I really don’t have a lot to say about this one so I’m going to be very brief. I guess I need to explain the plot, of which there is none. After the release of a movie based on the events that took place in the first Scream, Sidney (Neve Campbell) is having to deal with a copycat murderer on her college campus. She also has to deal with Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox) getting in her way and the newly released from death row Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber).
This movie is beyond lazy. It straight up tells you that it’s going to be a worse movie than the first, and as far as quality goes that’s definitely true. This movie pulls the number one thing you cannot pull in a horror film which is to be utterly boring and slow-paced. There are very few kills and they are spaced out quite a bit. The people who get killed have even less emotion behind them than in the first movie so I never really care when any of them get it. Some people are only on screen long enough to explain why they exist in the movie before being killed and not fulfilling that existence.
And again, my biggest problem with the first was that these movies do not know whether they want to be legitimate horror films or if they want to just make fun of horror films. At least in this one you have a lot less talk about movies, especially in the third act. There is a little bit more subtlety in some of the referencing and there’s actually one scene that I genuinely liked, but mostly it’s just a boring guy stabbing a couple people just like the first.
That’s really the biggest problem. I feel like the main point of the Scream movies is actually to take those clichés and tropes that it’s mentioning and make a better movie. It’s smug and it’s pretentious, and what’s worse is that it fails on every level. It feeds into its own clichés and becomes what it is making fun of. If that’s the purpose then it’s not something I want to see and if it’s not the purpose then they are failing. It’s basically a series of movies that tell you to go watch better movies.