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  1. Apr 22, 2015
    8
    Scream 2 isn't quite as clever as its predecessor, but it fills the gap with a cutting wit. Death -- even gruesome, bloody death -- can be funny if handled the right way (some will be offended by this statement, but you need look no further than Pulp Fiction for an example). And, while there's plenty of horror to go around in Scream 2, the latest '90s slasher flick incarnation, there areScream 2 isn't quite as clever as its predecessor, but it fills the gap with a cutting wit. Death -- even gruesome, bloody death -- can be funny if handled the right way (some will be offended by this statement, but you need look no further than Pulp Fiction for an example). And, while there's plenty of horror to go around in Scream 2, the latest '90s slasher flick incarnation, there are also a few laughs to be had. Scream 2 is a slice-and-dice movie for those who don't take their horror too seriously.

    As stipulated by one of the "rules of sequels" uttered by a movie-obsessed character in the film, the body count in Scream 2 is higher than that in the original. 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. A second strength of Scream 2 is that it features a gallery of legitimate characters rather than a group of cardboard cut-out stereotypes lined up for slaughter. After all, we've known some of these people for two movies -- it's almost impossible not to care about them at least a little.

    From the Stab scenes to lines like "Brothers don't last long in situations like this," Craven and Williamson are clearly having a lot of fun with Scream 2, and the movie is enjoyable, if a little overlong (the livelier first hour is better than the second). Their resolution to the obligatory "whodunit?" is less of a letdown than it could be, and knowingly offers a wink and nod at past unmasking scenes. ("Nice twist," quips the killer. "Didn't see it coming, didya?") One senses, however, that, by the end of this picture, the overall concept of a hip, self-referential slasher film has been played out. Supposedly, there's going to be a Scream 3, but, if the film makers don't come up with something radical, we could end up with a classic case of sequel overkill.
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  2. Mar 11, 2015
    8
    Even if when a horror film starts creating sequels, you know it will be more about the gore and the kills than the story. Thankfully with Scream 2- the story is good enough, the acting is linear, and the kills more scary.
    It's take is completely different from other sequels of it's genre, making the previous one world wide famous, and continuing the story in that manor.
    With this film,
    Even if when a horror film starts creating sequels, you know it will be more about the gore and the kills than the story. Thankfully with Scream 2- the story is good enough, the acting is linear, and the kills more scary.
    It's take is completely different from other sequels of it's genre, making the previous one world wide famous, and continuing the story in that manor.
    With this film, we are in for more tension and a good character development, where the killer of course became more smarter and learned from the past.
    The touch of Craven on this film did wonders and must be praised accordingly.
    Scream 2 is right up there with the good sequels of any genre.
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  3. Jan 19, 2015
    7
    Entertaining movie, with good jump scares. This is worth seeing, even though it isn't as good as the first. This movie has numerous awesome jump scares and an awesome scene at the end.
  4. Nov 3, 2014
    10
    another " Scream " movie directed by horror expert Wes Craven which is a new ride to put your self shoes in someone else's to survive that phone call from ghost face. buy a popcorn get a snack buy a soda You my friend are in for another ride ;) . Grade A
  5. 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 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 isScream 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
  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. But like most horror sequels... It's just not as good as the first.
  7. Jan 10, 2014
    8
    A very good sequel despite its message that 'sequels suck'. The increased blood and gore was controversial when released but has faired well over the years.
  8. Sep 16, 2013
    8
    Almost as good as the original, Scream 2 is a little more intelligent than the original and knows when the audience is least expecting a scare. But, I still found myself enjoying the original's twist and turns more than this one.
  9. Jun 20, 2013
    7
    It's good, but, it's characters are a little less memorable than the first, and, certain parts of the ending felt a little forced. Still definitely worth checking out, especially if you were a big fan of the first movie.
  10. Mar 3, 2013
    8
    In my opinion, it's almost better than the first one. The only problem was that it was slow at first. But when it got started, it was very entertaining and funny.
  11. 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 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.
  12. Sep 18, 2012
    5
    How the heck did Dewey keeps surviving. This sequel is definetly on the "bad sequels" list.
  13. Jul 4, 2012
    9
    Scream 2 is almost as good as the original. This time it expandes even more the theme of breaking all the clichés, and does it again in a clever way. Neve Campbell improves her performance, so does David Arquette and Courtney Cox which is impressive, re-doing a character even more awesome than it already is. The supporting cast is very good, but not as relevant and different asScream 2 is almost as good as the original. This time it expandes even more the theme of breaking all the clichés, and does it again in a clever way. Neve Campbell improves her performance, so does David Arquette and Courtney Cox which is impressive, re-doing a character even more awesome than it already is. The supporting cast is very good, but not as relevant and different as Scream 1's cast, but in the end, it doesn't matter, cause these supporting characters are adults in college, who have to be played in a mature way. Just like Scream 1, the killers idendities are elaborate, altough one of the killers ends up being someone you already suspect and the other the opposite, which works just fine. The meta humour surpasses the original, particulary because now we're discuting sequels, which are more expanded than an original film. In the end, it ends up being a pretty good slap fade in the face to sequels, thanks to another clever script and almost as good as the original Expand
  14. May 31, 2012
    10
    One Of The Best Sequals Of All Time!
    Just As Good As The 1st Scream Sarah Michelle Gellar Does A Great Job
  15. Mar 2, 2012
    10
    A fantastic sequel, Scream 2 have much great elements, the cast, and the moments of scare, one of my favorite parts is the death of Cici (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is fantastic, really the direction, the cast all is fantastic, Scream 2 is scare.
  16. Dec 23, 2011
    6
    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.
  17. 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 of the film are terrible actors, but the other actors are good especially who plays Gale
  18. Nov 20, 2011
    6
    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. Overall it was ok.
  19. 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 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 characterActing: 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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  20. Sep 24, 2011
    5
    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.
  21. Sep 5, 2011
    10
    Is it possible to catch lightning in a bottle twice??? Yes! Scream 2 is one of those very rare horror sequels that manage to be just as impressive as the first. I love the suspense in this film. The first movie was true horror, the sequel is true suspense. I love these movies
  22. Sep 4, 2011
    6
    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.
  23. Apr 7, 2011
    9
    I Enjoyed This Scream 2 More Than The 1st Scream... I Love The Cast In This.. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Prinze) And Jade Pinkett Did Great... Some Parts Really Did Scare Me... This Is 10 Times Better Than The 1st Scream!
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  24. Dec 15, 2010
    6
    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.
  25. Dec 4, 2010
    8
    This fantastic sequel keeps to the original film's sense of humor, scariness, and psychological excitement which is a rare aspect in horror sequels. This film does not prolong the scariness to the degree that the original did, but it has most certainly remained as funny and intriguing as ever.
  26. 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 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 (JamieIt 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
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 67
    It's one of the better sequels to come out in years, and although it doesn't pack the emotional wallop of the first film, it's still head and shoulders (and punctured eyeballs) above most of what's out there.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    I'm not sure that I really want to see "Scream 3,'" but Craven, Williamson, and the screamers certainly bring this one off by not only slapping all their cards on the table, but insisting we admire the way they play them.
  3. 75
    Only a few sequels have been as good as the originals; the characters especially like "Aliens'' and "The Godfather, Part II.'' As for Scream 2, it's ... well, it's about as good as the original.