Sidney and her friends are stalked by another masked killer
who appears to be replicating the original series of murders.
Scream 2 (1997)
Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Kevin Williamson
Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette,
Jamie Kennedy, Liev Schreiber, Jerry O'Connell, Timothy Olyphant, Laurie Metcalf, Elise Neal, Duane Martin, Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sequel to 1996's Scream
Horror sequels are a dime a dozen. 90% of the time, they're made for money and everybody involved is painfully aware of it. But there's something different with the Scream franchise. Each film feels like a labor of love that mattered to everyone. They build continually on the franchise's mythology and introduce new and interesting characters, all the while upping the scares and getting increasingly more meta with the overall story. Scream 2 is a fantastic follow-up to the horror classic, standing on its own as a great horror movie and a great tongue-in-cheek, self-aware sequel that knows how ridiculous it is that this would all happen again.
In Scream 2, Sidney (Campbell) is now in college and is trying her best to move on from the events of the first film. But now, two years later, a movie is being made about the murders (affectionately titled Stab) and a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask to kill again. He seems to be replicating the first murders, with Buffy Summers herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, getting murdered early on instead of Drew Barrymore. Remarkably, the reveal is unpredictable and makes complete sense. There are certain scenes in this one that are downright spooky, which again speaks to Wes Craven's directorial talent that I think gets overlooked.
Scream 2 is a worthy continuation of this enjoyable franchise that knew from the beginning exactly what it was. The references to other horror flicks continue, and the constant poking at sequels and the actors' other projects just makes for a good laugh in between all the grisly murder. Definitely one of the better horror sequels out there.