Reviewed by: Tyson Gibson
So many sibling movies suffer from the “sequel syndrome” when the second movie just doesn’t live up to the expectations created by the first. However, occasionally the stroke of brilliance is recreated in the sequel which matches or even surpasses the first. Such is the case with “Scream 2”.
Like its predecessor, “Scream”, the second installment of this Wes Craven franchise focuses on the life of Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), a survivor of the Woodsboro murders. It is two years after that harrowing experience and Sydney is trying to rebuild her life at college. However, this is hard to do when a movie, based on Gale Weather’s (Courteney Cox) book on the Woodsboro incident, is released. To make matters worse, two students are brutally murdered at the premier of the film and the infamous phone calls return. As the murders continue, Sydney must face her fears and fight the nightmare all over again.
“Scream 2” is as good, or even better, than the first as far as film quality is concerned. In the second film, we see the characters develop more so than in the first. Instead of simply being potential victims (not to mention suspects), we actually learn what Sydney, Gale, and Dewey (David Arquette) are made of. The story is also much more intriguing than the first and, as usual, the viewer is kept guessing until the end as to the true identity of the killer.
However, from a Christian standpoint, I cannot recommend this movie. The blood and gore goes against God’s command for us to keep our minds on pure things. As expected, the characters delve into the usage of profanity often. Although there is no sex or nudity (except for a short, risque scene), there are no redeeming morals or values contained in the two-hour blood fest. DO NOT take your children to see this film! Adults will have a hard enough time keeping their eyes on the screen; it will likely give children (and some adults) nightmares.
It is likely that “Scream” fans will be pleased with the the second installment, while eveyone else will simply squirm through it. Unless you are looking to be scared, it is best that you go see a friendlier flick.
Year of Release—1997