April 15, 2011
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Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Producers: Cathy Konrad/Wes Craven/Marianne Maddalena
Starring: Neve Campbell/David Arquette/Courtney Cox/Jamie Kennedy/Sarah Michelle Gellar
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 120 minutes
There aren’t many movies out there where you can say the sequel is better than the original because most of the time, the sequels aren’t as good as the original, especially when it comes to horror movies. However, Scream 2, dare I say it, actually manages to surpass Scream in some ways. Two years after the events of Scream, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of murders begin. The story is a little better in Scream 2 because we learn more about the original story as well as knowing more about the characters. It goes into more detail and goes into more depth than Scream did without losing it’s dark humour or it’s irony. Also, just like Scream, it pays respects to horror movies by making the movie purposely predictable and making fun out of the genre itself. Also, with Scream 2, there’s a couple of unpredictable moments that manage to surprise you. With Scream, we grew to love all of the characters, you even grew to love the killer in your own way but in the sequel, there are only a handful of characters you like, such as those who starred in Scream (Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette). All of the characters have different dimensions to their personalities and they manage to keep on making the audience guess who the killer is. Neve Campbell, yet again, returns to our screens as Sidney Prescott and does a fantastic job. Courtney Cox and David Arquette return to the shoes of Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley and they both manage to do a brilliant job as their characters.
Just like Scream, Scream 2 has a clever story filled with irony, references and some creepy yet funny moments, the script was witty and the characters were well-written. Kevin Williamson has managed to make this instalment scarier and just as original as Scream. Wes Craven sits in the director’s chair for Scream 2 and does a fantastic job of it. Watching Scream 2 made the experience just as intense, just as original and just as fun as the first time round. Overall, while Scream is admittedly the better movie, Scream 2 is very close behind. Everybody does a great job in making Scream 2 an unforgettable sequel and a sequel that manages to be just as original and as brilliant as Scream. The kills are much more gorier and bloody, the scares are aplenty, the script is witty and fun, the story is clever and unpredictable and the characters are likeable. What more could you possibly want from a horror sequel?
Scream 2 is quite possibly my favourite Scream movie because of how it pokes fun out of Scream as well as the horror genre as a whole but not in a disrespectful way. It’s definitely a dark humorous horror movie that can make you appreciate the horror genre more. Let’s face it, horror movies back in the 70s, 80s and 90s are much better than the horrors we get today. They were more scarier and more original. Now we are in the age where remakes are acceptable to suit this generation. To that generation, I tell them to watch the Scream trilogy and watch other movies such as the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist and Halloween. Scream 2 is a great sequel and a rare horror sequel that manages to meet the standards of it’s original.