Scream 2

Year: 1997

Director: Wes Craven

Written by: Kevin Williamson

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Knife

Based upon: Original

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Other movies in this series:
Scream 3

Rish Outfield's reviews
This was a truly great sequel. While not as fresh and original as the its predecessor, Scream 2 offers us well-developed characters who we feel we know. Sidney, Randy, Dewey, Gale--the survivors from the first film--have all changed and grown, and are fun to watch. Very few of the new characters are as compelling, but hey, that's one of the best things about sequels: the history we have with the characters and situations. Cooly, had you not seen Scream, you may find yourself entirely lost in Scream 2. It takes bravery to do something like that, and it paid off. This film is scarier than the original, and probably funnier. The revelation at the end doesn't pack the same punch as did the first one, but Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven are to be congratulated for a worthy follow-up to what's-soon-to-be a classic. To those who say it doesn't measure up to the original, it's like Leonardo DaVinci's girlfriend asking him "NOW what are you going to give me?"
Best Scare: Sidney and Hallie slipping out the window of the police car.
I'd Recommend It To: Everyone who has seen the first film, even if they didn't like it.

The tyranist's thoughts
"Sequels are by definition inferior." Unfortunately, I agree with that statement in this case as well as many others. But it is worse by such a small degree that it almost isn't worth considering. I really loved this one as much as the first and only found it lacking in small places (like the fact of Cotton Weary). Williamson did an outstanding job of avoiding what seems to plague most horror sequel writers. He spent the time to make us care.

Total Skulls: 22

Sequel skull
Sequel setup skull
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie skullskull Stab, Nosferatu
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked skull
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity skull
Characters forget about threat skull
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene skull
Shower/bath scene skull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
x years before/later
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skullskull
Killer wears a mask skullskull
Killer is in closet skull
Killer is in car with victim skull
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell?