Finn Herbert’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Stab 2? Why would anyone want to do that? Sequels suck!"
Scream 2 is a solid sequel that continues the meta commentary and humor of the first, this time playing into sequel tropes and hollywood's dramatization of real life tragedies. With the iconic returning cast of the first as well as some great big name actors such as Jada-Pinkett Smith, Timothy Olyphant and Sarah Michelle Gellar, it offers some great performances and characters.
The college setting is a logical continuation and fits nicely with the 90s vibe, and the plot includes some great homages to slasher classics such as Black Christmas and Friday the 13th. While the film is a lot of fun and thoroughly entertaining, it does feel rushed at times and has a few plot holes that weren't ironed out as opposed to the flawless execution of a complex timeline of events of the first, and this can be chalked up to the release only 1 year after the first.
Wes Craven's execution of the killer reveal was done differently to the first, only telling the actors on the day of filming, which resulted in the lack of subtle hints and nuances in Ghostface's behavior pointing towards the killer, and a quite lackluster reveal.
While Scream 2 is certainly a lot more formulaic and predictable than the first, it still maintains the great overall feel, comedy, kills and commentary that made it so good, and the chase/kill scenes are as exhilarating and terrifying as ever.
A solid entry in the series and a faithful sequel, Scream 2 lacks some of the subtlety and nuance of the first but makes up for it with the great setting, kills and characters, especially considering its rushed release.