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Scream 2 (1997) is the second film in the Scream franchise.

Several years after the original killing spree in Woodsboro, a slasher movie named Stab has been released to cash in on the event's notoriety. Sidney, now a college student at Windsor College, is again targeted by a new Ghostface copycatting the original.


This film provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
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  • Adapted Out: In-Universe. Instead of Casey's boyfriend dying shortly before her in Stab, she says she doesn't have one at the moment.
  • Advertised Extra: Jada Pinkett appears as one of the main five on the poster and is killed in the opening scene.
  • All Part of the Show: The death of Jada Pinkett's character is mistaken for this by the crowd in the theater, who thinks it's a publicity stunt.
  • Analogy Backfire: After Mickey compares himself to the killer from the first film, Billy Loomis;
    Sidney: Yeah, well you're forgetting one thing about Billy Loomis?
    Mickey: What's that?
  • Anyone Can Die: Randy bites it after living through the original Woodsboro massacre.
  • Ascended Extra: Cotton Weary, who was an off-screen character for most of the first film, and only appears briefly on a news report. Here he's a supporting character and potential suspect.
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  • Avenging the Villain: Mrs. Loomis, for her son Billy.
  • Ax-Crazy: Mickey and Mrs. Loomis.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    Ghostface: *on phone* I want you, It's showtime!
    Sidney: Then why don't you show your face, you fucking coward?
    Ghostface: My pleasure... *lunges from hiding place and chases Sidney*
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Mickey and Mrs. Loomis. Seeing as how Mrs. Loomis actually had a reason behind all the killings, and she mentions leading Mickey on and giving him pointers, Mickey could be considered The Dragon to her Big Bad.
  • Big Damn Hero: Cotton.
  • Black Best Friend: Hallie for Sidney.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Done, and lampshaded. Two, in fact before the opening credits. The second is a woman.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Mrs. Loomis, just in case.
  • Call-Back:
    • Sidney punches Gale again after an ambush interview.
    • Cici is attacked by the killer and has to run upstairs instead of out the front door, like Sidney in the first movie.note 
    • Dewey and Gale are about to get intimate but something involving the killer interrupts them.
    • Dewey has another Disney Death and is loaded into the back of an ambulance.
  • California University: Though Windsor College sounds like a fictional California college, the college in the film is in Ohio, both established in script and on the film.
  • The Cameo:
    • Joshua Jackson, star of Dawson's Creek (written by Kevin Williamson) as one of the students in Randy's film class.
    • Matthew Lillard is in the background of the sorority party, and can be seen hugging Mickey. Fitting, as they both play The Dragon in their respective Scream films.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Inverted. On a night where there are loads of wild parties going on, Cici is a sober sister who's staying at the sorority house in case a drunk sister needs a ride home. She's the third victim.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Obviously casting Sarah Michelle Gellar - who was currently known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer - as a helpless Ghostface victim. Likewise when Cici is flicking through the TV, one of the films on is Nosferatu - about a vampire.
    • And in the first film, Sidney makes a quip about Tori Spelling playing her if they made a movie about her. In this film when the Stab movie has been made, Sidney is played by...Tori Spelling. Apparently Spelling herself found the gag Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Derek's Greek letters.
  • Creator Cameo: Kevin Williamson plays the interviewer talking to Cotton Weary on TV. Wes Craven also cameos in the background at the hospital.
  • Daylight Horror: Randy is killed outside in the middle of the day.
  • Dead Star Walking: Trust Wes Craven to have the Slayer, about the final word in the genre at the time, killed off mid way through.
  • Death by Sex: Though not confirmed until the third film. Randy says he lost his virginity which is why he was killed.
  • Double Tap: Sidney shoots Mrs Loomis in the head after commenting that they always come back;
    Sidney: Just in case
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Arguably, Randy.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Cotton for most of the movie.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted. In her first scene Cici has an intelligent discussion about the media's attitude towards violence in movies.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Randy's conversation with Dewey, Randy correctly guesses that Derek is the red herring and that Mickey is a good fit for the killer although he drops the latter guess because he and Mickey are not so different. While he is wrong about Hallie as a suspect, he correctly guesses that one of the Ghostfaces is female as "Mrs. Voorhees was a terrific serial killer"; on that note, he unintentionally guesses that the new killer is the mother of Billy.
    • Debbie Salt remarks that if the killer is repeating Woodsboro, the killer could be from Woodsboro.
    • Another one: After Debbie Salt introduces herself as the "one in the front row, asking all the questions" at Gale's seminar, Gale snidely remarks that she thought Salt looked familiar. Later on when Salt is revealed to be Billy's mother, Gale says that she's seen photos of Mrs. Loomis, but didn't recognize her.
    • In the film class scene, Mickey argues that violence in film inspires violence in real life; furthermore, he contends that movie sequels can be superior to the original when Randy scoffs at the idea of someone making a real life sequel to the Stab movie. Later, when revealed as the killer, Mickey tells Sidney that when he goes on trial, his defense would be to blame the movies.
    • A minor example would be the Woodsboro survivors' argument over the motive of the recent murders. Initially, Gale and Dewey believe the the murders to be a copycat crime due to the similarities in the names of the first three victims from the original murder spree in Scream and from the recent murder spree. However, the attack on Sidney prompts Dewey to point out the inconsistency and Randy to note that the killer is "trying to finish what was started". This is due to the two killers' different motives for the murders.
  • Ear Ache: Mrs. Loomis stabs Phil Stevens through the ear, making him the first of the Windsor College victims.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Discussed by Randy. "I'd let the geek get the girl." Poor guy never will.
  • Gut Punch: Randy's death. It marks the time when the remaining survivors start to fall apart.
  • Hero Killer: Woodsboro survivor Randy is dispatched by Mrs. Loomis after he insults her son over the phone.
  • Hollywood Darkness: The interior of the movie theatre. They have a special gimmick of making the Ghostface masks glow in the dark - but the place is only just slightly darker than average.
  • Hollywood Healing: Averted. Dewey has a limp from his stab wound in the first film - which is two years ago.
  • Hotter and Sexier: In-universe. The Stab movie changes the scene of Casey getting killed to the killer calling her while in the shower. She spends the whole scene in a dressing gown.
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads: The killer (at least, one of them) planned on invoking this in order to get himself media publicity and a sensational trial.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Officer Richards ends up with a pipe through his head at the end of the wild car ride.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Derek is killed by one shot of Mickey's gun.
  • Irony: Maureen is yelling instructions at Casey in the movie to avoid the killer, with no idea that another killer is right next to her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Dewey gets annoyed at how Gale wrote him in her book. Despite being the only policeman on duty during a homicide situation, he ended up incapacitated - leaving it to a teenager to stop the killers. He didn't actually do anything to help the case at all.
    • Cotton is portrayed as a jerk for his outburst to Sidney in the library. However she had named him as her mother's killer - without definite evidence - and had him put in prison for a year. He's asking her to issue a formal statement so that the general public will stop treating him like he's a rapist and murderer - which they only think primarily because of Sidney's testimony.
      • That might not have been the wisest way of going about it, though: trying to get to Sidney when she is alone while there is an unidentified serial killer copying the murders of her mother and her friends. Sidney's cautious regard for him was reasonable, given these circumstances.
  • Kill the Cutie: Randy.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: At the end, when Mrs. Loomis is seemingly killed by a gunshot to the chest, before leaving, Sidney approaches them and shoots them right in the forehead "just in case."
  • Murder Simulators: A discussion in a film class early on has several characters debating whether or not violent slasher flicks turn people violent. Later, the killer plans on blaming his killing spree on said slasher movies (such as the newly-released Stab), invoking this trope in order to create a sensational trial and get the Moral Guardians on his side.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Cici is thrown through a glass door, stabbed twice in the back and thrown off the roof.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sidney's expression when Ghostface turns off the voice changer and speaks with Mickey's voice.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. The first three victims (Phil Stevens, Maureen Evans, and Casey "Cici" Cooper) are chosen because they share the same names as victims in Woodsboro.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Cici's full name is Casey.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Sidney - "You're forgetting one thing about Billy Loomis: I fucking killed him!"
  • Progressively Prettier: Randy in the first film was presented as a skinny geek. In this film he's filled out a bit more, dresses in more flattering clothes and has a more stylish hairstyle.
  • Red Herring:
    • Cotton's meeting with Sidney has him losing his temper after Sidney rejects his offer. The film then does a close-up on his shoes, which match the killer's, and later he shows up with bloody hands.
    • Derek becomes this when it is revealed that the new Ghostface is a copycat killer and that Derek while wounded by Ghostface did not suffer any major injuries. Mickey also invokes this when he questions why Derek would go back into the house with Ghostface.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Randy at one point states in film class within earshot of Mickey, "I'd let the geek get the girl." Later in the film, Ghostface taunts Randy by stating that Randy will never get the girl.
    • Debbie Salt's line about how the killer could be from Woodsboro. She's right, even if the killer doesn't live there any more.
    • Gale jokes "I thought you looked familiar" to Debbie Salt aka Mrs Loomis. On the first watch it seems like a lie on Gale's part. After The Reveal Gale says "I've seen pictures" - so she did recognize her.
    • Debbie Salt keeps away from the confrontation between Gale and Sidney at the start. She doesn't want to risk Sidney recognising her.
    • Mickey's line "Why would anyone go back in that house anyway?" He's deliberately trying to make Sidney think Derek is the killer.
    • In one of the scenes they show from Stab, "Billy" reiterates to "Sidney" about his mother leaving his family, as a subtle As You Know clue for viewers who have not seen the first movie or might have forgotten that clue.
    • Mickey is shown carrying a camcorder around early on, and it is later revealed that the killer recorded the victims. Derek later informs Sid that Mickey "had to edit".
    • After Cici Cooper is murdered, Debbie Salt tells Gale that she has to go as she "has a deadline". She's actually leaving to attack Sidney.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Mickey's plan to get Jonnie Cochran or Alan Dershowitz to defend him at his trial reeks of parallels with the OJ Simpson trial (where the former defended OJ and the latter was an advisor to the defense).
  • Sacrificial Lion: Randy.
  • The Scourge of God: Averted. One of the victims, Cici, is noted to be a sober sister, staying home.
  • Sequel Escalation: Provides the page quote, too!
    Randy: "There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to create a successful sequel. Number one: the body count is always bigger. Number two: the death scenes are always much more elaborate — more blood, more gore. Carnage candy."
  • Sequel Hook: The film was originally supposed to include a shot of the masked killer in the bell tower as the camera pulls back in the final shot, but this was never done.
  • Sequelitis: Discussed in-universe in a scene in a film class, with Randy claiming that "sequels suck" and destroyed the horror genre. To prove his point, he and Cici ask their fellow classmates to name sequels that are better than the originals. Yes, this discussion is being had in a horror sequel.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: In this case, only one blonde victim, but Cici still counts.
  • Stylistic Suck: What we see of Stab notably lacks any sense of tension, and is riddled with poor acting. The fact that the Woodsboro killings are common knowledge in-universe at least justifies how the film telegraphs the fact that Billy Loomis is evil.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Randy.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • The two film class guys (one of whom is played by Joshua Jackson).
    • The two Valley Girl sorority sisters, Murphy and Lois.
    • The two police officers hired to guard Sidney. Both are killed by Ghostface/Mickey.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sidney is the Tomboy to Hallie's Girly Girl.
  • Too Dumb to Live: All of the characters on Randy's death take the cake. First, they receive a call from the killer in an open park crowded with people. Then, two of them have the brilliant idea of splitting up with one of them and check every single cellphone user on the park. Finally, we have the victim walking up right out of the open park into one of the places the killer could easily hide.
  • Typecasting: In-universe example. David Schwimmer is mentioned as playing Dewey in Stab. In the 90s, the bumbling police detective would be perfectly in type for him.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Sid ends up in a car accident with the killer, who is rendered unconscious. She tries to sneak over him to get out through the window. Why, why, why wouldn't she just beat him to death while she had the chance to do so?
  • You Bastard!: The whole point of the intro.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Mickey is "killed" by Mrs. Loomis for this purpose. He gets up for the final scare and is gunned down by Sid and Gale.

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