I love Scream (1996), it's one of the most original and creative films that the horror genre has to offer. However, I can't say the same thing about the sequel... I can't help but feel that this film just retreads the same territory as the first film. The best thing about this movie by far is Neve Campbell! It has a couple fun moments here and there, but it doesn't really over anything new which is a real shame.
Due in large part to both Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven agreeing to do the project, Scream 2 ends up being a worthwhile sequel, containing a lot of the same in-jokes and suspenseful set pieces that made the 1996 film such an overwhelming success. David Arquette is afforded far too much screen time however and none of the murder sequences can quite match the brilliance of the opening of Wes Craven's original.
The return of screenwriter Kevin Williamson ensures that "Scream 2" is able to retain at least some of what made the original work, including the hip, self-aware teen-speak dialogue and innate understanding of horror movie conventions. What this (admittedly rushed to theaters) sequel lacks is a cast of characters as charismatic as our first batch of kids or a satisfying motive behind all the carnage.
Very similar to the original, not that that is a bad thing. The meta stuff is actually handled pretty cool. A great opening sequence. Once again we have a "guess the killer" mystery which is very fun to try and deduct the answer to... but the revelation left me feeling cheated. Unlike the original, the film doesn't give you enough info to come to the answer yourself before it just tells you. Still, worthwhile
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.