By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Wes Craven
It goes without saying that sequels, especially horror sequels, are ofter inferior to the original films. Considering 1996’s Scream set the standard for horror films in the late ‘90s, its followup would have to further innovation within the genre to live up to the legacy of the first. Unfortunately, the film continues to employ many of the cynical and self aware elements that were found in the first; however, they still translate into a fairly enjoyable film.
Two years have passed since the ‘Woodsboro Murders,’ and Sidney has moved on to college. Though still traumatized from the events, her tale has been capitalized and made into a feature length film titled “Stab.” As the film’s release date nears, murders begin once more around Sidney.
This film retains much of the quality and style of the first, a trait that appears to follow Craven. The film also brings back many original cast members, which provide the audience with some friendly faces. The whit of the dialogue is continued; however, some audiences will find it, along with many of the additional plot elements, to be laughable (in a bad way).
Ultimately, Scream 2 isn’t as good as the first and, in the end, feels like more of the same.