Crime and Misdemeanours
By Terry Richards
IT HAD TO HAPPEN. Scream was a low(ish)-budget horror movie that stepped into the mainstream while simultaneously becoming a cult hit around the world. It tied comedy and horror leaving audiences laughing out loud one moment and absolutely terrified the next. And it had to have a sequel. Now, in Scream 2, two years have passed since the tragic events at the small town of Woodsboro where Sidney Prescott, played by Neve (pronounced Nev) Campbell had to face the killers who were so fond of their horror movies that they acted out murders based upon their own bizarre rules of horror movies. Now she’s trying to get on with her life as a college student. Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) has written a best-seller, The Woodsboro Murders, which has been turned into a film called Stab. Terrifyingly, as the film opens, murders begin again. A masked killer is out to kill everyone connected to the original murders and, once again, Scream 2 keeps you guessing about who the murderer or murderers could be. It’s edge-of-the-seat stuff, there’s death in abundance but Scream 2 carries on the tradition of marrying comedy with horror – the audience screams with laughter then screams in terror as a new ‘Ghostface’, the killer in the Munch painting-inspired mask, mercilessly hunts down his (or her) prey.
Neve Campbell, who is a household name in the US with the TV series Party of Five was surprised by the film’s original success. “You always hope if you have a good time on a film,” she says, “and you feel positive about it, you hope that the audience is going to respond to it in the same way.” Neve is aware how fickle the cinema-going public can be. “It completely depends on what the audiences are ready for that week, what they are in the mood for. You know, you could make a fantastic film and it can never be seen because it doesn’t do well on the first weekend. It was overwhelming and wonderful and I couldn’t ask for any more success than that.”
Courteney Cox, who almost everyone in the western world knows as Monica from the TV sitcom Friends is staggered by the original film’s success and the fact that months after the film’s release still played packed-out theatres. “It’s crazy, isn’t it?” she laughs. “When it first came out it didn’t do well at all. My family went to see it and they said ‘Well, we liked it – but there was no one in the theatre!’
But, then, in about week three or four, it started taking off. I knew this was going to be a word of mouth movie that was going to take off because it was just too good. I’d seen a lot of the footage while we were making it. It’s just too good. It’s too different. It’s too funny. I think that has a lot to do with it – the humour.”

Read the full interview in the May issue of Film Review
"I knew this was going to be a word of mouth movie that was going to take off because it was just too good"
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