Scream 2 (1997) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

An excellent follow-up to the surprise hit ‘Scream’. This sequel is full of the same suspense, humor and knowing homage that made the first film such an effective experience. Set one year after the events of the previous picture, Sidney (Campbell) is heading off to college even though she is still traumatized and sees ‘Ghost-faced’ killers from time to time. Not before long bodies start piling up around her and once again Sidney is the target for a masked murderer bent on harassing her more than attacking. Kevin Williamson’s script is clever and innovative coupled with Wes Craven’s masterful direction, the pinnacle being an extended opening sequence involving a couple on a date to a scary movie. It’s so over-the-top it almost reaches operatic levels. I mean that as a compliment.

Horror sequels are a tricky business, not usually know for inspiring originality or quality. Craven and company have bucked the trend here and have created a film that is a worthy addition to the series. It flows seamlessly and its 110 minute running time races by making for an enjoyable and slightly uneasy viewing experience. My only complaint is that the score by Marco Beltrami is eerily similar to Hans Zimmer’s for ‘Broken Arrow’.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox-Arquette

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