For most of its running time, this sequel to the surprise juggernaut it just as original and clever as its predecessor. Like the first movie deconstructs slasher conventions, this one dissects sequels – and more specifically, horror sequels – and it’s a pleasure to see how screenwriter Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven play with audience expectations without sacrificing logic for cheap scares. Same as with the original, the opening sequence is a stroke of demented, gleeful genius, and the same “anything can happen” vibe carries throughout the movie. Unfortunately it goes off the rails during a well-written but ludicrously over-acted finale that irrevocably damages the movie’s momentum, but getting there, it’s a strong, unpredictable and entertaining classic in its own right.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)