Following the success of the first film, the expectations for both sequels were set higher than normal. Ultimately, they both fail for similar reasons. Scream 2 is a retread on the original plot in many ways, with a contrived plot formulated in an attempt to bring back as many of the original characters as possible. It follows the same basic structure of the first film, while trying to break even more rules in the horror code of conduct, but when being unconventional becomes conventional, breaking all the rules just feels like a gimmick. Sidney and the crew are faced with what they believe to be a copy cat killer on their college campus, but who will be the surprise killer in a film filled with cameos?? Ugh. The film does start off with a brilliant opening scene that offers the same sharp humor used previously to comment on the horror genre, but from there the plot is left with the standard slasher cat and mouse and underwhelming kills. I commend fans of the series, since it takes a lot of justification and overlooking to like the followups, but please, tell me Im wrong!
Now this is the point where my ratings system will fall under fire, but despite my disdain for the film, it is shot ok, the acting is average, there is a high body count, and all in all it is still better than the films I would typically rate a 6/10. Sure, I could have put all that in the review, but where would the fun be?