Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Scream to Scream, Scene by Scene: SCENE 2 of Scream 2 (0:10:32-0:13:50)

In this project I attempt to review the entire Scream trilogy scene by scene in chronological order. Heavy spoilers and gore throughout!

SCENE 2 of Scream 2
Length: 3mins 18secs
Primary Characters: Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Hallie (Elise Neil) and Cotton Weary (Liev Shreiber)
Pop Culture References:
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"Welcome to your lucky day in hell" sing the Eels over the soundtrack of our re-introduction to Sidney Prescott. The sun is shining and she has no reason to expect what's about to go down over the next few days.

I like how they don't make her instantly afraid when a) her telephone rings and b) it's "the voice" on the other end. Unlike other scary movies where the first time we see the returning "final girl" she's a tormented and distraught mess. She just yawns off the "what's your favourite scary movie" gag as if it's a part of life now, and one she doesn't expect to eventuate into malice.

"Who is this?"
"You tell me."

"Cory Gillis, 555-0176."
"Hot flash, Cory. Prank calls are a criminal offence prosecuted under penal code 653M.
*Cory hangs up*
"Hmm. Hope you enjoy the movie.

Hey look! It's Cotton Weary! I continue to love that Liev Shreiber - now considered a very Respectable Actor - was in these movies. And, hey, there's a cameo by the writer of Scream and Scream 2, Kevin Williamson.

I like how they telegraph that Cotton's side of the story isn't done yet and that he is, right off the bat, a big suspect. I also like that Cotton's obsession with television news programs lead into his character's profession of Scream 3 (one of the better moments of continuity between the films, I say).

Oh hai, Hallie! I really like Hallie. I mean, sure, she's no Tatum Riley, but who is??!?, but any girl that decorates her room like this (there are flamingos on the wall off camera!) must be fun. I've always been a bit sad that Hallie was replaced as the killer in the final act and was, instead, sidled with a loopy, plot hole-riddled death sequence. Oh well. I'll always have her ghetto-on-helium "whaaaaat?" to Sidney.

Why yes, that is Sandy Heddings-Katulka as "Girl in Dorm Hallway", but I'm sure you knew that already, right?

"Where's Randy?"
"He's got film theory this morning."

RANDY'S BACK! Oh man, I was so excited when they said that dialogue. And, of course, he's taking film theory.

The press really are vultures, aren't they?

Meanwhile, I love that two of the actors playing reporters here never went on to many another movie, while the other, Joe Washington, seems to only ever play reporters in movies. Is he a reporter in real life who makes extra income by portraying reporters in movies?

Intro, Scene 1 Scene 2, Scene 3, Scene 4, Scene 5, Scene 6, Scene 7, Scene 8, Scene 9, Scene 10, Scene 11, Scene 12, Scene 13, Scene 14, Scene 15, Scene 16, Scene 17, Scene 18, Scene 19, Scene 20, Scene 21, Scene 22, Scene 23, Scene 24, Scene 25, Scene 26, Scene 27, Scene 28, Scene 29, Scene 30, Scene 31 Scene 32, Scene 33, End Credits

Scream 2
Scene 1

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