Scream VI

NZ release: 09 March 2023

Graphic violence and content may disturb Rated on: 22 February 2023

Scream VI

What’s it about?

Sisters Sam (Melissa Barrera) and Tara (Jenna Ortega), and their friends Chad and Mindy, have relocated to New York after surviving the most recent series of Ghostface attacks in Woodsboro. Shortly after their arrival a new killer donning the distinctive Ghostface mask begins a streak of murders.

The facts

  • Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not, Scream)
  • Runtime: 122 minutes
  • English language
  • This is the sixth instalment in the Scream franchise and the first that doesn’t have the central character Sidney Prescott

Why did it get this rating?

Horror

A staple in the Scream films, the killer makes threatening phone calls with a chilling voice effect, warning victims of their fate. Characters are also threatened by a killer stalking them in the iconic black robe and Ghostface mask.

These moments are heightened by jump scares and suspenseful music.

Cruelty

The killer taunts, hunts down and murders their victims. The scenes focus on the fear and dread felt by the victims, which makes the cruelty more intense.

Graphic violence

There are many different murders committed by the Ghostface killer, who uses a knife to stab and slash at their victims. Fighting also includes close-range shootings and physical altercations, including characters desperately choking, punching, kicking or throwing each other. There are many brief close-ups of the bloody injuries.

Offensive language

There is regular use of offensive language, such as “motherf***er”, “f**k”, “bit*h”, “wh*re”, “sl*t”, “assh*le”, “d*ck” and “ch*de”. This occurs when characters are scared or frantic.

Members of our Youth Advisory Panel attended our classification screening. They identified the violence as the strongest aspect of the film, but they felt that most people who are familiar with the Scream franchise will find the killings predictable and won’t be shocked by the violence. They agreed that it was best suited to older teens and adults.

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