Scream 2

Scream 2 ★★★½

Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 2.0 Challenge
Scream Double Bill #2
Scream 2 (1997)

They always say, "sequels aren't as good as the originals", and the same is true for Scream 2. However, for one that was only released a year after, it's still a pretty solid one. With Craven and Williamson returning to direct and write, they make sure that it retains enough of the charm and spirit it's predecessor, while trying to do some interesting things of its own.

After the horror she experienced in Woodsboro, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is now studying at a university as a drama student with her new boyfriend Derek. Unfortunately, a recently released film named "Stab" (based on the Woodsboro murders) has recently released which is seemingly inspiring a series a copycat murders around the campus, forcing Sid to relive the same horror all over again. Meanwhile, reporter Gail Weathers is back on the scene, teaming up with officer Dewey Riley in order to try and catch the wannabe Ghostface' as the bodycount rises.

The "whodunit" premise feels just as interesting, in which constant clues are left behind as to who or who may not be the killer, while the ensemble cast from Campbell to David Arquette to Courtney Cox are just as dynamic (though Timothy Olyphant really steals the show as Mickey). While the meta-narrative isn't quite as fresh this time around, I did find the use of a film-within-a-film Stab pretty amusing, in which scenes from the original are refilmed but with even worse acting and dialogue.

And just how a sequel should be (as Randy explicitly mentions in the film itself), Craven (along with Williamson) attempts to ramp up the tension, gore and bodycount in this one. It's not overly bloody compared to the first, though a few death scenes do stand out, like a nasty ear-stabbing through a bathroom stall and a metal pole impaling. Again however, since the tone is darkly-humorous and satirical throughout, this lessens their impact somewhat.

Is it essentially a rehash? Pretty much, but if you enjoyed the original, you'll most likely enjoy this one as well. I guess the main problem is that it feels like it's trying to recreate the success of its predecessor too much. Even if it doesn't fully succeed on that front, it's still a worthwhile and entertaining slasher spoof that deserves a look.


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