Dimension Films | Release Date: December 12, 1997
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heyitsmegrif4Dec 23, 2011
A lot weaker than the first because a lot of times the whole plot seems silly, but the movie still is quite scary, with its odd but cool beginning. I give this movie 63% of a good movie.
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grandpajoe6191Sep 24, 2011
Once more, "Scream 2" gives its summer horror flicks to the audience. But this time, it forgot the 'scary' parts and concentrated more on the 'gory' parts. In the end, "Scream 2" will scare you like 3 times on the screen. No more, no less.
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NathanG.Oct 17, 2005
Just plain sucks. In the first movie, the killers were who you most expected, therefore making them the least expected suspects to the viewers. It would just be too obvious, we all thought. Well, it was, and that's how Craven got away Just plain sucks. In the first movie, the killers were who you most expected, therefore making them the least expected suspects to the viewers. It would just be too obvious, we all thought. Well, it was, and that's how Craven got away with it. In this, the killers were the most minor characters who could even be considered characters. Lame. The coolest character in both the movies gets killed off, and not even in an elaborate kill. Come on! The first one was original and creative, and this is the same as the first- with no originality or creativity. Watch it if you loved Scream, but if you would give the first less than eight out of ten, or haven't even seen it, stay away from Scream 2. Expand
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ERG1008Dec 15, 2010
Two years after the hullabaloo from the first film, reporter's book made into film about events, killer returns copycat style.
Entertaining but slightly silly second film in the Scream trilogy with most of the cast returning. The humour is
Two years after the hullabaloo from the first film, reporter's book made into film about events, killer returns copycat style.
Entertaining but slightly silly second film in the Scream trilogy with most of the cast returning. The humour is still very self-mocking & funny but just didn't think it had the tension, a weaker storyline & is a lot more predictable than the first film.
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asylumspadezNov 20, 2011
Eh not as good as the previous film but its still solid. It follows the same formula and doesnt feature anything new to it to make it any where near as interesting as the previous film. Acting suffers a bit this time around as well. OverallEh not as good as the previous film but its still solid. It follows the same formula and doesnt feature anything new to it to make it any where near as interesting as the previous film. Acting suffers a bit this time around as well. Overall it was ok. Expand
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Potter17Sep 4, 2011
Certainly it is not one of the best horror films out there but "Scream 2" managed to be much more amusing than a lot of horror movies I've seen lately. Lots of cliches are still present but I liked the humour and acting. Overall, it is a nice film.
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rafael14Dec 17, 2011
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 of the film are terrible actors, but the other actors are good especially who plays Gale
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Shawshank97Sep 18, 2012
How the heck did Dewey keeps surviving. This sequel is definetly on the "bad sequels" list.
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FilmVirtueMar 12, 2014
The 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.
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SpangleOct 26, 2016
A step back from the original, Scream 2 is a solid sequel that maintains the same level of thrills and mystery of the original, but much of the experience feels entirely hollow. With Sidney (Neve Campbell) now at college, a copycat killer hasA step back from the original, Scream 2 is a solid sequel that maintains the same level of thrills and mystery of the original, but much of the experience feels entirely hollow. With Sidney (Neve Campbell) now at college, a copycat killer has decided to follow her and finish what the original ghostface had started. An expertly crafted analysis of horrible horror sequels, the influence of film in real world violence, and horror movies as a whole, Scream 2 is a good satire, even if it is not nearly as scary or funny as the original.

Back for their second rodeo, Sidney is joined by familiar faces Randy (Jamie Kennedy), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and Dewey (David Arquette). The band is back together, yet they do not seem to have much of the same energy or power as in the original. For example, the smaller role played here by Randy is unfortunate, as he was the source of a lot of the fun of the original. While everyone was scared speechless, Randy kept things going with horror movie references or playing whodunnit with the cops. There is a little bit of that here, but after a while, the film opts to ditch the whole mystery solving element that made the original work so well and instead just focus on scaring you.

On the scariness front, there are some solid moments. Director Wes Craven knows horror and he is not afraid to display this skill-set in Scream 2. A sequence in which Gale tries to escape Ghostface with Dewey is incredibly tense and terrifically shot. From beginning to end, this scene is laced with tension and really highlights just how scary the Scream franchise can be in its own right. However, as we reach the climax, though it is surprising who the killers are, they just feel like reaches. The twists just feel tacked on to try and make references to the original and, as a result, feel entirely like fan service. Ironically, a killer promises they are not like every other 90s killer only to then take 15 hours to finally try and kill their intended victim. Though Scream 2 is willing to call out conventions, I guess they decided to forget that one was a convention as well.

Additionally, the red herrings here are quite obvious and never quite work. Much of the cast is thrown under suspicion, but whenever somebody asks, "What if you're the killer?", you can feel the air escape from the movie a bit when you realize that there is no way they could be the killer. Instead of building mystery and suspense, the film immediately tries to assist the audience in jumping to conclusions about who the killers are and then tries to play on those red herrings at the end. Yet, the audience, hopefully, has realized they are not be believed which makes some of the end reveals completely unsurprising.

This said, Scream 2 most certainly entertains and though a step back from the original, a lot of the playful spirit of the film is there as Craven toys with and mocks horror cliches. The end results are some pretty comical moments that really land. This ferocious blend of horror and comedy does prove incredibly entertaining and this is what makes Scream 2 so incredibly watchable. Even when the mystery elements flounder and fail to deliver the same suspense as before, the film does have some surprises along the way that do land quite well.

Scream 2 is an entertaining film, but just feels like a hollow exercise of re-doing what made the original good. It retains the majority of the terror and the comedy, but the mystery of the original is gone as is the manic fun that made it such a good satire of the genre. Here, things are a bit gloomier and, as a result, not nearly as good.
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