The difficult second film. Craven makes it look simple and follows up the first film with this rocket of a movie. The film reflects it’s own existence through mirroring of dialogue via constant discussion of film sequels, Godfather, Star Wars, House, but also through the clever plot structure which introduces a film version of the actions from the first film and the whole media boom which follows.
The film is set a few years after the first. Sidney (Neve Campbell) is in collage along with her good friend, film fan and survivor from the first encounter, Randy (Jamie Kennedy). During a crazy screening of the film of the events from the first flick, ‘Stab,’ a costumed copycat murder cuts up a few teens, Scream style which brings all the attention and memories back to Sidney. It’s not long before the calls start and the girls in Sidney’s sorority start dropping like flies as the masked murder leaves his bloody calling card.
This is a fine follow up and continuation of the first film. A fresh new cast mixed in perfectly with some of the old favourites. Live Schreiber, Joshua Jackson, Rebecca Gayheart, Portia de Rossi and a great performance from Sarah Michelle Gellar (who also appeared in that years rival, IKWYDLS, also written by Kev Williamson)
Sharp, snappy, clean and fast moving. Great characters, great pace, brilliant looking and very, very enjoyable. The script once again keeps the viewer gripped with jokes, references and trivia to the industry.
One thing I forgot to mention in the last review for the first flick. The murderer in these films can be anyone. You wear the mask, grab the knife and make the call before going in for the kill. All you need is a motive. Thi8s 8is unlike any of the other classic gore films int eh genre. Freddy, Jason, Mike Myers, Pinhead. We know who they are. They have a mask or an outfit, but from the off, we know. In the Scream films, we have a slasher madman with a random reason or MO, but who could it be? Who knows? This makes the series stand out on it’s own pedestal from the rest, introducing a Hitchcock theme, questioning all characters actions and motives as the body-count amasses.
Craven also spends time offering homage to his contempories as well as his influences. In the first film, we see a image of the mask, burning into the dead eyes of a victim, a nod to Argento’s Four Flies on Grey Velvet, whist here, the opening scene holds all the connotations of Argento’s Demons. A final note goes to the praise for Neve Campbell. Her screen presence is enormous, but her strength is in her eyes, which offer a whole world of emotions. She barely moves her face but the eyes say it all, there are very few actresses who can capture an audience with such subtlety. Brilliant.