her demise in Scream VI simultaneously the most heart-wrenching and impactful.
During a harrowing break-in by Ghostface at their apartment, the assailant brutally thrusts a knife into Anika’s abdomen and commences a gruesome upward motion. Anika narrowly escapes the horror of disembowelment but sustains a severe wound. She, along with Sam and Mindy, manages to escape into the bedroom. There, their neighbor Danny (Josh Segarra) has thoughtfully positioned a ladder to facilitate their safe passage into his apartment. Anika, the last to descend, clings tenaciously to the ladder as Ghostface violently shakes it. However, she loses her grip, plunging into the alley below, where her head tragically collides with a dumpster, causing a devastating injury to her skull.