Scream 2 has one of the series’ most surprising killer revelations, and remakes actually saved Ghostface’s identity from being completely subversive.
Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson had the unenviable task of recreating the original Scream‘s magic with Scream 2, but resumes saved the killer’s revelation from being severely subversive. Published less than a year after the 1996s Scream, the first sequel’s sharp script and brutal, unreleased Ghostface resulted in a worthy sequel. Timothy Olyphant gets the most out of his minimal screen time as Mickey, conveying charm, humor and just a touch of madness before his unveiling.
Scream 2 continues Sidney Prescott’s (Neve Campbell) story as she tries to move past the original Woodsboro massacre and now attends Windsor College. When a copy killer shows up at the premiere on Dagger, Scream‘s movie-in-a-movie, Sidney is forced to question his new relationship. Meanwhile, Woodsboro survivors Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) are being thrown together again to investigate the Ghostface attacks.
Mickey’s Ghostface revelation makes perfect sense when he analyzes his behavior. However, Scream 2‘s DVD audio commentary confirms that recordings saved the twist. Mickey’s role was all too evident in the original footage, while his lack of one-on-one scenes with Sidney would have made it a disappointing revelation. Fortunately, remakes allowed for a more subtle, more complex story and provided yet another scene for Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Cici.
At first, Mickey may not seem like the most obvious choice for Ghostface. However, more track tease Mickey as Scream 2‘s killer. He is regularly seen holding a video camera, and it is later revealed that Ghostface is filming the crime scenes. The bigger track is in the classroom with film student Randy (Jamie Kennedy), where they discuss the benefits of sequels, especially in the horror genre. Mickey tries to defend the notion that “many successors have surpassed their original”. This conversation was originally filmed in a large auditorium, and it feels more impersonal. There is no Cici or Joshua Jackson cameo to share the dialogue, so most lines are shared between Mickey and Randy. The former is significantly more emphatic than his relaxed demeanor in the last film. This places Mickey as the main suspect; therefore, the scene was resumed. Talking about underestimated Scream 2‘s comment, Williamson confirmed, “Mickey seemed too suspicious and it was better to introduce all these other characters and let him sit longer in the background”.
The resumes that changed the scene allowed Mickey to sit back and start a debate that was shared with the rest of the class. The new framework for a small classroom also provides a friendlier, more intimate environment that successfully contrasts with Scream 2‘s bloodshed. Craven stated that one of the reasons for the resumption was to make better use of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s cast. Cici was only meant to appear in the sorority house scene, murdered by Ghostface. It would have been a missed opportunity not to give Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Gellar more screen time, and her presence in the classroom reveals more about Cici’s interests and personality. Furthermore, her mockery of Mickey’s successor argument gives him a greater incentive to kill Cici. Eventually, Mickey got much better after resumes. The hospital scene where he comforts Sidney was another late addition as the filmmakers realized they had not established the couple’s friendship. It’s the only time Mickey is alone with Sidney, deepening their connection and allowing him to suspect her boyfriend, Derek (Jerry O’Connell).
Without this moment, Mickey would only have been present in a group, which prevented his influence Ghostface kills identity. Mickey’s manipulation of Sidney also makes greater sense to his later actions as Derek serenades Sidney in front of the busy cafeteria. Mickey is a great movie that randomly quotes Top Gun connection, even with Derek’s intro and encouraging applause from the crowd. Scream 2s resumes help suggest that Mickey was driving his friend’s romantic gesture in anticipation that Derek would be punished by his fraternity, resulting in his helpless position in the climax and plaguing Sidney further.
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