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There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to create a successful sequel. Number one: the body count is always bigger. Number two: the death scenes are always much more elaborate - more blood, more gore -. And number three: never, ever, under any circumstances, assume the killer is dead.
― Randy

Scream 2 is a 1997 slasher film and is the second film in the Scream series. The film is directed by Wes Craven and stars David Arquette as Dwight "Dewey" Riley, Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, and Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers.

The film is followed by Scream 3.


The plot is centered on a group of college friends, an ex-cop and a news reporter as they deal with some mysterious killings that take place after the release of the horror movie Stab, which was inspired by the events in the California town of Woodsboro depicted in the original film. Many of the survivors from the first movie return to reprise their original roles in this film.


Warning: this text contains details about the plot/ending of the film.

Phill and Maureen in the movie theater.

Sidney and Randy are attending Windsor College. They see on the news, that a couple (Maureen Evans and Phil Stevens) were murdered in a movie theater at the preview of the Stab movie based on a book by Gale Weathers about the Woodsboro murders. Soon they realize, it's starting all over again, because they were both from the same college like them. Gale, famous because of the events in the first movie arrives to investigate the new killings.

Dewey also arrives on the campus to try and help protect Sidney, who he sees as a surrogate sister after the murder of his sister in the first killing spree. Once again, in the "rules" scene, Randy and Dewey talk to each other and explain to each other, that anyone could be the killer (known as Ghostface), including themselves. During the course of the discussion, Randy continues his job of explaining the rules of a horror movie, this time the "rules of a sequel".

Gale sets up and interview between Sidney and Cotton Weary

The killer attempts to kill Sidney, while setting up a copycat ploy. Casey "Cici" Cooper, a sorority girl, is the next victim. While alone at her sorority house, Cici is threatened by the killer over the phone before the killer attacks her inside the house and chases her upstairs. The killer then stabs her in the back twice before throwing her over a third story balcony.

Mickey, Randy, Derek, Sidney and Hallie

Randy is the next victim, when the killer calls and Gale and Dewey search for where the call is coming from, when the killer says, he can see them. It happens, when Randy looks around and is outside of Joel's (the cameraman) van, when he is unexpectedly pulled into the van in broad daylight and stabbed to death after insulting the dead Billy Loomis, one of the first films killers. Officer Andrews and Officer Richards, the detectives who were assigned to protect Sidney, are also killed. Gale and Dewey are caught up in a game of cat and mouse with the killer, resulting in Dewey being stabbed. After being trapped in a cop car, that has crashed and narrowly escaping a "tight" squeeze, Sidney's roommate is killed, while trying to run away and Sidney heads for the campus theater.

Gale hiding from Ghostface

While in the school theater, Sidney witnesses the death of her boyfriend Derek at the hands of Mickey. In the final confrontation, the killers are revealed to be Sidney's new boyfriend's best friend, Mickey, and the mother of Sidney's previous boyfriend, Billy, who posed as Debbie Salt to be near the crime scenes. Mrs. Loomis shoots Mickey, removing her accomplice and a potential threat, stating that his motive was completely absurd and that no one would believe it. (Mickey wanted to blame it on horror movies; the "effects of cinema violence in society in the hopes of having a famous trial.") Mrs. Loomis didn't want such a trial. She wanted to kill Sidney as a revenge of killing her son, yet Sidney pointed out to her, that if she hadn't abandon Billy in the first place he wouldn't have gone on his killing spree with his partner, the second killer in the first film.

Before he collapses, Mickey accidentally shoots Gale, as she is running towards him, causing her to fall off the stage. Sidney is cornered by Mrs. Loomis and tricks her by saying, "Isn't Mickey supposed to be dead?", and when Mrs. Loomis looks, Sidney hits Mrs. Loomis in the face with a prop jar. Sidney then causes the stage to collapse on Mrs. Loomis. Mrs. Loomis survives and gets Sidney in an arm lock, and Cotton, the man framed who was framed for killing Sidney's mother Mrs. Prescott, shows up, and picks up Mickey's gun.

Debbie Salt turns out to be Mrs. Loomis

Mrs. Loomis tries to convince Cotton to kill Sidney, but Cotton shoots Mrs. Loomis instead. Gale is alive, as the bullet had bounced off one of her ribs. Then Mickey suddenly jumps up and Gale and Sidney shoot him multiple times. Then, Sidney turns around and shoots Mrs. Loomis in the head, "Just in case".

It is then revealed that Dewey was alive after, quite literally, being stabbed in the back (while a horrified Gale watched while in a sound studio, unable to hear him cry for help because of soundproof glass). Gale is overjoyed, that he was found alive and the movie ends with Sidney making amends with Cotton, looking up into the sky and walking away from the scene of the carnage.

List of deaths[]

The following is a list of notable deaths in Scream 2. The characters who are considered good are written in green, while the "bad" characters are red. If the character is neither good nor bad, the name is written in white.

Name Cause of Death Killer On Screen Notes
Phil "Phillip" Stevens Knifed in ear through bathroom stall Debbie "Debra" Loomis Yes
Maureen Evans Knifed in stomach once and stabbed three times in back Mickey Altieri Yes
Casey "Cici" Cooper Stabbed twice in back, thrown off roof of building Debbie Loomis Yes
Randy "Randall" Meeks Knifed 4 times in chest Mrs. Loomis Yes
Officer Andrews Throat slit with hunting knife in car Mickey Altieri Yes
Officer Richards Head impaled through metal spike Mickey Altieri Yes
Hallie McDaniel Knifed 4 times in chest Mickey Altieri Yes
Derek Feldman Shot in chest with handgun Mickey Altieri Yes
Mickey Altieri Shot repeatedly in shoulder, chest and stomach with handgun Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers Yes
Mrs. Loomis "Debbie Salt" Shot in neck and forehead with handgun Cotton Weary, Sidney Prescott Yes


Stab actors[]

  • Heather Graham as Casey
  • Tori Spelling as Sidney
  • Luke Wilson as Billy


Alternate film poster.

Scream 2 received mostly positive critical response following its release with some critics even arguing that the film surpassed the original in both scares and humor. There was, however, criticism over the death of the character Randy Meeks played by Jamie Kennedy, who had appeared in the first movie and survived it.


It received three Saturn Awards and one MTV Movie Award.

  • Blockbuster - Male in Horror: David Arquette
  • Blockbuster - Female in Horror: Neve Campbell
  • Blockbuster - Male in Horror: Jamie Kennedy
  • MTV Movie Awards Favorite Actress: Neve Campbell


Ghostface behind the scenes.

  • The concept of a sequel to Scream was idealized by Kevin Williamson when he was finishing the script of the first film. The filming began 6 months after the original film was released and was released before its first anniversary.
  • The early script of the movie leaked in the internet causing major rewrites. "They went almost immediately on the Internet. So all that was blown and we had to go into rewrites", remembers Wes Craven. After that, an alert of secrecy was lightened in the production. Even the actors weren't allowed to know what was going to happen next, since they used to receive 10 pages at the time right before the shot the scenes. "We got our scripts. They were burgundy with a black line through them. You can't even read them really. So you can't photocopy them" recalls Neve Campbell, who plays lead Sidney Prescott.
  • The original killers were Derek, Hallie and Cotton and Sidney was supposed to die in the end [1].


The Scream 2 original soundtrack was released November 18, 1997 by Capitol Records. The soundtrack consists of 15 songs from the R&B, Rap and Rock genre, recorded between 1970-1997. The album spent ten weeks on the Billboard 200, but gained most negative reviews from critics.

Scream 2, Music From The Dimension Motion Picture

Album cover

  1. Scream - Master P
  2. Suburban Life - Kottonmouth Kings
  3. Rivers - Sugar Ray
  4. She's Always In My Hair - D´Angelo
  5. Help Myself - Dave Matthews Band
  6. She Said - Collective Soul
  7. Right Place Wrong Time - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  8. Dear Lover - Foo Fighters
  9. Eyes Of Sand - Tonic
  10. The Swing - Everclear
  11. I Think I Love You - Less Than Jake
  12. Your Lucky Day In Hell - The Eels
  13. Red Right Hand - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  14. One More Chance - Kelly
  15. The Race - Ear2000



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