|With these choices, it is obvious that Tori Spelling should be on the magazine cover. Whaaaa...?!?|
In an unusual bit of theatrical time-keeping, the events of Scream 2 takes place two years after Scream, even though the actual films were released less than a year apart. Sidney (Neve Campbell) is now in college and has a group of friends that have not tried to murder her (yet), just a reminder that college is way more fun than high school. Unfortunately for Sidney, heartless bitch/reporter Gail Weathers (Courteney Cox) wrote a book about the murders that took place in Scream and the book was turned into a movie called Stab that is just premiering. That means Sidney gets a lot of prank phone calls from people mimicking the killers. Thankfully, Sidney learned from her mistakes in the last film and nips that annoying subplot in the bud.
|Worst. Glory hole. Ever.|
|Two out of three expendables characters in this scene realize it|
The acting in Scream 2 is all things to all people, if that means that it's a crap shoot. I actually thought Neve Campbell improved slightly in her return to the role of Sidney. It is difficult being a likable horror protagonist, but Campbell was able to portray a fairly intelligent and tough woman convincingly. Again. Of the returning characters, Courteney Cox saw the most positive change. This time, she actually shows human emotions and I wasn't necessarily hoping she would die. She also had the biggest character makeover of the group, so she didn't look quite as trashy in this film. Jamie Kennedy reprised his role as the movie-obsessed nerdling and shocked me again by being decently entertaining. If you cut the scene where he does mediocre impressions, I would even say that I liked him in this movie. David Arquette was okay, too, although I don't quite understand why the filmmakers chose to give him an exaggerated limp and Bob Dole hand. I guess it was a red herring, and they did give a line of dialogue to explain it, but Arquette isn't a good enough acgor to play disabled and not have it be hilarious.
|"Everybody knows you never go full retard"|
|I'm offended by stereotypes, too, Jada|
|My favorites are "judging bitch" (back, right) and "smarmy bitch" (far right)|
Wes Craven returned to Scream 2 as director and writer Kevin Williamson also returned. With the creative forces behind the original film, as well as the surviving cast, all the pieces were in place to make Scream 2 a great sequel. That didn't quite happen, though. Craven did a solid job juggling a gigantic cast, and I thought the returning cast all acted better in this sequel...ignoring Arquette's limping. Thanks to the advent of Caller ID, though, the best part of Ghostface's routine --- the phone calls --- largely lost its effect. That meant that we had a silent killer that was missing his calling card.
|Yes, that was bad. I'm sorry. You may resume.|
|Oh, you liked the phone scenes? Well...sorry about that.|
The original Scream had some violence and gore, but the light tone kept it from feeling too explicit. Scream 2 doesn't really amp either up much. I would say there is a similar amount of gore (with the quad murder being the most gruesome) and only a few more kills. The set pieces for these scenes weren't that great, with the stage being the best of the bunch; I guess that makes the soundproofed room the worst, because they treated it like a maze instead of an auditory game of cat and mouse.
|Look at Ghostface, Courteney. He's as afraid of you as you are of him.|
|"You know that thing where I frequently show off a movie camera? You probably shouldn't think too hard about that."|
I don't know. I feel like I'm being too harsh on Scream 2. I didn't hate the movie. I was just expecting it to be a lot better. That was frustrating, because there are a few genuinely good moments in this movie, and I'm glad that the more obvious suspects weren't the killers. This is a mostly competent horror movie, I have to admit. I just didn't enjoy it much.