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Scream 2 (DVD)
Member Name: ryanando
Scream 2 (DVD)
Advantages: The best film to fit between 1 and 3. a bit better than the first
Disadvantages: Still a cheesy tits and blood slashem up with little substantial plot
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.
Summary: The second installment of the SCREAM trilogy