Thursday, October 31, 2013

Stream-And-Run, Halloween Edition: Scream 2 (1998)

            Do you like meta movies?

             In Scream 2, Wes Craven continues the devilish fun he started with the first film - you can almost hear the director cackling off-screen as he gleefully subverts horror tropes, the mass media and Hollywood. Craven holds nothing back, even willing to poke fun at his own previous film in the process. Whereas the first Scream had comedic elements, Scream 2 is virtually a full-bore horror-comedy, as evidenced by the absolutely bonkers ending. Which is not to say that the film is without chills - there’s an unbearably tense moment where Scream heroine Sydney Presscott must escape from a wrecked car by crawling over a passed-out Ghostface. With the perfect blend of horror elements and bitingly sharp genre satire and exploitation (such as the gret opening murder at the premiere of the movie-within-a-movie Stab), Scream 2 is every bit as effective as the first.  

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