Scream 2 (1997)


More of the same is enough to earn a passing grade in the case of Scream 2. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is off to college, but Ghost Face isn’t through with her yet, shoving the sordid story of her mother’s sexual indiscretions and brutal murder front and center. Courtney Cox and David Arquette get more screen time to develop an odd but affecting romantic relationship (their real life romance *must* have had something to do with it). My favorite surviving cast member, Jamie Kennedy, gets the movie’s most shocking death scene. Kudos to Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson for offing a main character in broad daylight in the middle of a crowded public place. The movie works fairly well while it’s hopping through various sequences of tension and suspense, but the climactic reveal and ensuing explanation are a little bit of a chore to digest. Beautiful (and thus welcome) additions to the cast include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timothy Olyphant, and Jerry O’Connell.
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