Scream 2

Scream 2 ★★★★

"How do you know that my dimwitted inexperience isn't merely a subtle form of manipulation, used to lower people's expectations, thereby enhancing my ability to effectively maneuver within any given situation?"

Scream 2 builds on the foundation that Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson laid in the first film and for the most part it's a pleasant experience. It follows the rules of sequels that Randy so expertly lays out for us and that's, unfortunately, its biggest flaw. It expertly plays with our expectations: Scream surprised us with two killers, so naturally we're all scanning the screen for who fits the bill, but it's not as satisfying a reveal this time. The killers just don't have justified reasons to go to all of this trouble in my mind.

The next biggest problem is the death of Randy. He's the audience's stand-in in the film. At least, he was mine. I can't relate to any other character as well as I do him and his death meant more than any of the other returned characters from the first film, including Sidney. It doesn't stop me from enjoying the film, but he's a major hole in the subsequent films...

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