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Scream 2 (1997)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  12 December 1997 (USA)
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Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen (as Jada Pinkett)
Paulette Patterson ...
Rasila Schroeder ...
The Voice (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
Molly Gross ...
Cotton's Interviewer
Sandy Heddings ...
Girl in Dorm Hallway (as Sandy Heddings-Katulka)
Dave Allen Clark ...


Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and strong bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scream Again  »

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,000,000 (USA) (12 December 1997)


£8,114,241 (UK) (26 June 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Usually when making a motion picture when an actor is heard on screen, but not seen, such as a voice on a telephone, the actor records his part during post production, which takes place after the completion of principal photography. However, Wes Craven had Roger Jackson, The Voice, on set and actually speaking to on-screen actors by practical, not merely prop, telephone in order to create reality and fear for them. When Jackson was on set he was kept out of sight of other actors so they could not put a friendly face to The Voice. Jackson said that the actors were intimidated by him, and would not talk to him any more than was absolutely necessary, with the exception of Sarah Michelle Gellar, who would converse amiably with him on the telephone between takes. See more »


When Maureen Evans goes up to the concession counter to order her popcorn and Pepsi, the clerk gives it to her without accepting any money, or ringing it up on the till, yet we see her with the money in her hand. See more »


Cici: Drink with your brains, that's our motto.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


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Pretty good sequel
13 December 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The funny thing with 'Scream 2' is that it's not as entertaining and good as 'Scream' but with bad movies like 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' and 'Urban Legend' it's kind of a relieve. Probably the difference here is that Wes Craven is a director who knows what he is doing.

Neve Campbell as Sidney, Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers, David Arquette as Deputy Dewey and Jamie Kennedy as Randy return for this sequel. New possible subjects or suspects are Cici (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Hallie (Elise Neal), Sidney's new boyfriend Derek (Jerry O'Connell), former suspect Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) who was in prison for a year, Mickey (Timothy Olyphant) and reporter Debbie Salt (Laurie Metcalf) who is a big fan of Gale.

The movie opens in a theater. The movie 'Stab' is showing for the first time and this movie is based on the book 'The Woodsboro Murders' by Gale Weathers. In 'Scream' Sidney predicted that Tori Spelling would probably play her if they would ever make a movie about those events and in 'Scream 2' we learn she was right. It is one of the many funny little things. Jada Pinkett Smith and Omar Epps are killed during the showing and of course the movie is blamed.

From here it is like 'Scream'. The guessing can begin. Again it is a lot of fun, again the movie knows that it must not get too serious, again I was entertained by what I saw. 'Scream' was original and therefore better, more entertaining and more surprising in the way the subject was handled. Still, with all the inside jokes and references this is a lot of fun and a lot better than almost every other movie in the genre.

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