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Scream 2 (1997)

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Two years after the first series of murders, as Sydney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.

Director:

Wes Craven

Writers:

Kevin Williamson (characters), Kevin Williamson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Maureen (as Jada Pinkett)
Omar Epps ... Phil
Paulette Patterson Paulette Patterson ... Usher Giving Out Costumes
Rasila Schroeder Rasila Schroeder ... Screaming Girl Up Aisle
Heather Graham ... 'Stab' Casey
Roger Jackson ... The Voice (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
Peter Deming ... Popcorn Boy
Molly Gross Molly Gross ... Theater Girl #1
Rebecca McFarland ... Theater Girl #2
Neve Campbell ... Sidney Prescott
Elise Neal ... Hallie
Liev Schreiber ... Cotton Weary
Kevin Williamson ... Cotton's Interviewer
Sandy Heddings Sandy Heddings ... Girl in Dorm Hallway (as Sandy Heddings-Katulka)
Dave Allen Clark Dave Allen Clark ... Reporter Outside Theater
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's a killer on campus, making more calls, making more kills. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scream Again See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,926,342, 14 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,363,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,363,301
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Laurie Metcalf had only just finished her nine-year run on Roseanne (1988) when she began work on this movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 6 mins) When Sidney gets the instant message from the killer, in the library, the man next to her tells her to hit Alt-M. She punches a lot more than two buttons to bring up her instant message. See more »

Quotes

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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Theatrical version was cut in Germany to avoid a 'Not under 18' rating. The uncut version was released on video. See more »

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Performed by Master P featuring Silkk the Shocker (as Silkk the Shocker)
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Wonderful sequel that is the perfect bedfellow for the first film.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

I'm just not buying into the bad rating for this film, in 1996 Wes Craven's Scream reinvigorated an ailing genre and got fans back into the horror groove. The love for that film, I feel, tends to skew opinions of the second instalment in what became the Scream foursome, Scream 2 seams perfectly from its starting point to up the daring ante, and plonk tongue even further into its cheek in the process.

Sidney Prescott has moved on from the horrendous murders in Woodsboro and is at college getting on with her life, but the peace and hope for a bright future is quickly shattered because the Scream killer is back for more carnage...

The film's opening perfectly sets out the tone for the entire picture, we see a cinema full of fake knife wielding youths dressed as the Scream killer, the film they are watching is Stab, the story of the Woodsboro murders. It's a wry commentary moment from Wes Craven, but in truth it's just one of many he makes in the film, the in jokes about sequels never gets tired, and the boo jump scare moments are all there to enjoy. Red Herrings come and go, and all the great characters who survived the first film are back again. Dewey & Gale get fleshed out a bit more, and one time caged innocent (and chief suspect) Cotton Weary is now a major character just begging us to find out if he's hero or villain.

This is a sharply scripted piece of work, it knows its aims and delivers what it sets out to do, it benefits from a brilliant sound mix to emphasise the mayhem, and Craven is something of a master in racking up the tension. To laugh and be scared is the order of the day, so sit back and enjoy a film that to me proves that not all sequels suck. Oh the ending does not disappoint at all either I have to say.

Scream 2 is a very worthy and enjoyable companion piece to the first film, very much so. 8/10


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