After surviving the events of the original movie, Sydney tries to move on. She attends Windsor College and attempts to have a normal college life despite the fact the events of her life are a major horror movie.
The movie of course likes to have superstar cameos. The movie opens up with Jada Pinkett-Smith, star of TNT’s “Hawthorne” (and wife of Will Smith) and House’s Omar Epps as a couple arguing over the validity of seeing “Stab” the movie within the movie. Pinkett-Smith’s character is angry about the stereotype in horror movies that Sydney had mentioned in the original. Drew Barrymore’s character, “Casey” is portrayed by Heather Graham in another cameo. Other cameos include Sara Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek/Fringe), Tori Spelling, Luke Wilson, Nancy O’Dell, Selma Blair, and even Wes Craven himself.
The most unusual cameo is Matthew Lillard. He is listed as “guy at party” and according to IMDB he is uncredited. Lillard was a star of the original movie and played Stu, one of the original killers.
Sydney thinks her life maybe back on track. She has fallen in love with Derek, a Fraternity favorite played by Jerry O’Connell. She has a new best friend and she is still close to Dewey. She no longer has an extreme hate and distrust for Gail. Since Gail helped save their lives Syd is now more tolerant of her attitude.
This movie is a true sequel as there is a reason as to why the killer is active. Cotton Weary’s life is getting better now that he has been fully exonerated in his part of the Woodsboro killings. Sydney knows that he is not the killer and he no longer holds any ill feelings toward Sydney for her part in his conviction.
When the murders begin the first thing Syd thinks of is “Where’s Randy?” Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy, (her fellow survivor/college student) is still one of her closest friends. He gives pertinent information that helps move the story along and is a sympathetic person as the murders begin again. Dewey also is concerned and drives up to Windsor College because he is worried. He also warns her that she probably already knows the person who is doing the killing if the killings are related to her.
Randy explains the theory of sequels being moved into franchises. There is a conversation concerning the people who played them and Dewey gets a smirk when it is mentioned that David Schwimmer plays him in “Stab” since Schwimmer plays Courtney Cox’s brother on “Friends.”
He is adamant that these murders have nothing to do with them. Syd thinks it does. She is the first to know that this killer is after them. Gail has her own stalker this time in Debbie Salt, a local newspaper reporter.
Syd asks Dewey whether she should try to disappear and go into hiding. She is sarcastic because while she thinks the movie influenced the murder she is not entirely sure that the murderer is after her. Her somewhat tolerant attitude toward Gail is changed when she is surprised with a face to face meeting with Cotton. Cotton is upset because Syd didn’t know about it. The interview questions that Gail asked made both Cotton and Syd uncomfortable. Syd punches Gail again and Dewey also gets on Gail’s case as she made him looked stupid in her book.
Gail is still a money grubbing glory hound who is just as passionate about becoming famous as she is about getting the story. Dewey accuses her of “going after a story no matter who gets hurt.”
Yet she still uses flirtation as a tactic to try to ease her way into Dewey’s life so she can get close to Sydney. It works but in a good way, at least to save Syd’s life.
This is one of the first movies to introduce the technology to scramble phones to keep people from calling for help. It also unfortunately makes a play on urban legends with the killer calling from inside the house. Ironically, Rebecca Gayheart plays one of the sorority sisters trying to recruit Syd into her group. Gayheart was one of the stars of the first “Urban Legends” movie and off the top of my head played Danielle Harris’ college room mate.
Dewey must have been doing his homework because one of the killers is already one of Syd’s close friends. Dewey and Randy even discuss this person’s reasons to be the killer. They want to move past the fact that the rules of the sequel say that they could be suspects but decide to move on. Randy thinks that Syd’s new best friend and roommate could be a killer but Dewey states the fact, “most serial killers are white males.”
Randy replies, “It’s perfect. It’s kinda against the rules but not really.”
Poor Syd is a theater major to Randy’s film major. Yet it is in the theater her final battle with the killers occurs. Syd of course survives, the rules demand it. Who is the killer? It’s somewhat predictable with all of the foreshadowing concerning Billy’s reasons for killing Sid’s mother.