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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?


Excerpts from Hans Zimmer's score from Broken Arrow (1996) appeared in the film, in particular guitar work by Duane Eddy, for Dewey, replacing the tracks that had been developed for the character from the original Scream score. Marco Beltrami would explain in an interview that the Zimmer piece was used as a placeholder for Beltrami's incomplete score during a test screening. The test audience reaction to it influenced the studio keep the Zimmer piece, reducing "Dewey's Theme", which Beltrami had composed to fill its place, to minor use during more serious scenes involving the character. See more »


Red drawings on Derek's chest disappear/reappear when the fraternity captures him. See more »


Officer Richards: [Pointing his gun at the killer in front of the car] Out of the car, you fucker.
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Incredibly surpassing sequel
24 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the Scream phenomenon, it was only natural that a sequel was in the works. While most slasher sequels tend to be a let down and not live up to their first by having a ridiculous premise or not having the needed characters, Scream 2 is entirely different. This sequel was excellent, and lived up to the first Scream perfectly, when I did not think it would on first viewing. I mean, I was expecting it to be good, but not as good as it was. It's premise was wonderful, and the characters are amazing, because it has all the characters, that aren't already victims, from the first and more that are just as fun. All in all, it was a joyous outcome.

Scream 2 is not afraid to kill off whoever it wants to, like the one before and after it, even though that one does not have as many fans as the first two. It has some new twists, and the execution style is just as professional and cunning as the first. It keeps you totally entertained and the performances are just as fun. While of course it is not as good as the original, it is pretty close, I must say, and that of course is an accomplishment in itself.

After the events of Woodsboro, California, Sidney and Randy soon realize that a killer is on the loose again, this time at the college they are attending in Ohio. Dewey arrives on the campus to once again protect Sidney, and she and Dewey have an unwelcome reunion with Gale. How pleasant, we have all our old friends back, and the cast pulls out all the stops with their characters like they did in the first. It's still gritty and bloody, and it's also loaded with lots of nice material matter. I do not understand why it is not as appreciated as it is, regarding the rating mostly. Scream fans and horror lovers were all pleased with this movie when it came out, so I have heard, and I was as well.

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