Scream VI’s Runtime Has Seemingly Been Revealed, And It’s Surprisingly Long

Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera in a bodega during Scream VI
(Image credit: Paramount)

It's a good time to be a horror fan. The genre has been experiencing a renaissance for years now, proving to be one of the most profitable corners of the film world. Some of the best horror movies also returned to theaters thanks to new sequels like Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's 2022 Scream movie. That duo is once again behind the camera for Scream VI, which looks like it's going to be swinging hard with fresh ideas. The sixth movie's runtime was seemingly revealed, and it's surprisingly long. 

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett had some big shoes to fill with 2022's Scream, as it was the fist movie produced since the death of Wes Craven. But the Ready or Not filmmakers delivered with a new story that honored the franchise's legacy, while also offering commentary on the current state of the horror genre. Scream VI is one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming horror movies, and thanks to a listing on Regal Movies, we seemingly know the slasher's runtime. And it's reportedly clocking in at a whopping 123 minutes. This makes it the longest movie in the beloved horror franchise, beating out Scream 2 which was 120 minutes long. 

Courteney Cox with a gun in Scream VI

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett

Writer: James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick

Cast: Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Courteney Cox, Hayden Panettiere, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Dermot Mulroney.

Release Date/Platform: March 10th in theaters.

The surprisingly long runtime of Scream VI may be an example of the ways that the folks at Radio Silence are making bold changes for their sophomore effort in the franchise. While the 2022 movie felt like a classic take on Scream, that has given Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett the confidence to make bolder choices for the next movie. And that includes taking the action from Woodsboro to New York City. It truly sounds like Scream VI is going to be a wild ride

The Scream franchise is known for its tight security, so not much is known about the contents of the sixth movie. The movie's trailer was careful not too reveal too much, while also starting conversations online about the killers and the fate of OG hero Gale Weathers. As a reminder, you can check out the full trailer below:

This limited footage shows just how much the new setting of New York City will have on the action of Scream VI. The cast has been teasing how terrifying the city makes the action, and the subway definitely shows how effective the Big Apple can be in building tension. Add in the fact that Ghostface is seemingly willing to attack the Survivors in crowded places like a Bodega, it seems like nowhere is safe for the returning characters. That includes Hayden Panettiere's Kirby Reed, who is returning to the franchise for the first time since Scream 4

Scream VI will hit theaters on March 10th. In the meantime, check out the 2023 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience. 

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.