Scream 2

Scream 2 ★★★★

It would be fair to put this sequel on the same level as its predecessor. Playing with horror film conventions like a saxophone and excelling at nailing the meta nature of pop culture and serial killer obsession in America. Many could point to the true crime wave of recent years can be traced all the way back to the days of Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and other infamous individuals that struck terror and fascination into the hearts of many. Scream 2 offers commentary at the sensationalism of violence and the false smoke screens built up looking for easy sources to blame for America’s violent culture; the scapegoat of pointing the finger at video games, music, film, and books gets pummeled to a pulp by weapon of gold satire.  The opening sequence  involving Omar Epps and Jada Pinkett Smith is in my opinion one of the best openings in 90s horror cinema; a call back to the legendary Drew Barrymore beginner and sets the tone beautifully for its adventures in self awareness.

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