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All Six Scream Movies, Ranked

What's your favorite scary movie? (Or in this case, Scream movie)

Scream VI is officially out! I hope all of you guys are getting a chance to see it. With the release of a new Scream movie, it's time to rank them all. I love this franchise. Five out of the six movies are really solid, which is especially impressive for a slasher franchise. Scream VI continued the trend of really good Scream films, so find out where it ranks down below.

6. Scream 3

Scream 3 is not good. The cleverness that made the first two films good is not present here. They give Ghostface unexplained superpowers. The meta humor is exchanged for a film within a film type plot that does not work at all. I'd barely even call this a horror movie, because it isn't bloody or scary. The reveal of Roman Bridger as Ghostface makes me roll my eyes. It's still a Scream movie, so it's watchable, but it's so dull. It feels like a really generic slasher, which is what the Scream movies are supposed to make fun of, not become.

5. Scream 2

Scream 2 is an unnecessary film, but it's actually pretty decent. While the first film just made fun of horror movies in general, Scream 2 makes fun of sequels. Now, it can get very derivative of the first film. You can feel them searching for different things to do. Characters are painfully stupid. And it doesn't balance out the comedy with the horror-thrills that the original had. I still enjoy this movie, but it is nowhere even close to the first Scream.

4. Scream 4

I really, really dig Scream 4. I think it's a fun, brutal continuation of the franchise a decade after the original trilogy ended. Since the cultural references change with the times, Scream 4 updates the meta humor with the internet and new webcam technology. This also has one of the best Ghostfaces in the franchise. The twist/reveal was setup very well. I also think that the movie does a really good job of balancing comedy and outright horror, which makes it more fun. It isn't perfect, but Scream 4 is, in my opinion, the most underrated of the franchise.

3. Scream VI

Scream VI is able to do a bunch of things totally new to the franchise, which is impressive, because we're on the sixth installment. By setting the film in New York City, we get a higher-stakes, more mysterious, and scarier story. They find a new direction with the references that works as well as ever, but, like Scream 4, they often veer into outright horror and gore, which Scream 2 and Scream 3 were sometimes afraid to do. The new characters are good. The kills are great. And it shows us that the Scream franchise has no intentions of slowing down.

2. Scream (2022)

The re-quel Scream is a legacy sequel done right. It introduces a bunch of new, likable characters and gets back to basics. The opening scene is fantastic, and it's followed by what I think is the scariest Scream movie that also comments on this new era of horror films. The directors of this film filled Wes Craven's shoes nicely, giving the Scream franchise a shot in the arm that a lot of horror franchises have been getting recently.

1. Scream (1996)

There is nothing like the original Scream. Meta humor wasn't a thing before this movie, and Wes Craven just knew how to do it right. As one of the horror pioneers himself, Craven made fun of everything stupid about the genre while also making a love letter to it. Beyond all of the meta cleverness, Scream is actually a good horror film. The opening scene is terrifying and intense, and those elements are still present throughout the film even though it is very funny. It's a fantastic horror film and just a great movie, so it comes in at number one.


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