By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –
Keeping in mind that the saving grace of Scream was its pretty much unexpectedly great ending, I tried not to get my hopes up too much for Scream 2. It turns out that is exactly the way to attack it- with low expectations you’ll probably enjoy yourself.
This installment finds our survivors in college and once again threatened by a costumed killer who slashed his way through an advance screening of Stab, the movie based on Gale Weathers’ book about the original killing
First, pour a little beer on the ground for all of the has-been stars in this film. Outside of pretty much the entire main cast, we also have Sarah Michelle Gellar, Portia De Rossi, Omar Epps…
So much wasted… potential?
The soundtrack is also full of 90s goodness and the Tom Waits quasi-theme of the series is as awesome as usual. What really makes the movie work, though, is all the murder and mayhem. It does a better job of setting up and following through with killings, including the recording studio scene that is as good as anything in the series short of the first one’s finale.
You know how at the end of Scream about 90% of the main characters are dead? Yeah, well…
… most of them aren’t. While technically more realistic, as a stab or two in the back isn’t automatically lethal, we’re talking about what amounts to a massacre. So to see some of these characters looking slightly healthier than before is kinda strange.
And couldn’t have we just let Jamie Kennedy rest in peace?
The calling card of Scream was its smart script that turned (or tried to, anyway) genre conventions on their heads. The script for Scream 2 is pure cheese. You know you’re in for a ride when a professor exclaims near the beginning “you’re saying the killer’s trying to make a real life sequel?” I guess they just wanted to make sure the audiences and/or Jamie Kennedy understood what was going on.
After this, he’ll take what we dish out and be thankful for it
Where this one really wilts in comparison to the first is that ending. It was obviously trying too hard to be as clever a reveal, which was understandably difficult. I can forgive a less stunning killer, but not so much all the speechifying about violence in the media. Craven gives us his opinion as blatant and dull as a brick with “subtle” written on it.
There’s plenty of good, fun murdering which will keep you entertained as long as you overlook the mounting ridiculousness of the series.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: every time someone breaks free of the killer
Take a drink: every time someone dies
Matthew Lillard Where’s Waldo: drink a shot when you think you see him, but are wrong. The first person to spot him can make everyone else drink.