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The cast were not informed of the identity of the killer until the last day of principal photography. Also, the cast did not receive the last ten pages of the shooting script until it was time to film the scenes contained therein. Furthermore, the last ten pages of the shooting script were printed on gray paper in order to deter illicit duplication of them. All cast members were required to sign confidentiality clauses as parts of their respective contracts that precluded them from discussing the outcome of the story and the killer's identity.
One scene in Kevin Williamson's screenplay were described simply as "Wes Craven will make it scary".
Robert Rodriguez directed scenes of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997). Rodriguez directed the Casey Becker scene and the Sidney and Billy scene.
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.
Kevin Williamson had the idea for a sequel while writing the script for Scream (1996), discovering there was more to the story. Scream 2 (1997) began principal photography just six months after the release of Scream (1996); and it was released less than a year after its predecessor.
Sarah Michelle Gellar signed up for the movie before reading the script.
The plot twists were all a matter of top secrecy throughout production. The screenplay was heavily guarded and restricted to only the most crucial personnel. Certainly none of the cast knew how the film ended as the last 10 pages were withheld from them. Consequently when the first 40 pages of the script were leaked onto the Internet, Kevin Williamson was forced to do some hasty rewrites. This meant that the film went into production without a completed script.
(at around 29 mins) Cici is telling her friend on the phone about a TV plot, "Sarah dumped Bailey". She is referring to the TV show Party of Five (1994) starring Neve Campbell.
Actors who auditioned for the part of Derek were asked to perform the scene in the cafeteria in which Derek sings "I Think I Love You" a cappella (without accompaniment).
Sarah Michelle Gellar became famous for playing Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), a character designed by creator Joss Whedon as an antidote for the sexy blonde girl who always got killed in horror films. In 'Scream 2' she plays just such a character.
(at around 50 mins) When Randy and Dewey are talking about the Stab movie, the character of Dewey is played by David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox's on-screen brother in Friends (1994) (although Schwimmer does not appear on screen in the part).
One of the extras leaked the script to the internet (one of the first major film leaks ever). As a result, the script was almost entirely rewritten, with pages often being completed the day they were to be filmed. Security was tightened, with everyone required to sign NDAs, and underwent many reshoots. The script itself was reprinted on specialty paper to prevent photocopying and was often destroyed after use.and also Mickey in the original script was killed by the two ghostfaces.
(at around 50 mins) In Scream (1996), Tatum asks Sidney, "If they make a movie about you, who's gonna play you?" Sidney answers, "With my luck, they'd cast Tori Spelling." In "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), Tori Spelling plays Sidney.
According to a rumour, the identity of Ghostface was changed after the original script was leaked on the internet - it was Derek and Hallie in the original ending. This was referenced in the next film where all the actors on Stab 3 were kept in the dark about the script for this reason.
(at around 51 mins) The rules for a horror-movie sequel as stated by Randy are: 1. the death total is always greater; and 2. the murder scenes are always much more elaborate, with more blood and gore. The third rule to surviving a sequel was cut from the movie, but appears in its trailer, "And number three, never, ever under any circumstance assume that the killer is dead."
(at around 1 min) Paulette Patterson, who plays the usher who hands masks to Maureen and Phil, won her role in a contest sponsored by MTV.
(at around 1h 1 min) When Randy talks about the nude pictures of Gale on the Internet, Gale says "It was Jennifer Aniston's body." Jennifer Aniston is Courteney Cox's best friend in real life.
(at around 1h 1 min) Randy's reference to fake nude pictures of Gale Weathers on the Internet was inspired by fake images of Courteney Cox that appeared on the worldwide web prior to production of Scream 2 (1997).
Many of the actors involved in the production, including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Jerry O'Connell were starring in their own television series at the time, allowing the production limited availability to schedule their involvement. Gellar in particular was in-between filming of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and had only recently finished work on another Kevin Williamson -penned film, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). Despite the hectic scheduling, Gellar admitted in an interview that she agreed to perform in Scream 2 without having read the script because of the success of Scream (1996).
Most of the outdoor scene are filmed at Agnes Scott College, a women's college in Atlanta, Georgia.
(at around 13 mins) Like in the first film, you can find a reference to Freddy Krueger's iconic sweater in Hallie and Sidney's dorm room in the beginning of the film.
Earned one third of its total gross of $101.3 million in its opening weekend.
Timothy Olyphant's first leading role in a feature film.
Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Silverstone were both considered for the role of Cici.
(at around 9 mins) The scene of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), that recreates Casey Becker's death also recreates, and exaggerates, an apparent error of Scream (1996). In Scream (1996) Casey (Drew Barrymore) was stabbed in the chest with an obviously prop, retractable knife, and the wound did not bleed until the shot following the stabbing in which Casey falls to the ground. When Casey (Heather Graham) is stabbed in "Stab," the knife almost leaves her chest, revealing the sweater undamaged.
Amazingly both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert loved this movie. Siskel never gave good reviews to horror movies; particularly not slasher movies; and he slammed the original Scream (1996), and Ebert almost never gave slasher movies good reviews. The fact that both of them liked this movie is a small miracle.
The Gothic statues that appear on the college campus are set decorations, not real statutes at the filming location, Agnes Scott. Although the Agnes Scott students on campus during filming were instructed to not tamper with or vandalize the set decorations, and although there was a security guard assigned to the statues, students at least once succeeded in evading the guard and dressing up the statues as a prank.
The film originally ended with a shot with another Ghostface watching over from the campus' bell tower. There is fan speculation that it is the killer from Scream 3 (2000) under the mask.
(at around 58 mins) During the Fall of Troy scene, the images of Ghostface are played by choreographer Adam Shankman.
The longest running time for a Scream movie.
Joshua Jackson later landed the role of Pacey on Dawson's Creek (1998), also created by Kevin Williamson.
Rebecca Gayheart had auditioned for the role of Tatum Riley in Scream (1996) and auditioned multiple times for the roles of Cici Cooper, Hallie and Maureen Evans before obtaining her eventual role.
(at around 1h 35 mins) When Mickey delivers his speech about how he's going to blame the movies for his killings at the trial, this would prove prescient, as the Columbine killings happened about 2 years later in 1999, and the media played up the killers' obsession with slasher movies; and then as everyone knows there was indeed a rash of copycat school shootings after that, and the media was blamed for that as well.
Various titles were considered for the sequel at different points in the film's production, including Scream Again, Scream Louder and Scream: The Sequel.
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(at around 39 mins) In the movie trailer and television advertisements for the movie, the scene in which Sidney talks to the killer for the first time on the Lambda house telephone is altered. In the trailers, the killer replies to her question, "It's time, girlfriend!"; and in the theatrical-release version of the movie, the killer says, "I want you. It's show time."
In the original ending, Gale gets killed by Cotton, and Sidney and Cotton fight to the death, and it's possible Dewey died, because of his injuries in the projection room.
The tagline of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), is, "This Is Gonna Hurt."
The opening kill scene of the first movie is a few seconds over 12 minutes. The opener for this one is just a few seconds under 12.
Both Tori Spelling and Jenny McCarthy played a role in both Scream and Scary Movie franchises. Tori Spelling played a role in both Scream 2 and Scary Movie 2 (2001), and Jenny McCarthy played a role in Scream 3 (2000) and Scary Movie 3 (2003).
Cici was originally meant to appear in the scene with the sorority sisters inviting Sidney to the party. The scene which she does appear in - the film class discussion - had a different student giving her lines.
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Laurie Metcalf had only just finished her nine-year run on Roseanne (1988) when she began work on the film and Wes Craven.
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.
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(at around 22 mins) The guitar solo in the musical cue during the first scene with Sidney and Dewey was performed by Grammy Award winner Duane Eddy.
(at around 32 mins) Sarah Michelle Gellar calls her sorority sister Dawnie, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) her sister is called Dawnie (Dawn).
(at around 20 secs) The Rialto cinema box-office LED display exhibits the date of the sneak preview of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), is 12 APR 97.
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Lewis Arquette (Chief Hartley) was the real life father of David Arquette (Dewey Riley) and father-in-law of Courtney Cox (Gale Weathers). Courtney Cox was married to David Arquette from 1999-2013. Lewis Arquette died in 2001.
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Neve Campbell would shoot Party of Five on Mondays and Tuesdays during the day and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Scream 2, most of which was night shoots. On Sundays she would work all night until 6 AM, go home for 15 minutes to shower off all the fake blood and immediately go to the Party of Five set to shoot all day, all without sleeping.
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After filming, Jada Pinkett Smith (Maureen Evans) sent Wes Craven a set of steak knives for Chrismas.
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Eric Mabius, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Paula Marshall all auditioned for roles.
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Principal photography took place over seven weeks.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar's character goes by the name of Cici because it spells out her initials of CC to her real name Casey Cooper, In Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) Charisma Carpenter auditioned to play Buffy Summers while Sarah auditioned to play Cordelia Chase as the two actress' were switched to Sarah playing Buffy and Charisma Carpenter playing Cordelia Chase in which both initials are CC.
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One of two movies to star Laurie Metcalf and feature the song 'Right Place Wrong Time' (performed by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in this film and performed by Dr. John in Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)).
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Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant and Portia De Rossi all appeared in the Scream Franchise
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(at around 12 mins) The phone number for "Cory Gillis" (when Sidney answers the prank call towards the beginning) is 513-555-0176.
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When Randy and Dewey are at the cafe talking about suspects, the behind the scenes of "Stab"are playing in the background, Randy notes that David Schwimmer is playing Dewey, David Schwimmer played Courtney Cox's brother Ross in the hit series Friends (1994).
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Selma Blair: (at around 29 mins) girl to whom Cici talks on the telephone before the killer calls.
Matthew Lillard: (at around 35 mins) Co-star of Scream (1996) is in the background at the frat party.
Kevin Williamson: (at around 13 mins) Cotton's interviewer on TV.

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Wes Craven: man in the background at the hospital.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

at around 35 mins) Matthew Lillard who played Stu in Scream (1996) is seen in the background at the sorority party that Sidney and Hallie attend (when sisters Lois & Murphy are telling Sidney about the sorority's dedication to promote safe sex). He gives a friendly hug to a guy who has his back to the camera. The guy he is hugging is Mickey who turns out to be the second killer (you see Derek in the background too which indicates that he and Mickey have just arrived at the party after Cici is killed). So you have the second killer from the first film subtly interacting with the second killer in the sequel.
The play that Sidney is in is Agamemnon, the first in The Oresteia, a trilogy of Ancient Greek tragedies. A running theme in this trilogy is murder and revenge. Clytemnestra kills Agamemnon for sacrificing their daughter and having an affair, and Orestes, their son, seeks revenge for his father's death and mother's affair by killing Clytemnestra, his mother. In this movie, Mrs. Loomis is seeking revenge from Sidney for the death of her son, who killed Sidney's mother for having an affair with his father. The climax of this film about familial murder and revenge plays out on the set of the play about familial murder and revenge.
at around 1h 4 mins) Before Randy is killed, the killer states that he won't "get the girl." Randy stated earlier in the film (at around 17 mins) that if he could change something about the movies it would be that "the Geek would get the girl." indicating that the killer must be a fellow classmate of his.
Sarah Michelle Gellar did few of her stunts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), but when Wes Craven told her she was going to be thrown off a 3 story balcony she was at first hesitant, but ended up doing it.
This is the only "Scream" film where the opening victims are not called by Ghostface on the telephone.
According to Wes Craven, it was Duane Martin's idea to leave after Randy's murder, to make it more realistic.
at around 30 mins) Sarah Michelle Gellar's character Cici watches Nosferatu (1922) before she is murdered as a shout out to her starring role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
at around 1h 22 mins) Seeing as this film focuses on name dropping sequels and specially mentions that Mickey "has a hard-on for Cameron," it's no shock that in the scene in the audio/video lab, when Gale is being chased by Ghostface, that he throws a chair at unbreakable glass much like Ripley does in Aliens (1986).
at around 52 mins) Randy's speech about "Mrs. Voorhees was a terrific serial killer" was a hint. (Mrs. Voorhees being a vengeful mother just like Mrs. Loomis). When Debbie introduced herself as a local anchor woman (at around 19 mins) and Gale says "I thought you looked familiar", that was another hint. (This was a hint that she was concealing her identity, since Gale was actually recognizing her because of her participation in the murder trial and the events in the first movie, not for being an anchor).
The first draft of the screenplay was titled Scream Again and it had three different killers: Derek, Hallie, and Ms. Loomis. After they are killed, Cotton attempts to kill Sidney.
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.
Earlier scripts had the character of Joel getting killed.
After the first draft of the script was leaked on the internet, several changes had to be made and characters were fully rewritten. Dewey had originally transferred himself from Woodsboro police to the security staff on campus so he could be close to Sidney and keep her safe. Randy was originally Gale's new cameraman and Joel was a med student friends with Sidney. Derek was the film student shooting a documentary who walked around with a camera, not Mickey. Debbie Salt was more aggressive and bitchy as in one scene she asks Sidney if she "finally snapped and if she's the one doing the killings", being punched in the face by Gale as a result. The scene Sidney slaps Gale never happens. Mickey was the one who sang in the cafeteria (to Hallie, not Sidney) and a different song ("I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston). The killers were Derek, Hallie and Debbie Salt (Mrs. Loomis). Loomis ends up shooting Derek and Hallie but then gets stabbed by Cotton before she can shoot Sidney and Gale. Cotton suddenly has a change of heart and decides to get even on both Sidney and Gale as he consider them responsible for ruining his life. He stabs and kills Gale and then runs after Sidney. Kevin Williamson stopped the writing there but left some notes in the script "That's all I've written so far" and then describes in a few words how the story was supposed to end. Cotton and Sidney would eventually stab each other and die lying side by side. At that point Williamson probably intended to end the franchise with this movie.
The 10 deaths in the movie go as follows: Phil Stevens, Maureen Evans, Cici, Randy, Bodyguard 1, Bodyguard 2, Hallie, Derek, Mrs. Loomis (2nd Killer) (it is revealed that she killed Randy), Mickey (1st Killer).
at around 36 mins) When at the mixer Derek sits down next to Sidney and is drinking a stubby bottle of beer made by "Mickeys". Possibly alluding to the identity of one of the killers, Mickey.
at around 36 mins) Liev Schreiber's dog (terrier) is led by a co-ed in front of the crowd that goes to investigate after news of Cici's murder.
This is the only scream movie where the viewers have no idea ahead of time the two killers knew each other.
In Scream (1996), when Casey is on the phone with Ghostface, he asks her to name the killer in Friday the 13th (1980). He corrects her answer to say that the original killer was Jason's mother, Jason didn't show up until the sequel. This statement may be a hint as to the killer in Scream 2.
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at around 35 mins) Matthew Lillard has a cameo in this movie, although his character Stu died in the original.
at around 1h 18 mins) The scene where Gale and Dewey discover the killer has been taking videos of other victims in the movie is a clue. As Gale tells Dewey, "that's not my footage". But another reporter on campus could have easily taken the videos inconspicuously: Debbie Salt.
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at around 46 mins) When Gale says "that was Deputy Dwight Riley, he's one of the good guys, unlike some of us", to the gang of reporters, that was a clue. One of the reporters is Debbie Salt, who is also one of the killers.
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The two handguns used at the end by the killers and Gale and Sidney are Glock 17s
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Derek, the boyfriend, is taped up and tied up by the killers at the end of this movie, just like Casey's boyfriend Steve was taped up and tied up by the killers at the beginning of Scream (1996).
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In an early scene, Gale says to Debbie Salt, "I thought you looked familiar." This is a subtle hint to Debbie's true identity, as later Gale admits she's seen pictures of Mrs. Loomis.
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