Slightly more clumsy - a disconnected opening (could they not work it into the narrative proper?) - and certainly more venal in it’s working through the unchecked cliches that the first film missed. Signalling what a sequel is for doesn’t exonerate it from being the cash grab that it is. The trope here should be the greed of studios in producing this stuff - except that point is half-addressed in the next cash-in.
Not that bad a sequel as sequels go as it continues the story with the same (surviving) cast and some new additions while continuing to give us memorable homages and recreated moments from old slasher and giallo movies. The first scene that comments on the role of dark-skinned characters in this genre is the highlight pf the film and the dialogue is still sharp, but the ending disappoints by copying the original's.
Manages to maintain the quality of the first film, with a smart script which subverts the horror sequel. Some great setpieces which play on genre conventions to keep the viewer guessing. Unfortunately the finale isn’t the crazy bloodbath that made the first one so good. Nice surprise.
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