Scream 2 is unquestionably one of the greatest horror sequels - if not sequels period - ever made.
The fact that it turned out so well is especially shocking considering that it was released less than a year after the original blew up the box office, it didn't start shooting until six months prior to release, and much of the plot was re-written on-the-fly after the entire original script leaked online mid-shoot.
It's nothing short of a miracle that Scream 2 is a fitting follow-up and more-or-less the standard-bearer for horror sequels, and as obsessively as it's been revisited by fans, they're still discovering new details about it almost 25 years later.
On the eve of the upcoming fifth Scream film being released, what better time to pore back over Wes Craven's 1997 smash hit sequel and dish the dirt on some of the Easter eggs, references, goofs, and feats of foreshadowing that almost certainly passed you by.
The fact that Scream 2 is a satisfying sequel and packs so much below-the-surface information into each scene is a towering testament to the late Craven's enormous filmmaking skill...
20. The Opening Sequence Hints At Two Killers
Scream 2 did a frankly miraculous job of matching the first film's iconic opening sequence, ingeniously taking place at a sneak preview of Stab, a movie adapted from the events of the first Scream film.
The scene focuses on two college students, Maureen Evans (Jada Pinkett) and Phil Stevens (Omar Epps), who are killed by Ghostface during the Stab screening, and also provides a subtle hint about the culprit(s) when Phil takes his fateful trip to the bathroom.
There are two Stab fans in front of him, both dressed as Ghostface, who turn around to look at Phil while they're peeing.
While it seems innocent enough on a first viewing, on repeat watches it seems to be nodding towards the eventual outcome of there once again being two Ghostface killers - Mickey (Timothy Olyphant) and Debbie Salt aka Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf).