Scream 2

Scream 2 ★★★★

Nobody wants to pay $7.50 to see some Sandra Bullock shit.

Thanks to a fantastic Jada Pinkett-Smith and an inspired premise this sequel rivals the iconic opening of the original. The dialogue between Pinkett-Smith and Epps is on fire. Instead of an expensive house we open in a movie theater playing Stab based on the events from the original. Heather Graham stands in for Drew Barrymore. I won’t spoil what occurs but it’s one of the most gripping and meta sequences of the series. Jada Pinkett-Smith’s expression during a particular moment is so haunting and sent chills down my spine.

Scream 2 has the best cast of the series. Beside the aforementioned and the return of the survivors of the original we have Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timothy Olyphant and Laurie freakin Metcalf! There’s also a number of great set pieces including one in the back of a police car. It’s crazy how much the quality or writing and filmmaking suffers in comparison once we get to Scream 3.

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