Xplodera’s review published on Letterboxd:
1996s Scream is one of my all-time favorite films, for how it manages to create such a perfect blend of a self-aware spoof of the slasher genre whilst still being a loving part of said genre. Following the film up is therefore a herculean task, both in terms of further developing the meta-layers while still continuing the characters’ journey. Scream 2 is a great example of character-development; the returning gang is exactly the people we’ve come to know, but all carry obvious scars from the first film and have all had some natural change due to it. Furthermore, the film once again has a skilful balance of tone with some genuinnly thrilling chase- and murder-sequences while also carrying plenty of gleeful nods to the genre.
Yet, there’s still something missing, Scream 2 never quite… Pops. I find it quite hard to pinpoint and maybe it’s mostly just the fact that the gimmick isn’t new this other time around but I also don’t think the core plot is as strong. The murder-mystery is a genuine guessing-game and obviously helped by the fact that we know these characters so well, but Cotton Joe never feels very developed and in spite of the character-work the plot has too little new to truly nail it.
Still, as a sequel quick to point out the difficulty of following up another film, Scream 2 has enough new content together with a continuous core to never have anything to be ashamed of.