Scream 2

Scream 2 ★★★½

“Scream 2” comments a lot on horror movie sequels and their cliches, yet it´s not above some common sequel flaws itself. Some aspects feel repetitive and others, like the meta-commentary, are dialed up compared to the first film. The movie can of course always hide behind the excuse that each apparent flaw is actually part of the concept of satirizing sequels, but I´m not sure that works for me. The balance between comedy, commentary, and suspense is a bit off, in my opinion. That being said, there are still several well-executed sequences like the cinema opening, the crashed police car, or the soundproof booth scene, but nothing really matches the intensity of the opening scene and the climax of the first film. And it drags at some parts. The mystery aspect is once again mostly well-constructed with many red herrings and possible suspects, but the reveal of the culprits just doesn´t have the same impact as in the original, since the killers a barely developed. Their actors chew up the scenery, though. This is entertaining, but also makes the climax quite silly. In any case, it´s nice to see Sidney, Gale, and Dewey again and witness their development. The strong focus on continuity is one of my favorite aspects of the franchise, since it makes you more emotionally invested. Despite some flaws, the film still has the distinct Scream vibe that sets it apart from other slashers.

Shoutout to Sarah Michelle Gellar (aka Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) watching “Nosferatu” before getting killed.

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