Horror Franchise – Scream 2 (1997) Revisited

Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Kevin Williamson (Screenplay)

Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Jerry O’Connell, Jada Pinkett, Liev Schreiber, Elise Neal, Joshua Jackson, Timothy Olyphant

 

Plot: Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.


Tagline – Someone has taken their love of sequels one step too far

Runtime: 2 Hours

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Sequel

 

Story: Scream 2 starts a couple of years after the events in the first film, a motion picture called ‘Stab’ is just being released from the Gale Weathers (Cox) book about the events, at the premier two teenagers are murdered. We pick up with Sidney (Campbell) at college still dealing with prank phone calls.

We get to see old faces in Randy (Kennedy) Gale, Dewey (Arquette) along with new friends Cici (Gellar), Mickey (Olyphant), new boyfriend Derek (O’Connell) and roommate Hallie (Neal) who bring us a brand new selection of suspects and potential victims, add Cotton Weary (Schreiber) the man who did time for a crime he never committed to the picture we will be kept guessing through this one.

 

Thoughts on Scream 2

 

Characters – Sidney is back studying a college and over the events of the first film, she has moved on with a new boyfriend and new friends, that is until the ‘Stab’ movie is released. Sidney becomes the primary target of the killer and must use the experience with surviving a massacre before to make it out alive. Dewey still suffering the effects of his injuries in the first film, he is no longer a cop and with the events occurring he arrives back in Sidney’s life to try and help before the killer can get near her. Gale wrote the book on the murders, the one that the movie is based on, she is still trying to get a story, but does start to learn the errors in her way when she deals with other reporters. Cotton Weary does have a bigger part this time, as he is trying to piece his life back together after the wrongful accusations. Randy returns to give us the rules needed to make a sequel which an important part of the original. Of our new characters we get the new boyfriend in Derek who seems to be the best part of Sidney’s new life. Cici is the best friend at the college that is the more popular one at the college. This movie does have a larger cast than the first film which doesn’t always give the characters enough screen time.

PerformancesNeve Campbell is still good in her role, she does make us believe she is the everyday student that is being tormented by the killer. Courteney Cox and David Arquette continue their good work in the supporting roles, where this film struggles to get the best of the of the supporting cast is by introducing too many characters, with Sarah Michelle Gellar seemingly filling the Drew Barrymore type role, where we expect to see her more in the film.

StoryThe story picks up in a universe following the events of the first film where Hollywood makes movies on massacres, with this release we get to see the darker side of Hollywood taking advantage of real-life murders and how the innocent victims and survivor can be painted differently to cinematic purposes, well that seems to be the message I picked up on in this one. when it comes to the slasher side of things we get to watch the victims getting picked off by the killer, this does feel the same as before, while the references through this film focus on the idea of the sequels that Hollywood makes, and how they always story to improve on the last, though we do step away from the horror discussion this time.

Horror/MysteryThe horror side of the film comes from the ideas that people can take advantage of tragic stories for a bigger story, reflecting the events of the film, the mystery can keep us guessing to just who could be behind it this time around with plenty of potential suspects.

SettingsThis time the film is set in a college that show us just where Sidney is now in her life which is important as she has moved on, but the event will always be part of her life.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film once again show us how blood and gore can be achieved without going over the top.


Scene of the Movie –
The showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many supporting characters this time around.

Final ThoughtsThis is a sequel that is well worth the watch, it shows progression in the horror genre with a sequel that does make sense to how an everyday person would be moving on with their life after the events in the first one, while still having the tragedy on their shoulder.

 

Overall: Good fun sequel.

Rating

 

 

Scream 2 (1997)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Omar Epps, Heather Graham, Liev Schreiber, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timothy Olyphant, Jamie Kennedy, Jerry O’Connell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Luke Wilson, Tori Spelling, Elise Neal, Laurie Metcaf
 
Starting with the release of the movie ‘Stab’ starring Heather Graham as Casey from the original and Luke Wilson as Billy. Phil (Omar Epps) takes his girlfriend Maureen (Jada Pinkett Smith) to see the movie. Everyone is given a ghost face costume. while the movie is rolling a ghost face kills both Phil and Maureen make the publicity rise on the films opening night.

Sidney (Neve Campbell) now in college gets a prank phone call but quickly identifies the caller who hangs up once they are exposed. Sidney’s room mate Hallie (Elise Neal) keeps trying to encourage Sidney to join a sorority. When they find out about the murders Sidney goes to find Randy (Jamie Kennedy).

Randy is in a film class where they try to figure out if the movies created the ‘stab’ killer or not. In the class is Cici (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Mickey (Timothy Olyphant). In the class they have a big discussion about how sequels are not as good as originals keeping to the feel of the original not being to serious.

Sidney has a new boyfriend Derek (Jerry O’Connell). Having Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) turn up riding her fame from her book and movie. Gale meets a ambitious reporter Debbie Salt (Laurie Metcalf). Gale brings Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) to do an interview with Sidney about how she accused him and he turned out innocent. Completing the line up is Dewey (David Arquette) who comes to make sure Sidney is safe.

This time we are left with a slightly different list of suspects:

  • A reporter who keeps want to be the story
  • The Ambitious reporter wanting to make a name for herself
  • The Accused murderer of Sidney’s mother
  • The boyfriend proving she can pick the crazy ones
  • The Film student who loves sequels
  • The sorority who want to become the most popular

The Movie is a good follow up to the original. Having the idea of the release of the story in movie as background to the story of what is happening in these characters lives. Keeping its tongue in cheek style very nicely through out. Containing lots of twists and turns leading us to the big climax and revelation of who the killer is. The characters are all different and have very interesting potential motives. This is well worth a watch for slasher fans keeping the series worth watching and wanting more.

My rating is 76%