Scream 2

Scream 2 ★★★★½

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Extrapolates on the original by removing the barriers of its horror and comedy. There is no longer any moment akin to Drew Barrymore's gruesome, heartrending demise in the first Scream - hilarity and violence exist in the same space, as seen in the opening scene of a black woman being murdered in the presence of countless white masks at a 'Stab' movie premiere, their bafoonery and ignorance blinding them to the evils of their reality until it's too late. Craven even matches the lightning of the fake film with the 'Stab-o-vision' of the William Castle-esque pageantry of the auditorium staging, connecting the two planes into equal forces, reflecting and daring each other to rise towards a singular, hysterical moment of depravity and lunacy. Craven is cruel about everything in Scream 2, and much of it feels rooted in the success and influence of the initial installment. Craven got to have his cake and eat it too. And he knew that was wrong. This is the result.

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