If you liked Scream there’s no reason you shouldn’t like this sequel. It isn’t nearly as vainglorious as the prototype (both were written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven), spending much less time making characters spout movie trivia—perhaps because the story now has its own history to draw from. Neve Campbell survived a murder spree in the earlier movie; now she has to contend with the opening weekend of the movie based on the book journalist Courteney Cox wrote about the crime. The precredits sequence is exciting—it’s the only part of the movie that even begins to use the idea of the vulnerability of a horror-movie audience reflexively. The rest of the story is a straightforward narrative that’s threatening only to the ingenues in the cast.