Friday, April 8, 2011

Scream to Scream, Scene by Scene: SCENE 14 of Scream 2 (0:42:16-0:43:30)

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

SCENE 14 of Scream 2
Length: 1min 14secs
Primary Characters: Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley and Chief Hartley
Pop Culture References:
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One of the things I love about the first two movies is the way that Craven routinely uses establishing shots that, with each one, lessens the number of people around. In Scream it reaches the point of "the town that dreaded sundown" and then with this shot we see the numbers starting to decrease before eventually, later on the film, there's nobody else around. Scream 3, however, had people everywhere, which perhaps says something different altogether about how Hollywood reacts in the face of violence (gather the troops, for instance). Hmmm...

Everytime I see Chief Hartley write "COOPER" on his blackboard (aside: BLACKBOARD!!! wow. ancient.) I think back to the Twin Peaks episode "Zen, or The Skill to Catch a Killer" wherein Agent Cooper teaches the local police on Tibetan detective methods or whathaveyou.

Gale's in her reporter mode and upon being told Cici's real name is actually Casey, you can she's turns to Dewey and telepathically shares an "uh-oh". Dewey, meanwhile, is probably all "I could go for some Pringles right about now..."

Do you think the Arquette family get together featured many an anecdote about the Scream trilogy, with Lewis - David's father - piping in with about that time he "worked on the sequel"? I think so.

Meanwhile, this is the 200th Scream 2 screencap, apparently. Frightening. We're not even half way through!

"I think you've got a copycat on your hands, Chief."

It's this sort of scene, brief as it may be, that adds that little something extra to these films. It not only deal with adults, but shows them working and investigating, trying to solve something. Not like, say, Halloween that only ever seem to show adults being a) idiot police who always underestimate their foe, or b) Dr Loomis who's always frothing at the mouth spouting verbose dialogue about Michael Myers being the "bringer of DOOOOOM!" or some such. It's also not like most imitators that think having a cop character means they just stand around and say "i pulled the files, looks like HE IS INSANE! Let's catch this creep."

I dunno, it's hard to explain, but I've just always felt like the adults were just as much a part of these films as the knife-bait teenagers and that's a good thing. The adults are just as integral to the story and they add much needed weight. Plus, it helps that the performances, especially Cox, are so good. But we'll say more about her later. Make sense? Probably not.

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, Scene 2, Scene 3, Scene 4, Scene 5, Scene 6, Scene 7, Scene 8, Scene 9, Scene 10, Scene 11, Scene 12, Scene 13


Anonymous said...

Maybe You can extend the end date for this project to the release of the Scream 4 dvd, and then you can screen cap that one too!

Glenn Dunks said...

Hah, yes well let's not even get into Scream 4, okay?

I long ago realised I was never going to complete it by the release date of Scream 3. Might be nice to get it done by December 20, which would be the exact 15 year anniversary, but let's not put a finite date on it, okay?

Tony said...

You should definitely do Scream 4 too. I mean how can you not? Lol, plus you know you'll want to.

And FINALLY... I've been waiting for this to return, lol.