Scream 2 (1997) Movie Review

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1997 | R | Horror, Mystery
120 minutes /

User Score: 50/100

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Scream 2 Review


Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.

Scream 2 (1997) is an American mystery slasher horror film that is the second installment in the Scream film series. Director Wes Craven (Scream (1996), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), New Nightmare (1994), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)) did an okay job executing this film that I was not overly excited to watch. Wes Craven did an excellent job bringing us the suspense scenes with the right amount of tension, but that does not help the film from feeling disjointed.

It was an average movie that did what it was supposed to do, and that is delivering more gore, and higher body count than the original but lacks focus and the tightness as the original film. Scream 2 feels like it is all over the place with the story (weaker story) and not important characters being killed as fast as they appear on the screen. The first film had me guessing who the killer was and second guessing myself which created tension but the second film just was not discreet enough about who the killer is, and the tension is gone.

The new characters are not that interesting, bland and do not have much development whereas the returning characters were good. I felt horrible for poor Sydney, who cannot seem to catch a break because a copycat serial killer is after her again. The killer/killers in this film have a motive, but overacting killed it. With all said, I did like the kill scenes as they were fantastic and there was some suspense. We were treated to a few cameo appearances that led me to feel at points as if I was playing where is Waldo when my movie partner spotted one and I did not.

Weak stomach viewers expect stabbings, gore, bullets through the head, and other graphic scenes. The ending was pure madness as it does not fit the movie. It is a sequel and here is a bonus - the cast did not know the killer was until the last scene was shot. Overall, I enjoyed the movie for what it was, but it is not something that I will watch again.

About Scream 2 1997

Title: Scream 2
Original Title: Scream Again, Scream Louder, Scream: The Sequel
Year: 1997
Runtime: 120 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Matthew Lillard, David Warner, Roger Jackson, Liev Schreiber, Wes Craven, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Joshua Jackson, Heather Graham, Courteney Cox, Christopher Doyle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Oliver, Jerry O'Connell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rebecca Gayheart, Lynn McRee, Sebastian La Cause, Nancy O'Dell, John Embry, Selma Blair, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Trost, Corey Mendell Parker, Lewis Arquette, Duane Martin, Angie Dillard, Portia de Rossi, Daniel K. Arredondo
Writers: Kevin Williamson
Director: Wes Craven