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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eager to avoid the problems with censorship that the first film had, Wes Craven attempted to manipulate the MPAA by sending them a version of the film that had been edited to focus on and enhance the gore and violence present beyond what they actually wanted in the film, including reusing a clip of Omar Epps' character being stabbed in the ear three times, instead of only once as seen in the final film, and an extended scene of Randy Meeks death that showed his throat being slashed. Craven's reasoning was that the parts of the film they wished to keep would be more acceptable when viewed with the enhanced violence and so the MPAA would force them to remove the footage they already did not want to keep while passing the content they did want. However, the MPAA granted Scream 2 an R-rating for the more violent cut as they believed the underlying message of the film was significant enough to warrant the violence. See more »


When Phil gets stabbed in the head in the...head, it's clear that it's a retractable blade. It pops out of the wall, not his head. See more »


Dewey: When did she start smoking?
Randy: Ever since those nude pictures on the internet.
Gale: It was just my head, it was Jennifer Aniston's body!
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. See more »


References The Bodyguard (1992) See more »


Written by Sugar Ray and McG
Performed by Sugar Ray
Courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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User Reviews

A great sequel even better than the remarkable original
30 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1996 the slasher film had been given a shot of life in the arm with Wes Craven's 'Scream.' It was a monster hit at the box office and with critics and moviegoers. Less than a year later the inevitable sequel was released and instead of being just another inferior sequel it too was a big success and got much praise. Some sequels just take what made the first one work and give lesser results, but this one delivers and some people, including me, find it even better than the first one.

Pros: Like the original, this sequel has an exciting and terrifying opening sequence. Good performances from the cast. Writing and dialogue just as sharp as in the first one. The pace is fast as lightening. Lots of brutal kills and bloodshed. Plenty good, wicked humor. Many twists and turns. A good score and soundtrack. More cool references and in-jokes.

Cons: You really have to suspend your disbelief at times.

Final thoughts: It's now become a tradition, so to speak, to sequelize a popular movie. 'Scream,' the 1996 blockbuster hit and re-invention of the slasher genre, is such a film and unlike some other horror films, a sequel was very much a good move. In fact, this sequel is even better than the first; a rarity.

My rating: 5/5

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