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SYNOPSIS: Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins. – via IMDB

Sequels aren’t usually that good, we all know that. It is a topic that this sequel harps on about, and it is pretty successful. For one, I still had an absolute blast with this movie, how conscious it was of the type of film it was (once again), how it mocked and taunted (again), yet did all those things anyway. Scream 2 managed to pull it off, but I had no doubt that it would, and no, not just because I had seen it a million times before. Hell, it even had a (really) brief glimpse of Joshua Jackson in it, so there weren’t complaints for me. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of that.

The opening is one of those that have stuck with people for years after all was said and done, whether you remember the rest of the movie or not, we all remember the brutal toilet stall slaying of Phil and the screaming theatre death of Maureen.

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I was so happy to see Dewey again, I think he is such an adorable idiot, and David Arquette was perfectly cast to play him. He is truly a favourite of mine, and watching him and Courteney Cox together was great, they just worked. Dewey’s fury with Gale and her book was a point of incredible entertainment for me, he was so childish about it all, yet still so infatuated with her.

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There was no shock in the reveal (hopefully nobody was expecting there would be), and though there were more murders in this one, they were not as meticulously planned as the first one, and also much less phone calls. I miss the phone calls. They were something I truly enjoyed about Scream. I think one thing that really fell flat in this movie was Ghostface… not quite what I was hoping for, and it was a little bit jarring, too. It wasn’t as smooth as it could have been, though not a complete waste.

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The back and forth between the characters was as sharp, smart and fast as always, so nothing has really changed there. Sidney is still hanging in there, our reluctant heroine who is surrounded by wonderful people. I felt so sorry for Randy, perpetually stuck in the dreaded friendzone. Sidney is a wonderful character to carry the Scream franchise because she isn’t too much or too little, she never takes over and is never forgotten, and that is something that so many horrors can mess up. The main characters from this franchise all have their time to shine.

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Gale kicks some serious ass. I love this woman. She is a shark and a super  mean bitch but she is hardcore, and she doesn’t take much crap from anyone. Sometimes she is just too harsh for some, and her lack of morals really is a bit rough at times, but she is someone that I really like.

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Then something that happened in this movie that I am sure many fans are still horrified about. (Highlight text to view – SPOILER if you haven’t seen this yet). Killing Randy Meeks?! After all that we have been through with him, after all the lessons that he taught us! The only main character to be popped. Ugh. Why?! Craven, how did you think that was alright?! What the ever-loving hell was the meaning of that? 


I adored how Scream 2 starts up, and you are thinking they are going to do something different and you are missing all the characters you came to love, and slowly but surely they start creeping through the cracks. It really is something to witness them all coming together again to battle Ghostface, again, though it cannot possibly be the delicious Billy Loomis.

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Overall, Scream 2 is buckets of fun, while not as brilliant as its predecessor, it is a strong sequel with plenty of laughs, blood and gore – everything I am looking for in a film. Definitely worth the watch.

13 thoughts on “Review: Scream 2 (1997)

  1. Tom says:

    Really need to go back and watch these. Esp as a late tribute to the man himself. Hard to believe he is gone. Great review Zoe, you’ve got me excited to catch back up again with these

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Tom! Do it for glory, it is some of the most fun you will have 🙂 Always a goodie. I know, right? 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  2. vinnieh says:

    Nice take on the film. It’s a very good sequel.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Vinnie!

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  3. Not as good as the first but better than the third.

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    1. Zoë says:

      In agreement there!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Great review Zoe! I really enjoyed this also even though it wasn’t quite as good as the first.

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    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 Thank you so much! Not as good, but bags of fun nonetheless!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. deutschtrailer says:

    Thank you very much and happy weekend ….❤️❤️❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  6. abbiosbiston says:

    Not as good as the first one but still a blast and I love me some Timothy Olyphant.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      I do enjoy him 🙂


  7. Satua says:

    Oh, Timothy Olyphant ❤

    I should go and watch these again. They're good. And I love all horror film trivia. Have you seen Cabin in the Woods?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 There we go! He’s getting quite a bit of love here.

      I have and I absolutely loved it!

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