Scream 2 ★★★★

“Hi! No, I really mean that, Hi!” - Sorority girl Portia de Rossi to Sidney Prescott. Fantastic line. So funny.

Rewatched again with commentary featuring Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier.

Some fun insights, like that Robert Rodriguez was credited as the director of STAB here, but they cut it out for legal reasons. It sounds like he may have actually directed the scene with Luke Wilson and Tori Spelling but it’s unclear.

I knew that this movie was one of the first to have script leaking online issues, so it was also interesting to hear some color there. They only had 30 pages at start of production and those all leaked immediately. They had to change things and then write the rest more secretly, utilizing multiple dummy endings and whatnot. And that in itself works its way into the final ending and the motive. 

The more I revisit this the more I appreciate and enjoy it. The big exciting kill sequences are the best in the series, maybe? The opening still rules and there are at least two other really good memorable scenes, like the soundproof room chase and the gnarly cop car crash with Sidney and her friend in the back

Considering that it was largely written on the fly, I’m all the more impressed. There’s also something metatextual and interesting about this sequel being rushed into production! Also it ends with a Less Than Jake ska cover of a Partridge family song

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