Scream 2 (1997)
Director: Wes Craven
The release of a movie (called Stab) based on the events that happened in the original Scream unleashes a copycat killer and he's after Sydney (Campbell). This gal can't catch a break!
Scream 2 likes to poke fun at the sequel complex and ironically it suffers from exactly the same thing that it disparages. We get more gore, we get a higher body count but what we don't get is the focus and the tightness of the original. This one feels all over the place (story wise)…stalk sequence here, insignificant character gets killed there…who cares! The story is definitely weaker.
In the first film, I kept going back and forth on who the killer was because I suspected everybody, so there was this feeling of steady tension all the time. Here the killer (s) comes out of left field and the continuous tension the first one gave out is totally absent.
The characters themselves are not all that interesting either. The returning folks from the original are kool but the new ones are bland and hardly developed. I didn't care about Derek (Jerry O'Connell), Mickey (Timothy Olyphant) or Cotton (Shreiber). Where's Billy (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu (Matthew Lillard) when you need them???
Also, the cap-off in the original made sense and was so gnarly. Here the killer (or killers…I won't tell) has a so-so motive (s), suffers from overacting and would be more comfortable in a Scooby Doo episode than a hip slasher flick. I also hated the setting in which the conclusion took place. Keep that whole Greek mythology crap away from me Williamson...Arrow ain't down.
All is not lost though. The kills are kool, the suspense is there and we get references galore (to sequels, to the African-Americans' place in the genre, to the TV show Friends and much more…). We also get lots of cameos (you spot them), a great phone conversation between Randy (Kennedy) and the killer and even a few nods Friday The 13th's way. But overall, this sequel feels exactly like what it is…a sequel. There to cash in on the success of the original. I scream: ENOUGH!!!
Bloody stabbing, bullets to the head…the usual stuff but with more Karo syrup.
Neve Campbell (Sydney), Courteney Cox (Gale), David Arquette (Dewey) and Jamie Kennedy (Randy) do good but nothing new is brought in. At least Jamie Kennedy gets to have some fun. Jerry O'Connell (Derek) bored me as the jock…should've cast Paul Walker (The Skulls) instead. Timothy Olyphant (Mickey) has great hair but his character is weak. Liev Shreiber (Cotton) does his Dustin Hoffman thang again and it's already old. Sarah Michelle Gellar (CC) is there long enough to die. Laurie Metcalf (Debbie) should learn subtlety. Jada Pinkett (Maureen) is so annoying, even when she's bleeding to death. Omar Epps (Phil) is a kool dude, too bad he gets wasted so fast.
T & A
Lots of tight tops (Courteney Cox looks great in that white top) but still no money shots.
Craven does well again, injecting the suspense scenes with lots of tension. It's too bad the film feels disjointed, half the characters are weak and the ending is crap.
The "Dewey" theme bothered me. Not because it's bad but because it's the score from John Woo's "Broken Arrow". Every time I heard it I thought of John Travolta. Didn't work for me. The soundtrack is ok but not nearly as groovy as the one in the first.
It smells like a sequel, it acts like a sequel…it is a sequel. For a flick that's so self aware I would have thought it could've avoided the "sequel" pitfalls…it doesn't. It's not a bad time but it's nothing exceptional either. Just see the first one again. NOTE: That whole "Dewey never dies shite" is played out…kill the bastard already!!! NOTE 2: Here was the perfect chance to kill Joshua Jackson and Rebecca Gayheart…two birds with one stone…the movie misses the boat…DAMN!!!!
The girl that talks to Sarah Michelle Gellar (CC) on the phone is none other than her Cruel Intentions co-star Selma Blair.
CC is actually Courteney Cox's nickname.
The cast didn't know who the killer was up until they shot the last scene. They didn't have the last 10 pages of the script till the end.