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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.

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Taglines:

Scream Again. 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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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

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

A leaked version of the script prior to filming ended with the killers being Derek and Hallie. This script is still widely available and frequently noted in the movie's trivia. However, screenwriter Kevin Williamson revealed in 2017 that the leaked script contains a "dummy" ending specifically because they were worried about leaks. The Derek and Hallie ending was available to cast and crew prior to shooting but was always intended to be switched out for a different ending. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 26 mins) Blood on the younger cop's throat before it is slit. See more »

Quotes

Derek: Oh thank god Sidney, I thought I was gonna be up there until opening night.
Sydney: Oh shit, the killer is here. He killed Hallie, he's here. Shit, who tied these?
Derek: What are you talking about?
Sydney: The killer! He's here!
Derek: Where?
Phone Voice: Right here.
[pause; heavy, deep breaths]
Phone Voice: You're fast, Sid.
[Sidney resumes trying to untie Derek]
Phone Voice: I wouldn't do that if I were you. You really want to trust your boyfriend?
[...]
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Soundtracks

The Swing
Written by Art Alexakis (as Alexakis) and Everclear
Performed by Everclear
Produced by Art Alexakis (as A.P. Alexakis)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Not that original but still OK
4 February 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This second "Scream" isn't nearly as original as the first which was a great and suspenseful take on slasher films. This one has the high school victim in the first film - Sidney - now in college studying film. For 99% of the people who major in this, a slow descent into obscurity and realizing that your life will be spent as an admin or working retail, not as a great director, should be revenge enough for anybody. But obviously our killer(s?) is/are not that patient.

The beginning is tight, at the opening of a film called "stab", patterned after the murders in "Scream", and you just know who the first two victims are going to be, although Craven's direction and the score make it a suspenseful when and where. The ending is good too, and it is different enough from the ending of the first Scream that you do wonder who is up to what, just like in the first. There are some tells though. There are some particularly - at that time - famous players in the film doing bit parts. Why? I'd say, watch and find out. Fortunately, this film was made 22 years ago so you are probably not going to know who was famous then and who is now because of subsequent events unless you are over 50.

The worst part is the middle. It is tedious. You've just got some predictable chases and cat-and-mouse games going on, and you feel like it is just there to fill time between the suspenseful beginning and end. Probably worth your time if you run across it, and probably you are not going to enjoy it if you haven't seen the original Scream first.


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