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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Scream 2
DIRECTED BY WES CRAVEN
RELEASED: 1997

Why's it so good? Cause it's so, like, meta. It's a sequel wherein the characters spend quite some time discussing whether sequels can ever be good, in a sequel that is good. Apologies if we just blew your mind. But more seriously, this film contains some great kills, more smart dialogue and a wonderfully implausible reveal of the final bad guy/gal/s.

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How does it stack up to the original? Well, sadly for Scream 2 it probably does conform to the theory laid out in the film that dictates that sequels are never as good as the original. But there are great kills here, and some really tense moments: if you weren't crawling out of your seat when Sidney escapes a crashed car by crawling over the unconscious killer, you're stronger than us.

Glaring error: We'd secretly quite like to see the full version of Stab, with Tori Spelling playing Sidney and Luke Wilson as Billy. Robert Rodriguez directed it, you know. Is that wrong?


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 12 MONTHS


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