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Scream 2
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Directed By
Wes Craven

Written By:
Kevin Williamson

Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell, Jerry O'Connell, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jamie Kennedy, Liev Schreiber, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Laurie Metcalf, Elise Neal, Lewis Arquette, Duane Martin, Omar Epps, David Warner, Timothy Olyphant, Rebecca Gayheart, Portia de Rossi, Luke Wilson, Roger Jackson, Heather Graham, Tori Spelling, Luke Wilson, Philip Pavel, Christopher Doyle, David Warner, Molly Gross, Rebecca McFarland, Kevin Williamson, John Patrick, Craig Shoemaker, Joshua Jackson, Marisol Nichols, Lucy Lin, Nancy O'Dell, Adam Shankman, Kris Andersson, Anne Fletcher, Sarah Christine Smith, Laurie Sposit, Jack Baun, Corey Parker, Mark Oliver, Jason Horgan, Selma Blair, Wes Craven, Rodney L. James, Matthew Lillard, Jason Trost

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Scream 2 (1997)
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Movie Review by Chris
January 15th, 2009

'Scream 2' is Wes Craven's sequel to his own Scream, an excellent portrayal of horror at it's finest. With the sequel, we finally have the release of "Stab", in which is a large budget horror film based on Gale Weather's novel based on the murder's that occured in the first film. With the release of "Stab", a copycat killer goes around and kills groups of college students, which brings back the nightmare for Sidney Prescott. 'Scream 2' is an above average horror/thriller that doesnt use copious amounts of gore and pointless nudity to get a few scares and thrills out of the audience. The movie works on suspense and terror, as the horror legend Ghostface begins killing off innocent victims again. Wes Craven was born to direct this kind of material, throughout the movie I found myself tense, wondering what was going to happen next, or whether the killer was really going to catch the victime.

Suspense is what were lacking in the 21st century, especially when it comes to horror movies. There has been a strong decline in the release of horror since were basically running out of good ideas to make the films with. Revisiting the 1997 sequel was a treat, as it clearly defines horror and creates a well crafted thriller at the same time. This also brings up a point about sequels and that we are capable of creating them, Wes Craven never really sunk into the sequel zone, as all the Nightmare films which followed Wes's were directed by others. Last House on the Left, Red Eye, New Nightmare (the only other film in the Nightmare series directed by Wes), Shocker and The Hills Have Eyes were just some of his stand out films. He is classified as an amazing horror director in the way that he does so much more then just trying to disgust us. He creates legendary killers, legendary stories and suspense filled films. He is one of the masters of horror whom currently lived today and will always be remembered for horror.

It has been two years since the tragic events at Woodsboro. Sidney Prescott and Randy Meeks are trying to get on with their lives, and are currently both students at Windsor College. Cotton Weary is out of prison, and is trying to cash in on his unfortunate incarceration. Gale Weathers has written a bestseller, "The Woodsboro Murders," which has been turned into the film, "Stab," starring Tori Spelling as Sidney. As the film's play date approaches, the cycle of death begins anew. Dewey Riley immediately flies out of Woodsboro to try to protect Sidney, his "surrogate sister." But in this sequel to the 1996 horror film, the number of suspects only goes down as the body count slowly goes up!

Kevin Williamson continues to write for Wes on 'Scream 2', he created a fabulous and humor filled script with the first Scream and now he continues that with the sequel. Besides just the Scream series though, he wrote Cursed (another Craven film), Th Faculty and Teaching Mrs Tingle, along with writing the characters for Scream 3. The series is meant to be a kind of spoofing of other horror films, some of our characters are laughable and interesting, but it's just the way the humor flows out which makes it so memorable. It isnt as much physical humor as it is within the dialogue and characters, but this makes the humor special in a way. Jamie Kennedy plays an amazing role as Randy Meeks, the horror geek at the college. Him and Sidney are close friends but what I like most about Randy is that he knows horror. He never takes this situation to seriously and when the killer calls Gale's phone and Randy answers, him and the killer get into an argument about what makes a memorable psycho.

Imagine being put into a life/death situation and actually arguing with the murderer about horror films, a little ironic, dont ya think? Well Randy does meet his unfortunate death and from there on we know it's serious, since they just killed off the horror freak. Neve Campbell continues to do a wonderful job as Sidney Prescott, the beautiful ass whooping female role. She isnt exactly over what happened to her mother and friends in Woodsboro, but she deals with it. In her dorm she buys caller ID and all these other things to make her safer. At the end of the movie though, when she is faced with the harsh reality of who her killer really is, this is where her strength comes out. I dont want to ruin it but it sure hits her emotionally and this climax really shows Neve in her finest form.

David Arquette continues his role as Dewey, a goofy cop from Woodsboro who helped Sidney through the first attacks. Dewey suffers from a bad laft leg and shot nerves in his right arm, but he still tries to help Gale and Sidney through whatever it takes. David is funny, and this role fits him just right. You will end up rooting for him towards the middle of the movie and he's just a great character for this film. Gale Weathers is played by Courteney Cox, also continuing from the first movie. Gale is a b*tch, we all know it and at times I absoulutely hated her, but she changes througout and she becomes less obsessed with the "story" of her career. Cox is wonderful and really shows her spirits her with the role.

Scream was never meant to be a full on gory horror movie, it wasnt meant to be taken to seriously and it was an all around good time. This was all moved over into the sequel, though at times I felt it was a little dull and corny. The deaths are more inventive then the first, less gory but certainly they seemed to be more inventive. Most people who saw Scary Movie before this will recognize which deaths they spoofed and will think they know how theyll die. There is blood and the jump scares are very high, but mostly the movie relies on that tension in which sorrounds the main mood of the movie. 'Scream 2' is a memorable horror film from Wes Craven, it's rough around the edges but worth the watch.

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