The Fantasy Review‘s Spoiler-Free Review of Scream 2 (1997).
Scream 2 (1997) is my favourite sequel of all time and I have nothing bad to say about it. It’s essentially a perfect movie and I’ve rewatched it more times than I can count!
Often, sequels lack the well-paced plot and strong character development that first movies have. Scream 2 has none of these issues.
Sidney’s story continues, with a new Ghostface killer at large. People are being brutally murdered, and no one is safe.
The opening scenes at the screening for Stab (The in-movie adaptation of Gale Weather’s book about the Woodsborough murders) are hilarious and set up the meta narrative of Scream 2 – taking the mick out of sequels. I also like how this all ties in with the plot too, rather than just being throwaway, lazy lines.
This movie is not scared of killing anyone off, with one death being pretty surprising, but somehow it works. You genuinely feel like anyone could die when facing Ghostface, keeping you on the edge of your seat at all times.
Do I have anything negative to say about Scream 2? I think the only issue I have is there is one stabbing which looks like it kills off a character, but it doesn’t. It’s the only instance in this movie, but it sets up a trend in the following movies which gets a little stale after a while.
Overall, I think Scream 2 is a fantastic sequel and one of the best movies in the franchise. Hilarious, gripping, and addictive, this should not be skipped!