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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.
The girl to whom Cici talks on the telephone before the killer calls is Selma Blair.
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.
A number of sequences in Kevin Williamson's screenplay were described simply as "Wes Craven will make it scary".
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.
Sarah Michelle Gellar signed up for the movie before reading the script.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Silverstone were both considered for the role of Cici.
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).
Earned one third of its total gross of $101.3 million in its opening weekend.
Paulette Patterson, who plays the usher who hands masks to Maureen and Phil, won her role in a contest sponsored by MTV.
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.
Most of the outdoor scene are filmed at Agnes Scott College, a women's college in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
During the Fall of Troy scene, the images of Ghostface are played by choreographer Adam Shankman.
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Like in the first film, you can find a reference to Freddy Kruger's iconic sweater in Hallie and Sidney's dorm room in the beginning of the film.
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Joshua Jackson later landed the role of Pacey on Dawson's Creek (1998), also created by Kevin Williamson.
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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.
In the scene where Randy corrects his class mate over the line from Aliens (1986) "get away from her you bitch/stay away from her you bitch" Randy claims it was the latter when it was actually the former.
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."
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The longest running time for a Scream movie.
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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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Cameo: Selma Blair: The girl to whom Cici talks on the telephone before the killer calls is Selma's voice.
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The guitar solo in the musical cue during the first scene with 'Sidney' and 'Dewey' was performed by Grammy Award winner Duane Eddy.
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Eric Mabius, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Paula Marshall all auditioned for roles.
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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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Sarah Michelle Gellar calls her sorority sister Dawnie, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) her sister is called Dawnie (Dawn).
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The film originally ended with a shot with another Ghostface watching over from the campus' bell tower. There is fan speculation that it is Roman Bridger under the mask.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Timothy Olyphant's first leading role in a feature film.
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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.
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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.
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Principal photography took place over seven weeks.
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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.
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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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The phone number for "Cory Gillis" (when Sidney answers the prank call towards the beginning) is 555-0176.
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Cameo 

Matthew Lillard:  Co-star of Scream (1996) is in the background at the frat party.
Kevin Williamson:  Cotton's interviewer on T.V.
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Director Cameo 

Wes Craven:  man in the background at the hospital.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
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).
This is the only "Scream" film where the opening victims are not called by Ghostface on the telephone.
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).
Earlier scripts had the character of Joel getting killed.
Body count: 10
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.
The first draft of the screenplay was titled Sequel to Scream, and it had three different killers than the final draft: Derek, Hallie, and Ms. Loomis. Cotton, after the Killer's reveals, attacked Sidney.
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.
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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.
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According to Wes Craven, it was Duane Martin's idea to leave after Randy's murder, to make it more realistic.
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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).
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Before Randy is killed, The Killer states that he wont "get the girl." Randy stated earlier in the film 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.
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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.
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