Friday, 7 October 2011

Scream 2 (1997)

Scream 2,1997,USA
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette

The somewhat rushed sequel to the smash hit Scream, Came into theatres just one year after the first and The premise is similar
Its two years after the events that occurred in Woodsborrow,Survivors Sidney Prescott and Randy Meeks have moved out of town and are attending Windsor College,Cotton Weary has been released from prison after being wrongly accused for the murder of Maureen Prescott and is cashing in on his unfortunate incarnation,and Gale Weathers has written a best selling book about the killings "The Woodsborrow Murders" which is being made into a film called "Stab",as films release date approaches,a new set of murders start from a new "Ghostface" killer who is mirroring what Billy and Stu did in Woodsborrow,and once again putting Sidney,Gale,Dewey,Randy and a new group of friends in peril.
One of the best things about the original Scream was its brilliant opening scene featuring Drew Barrymore it was thrilling,exciting and scary.Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson knew how well this worked the first time,so Scream 2 had to have a strong start aswell.The Opening scene here takes place at a movie theatre playing an early screening of Stab,instead of Drew Barrymore this time we have Jada Pinkett and Omar Epps While i enjoy the opening scene here,its merely just mirroring the original,but of course that is just a given with sequels,the scene is by no means bad but after seeing Drews fate in the original we are fully aware Jada and Omar wont be in the 15th minute of this film,
There are some new cast members here with Jerry O'Conell,Timothy Olyphant,Sarah Michelle Gellar and Laurie Metcalf along with returning cast members Neve Campbell,Courtney Cox,David Arquette and Jamie Kennedy,The problem here is because of such a big cast,we don't really get to know any of the new cast members and this makes them paper thin and hard to care about,but there still likeable for what we get from them.
Returning for a larger role here is Liev Schribler as Cotton Weary,Schriebler has great charisma as Cotton and does a good job for his fairly small screen time.
The main problem I have with the series as a whole is Neve Campbell,i know her character has been through a lot,but she is constantly moody and hard to justify with.Cox are Arquette are good again in there roles, Jamie Kennedy brings his likeable Horror movie savy personality again and is as a great as he was the first time,he's death comes out of left field but is good for the film i guess.
Once agian Scream provides us with rules,this time its how to successfully survive a sequel,.
The murder mystery element is back but being a sequel its not as interesting,and with the reveal of two killers its just another instance of mirroring the original.
Overall Scream 2 is a fine sequel,During the film Timothy Olyphant's character Mickey states that sequels are better than the originals,i don't think that's the case here but Scream 2 is an enjoyable sequel and retains the fun of the original

Tom: 3/4

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