Carlos German’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Who would wanna do that, sequels suck"
With the first scream, a second inevitably comes, although unfortunately now less high-pitched and a little hoarse. Scream 2 pales in comparison to the original quite significantly, teetering on the very edge of becoming a parody that the first film so delicately critiqued, but still maintaining a breathe of air that most other movies in the genre lack.
Here, the spree killers adopt Ghostface's now-iconic mask to act as a mimic of the first ones now immortalized on film. (portrayed quite literally in the very opening scene) Similar to the first, the second film also adopts the persona of these serial killers, with the definition of copycat suiting not only these people but the film itself.
The theme, the kills, and the cast all tend to tread familiar ground, to the point where it almost seems that the film has stopped embracing the stale tropes, and have just begun to follow in their footsteps blindly.
However, that's not to say it's a complete impersonation - the second does veer occasionally off-course to deliver an unexpected kill, or give us a more creative tense set-up or environment for the stabbings to occur. And it's still a clever whodunnit, where I was just as perplexed as in the first, as to who could've been behind that still-eerie mask, all while building a familiarity with a cast of characters we got to know previously, such as the relationship between Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley.
I just personally felt it was less organized, and is gradually losing a charm that the first had in spades. As expected from a horror movie sequel, the film delivers in more suspects, more blood and more gore. But, just as equally expected, it delivers in more flaws as well.