Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Even more meta-ness, but way less charm!
"Oh come on Randy, with all due respect, the killer obviously patterned himself after two serial killers who were immortalized on film ... So, you're suggesting that someone is trying to make a real-life sequel? ... Stab 2? Who would wanna do that? Sequels suck! Oh please! By definition alone, sequels are inferior films!"
As a teen, I was so excited to see Scream 2 in the theater after loving the first one, but even back then I thought this one was pretty meh.
(Quick Hits) ... Spoilers:
- The opening scene is absolutely ridiculous with a couple getting killed during the sneak peak of a movie based off the events of the first film, in a theater full of lunatics wearing the Mr. Ghost Face costume. They should of just gone full meta, and named the movie within the movie 'Scream' instead of using a dumb name like 'Stab'
- Following the opening discussion about sequels and introducing the argument that violence in entertainment can lead to real-life violence, the story just feels like it is going through the motions
- The over the top way the eventually revealed killers act in public instantly reminded me who they were going to be. And who they are is pretty underwhelming. I suppose it is kind of clever that they picked the mother of the last killer, based on the Mrs. Voorhees part from the first movie
- It was fun to see Sarah Michelle Gellar as one of the victims, but in general the scenes with the killer chasing people were way less thrilling this time
"There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to create a successful sequel. Number one: the body count is always bigger. Number two: the death scenes are always much more elaborate - more blood, more gore - *carnage candy*. And number three: never, ever, under any circumstances, assume the killer is dead." .... ya right!
- Seeing Gale Weathers and Dewey back together was cute, but what was up with that cheesy guitar melody that played when they were together?
- Then the only other somewhat interesting character played by Jamie Kennedy gets killed off early on
- The rest of the characters are mostly forgettable including the supposed lead played by Neve Campbell. But I did like the scene where she was freaking out on stage with all those pople in greek theater masks
- It was fun to see the inserted boyfriend this time around played by Jerry O'Connell, singing in the cafeteria 'Top Gun' style
- Then Liev Schreiber's character Cotton Weary gets some redemption by showing up at the end to save the day ... while making sure the damn killers stayed dead
The charm of these Scream movies has really faded for me, and IMO they now likely work best for younger horror fans and dedicated slasher genre fanatics.
Thanks for reading.
Happy movie watching ... SKOL!