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Tag Line : Someone has taken their love of sequels one step too far.

Scream 2 The radiantly beautiful Neve Campbell returns to do battle with another knife wielding maniac in a ghostly mask, in this highly enjoyable sequel by director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson.

It has been some time since the events of part 1. Now at college, Sidney thought she'd put her troubles behind her and moved on with her life. But unfortunately, with the opening of the film "Stab", which based on Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) book about the Woodsboro murders, a copy cat killer is now on the loose and it looks like he's after the real-life surviving members of that incident.

Of course it isn't too long before Sidney's friends, new and old alike, are being targeted by the new killer in the ghost face mask, one of which being none other than Sarah (Buffy) Michelle-Gellar, who ironically met a similar demise in the other Williamson scripted film, I know what you did last Summer.

David Arquette returns as bungling cop Dewey Riley, who heads over to Sidney's college with Gale Weathers to try and find the killer. Also returning is Jamie Kennedy, reprising his role as horror nerd Randy Meeks, along with Liev Schreiber playing Cotton Weary, who immediately falls under suspicion as does her new boyfriend Derek (Jerry O'Connell). But as the bodies pile up, it looks like nobody is above suspicion.

As with the first film, this delivers more slapstick murder, mayhem and humour. In particular, the scene showing us the intro to the Stab movie which is a re-enactment of the first killing in Scream. If you loved the first film you should equally love this one, which very cheekily takes the piss out of horror sequels.

Overall Marks : 8/10

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The films budget was $24million. It successfully grossed in excess of $33million just on it's opening weekend in the US alone.

  • Apparently, the cast were not told who the killer was until the final scene was shot and didn't receive the last 10 pages of the script until it was time to film them. If that wasn't enough, the last 10 pages were also printed on grey paper, therefore making them unable to be illicitly photocopied and all the cast had to sign contracts saying that they wouldn't discuss the movie's outcome or the killer's identity with the media.

  • Sarah Michelle-Gellar who plays Casey 'CiCi' Cooper had previously appeared in "I know what you did Last Summer" but is ultimately best known for her leading role in the TV version of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

  • Jerry O'Connell also played the sleazy porno director in "Piranha 3D".

  • Cici, the nickname of the character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is the actually the nickname of Courtney Cox (sometimes spelled Cece).

  • In trailers for the Scream 2, during the scene where Randy mocks Gale, and Sydney says "Randy, she saved our lives". Randy originally responded by saying "I know, I read about it in her book". However, in the actual movie this line was replaced by Randy mentioning her calf implants. There was also some alternate lines of dialogue used between Sidney and the killer and where Mickey is telling them how many times the girl was stabbed.

  • The "Stab" movie seen in the film was directed by Robert Rodriguez.

  • Rather than just dub the voice of the killer on the phone after filming, Wes Craven had Roger Jackson, who provides the voice of the killer, to actually speak down the phone to the actors during filing, so they could interact properly. Jackson also made a point of hiding on set, so they didn't know what he looked like, so they couldn't put a friendly face to the voice.

  • Eric Mabius, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Paula Marshall all auditioned for roles.

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