Scream 2 (1997)

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!

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 5/10.

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?

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  1. Yeah, not much of a fan of any of the sequels. it was trying to be too smart for it's own good. And I just hated the opening murder, it did nothing for me.

  2. As with most slashers, the sequels fail miserably when compared to the original. The difference between Scream, and say, the Friday the 13th sequels, is that I just don't have any fun watching Scream 2 & 3. There are some really bad F13 sequels, but I still manage to have a good time watching them.

  3. Agreed Johnny and Shaun, you guys both hit excellent points that I think are complimentary to each other, the film tries to be as smart as the first but in doing so it just takes away all of the fun and feels waaay too forced. I added an entertainment vote on this one, 5/10 w00t!!1

  4. SCREAM 2 was actually my favorite of the trilogy! Even though the first SCREAM was brilliant (in my opinion) something about the sequel made me dig it more than the first. I would elaborate but it's been so long since I've seen it that I don't even remember what I liked about it.

  5. You know what that means, time to rewatch and review!