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JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
My watch of the Scream franchise continues with 97's Scream 2. From this point on, I haven't seen anything of the films so am really excited to see how the sequels build on the metaness of the franchise.
Scream 2 is set two years after the events of the first film and follows Sidney (Neve Campbell), now at college, as a new series of murders start to happen around her.
Although Scream 2 does a good job at taking apart horror film sequels, it doesn't have the same impact as the first film. The story is good with lots of great humour but was slow and predictable. Its central whodunnit conflict is very obvious within the first couple of minutes of a character introduction that it lessens the big reveal. The reintroduction of Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) was an interesting plot point that was explored well.
Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox once again deliver fantastic performances as Sidney, Dewey and Gale. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Elise Neal, Jerry O'Connell, Timothy Olyphant, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liev Schreiber, Omar Epps and Lewis Arquette provide very good support.
Although it doesn't feel as tense as the first film, Scream 2 does have some excellently shot sequences that are just clever visual storytelling. Two standout sequences include the opening cinema scene and Ghostface killing Randy (Jamie Kennedy).
Final thought: A decent but slow and predictable sequel.