In 1996, Wes Craven’s post-modern horror movie, Scream, slashed its way into cinemas. The movie focused on a series of murders, taking place in the small town of Woodsboro, with the killings centred around a teenage girl called Sidney Prescott.
In the movie, Sidney is a high school student who becomes the target of a masked ‘ghostface’ killer. The killer bumps off various students at Sidney’s school, all with the aim of unsettling Sidney, leading to a deadly murder mystery.
Featuring countless nods and winks to the horror genre, and plenty of self-referential humour, Scream was adored by audiences. It became a huge box office hit, influenced countless movies that followed, and spawned a collection of sequels.
The first sequel was the appropriately titled, Scream 2. The movie hit screens just one year after its predecessor, and continued Sidney’s story as she finds herself caught up in the middle of yet another killing spree.
In this movie, Sidney is now attending college, but continues to be haunted by ghosts from her past – triggered by the emergence of a copycat killer. This killer – who is wearing the same Ghostface outfit from the previous movie – murders more students, with Sidney once again becoming a prime target.
As with the previous film, Scream 2 is part slasher flick, part murder mystery. It delivers a similar experience to the first entry, and is regarded by critics (as well as by this blogger) as being a worthy sequel to Scream.
But what do you know about Scream 2? And more importantly, could you know more?! Of course you could, which is why you should slap your eyeballs around this post, because it provides plenty of killer details about this superb Scream sequel.
Below you will find twelve little titbits of information about Scream 2. From casting through to an alternate ending, here are some nuggets of goodness about this horror classic!
Due to the overwhelming success of Scream, Dimension Films put Scream 2 into production while its predecessor was still playing in cinemas. The studio then scheduled its arrival for December 1997, to ensure it could take advantage of the hype surrounding the first movie.
As this meant the film had little time to waste, principal photography took place over just a nine-week period during summer ’97. There was simply no hanging about with this sequel!
Calling the shots
Scream 2 was directed by horror maestro, Wes Craven, who returned to the director’s chair following his time on Scream. The late director, who passed away in 2015, was known for his iconic portfolio of horror movies, which included The Last House on the Left (1972), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and The People Under the Stairs (1991), as well as four entries in the Scream movie series.
Unlike most slasher sequels, which tend to introduce a new cast of characters with every new entry (largely because everyone is killed off in the previous movie), Scream 2 bucked the trend by including five ‘legacy’ characters who previously appeared in Scream. These characters included Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), Dewey Riley (David Arquette), Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), and Cotton Weary (Live Schreiber).
It wasn’t just legacy characters that returned for Scream 2, even Ghostface benefited from a familiar voice. Actor Roger L. Jackson returned for the sequel, to voice the mysterious masked killer.
While the focus of Scream 2 was largely on the returning fan-favourite cast members, Scream 2 was filled with many famous faces, who popped up in supporting roles and/or cameos. Well-known actors who appeared in the movie include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Laurie Metcalf, Jerry O’Connell, Timothy Olyphant, David Warner, Jada Pinkett, Rebecca Gayheart, Omar Epps, Tori Spelling, Luke Wilson, Heather Graham, and Portia de Rossi.
If you’re wondering just how busy the shoot of Scream 2 was, then know this: It was very busy.
While Scream 2 was being filmed, a number of the actors were working on high-profile television shows, including Courtney Cox who at the time was filming Friends, Sarah Michelle Gellar who was shooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jerry O’Connell who was busy on Sliders, and Neve Campbell who was working on Party of Five. In order to accommodate the movie, these actors had to work around their schedules to fit in Scream 2’s tight shoot.
During production of Scream 2, a draft of the script leaked onto the internet, revealing key details about the story. The leaked script caused issues for the production, leading to various re-writes mid-shoot.
A significant element of this leaked draft, was the revelation that Scream 2 included four Ghostface killers, rather than the two seen in the finished film. Yep, four killers!
The first two killers in the leaked script were revealed to be Sidney’s boyfriend Derek and Sidney’s best friend Hallie, who were secret lovers and part-time murderers. Derek and Hallie had teamed up with Mrs. Loomis, who was the third killer of the film.
In addition to Derek, Hallie, and Mrs. Loomis, a fourth villain was then introduced in the shape of Cotton Weary. During the latter moments of the movie, Weary became a pseudo killer after he bumped off reporter, Gale Weathers.
Although the leaked script caused many backstage issues and headaches for the production team, according to screenwriter, Kevin Williamson, it didn’t impact the ending of the movie all that much. The reason? The leaked script only contained an alternate ending, rather than the definitive ending seen in the movie.
Speaking to Dread Central in 2017, he said: “The Hallie and Derek ending was a dummy draft. At the time the script was written, the studio was determined to keep the plot details under wraps.
“They were worried the killer’s identity would be leaked, so we wrote several endings. Three in all, if memory serves, and when actors and potential crew members asked to read the script, we would send the script with the dummy ending.”
The music man
The score for Scream 2 was composed by Marco Beltrami – an American composer and conductor who has provided music for countless high-profile pictures, including The Faculty (1998), Logan (2017), A Quiet Place (2018) and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021). Beltrami also composed the music for Scream (1996), Scream 3 (2001), and Scream 4 (2021).
While Beltrami’s score is used throughout Scream 2, it should be noted that the work of fellow composers, Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer, can also be heard briefly in the movie. In addition, pop songs feature in the movie, with the official soundtrack including the likes of D’Angelo, Foo Fighters, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
You can bank on it
Upon release, Scream 2 was a big hit with critics but more importantly for Dimension Films, it was a huge financial success. The movie took just over $172.3 million at the worldwide box office, putting it almost on level with Scream, which had taken $173 million the previous year.
And finally, Scream 2’s success at the box office helped to ensure the legacy of the franchise, which would continue in the shape of movies: Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011), and Scream (2022), as well as the television show, Scream: The Series. Had Scream 2 flopped, it is unlikely we would have seen anything further from Sidney or Ghostface, so never forget just how important this sequel is to the entire series.
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