Scream 2

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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) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  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. 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. This disappointing sequel to last year's horror sleeper gets trapped in the clichés it's trying to send up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Dec 19, 2015
    10
    This is how you make a sequel! I admit the first one is the best (of course) but this one is a great movie as well. Wes Craven did a fantasticThis is how you make a sequel! I admit the first one is the best (of course) but this one is a great movie as well. Wes Craven did a fantastic work (as usual). They broke the movie sequel curse which is a hard work to do. The acting is great also the actors. Im happy that the four main characters of the film are still alive in this part. The lines are sometimes funny considering the fact that scream has always been a horror/comedy-ish kind of movie. It scared me too. The amount of suspense and thriller is just enough, its not gory like other **** movies. Theres nothing more scarier than a mother's revenge! Loved it. Expand
  2. May 10, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Scream 2 agreeably, is more funnier and scarier than the first, but is as violent since it did garner an NC-17 like the first film. Scream 2 features more comedic content than the first film and more casting. So smart, the first scene features Omar Epps and Jada Pinkett Smith both getting slayed by ghost face was very unexpected and scary. Also, the film takes place on a college campus, which is a big step for the film (which also explains a more expansive budget than the first). Glad that Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) survives in the film. I really appreciate the casting of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Jerry O'Connell, and Timothy Olyphant whom have all performed very greatly in the film. Expand
  3. 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
  4. 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 withEven 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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  5. Apr 6, 2016
    7
    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 beScream 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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  6. 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 coolA 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. 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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