Scream 2 (1997)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film, Horror Comedy, Media Satire  |   Release Date - Dec 12, 1997 (USA)  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jason Clark

A sequel to the 1996 smash that both parodied and reiterated the slasher pic genre, reuniting much of the original film's cast and its writer and director, respectively, Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven. In witty fashion, the movie comments on horror sequels while being one, but what sets this apart from most sequels of any classification is its uncommon attention to character. The principals in this film seem even more fleshed out, even compassionate, giving the film some much-needed class to offset the standard slice-and-dice conventions. Longer and less exciting than its predecessor, but filled with a lot of the cheeky humor that made the original so much fun. Reportedly, the screenplay was written on special paper so that duplication of it was not possible, responding to the various internet leaks that marred films like it in its release year.