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Fully aware of its status as the sequel to the surprise hit thriller of 1996, this lively follow-up trades freshness for familiarity, playing on our affection for returning characters while obeying--and then subverting--the "rules" of sequels. Once again, movie references are cleverly employed to draw us into the story, which takes place two years after the events of Scream, at a small Ohio college, where the Scream survivors reunite when another series of mysterious killings begins. Capitalizing on the guesswork involving a host of potential suspects, director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson have crafted a thriller that's more of a Scream clone than a genuinely inventive new story. But the shocks are just as effective, and escalating tension leads to a tautly staged climax that's simultaneously logical and giddily over the top. Background information for trivia buffs: to preserve the secrecy of plot twists, copies of the screenplay were heavily guarded during production and restricted to only the most crucial personnel. When an early draft was circulated on the Internet, screenwriter Kevin Williamson did rewrites, and subsequent drafts were printed with red ink on brown paper, eliminating the threat of photocopying. None of the cast members knew who the killer was until the final scenes were filmed! --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Neve CampbellSidney Prescott
David ArquetteDewey Riley
Courteney CoxGale Weathers
Liev SchreiberCotton Weary
Jamie KennedyRandy Meeks
Sarah Michelle GellarCici
Jerry O'ConnellDerek
Elise NealHallie
Duane MartinJoel
Jada Pinkett SmithMaureen
Timothy OlyphantMickey
Laurie MetcalfDebbie Salt
Omar EppsPhil
Lewis ArquetteChief Hartley
Marisol NicholsDawnie
Portia de RossiSorority Sister Lois
Rebecca GayheartSorority Sister Murphy
Heather Graham'Stab' Casey
Tori Spelling'Stab' Sidney
Luke Wilson'Stab' Billy

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 120 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 12, 1997
    EuropeMay 1, 1998
    JapanAug 15, 1998
    AustraliaJan 15, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 31, 2001
    EuropeFeb 26, 2001
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