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  • Summary: Away at college, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) thought she'd finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her ... until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel! Now, as history eerily repeats itself, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Cox), deputy DeweyAway at college, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) thought she'd finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her ... until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel! Now, as history eerily repeats itself, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Cox), deputy Dewey (Arquette), and other SCREAM survivors find themselves trapped in a terrifyingly clever plotline where no one is safe -- or beyond suspicion! (Dimension) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. This funny, gory stab-athon is as sophisticated about the mechanics of Part 2s as the original was savvy about horror flicks.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    Visceral, witty and appropriately redundant, the sequel has a winning commercial recipe that's certain to cook up excellent returns in all areas.
  3. 75
    Paradoxically, there's a lot less gore. There is blood, of course, but nothing excessive by slasher-movie standards, and there are no depictions of spilled entrails. Craven has remembered that scares are more important that graphic displays of human insides and bodily fluids.
  4. It's not as good as the original - which was fresher, funnier and scarier - but if it were, then by the criteria of the film's resident movie scholar, it wouldn't be a genuine sequel.
  5. 60
    The precredits sequence is exciting--it's the only part of the movie that even begins to use the idea of the vulnerability of a horror-movie audience reflexively. The rest of the story is a straightforward narrative that's threatening only to the ingenues in the cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Sarah Wade Hutman
    60
    For all its parodic elements, this clever 'whodunit' leaves us squirming and wincing at each slash of the killer. Prepare for a surprise and beware the person enjoying the film right next to you.
  7. 40
    This disappointing sequel to last year's horror sleeper gets trapped in the clichés it's trying to send up.

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  1. Nov 1, 2012
    10
    In my opinion, "Scream 2" is even better than the first. It's funnier, scarier, and a lot more confident. Featuring even more memorableIn my opinion, "Scream 2" is even better than the first. It's funnier, scarier, and a lot more confident. Featuring even more memorable death scenes and dialogue that's worth talking about, every scene is delicious. The twist ending is a great homage to horror films in general, and the thrills are non-stop. Plus one for the fact that Sarah Michelle Gellar's in it. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2010
    10
    It has been a year since the events at Woodsboro. A year since a psychotic killer went on a rampage sending a wave of fear and paranoiaIt has been a year since the events at Woodsboro. A year since a psychotic killer went on a rampage sending a wave of fear and paranoia through a once peaceful town. The hero Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has survived her ordeal but left emotionally scarred and despondent she is now attending Windsor College in Ohio with one of the survivors of the Woodsboro murders, Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) the ultimate horror movie guide who narrowly escaped with his life after his previous encounter with Ghostface. Sidney and Randy are just trying to get on with there lives and put the past behind them trying to forget the painful memories of those that they lost a year ago. But the past never stays dead and nor does a killer as it is seems someone has taken up the mantle of the Ghostface killer once again and is seeking revenge on the survivors of the Woodsboro killings. Could it be the killer come back to life? Alternatively, is it someone else who has once again taken there love of scary movies one-step too far? "Scream 2" starts off with slam bang opening a young African American couple(Omar Epps and Jada Pinkett Smith) are brutally murdered at the premiere of the new slasher flick "STAB" and it seems that someone has taken up the mantle of Ghostface once again. This slam bang, home run sequel from Director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson is in a rare group, it is a sequel that is more intelligent, far more brutal, and hilarious the groundbreaking original. â Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2011
    9
    Acting: The acting is much like it is in the first one. it isn't Oscar winning but the main actors, and even the supporting characters, do aActing: The acting is much like it is in the first one. it isn't Oscar winning but the main actors, and even the supporting characters, do a great job and that helps keep the movie more interesting and fun to watch. The actors really made the characters more likable. I like the characters of this film (Ghostface is my favorite. To me, he is a whole different character than the character under the mask and I like that a lot).

    Plot: The plot is more or less the same as the first one. Killer stalking people and ripping them apart. Standard stuff. the only real differences are the setting and the fact that the survivors are dealing with the events of the first one.

    Screenplay: not perfect. It was weak in some spots, but there was some good stuff. Like the rules of this one. I applaud the genius who thought of the idea to have the rules of slasher films for this film.

    Likeableness: This film, like the first one, is incredibly likable. you just have to love it when you are watching it. There are many reasons for that. One of them is that the killer is human. he trips, he falls, he gets the crap beaten out of him. Long story short, he earns his kills. just like in the first one. a superhuman killer is boring. It is an extremely fun film to watch. good characters, great killer, it's just a blast.

    Final Score: 8.85/10.0 (N)


    TRIVIA TIME: 1. Not only was the cast not informed who the killer was until the last Day of shooting, they also didn't receive the last 10 pages of the script until it was time to film them. The last 10 pages were also printed on grey paper, therefore making them unable to be illicitly Xeroxed. All cast members had to sign contracts that they would not discuss the movie's outcome or the killer's identity with the media.

    2. Though in most films, phone voices are recorded later, director Wes Craven actually had the voice of the killer on set, to heighten the sense of fear for the actors. According to Roger Jackson, who plays the voice, he was kept on set but always out of sight from the actors, so they couldn't picture a face with the voice. He said while watching the monitors, he could see between takes that Heather Graham looked a little scared, whereas Sarah Michelle Gellar would pick up the phone and carry on a conversation with him.

    3. The tagline for "Stab" (the movie within the movie) is, "This is Gonna Hurt".

    4. The rules for a horror movie sequel - as laid out by Randy in the film - are (1) the body count is always bigger and (2) the death scenes are always much more elaborate with more blood and gore. The third rule to surviving a sequel is cut from the movie, but is shown in the trailer. ""And #3. Never, ever under any circumstance assume that the killer is dead."

    5. Any actor auditioning for the part of Derek had to perform the scene in the cafeteria where he sings "I Think I Love You" without accompaniment.
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  4. Oct 28, 2014
    8
    Scream 2 is an excellent sequel. Whilst it doesn't quite hit the same high as it's predecessor, it does come pretty close. Two aspects thisScream 2 is an excellent sequel. Whilst it doesn't quite hit the same high as it's predecessor, it does come pretty close. Two aspects this sequel scores over the original are scarier action sequences (car crash / soundbooth) and lovable character development. It's just a shame that the film's eventual antagonists aren't as interesting or well defined as the original duo. But Scream 2 is still a very worthwhile sequel. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2012
    7
    More of the same.
  6. Mar 12, 2014
    6
    The Sequel to the top notch "Scream" film has familiar elements from the first, that pull together to make yet another great horror movie. ButThe Sequel to the top notch "Scream" film has familiar elements from the first, that pull together to make yet another great horror movie. But like most horror sequels... It's just not as good as the first. Expand
  7. Dec 17, 2011
    4
    is another film in the Scream series of fear nothing, except that unlike the first film that is not as good as the first, the two villains ofis another film in the Scream series of fear nothing, except that unlike the first film that is not as good as the first, the two villains of the film are terrible actors, but the other actors are good especially who plays Gale Expand

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