Scream 2

Director Wes Craven
Written by Kevin Williamson

David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Jamie Kennedy, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Laurie Metcalf, Elise Neal, Jerry O’Connell, Timothy Olyphant, Liev Schreiber, Jada Pinkett-Smith (as Jada Pinkett), Omar Epps, David Warner, Duane Martin, Rebecca Gayheart, Portia DeRossi, Heather Graham, Tori Spelling, Luke Wilson.

Two years after the events of the first film, a movie called Stab, has been made of what transpired, based on the book by written by Gail Weathers (Cox). Sidney (Campbell) is now in college with Randy (Kennedy) when a new killer starts attacking people around her. Starting with the first kill at the premier of the movie ‘Stab’, the body count begins to rise, and with new friends, a new boyfriend, Sidney finds herself in a similar predicament of who to trust.

Very well done sequel, almost as good as the first, with a very good guessing game of ‘who the killer is’ with new characters. Williamson has created characters who are very likeable, such as Neal, O’Connell and Olyphant. Returning characters such as Cox, Arquette, Kennedy and Schreiber are equally great and are added to the potential list of likely killer or victim.

Once again, very meta in the execution, as the characters are almost aware that they are living the events of a horror film. There are several humorous scenes that characters discuss sequels and trying to work out who the killers are; which are likely conversations that audience members would also be having.

Some flaws are that the pacing is off a bit, and there are several scenes that probably weren’t really needed. Sidney’s dramatic play is one example, but if we didn’t have that we wouldn’t have the scene with the late great David Warner.

Eagle eared viewers might notice that Marco Beltrami is credited for the music, but there is clear use of Hans Zimmer’s score from Broken Arrow.

Followed by Scream 3.

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