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Scream 2 was released in 1997 and is the sequel to the original Scream which had been released to great success and critical acclaim the year previously.
This time the movie starts in a cinema which is showing a preview screening of Stab that is the movie based on the book by Gale Wethers from the events in the original movie. Maureen has been talked into coming to see the film even though she doesn't like horror movies and would rather have been seeing the new Sandra Bullock movie. On screen we see the death of Casey from the original movie while the cinemagoers are going wild running around in ghost face costumes and fake knives there is a real killer in the cinema and he has his eye on Maureen.
Sydney is now a college student and in her first scene she is asleep when the phone rings and the ghostfaces voice tells her he is going to kill her. It turns out that it is a prank and has happened a few times since the release of the stab movie which is based on the killings two years earlier in Woodsboro.
When Sydney hears about the killings in the cinema she feels the killer has "returned" even though the killers were caught in the first one. Dewey arrives to protect Sydney and Gail turns up to investigate the story. No one believes in Sydney's feeling until Gail and Dewey find evidence that points to someone trying to recreate what happened in Woodsboro.
Under police protection Sydney tries to carry on as normal with college life but as people start getting killed one by one she knows the killer is going to come after her. The list of suspects is long, she suspects her boyfriend and even Gail but the worst thing for Sydney would be if there was someone else involved with the original killings.
Scream 2 makes a pretty decent job at following on from the original. All the surviving cast are back along with original director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson and this makes a big difference in the perceived quality for me. I'm so sick of successful horror movies rushing out a sequel on the cheap to make a quick buck. This film feels well thought out and at least makes some sort of logical sense in relation to the first.
The opening scene death scene which was a tradition of the movies started in the original with the Drew Barrymore death works less successful here. Will Smiths wife jada Pinkett Smith plays the victim this time and I think because we as the audience know what's coming it loses some of its effectiveness. Having it happen in a crowded movie theater is a brilliant idea and we see all these people in ghost face costumes running around so we have no idea where the killer will strike. Although the scene isn't a patch on the original the last minute when everyone realizes she is dead is chilling.
The movie stab that the characters are watching that is based on the events of the first movie is a really clever touch and watching Heather Graham portray Drew Barrymore in the first movie but as a horror movie cliché is really quite amusing.
The main movie I think works just as well if not better than the original, I liked the college campus setting and it shows that just because you are surrounded by people doesn't mean something awful still couldn't happen. Sydney is a lot tougher in this one and determined not to play the victim, Dewey is determined to save Sydney since he couldn't save his sister and Gail is the same ruthless reporter she was in the first. There is a host of new characters and also extended cameos by some famous faces such as Sarah Michelle Geller.
My one problem with the movie is I think the killer was far too obvious I guessed almost straight away who it was but there were still plenty of surprises to be had. The script is razor sharp with Kevin Williamson throwing pop cultural references at us left right and centre and Wes Craven does a good job with directing the whole thing. There are a good few jumps in the movie and the suspense is kept up through most of the film right up until the end.
I really liked this film and It is so much better than the majority of slasher movies out there. highly reccommended.
Running: 113 minutes
Director: Wes Craven
Country: United States
David Arquette as Deputy Dwight "Dewey" Riley
Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Casey "Cici" Cooper
Jamie Kennedy as Randy Meeks
Jerry O'Connell as Derek
The story Scream 2 is a sequel of the First movie, where Sidney was hunted by a killer. A few years later she's now at the university and left her hometown and all that happened behind her, but it stills follows her because Gale Weathers turned the murders into a book. This book was made into a movie called Stab and the premiere of the movie makes all the headlines, because two people get murdered. Sidney and Randy (from the first movie) realise that he could be coming after them next and don't really feel safe. Not only them think that the murderer could be behind them again, also the media with Gale Weathers on top, think the same. She is quiet happy with all the commotion because it means more attention for her book and the movie. Everybody is convinced that there's a new serial killer on the loose but who's the next victim and who's the killer?
In this movie there are quiet a few famous actors, some of them were at the start of their careers of some of them where already famous. You got Sarah Michelle Gellar, who's know of the show Buffy The Vampire Slayer, who plays here the part of student Cici. But you also got the actor Jerry O'Connell who's know for the show Sliders and the movie Mission to Mars. Also Jada Pinkette-Smith plays a part in the movie. She's of course the wife of Will Smith and know for the movie Matrix. And we have Portia de Rossi know for the show Ally McBeal and wife of Ellen Degeneress. Quiet a few know names, but quiet good acting. Neve Campbell plays the part again of Sidney. Luckily the same actress plays the lead again, so you feel formiliar with the story. I liked her perfomance again and she looks scared with the idea of again a murderer but also annoyed. Also Courtney Cox is back as Gale Weathers and this time i liked her more. She looks even more arrogant and more selfsecure, because of the success of the book and the movie. Nice perfomance of Courteney.
There are a few extras on the dvd but nothing special unfortunately, which makes the DVD feel cheap. Since the first movie was a huge success, you would think they could have spent some money on putting some extras on the DVD, but suppose extras weren't really a popular thing to do back then. You only got some information about the actors in the movie.
A nice easy to watch horror movie and I liked the way they turned the murders of the first movie, into a movie in this movie called Stab! A good excuse for the makers and a good focus point during the movie where another killer is on the loose and is trying to kill Sydney. But this movie does look a lot the same as the first movie, only with the locations and some of the people that are different, but the main cast is back. The murderer looks the same, so it's really the locations that are different. But of course it's about who's the next victim, who's the killer and will he manage to kill Sidney this time? Just as the first movie, this movie isn't good because it's original or the quality of the movie. But it's more because its dramatic and funny looking with a lot of dramatic killing. It's an easy to watch horror movie with famous people, what more do you want?
This is also on Ciao.co.uk under the name JL132.
When I saw this was on channel five on Thursday night, memories of sleepovers with my friends came flooding back. We quite often would watch one of the films from the Scream trilogy huddled under our duvets.
This is the second of the three films and was released in 1997. At the time this film was massive. Obviously that doesn't necessarily mean it was good, just that a huge wave of teenage boys and girls loved it for its supposed scariness.
The film is set a couple of years after the first. Sidney Prescott is now attending college and trying to move on with her life. The film 'Stab' has just hit cinemas. It is an interpretation of news girl Gail Weathers book on the events of Sidney's life. As the film premieres, so does the arrival of a copycat. The slasher then goes on to kill several (but not enough) of the cast.
Well maybe I've turned into a cynical adult but this film is laughable not scary. There were just too many things that I just couldn't take seriously. It almost becomes one of those films where it is so bad it's good, but not quite. I think the main problem here is that by trying to appeal to a wider audience they've taken away the suspense and thrill that a horror film should have..
Sidney (Neve Campbell) is particularly infuriating; she's just so tortured to the point where it's annoying. Courtney Cox as Gail Weathers is passable in an annoying squeaky way and Sarah Michelle Gellar's character CiCi is especially infuriating to watch. I find myself analysing far too much, I just don't understand why she runs away from the front door up three flights of stairs when the killer is chasing her, even though her friend just went out that way? Does she want to be killed? There is also a particularly wooden performance from a younger Portia De Rossi - I'm sure this film isn't high on her CV. In fact it seems this film just took cast members from American Teen shows and chucked them in together and the outcome isn't clever, witty or enjoyable.
The tag line for this film; 'Someone has taken their love of sequels too far' is definitely correct, just not in the way the film makers were intending. They obviously did take their love of sequels way too far. This film wasn't made to be good quality, it was made for money and it's pretty apparent when you watch it. This is supposed to be a horror but there are no shocks or suspense involved. I definitely wouldn't suggest paying anything to watch this.
Scream 2 was last nights film as I gave my ten week old his late night feed. I hadn't seen the film before but had seen the first Scream film.
Scream 2 is the sequel to Wes Cravens Scream, it is a slasher movie which parodies the genre whilst to be honest keeping well within normal boundaries. It stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courney Cox and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Scream left us where Sydney (Neve) survived the knife man with his black cloak, white ghost face and curved dagger and we recounter her a year later when she's gone to university.
In the meanwhile, a book about the original murders by Gale Weathers (Cox) has been made into a film called Stab. At a showing two of the university students are brutally slain by a person wearing the same outfit as the original killers. So the whole story starts again, the cast are brought back together and the hunt for the sick killer begins. The rest of the film is fairly formulaic, plenty of random killing, cloaked figures popping out of vans, jumping out of alleyways etc.
Neve Campbell plays Sydney, at the time she was one of the hottest stars in hollywood and watching the film you remember why, she's pretty and has a perfect complextion. She's an ok actress and manages to give some kind of context to being chased by a knife weiding lunatic.
Courtney Cox plays the smart journalist who covers the murders again, once again she slips into a role which is very comfortable for her, its after all very similar to her role in Friends. Through out the film she seems to delight in wearing a very tight white t-shirt, which shows off her impressive figure and of course gives plenty of chance for it to get blood stained. Her scenes with her husband in real life David Arquette are particularly good, and the scene were the two characters on screen get together is played to the max by the two actors. I particularly like the leaving of David Arquettes hand on Courtneys breast when she first spots the killer.
The rest of the cast are the usual slightly older than teenager playing teenagers in a film about teenagers. There are some noticeable actors amongst them, Omar Epps better known as Dr. Foreman on House is the first person killed by the killer in the toilet of the cinema and Jerry Connell from Sliders plays Sydneys boyfriend.
The first film was a pastiche on the teen slasher movies from the seventies and eighties, you know all blood and young heaving bosums being chased by knife weilding maniacs. The movie was fun in a way, gory in an over the top way and had loads of openly acknowledged in jokes about the whole genre. The second film is openly more comic, the knife wielding maniac is in this film is far less terrifying and the film is more comic than slasher. The plot is well, best ignored really and the end is predictably bloody, convoluted and involves lots of running around by the principal female actors.
This is a well thought out but less original piece than the first and though the actors try their best the material is thinner and the action bloodier than the original. It works on a certain level but doesn't have the logic of the first and the in-jokes whilst still there aren't so funny or placed with such panache by the director.
Its enjoyable but where the first was a pastiche on the whole genre, this is more a pastiche of the first film making it errrrr more like a teen slasher than a film satirising teen slasher film, if that makes sense.
I loved the first film so imagine my surprise when I heard they were making a sequel.
I managed to get into an advanced screening before the public saw it. At the end of it, unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.
There was nothing new or fresh to this one at all. It was just like the first movie only more of the same.
I guess you would compare it to a typical Friday 13th sequel ie nothing new or fresh.
The twist, again, eventually uncovers the identity of the killers but it feels like a cheap shot once you hear the killers reasons for doing what they did.
The suspense is still there and the gore is even heavier in this one as Randy, the resident movie expert, explains. He states that sequels typically have more blood and a higher bodycount and that's what we get.
Performances by all the actors/actresses are good, the best one coming from David Arquette as the ex-cop love struck by Gale Weathers played by Courtney Cox.
Unfortunately, this sequel is just average and is a mere excuse to make money. You can always tell when it has a thin plot or explains it's bad excuse to exist in the first place.
However, if you plan on watching the third film, watch this to keep up with what's going on as these are a trilogy of films that require continuity.
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The original Scream was a stellar horror film that was a great satire of the the horror genre, taking to task the staid conventions, poor characterisation, and laughable script. Whilst the third film perhaps too much adhered to the conventions it was itself spoofing, the second film is a solid sequel that delivers both gores and laughs, ensuring that fans of the horror genre are going to be extremely satisfied.
The film opens as Sidney (Neve Campbell) and Randy (Jamie Kennedy) are attending University, whilst the ghostface-killer from the first film appears to have had a copycat killer. Also heightening the tension is the new Stab film being released, based on the events of the first film, as well as the fact that reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) from the first film is around promoting it, given that the film was based on the book that she wrote.
Fearing that Sidney may be targetted again, Dewey (David Arquette), the cop from the first film, arrives to protect her. Of course, it's not long before the three of them discuss the fact that anyone they know could be the killer, with a wealth of the suspicion landing on Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber), the man who was prisoned for apparently murdering and raping Sidney's mother.
Although it's a bit of a double dip, this is one of the rare horror sequels that's actually worth a damn - it brings back the same endearing characters, and also has an intelligent script that dissects the rather boring conventions of the genre. There's also plenty of blood and gore for those who went kills that are both inventive and visceral.
Not as thrilling as the original, but a worthy sequel with inventive kills and buckets of blood and guts.
Scream 2 was released in 1997 and takes place two years after the end of the first film. Just like before, it is rated 18 due to frequent strong language and lots of horror and gore. This film is a little longer than the first at 115 minutes long.
Sidney and Randy are now attending Windsor College but get a bit freaked out when a couple are murdered at the preview of the film 'Stab', based on the book by Gale Weathers. (A book about the previous film). Sidney and Randy realise their nightmare is starting all over again.
Dewey arrives to make sure Sidney is safe and to try and protect her, but really, how much can one man do? Gale Weathers is also back causing some trouble while promoting her book, but we see her and Dewey get together to try and solve who the killer is. While at the police station, they notice that each new victim has similar names to those of the first film and realise that the killer is trying to be a copycat and bases his kills on the Woodsboro murders. Will the gang be able to figure it out before everyone dies? Of course they will...it's a cheesy slasher film.
David Arquette - Deputy Dwight 'Dewey' Riley
Neve Campbell - Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox - Gale Weathers
Live Schreiber - Cotton Weary
Laurie Metcalf - Debbie Salt
Timothy Olyphant - Mickey Altiere
Elsie Neal - Hallie McDaniel
Jerry O'Connell - Derek Feldman
Jamie Kennedy - Randy Meeks
Cast and crew biography
I seem to have a running theme where I dislike the second film in a series at the minute. I wonder what that's all about.
As the film states, it is supposed to be bigger and better but I thought it was a bit poor in comparison to the first film. Kevin Williamson seemed to focus more on the plot but how deep can a slasher film really be? I think I would have preferred to see some more elaborate death scenes and lots more gore. In my opinion, adding three more deaths isn't really that much bigger and time would have been better spent upping the body count.
As with the first film, Scream 2 also states the rules of horror films, this time they are the rules for a sequel.
- The body count is always bigger
- The death scenes are much more elaborate, with more blood and gore
- If you want you films to become a successful franchise, never, ever, under any circumstances assume that the killer is dead.
I really liked the way they kept this theme running through into the sequel and also in the final film. I thought it was funny that people got killed even though they knew these things, you would have thought the main characters knew what they shouldn't do by now. As the rules state, the body count is bigger this time with 10 deaths where the first film only had 7.
Again, this film makes references to other films and TV programs but I'll leave it to you to find them all.
The acting in this sequel is just as good as in the first film, if not better. It was great to see all of my favourite characters, Sidney, Gale, Dewey and Randy return, even though not all of them live. (No, I wont tell you who lives.) I was really glad to see Randy have a bigger role in this film as he was my favourite from the first and it was great how his film buff character brings us back to the rules of horror films.
Wes Craven is one of the horror film Gods for me and he didn't really disappoint me all that much with this one. It isn't that I thought this film was bad, I just didn't like it as much as the first. Where past sequels have been something different altogether from the original, this one follows the same theme and sort of the same story but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Craven certainly knows what makes a good horror so why change the arrangement of a film when he knows what will work and what wont?
The way that we were left guessing about the killer again was a fantastic element to the film and I had my theories to begin with but never got any confirmation until the end. Although the story isn't substantial enough to make you think a lot, at least we have this aspect to think about throughout.
Not a bad film, but no way near as good as the first but it is a must if you want the set/ want to see the third instalment.
Deeply troubled teen Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has managed to rebuild her life after the horrific events that occurred last year involving a masked serial killer perusing her until she killed him. She is now attending college with her other surviving friend Randy (Jamie Kennedy), unfortunately the nightmare for them isn't over just yet...
After two teens from the same college are brutally stabbed to death at the cinema it becomes apparent that there is a copycat killer on the loose and everyone's a suspect. Dewey Riley (David Arquette) is back to look after his dead sisters best friend Sidney along with the uptight news reporter Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox). Gail Weathers has since written a book about the Woodsboro murders and has played a big part in the production of a film entitled Stab which depicts the murders. Gail is now a media juggernaut and with Cotton Weary now on the loose and angry at Sidney for putting him in prison for a year the list of suspects just keeps increasing.
Most movie sequels try to carry on the story in some way and most of them fail, the way that Scream 2 manages to succeed is that it lives by the motto 'if it aint broke, don't fix it' and that's exactly what Wes Craven does. Instead of continuing the story by creating an entirely new plot he decides that the film will be much more effective if it's about a copycat killer that's determined to finish Sidney off like the first killer failed.
For all intents and purposes Scream 2 is actually a much more effective film. Granted it didn't quite have the impact that the legendary first film had with it's iconic opening and reveal at the end but Scream 2 manages to cram much more action into it. I've always felt that the party scene in Scream went on for a bit too long and in this film they've mixed it up a bit, you find the main characters in all different locations which makes it more exciting to watch.
Scream 2 has also managed to evoke a lot more emotion from it's characters, you feel sorry for Sidney for having to go through this nightmare again. You see Dewey with a limp as a result of the stab wound that he suffered in the first film, he's also been hurt by Gail in their on/off relationship and you see some real humanity from Gail Weathers which was nice to see because in the first film she's simply seen as a hard faced bitch that will do absolutely anything for a story but in this film her character definitely progresses.
What Scream 2 manages to do is create a much more intense atmosphere, after hearing a conversation between resident film buff Randy and his friends he describes your typical sequel circumstances and how the body count is always bigger and that everyone is a suspect, Wes Craven knows the basis of a good horror sequel and he's not afraid to make fun of the stereotypes just as he did in the first film.
As with the first Scream film there is again a lot of tongue-in-cheek comedy which breaks up the pace a bit in the film which is something that I've never seen in horror films before. Courtney Cox is again my favourite character as the arrogant Gail Weathers who you can't help but love. I think they've tried to replicate the first film but of course on a bigger scale in every area of this film and it's worked really well.
There are a lot more edge of your seat moments in this film and there are so many more suspects that it will have you guessing all the way until the end reveal. Unlike the first film where if you weren't 100% sure who the killer was you probably had some sort of inkling whereas Scream 2 doesn't give you anything to go on. It works on the premise that everybody is a suspect and when the reveal is made you will be shocked at just who the culprit(s) are just as I was.
The main suspect is of course Sidney's new 'perfect' boyfriend Derek for obvious reasons, when I first watched the film I thought that it may just be too obvious that he's the killer but thought that it could be a double bluff, I genuinely had no idea who the killer was and the unveiling although at one point is a little contrived in another it's completely ingenious and much better thought out than the first film. I like how the movie plays out almost like a game of Cluedo, gradually the characters try to piece together who the killer is which is of course to no resolve but you get completely captured by it and you're constantly racking your brains trying to guess who the killer is.
I love the way that in this film there's been a fictional movie made about the events of Woodsboro I thought this was an excellent addition to an already excellent film, however it does take away some of the brilliance of what the first film had... simplicity. The first film worked because it was so clever yet so simple, in this film of course they have to explore more plot and subplot options which make for an exciting watch but I was a bit disappointed that they tried so hard to better the first film.
One of the things that I love about this film is the irony in which the characters experience, there's just been a movie released which shows the events from last year. Everybody is obsessed with the film and is walking around with the masks on, just at that moment another blood-thirsty psychotic serial killer decides to strike. It almost seems to incomprehensible for the film yet with Wes Craven's brilliant direction it works amazingly well.
I'd highly recommend seeing this film, if you've seen the first and enjoyed it yet aren't keen on seeing this one I would suggest you give it a go. Don't let scepticism concerning sequels put your off this brilliant thought provoking film which in many ways is even better than the first.
The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99 which is too good to miss when it's so cheap.
The special features include:
Audio Commentary from Director Wes Craven
Cast and Crew Biographies
---And we continue---
Having bought the box set containing all three films, I felt it was only proper and correct to watch them all. My first review has detailed the fun I had with movie one and I would suggest you have a lookie at that one before you read this one. The smart ones among you may have already figured out what I'm going to talk about next.
Our second outing into the world of scream starts in a cinema somewhere in America. In true American style, there has been a book written on the events of the first movie and a film has been spawned from the book. We meet our first victims in the line to see "Stab" (the movie of the book of the first film blah blah blah you get the picture). For about the first ten minutes all I could think of was "if that cinema was in Britain, people would be getting beaten up". Apparently people are allowed to run round in the isles, throw popcorn, scream, shout and everything else in movie theatres there. I don't think so. Anywho, the chaos lends itself to a killer surfacing and offing two film-goers. Roll Scream 2!
The second film is pretty much the same mindless kill fest with a few new faces and some new boobs to look at. I cannot wait for the day horrors movies start killing men in tight boxers. I could stop doing it at the weekend that way.
Throughout this gratuitous boob fest (now featuring the incredibly blonde Sarah Michelle Geller as the walking tit-mobile) the recurring (or should I say surviving) characters of the first movie are very slowly built upon.
Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette are all back as is Jamie Kennedy with a slightly bigger role! They have dragged Will Smiths wife (Jada Pinkett-Smith)and that hunky but dim looking one from the first American Pie movie into the mix too. Pinkett-Smith takes over the Drew Barrymore role as dramatic first murderee and earns her place on the front cover of the DVD for doing so. Poor Kennedy (who plays randy again, the guy who knows all the rules behind horror movies) should really get some Cover time!
Sydney (campbell) is at a new college trying to get on with her life when all of a sudden a copy cat killer starts offing survivors of Scream 1 and luring some new victims to their deaths who are wittily connected to the first murder spree.
The crazy sister from Roxanne shows up as a random reporter, all the while we start learning more about how much of a tart Sidney's mother really was. Or wasn't. Who knows. Either way, this one holds a bit more of a twist in that you won't know who the killer is until maybe half an hour in. That's good in comparison to the first movie's ten minute jaunt down mystery lane.
As much as I sound a tad jaded re scream 2, I'm not. Ok, well, I am, but I've seen it near on a million times. Or three. It's another trip into a typical teen slasher which is fantastic if that's what you are looking for (and most of the time I'm cool with a vacation from thinking) but if you are looking for something a tad more substantial, look the other way!
A good few minutes of the cast cocking up. I say kudos to this extra. It wasn't rip-roaringly funny, but it raised a couple of smiles. Certainly a damn sight better than any of the extra's on the first movie. Looks like time taught them a few things. Woot woot!
More lessons are being learned in this extra. You are first of all given the choice on whether you want to hear commentaries over the deleted scenes or not. This made me happy. I hate commentaries at the best of times. Over scenes I've never seen before is my ultimate turn off situation. Ok... that's a slight lie. My ultimate turn off situation would be being trapped between a naked Anne Widdicombe and a glazed doughnut, but that's for another review. Getting to see the scenes on their own and then, if I choose, have an explanation to why they were cut is just fabulous. Go Scream 2 extras!
If this extra was in a tin, the label would be pretty spot on. It is a trailer, it is theatrical, it is a theatrical trailer. Good for total fans of the movie, just a trailer otherwise.
Since this film was made in the 90's we get a couple of music videos as if to remind us that nothing escapes the 90's without being rampantly sodomised by a really crap rap (C-rap) video. The first one is called "scream" and is by a lovely home boy called Master P. What that means I do not know. I'd imagine (since it is now 11 years after this C-rap video was made) that we no longer have to put up with him and his dogs pimping your mothers ride and the like. Thank god for that.
The second video features the "Kotton Mouth Kings" C-rapping a song called "suburban life". As if the terrible spelling of their name hadn't already given it away, this is a trio...or possibly more...of very white, very redneck-esq, 20 something year olds who grabbed hold of a microphone and refused to let go until everyone told them how banging their bleach blonde hair was. On the plus side, they are now very redneck-esq, 30 something year olds, most likely with less hair. I would hope that means they have had plenty time to think about what they have done. Maybe someday the god of music will let them come out of the corner and re-join the rest of the population. As long as they promise never to C-rap again
Oh how fabulous. A featurette!! Basically it's a nice little look at the cast and crew while making the movie, parts of interviews, fun moments on set and the likes. I would say this is a rather fabby extra, anything you would really want from a featurette. I'm just so happy they don't seem to be repeating clips. They give us new fun stuff constantly!! The extras on scream 2 are redeeming the makers of DVD number 1.
As with any review I shall be refusing to comment on the commentary. I hate commentary. It annoys the living C-rap out of me. So I simply can't comment on the extra. You'll either love it or hate it. This extra is marmite.
---Cast and Crew Bio's---
As with the first film, the cast and crew bio's are just lists of the Actors / actresses and a bit about what they have done with themselves. Not a most fabulous extra to end on.
Over all, the second movie takes the first one and jazzes it up a bit. A little more grown up, a touch more plot orientated but essentially still a cheesy teen slasher with a million and one women in tight, wet tops just because it rained on laundry day and that see through white shirt was all they had left. Ok so it's not THAT boob orientated. I'd say it was better than the first just because it grew up a little. And I have to stress, it was only a little.
The extras on the second film kicked the ass off of what the first film had to offer. They cut out all the crap, stopped focussing on the wrong areas and started giving us a bit more fun. Ignoring the music, it's a case of lesson learned, me thinks.
Price wise, you'll be about a fiver for it if you buy it on its own. The box set is a much more economic way of doing it, coming in at £13 at most. Go on. Get it.
Anyone who knows me knows how i much i like this 90's horror film that i regard as the best horrror franchise set of films by my faviourite movie director Wes Craven. I tend to always say sequels ruin the first movie origianlly but this is a brillant exception. Watching every minute of this film is suspensful, thrilling and has you on the edge of your seat. You will be horrified one minute and laughing your head off to a one liner by a slightly comedic cast in a serious horror film.
Scream one set the tone. It set the tone for what the movie was about. It was centered on a college student Sydney Prescott, whose murder had been murdered a year ago and raped who was an actress under the name of Rina Renyolds. The killer alegeldy tries to take credit for that, but they could just be imitating. The killer in the last series was the disgusting charachter of Billy Loomas and Stu - two psycho kids obessed with horror films pretending to be Sydneys boyfriend and college friend who tried to kill her but her ruthlessness managed to surivvie another year. It also stars the brillant role of the quite fantastic Gail Weathers - i tell you it's one of the best roles on TV i've ever seen played by Friend's Courtney Cox obviously still cracking jokes about her Friends costars ''naked pictures on the internet where not me, they where just my head they where Jennifer Aniston's body''. The brillant David Arquette who's Patricia Arquette's brother but after the first scream Courtney and David met and eventually married and are still together with kids even today. The supporting cast of college kids is as you expect goofy, serious, obessesed with horror films etc
The second Scream sees Sydney move to another college trying to get away from Woodsbro. At the same time a movie above their time in Woodsbro is released and the killer is at the premiere in a flash armed with free merchandise including scream masks the killer is inside one and manages to murder two students at the cinemea and continues throughout the movie horrifying student in near hit and miss sittuations. Broken Sydney played by Neve Campbell who may i add is just too fantastic in this role - should have won a Oscar! The movie has brillant moments and the killer is clever - i won't say much there are 2 killers and both are shown on screen during the movie, i don't think logically anyone can work it out but it's a huge suprise when it's revealed
The movie has moments where you will be watching every second suspensfully and closely and sitting on the edge of your seat or gently smirking to the one liner by a supporting cast member. This movie is so brillant i throughly recommend watching it. In my opinion it's not as good as the first but what sequel is, and the movie suceeding this Scream 3 is not as good as Scream 2 if you get what i mean! Watchout for some cringeworthy moment with Derek serending Sydney with a Tom Cruise movie classic and keep your eyes peeled for the revealtion at the end, you'll love every second and every now and then again you may just Scream (i did).
I've atcually convinced myself to watch this wonderful movie again now ;)
We are back again with screams sequal, this time sydney is having a good time at college,she has a boyfriend and is doing well and the reporter from the first scream movie(courtney cox) has made a movie about the past murders,at the screening of the ovie in town two teenagers are brutally murdered,and all the hype starts up around sydney again,its not long before her friends are being picked off and shes trying to work out who the murderer is.In true sceam style theres a high body count and lots of suspects to go through,unfortunatley you just dont know who to trust.
I wasnt keen on this film it did make me jump in a couple of bits but was very predictable and followed the same lines as before in a different setting,courtney and david both recived fatal wounds but somehow manage to survive and the true killer seems to be totally random,to be honest its like watching the first movie with a slightly different cast .
Rated 18 and 115 min long is avalible on amazon for £0.88
So while we are talking the conventions of horror, its nearly a set-in-stone rule that sequels are never as good as their predecessors. Scream set the benchmark for 90s horror by turning the horror film on its head, whilst applying all its own rules, and kick starting a new franchise.
Scream 2 kicks off with a whole host of new characters, as well as the return of a few mainstays. Gail Weathers book about the original horrors has been turned into a film called Stab. Sidney Prescott is at university, and only see's some of her friends ocassionally. When murder starts at the campus where she is studying, Sidney soon finds herself back with Gail and Dewey as they once again attempt to outwit the killer and stay alive. Meanwhile Sidney's classmates and friends are being picked off one by one in grotesque deaths that are splattered across the screen for maximum effect.
Scream 2 is one of those sequels that equals its original. Its witty and smart while being gorier and more thrilling. Wes Craven is back on hand to wrack up the tension and up the ante. The rules of the sequel (the main one being that all sequels suck) are applied here, which means their aren't so many rules to abide by. Namely, its chaos everywhere. But the chaos is envisioned very well.
Neve Campbell is once again excellent, and has the advantage of a known back story to call upon in her performance. She does pain very well, but she can also scream and cry on queue. Courtney Cox, despite becoming one of the goodies in film number 1, still has her bitchy ways, and still uses anybody she can to get source material for her stories. An exchange between her and Dewey reveals exactly the kind of person she is. David Arquette is still as pleasant, and affable as ever. Although, you wouldn't want a cop like him around in an emergency. He's as much use as a pole dancer at a kids party. An appearance by Sarah Michelle Gellar also adds a little more injokery to the film - given that her success as Buffy was just taking off round about this films release.
The story is just a little more unbelievable than the first film. But then what do you do when you kill off the killer in an expected hit - and have to come up with a sequel. You need to find another killer and make it as believable as possible. Craven just about pulls it off, turning this into a revenge thriller, rather than just making it a thriller about horror films.
If Scream 2 has less to say than its first film, its only because horror sequel's generally suck - as is pointed out in the film. Can you think of another decent Number 2 film in any horror series. Elm Street 2, Halloween 2, Friday 13 2 - all of them were rotten films that destroyed the spirit of the originals. Scream 2 takes the ingredients of the first film and throws in a few extra tasters just to make the ride all the more exciting. And its great to see all the main characters return - thats loyalty for you.
Scream 2 sees the return of Characters Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley, Sydney Prescott and lets not forget movie freak Randy Meeks.
This movie is set roughly 2 years after the first, the opening scenes starts with a particularly grizzly murder scene set in the cinema, which just happens to be showing the movie 'Stab' that's right folks the movie based on the book by Gale.
Sydneys at College, has a boyfriend, and is basically trying to get on with her cursed life. When she hears of the Murders at the Cinema, she fears the worst, a copycat killer, and she'd be right, Sydneys nightmare starts again.
Is it good?.
Well, if you thought the Scream was good, then now doubt you will like this one better. I did because seeing as it's movie number 2 you are more connected with the characters, you know who they are so this movie does have to waste time character building with the main 3 (or 4 including Randy), and you are really rooting for them, as if you know them. It's the same way you get connected with a character in a book, you feel you've lived their lives, very clever for a movie.
The death/attack scenes seem to be more adventurous in this movie that they did in the first, the situations are even more nail biting, and many of them unpredictable, you wont be thinking 'oh i know what'll happened next, this one isn't like that. It's very fast-paced and, like I said unpredictable.
They're are most certainly a few shocks in this one aswell, you won't seem them coming, I don't want to ruin anything.
If you liked Scream, this is a must see.
Kevin Williamson (characters)
Kevin Williamson (written by)
David Arquette ... Dwight 'Dewey' Riley
Neve Campbell ... Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox ... Gale Weathers
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Casey 'Cici' Cooper
Jamie Kennedy ... Randy Meeks
Laurie Metcalf ... Debbie Salt
Elise Neal ... Hallie McDaniel
Jerry O'Connell ... Derek Feldman
Timothy Olyphant ... Mickey Altieri
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Maureen Evans (as Jada Pinkett)
Liev Schreiber ... Cotton Weary
Lewis Arquette ... Chief Lewis Hartley
Duane Martin ... Joel Jones
Rebecca Gayheart ... Sorority Sister Lois
Portia de Rossi ... Sorority Sister Murphy
Omar Epps ... Phil Stevens
Paulette Patterson ... Usher Giving Out Costumes
Rasila Schroeder ... Screaming Girl Up Aisle
Heather Graham ... 'Stab' Casey
Roger Jackson ... The Voice (voice)
Peter Deming ... Popcorn Boy
Kevin Williamson ... Cotton's Interviewer
Marisol Nichols ... Dawnie
Philip Pavel ... Officer Andrews
Tim Hillman ... Captain Down (as Timothy T. Hillman)
Nancy O'Dell ... Tori's Interviewer
Tori Spelling ... 'Stab' Sidney/Herself
Luke Wilson ... 'Stab' Billy
David Warner ... Drama Teacher Gus Gold
Everybody knows the whole deal with sequels never being as good as the first but I think this is one to rival that stereotype.
Sydney, after her ordeal back in Woodsboro where the majority of her friends were murdered and where her life flashed back to when her mother was murdered, has moved away to college where she has started a new life. With a "perfect" boyfriend and new friends her life seems to be going right again but "Stab" a film based on the murders that were centred around her has just been released and it makes way for more murders to start to occur.
You think you'd be able to guess who the killer is but you'll never quite get it right as the twists and turns keep coming. With some of the originals such as Jamie Kennedy and Courtney Cox this is a great film with a great cast. You can watch it over and over and never quite get bored and after watching this you can't resist seeing the third and final chapter of the trilogy!
After absolutely loving the first in the Scream trilogy I was eagerly awaiting this instalment, and I wasn't let down!
The story continues from the first movie and contains a lot of references so it's probably best to watch the Scream before watching this one.
Sydney Prescott has moved onto college and away from the murderous town of Woodsborough. She has built up a new group of friends, seeing as though most of the others were murdered, but also kept some of the old, Deputy Dewey (David Arquette), Randy (Jamie Kennedy) and ofcourse Gail Weathers (Courteney Cox).
A series of murders begin, once again committed by a guy in a Scream mask (modelled on the ghostly face of the figure in Edvard Munch's painting 'The Scream'), and the focus once again turns onto Sydney. At first the police suspect a Copycat killer but then it begins to seem like someone is trying to finish what was started in Woodsborough!
Wes Craven once again delivers a horror movie based on a Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek) script that is a tongue-in-cheek jibe at the horror genre. It is scary, witty and has some very suspensful (If that's a word?) moments!
Lovers of the first movie will not be disappointed in this sequel which went on to help the Scream franchise achieve a cult like status. Neve Campbell secures her title as the new Scream Queen and Courteny Cox once again shakes her friends sterotype!
Look out for appearances by Sarah-Michelle Gellar and Jada Pinkett-Smith and be prepared for some jump out of your seat moments!
Fully aware of its status as the sequel to the surprise hit thriller of 1996, this lively follow-up trades freshness for familiarity, playing on our affection for returning characters while obeying--and then subverting--the "rules" of sequels. Once again, movie references are cleverly employed to draw us into the story, which takes place two years after the events of Scream, at a small Ohio college, where the Scream survivors reunite when another series of mysterious killings begins. Capitalising on the guesswork involving a host of potential suspects, director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson have crafted a thriller that's more of a Scream clone than a genuinely inventive new story. But the shocks are just as effective, and escalating tension leads to a tautly staged climax that's simultaneously logical and giddily over the top. Background information for trivia buffs: to preserve the secrecy of plot twists, copies of the screenplay were heavily guarded during production and restricted to only the most crucial personnel. When an early draft was circulated on the Internet, screenwriter Kevin Williamson did rewrites, and subsequent drafts were printed with red ink on brown paper, eliminating the threat of photocopying. None of the cast members knew who the killer was until the final scenes were filmed. -- Jeff Shannon