Every Sunday, Gill delves into his archive of over 800 movie reviews and randomly selects three for your enjoyment! Here are this week’s…
Wes Craven successfully breathes new life into the slasher genre with this now-classic horror whodunnit that manages to be self-aware and funny without slipping into a parody of itself. Jamie Kennedy steals the show here as Randy, the movie geek with all the answers.
4 out of 5
Surprisingly, Scream 2 actually matches the original Scream in terms of humour, mystery, suspense and bloodiness, and even surpasses it in some ways. The mix of returning cast members and fresh faces is good, and you get genuinely attached to some of the new characters rather than seeing them as just the next inevitable victims. Jamie Kennedy once again knocks it out of the park as the cynical film student, and Liev Schreiber also turns in a great, sinister performance as the ex-convict Cotton Weary.
4 out of 5
Unfortunately, when Scream and Scream 2 writer Kevin Williamson departed the franchise, he took most of the wit and charm that made the first two Scream films so memorable with him. Most fans of the movies will agree that replacing him with Ehren “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Kruger was a mistake, as Scream 3 comes off as a lot more campy and tongue-in-cheek than its predecessors and as a result often falls victim to the cliches that it’s trying to poke fun at. A sadly typical sequel, and yet somehow also a fitting one for a franchise that so blatantly reviles this kind of half-assed sequelization.
3 out of 5
See you next Sunday for three more thrilling short reviews!