It seems like just a year ago that the Scream franchise was revived with a fifth installment, and just like the 1996 movie that started it all, the flick was simply titled Scream. Oh wait, it basically was a year ago! Well, it didn’t take long to deliver another one of these horror movies, as the surprisingly-long Scream VI is set to open wide next week. Some individuals, however, have been able to see it early, and the first reactions to Ghostface’s rampage across New York City are pouring in on social media.

Starting off, CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell shared that Scream VI isn’t lacking for bloody moments, and that combined with the narrative tension and compelling protagonists make this a worthy addition to the Scream canon.

Scream 6's early reactions reveal that the slasher sequel is as intense as ever. The sixth overall film in the franchise that began with Scream in 1996 and the direct sequel to the fifth film Scream 2022, Scream 6 follows the core group of surviving characters from the previous film to New York City, where a new Ghostface killer descends upon the town. The film was helmed by returning directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who were handed the directorial reins for the 2022 sequel after the death of franchise stalwart Wes Craven in 2015.

Today, critics and various pop culture figures around the Internet have been allowed to share their first spoiler-free reactions to the film one week ahead of the official premiere of Scream 6. They seem unanimous in their enthusiastic praise for the film, saying that it doubles down on the gore and the scares. Many of them have also praised the core cast of returning characters in Scream 2022, saying they really come into their own here. Read select reactions below:

The Scream franchise is rather unique in the slasher world for featuring a cadre of returning survivors that come back through the years. For the first five films, the backbone of the franchise was formed by consummate final girl Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), hardnosed reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and hapless deputy - eventually turned sheriff - Dewey Riley (David Arquette). However Scream 2022 killed off Dewey's character and Campbell isn't returning for Scream 6 due to a contract dispute, so only Gale Weathers and Scream 4's Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere) are on hand to represent legacy characters in Scream 6.