Scream 2 follows Sidney and her surviving friends as she goes off to college and tries to separate herself from the bad press surrounding the events of the first movie. Unfortunately, she is followed to her college by a new killer that uses the same mask and methods of his predecessor. Stars Jamie Kennedy, Courteney Cox and David Arquette all return for this sequel and are joined by newcomers Jerry O’Connell, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Michelle Gellar. O’Connell plays Sidney’s would-be suitor who belts out a version of the Partridge Family hit I Think I Love You in the middle of the college cafeteria. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson works several clever riffs on the concept of the sequel into the film’s dialogue and Craven gives it several taut set pieces, including a dazzling opening scene where two audience members become the new killer’s first victims while attending Stab (a movie-within-the-movie based on the events of the first film). Celeb-watchers should study that theater scene closely: Heather Graham and Tori Spelling appear in the Stab footage and Rose McGowan, a victim in the first Scream, can be seen in the audience watching Stab. Craven makes a cameo elsewhere as a police officer and Scream alumnus Matthew Lillard pops up during a party scene. Oh, and Courteney Cox and David Arquette by now are deeply in love and headed for marriage! –Wescraven.com
Rising out of the mid-western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold visions and keeping them on the edge of their seats since the release of his first feature film, The Last House on the Left, which he wrote, directed, and edited in 1972. In the 39 years since that controversial film’s arrival, Craven has demonstrated that he is a filmmaker with heart, guts, humor – and an unbridled imagination expanding into films, television, and literature.
Craven’s career is marked with both creative and commercial milestones that have made his name synonymous with genre building and innovative horror.
Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, a film he wrote and directed. And though he did not direct any of its five sequels, he deconstructed the genre a decade later, writing and directing the audacious Wes… read more
Wes Craven studied Literature, Philosophy and Psychology at Baltimore University. And it shows. SCREAM 2 is a little jewel of invention dedicated to the mise-en-abîme of the horror genre. No wonder that the Cahiers du Cinema paid him an incredible homage a few months ago. Highly recommended.