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Scream 2 (1997)

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NOTE: This commentary track is only available on the "Collector's Series" Scream 2 DVD release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddalena, and editor Patrick Lussier Rating:7.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 12th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
A decent commentary, aside from the only occasional tendency of the trio to go silent and watch some of the dialogue heavy scenes. Craven wanted to draw comparisons between classic stage and theatre and horror films. They discuss the editing to derive the most effective use of the movie-within-a-movie.

Craven reveals that the first 15 minutes are key for horror films, then a filmmaker can take some time to establish characters and the story. He continues to offer horror film directing tips throughout, calls attention to how the wide format favored the depth of frame, allowing actors to be visible from afar, in the background.

They were frustrated by a few instances of footage and the script being leaked onto the Internet. They note that some scenes were reshot, or added to enhance or create suspicion.

Although Marco Beltrami scored the film, the Dewey theme was a licensed piece of Hans Zimmer music that was used in the film, Broken Arrow, because they grew fond of it as a temp track.

The sound for the knife stabs was a compilation of many different screeches and howls generated by various animals.

They recall fondly how the courtship between David Arquette and Courtney Cox transpired during the filming.

They point out many cameos throughout, as well as callbacks to the first Scream, and call-aheads to Scream 3, and at the time of this recording in March 2000, they did not anticipate a 4th film.

The film was mostly shot in the Malibu, Pasadena area but they filmed at a college in Georgia for the campus scenes. It was a hot summer.