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The main focus of references of "Scream 2" is the original film. The sequel somehow elevates the conversation to a new level. Some people even said that the movie have completely destroyed the genre while others think that it become more intelligent and aware. I'm with the second option.
At the beginning of "Scream 2", we found that Gale Weathers has written a book called "The Woodsboro Murders", which just won its celluloid version. The self parody is self references are here again. For instance "Psycho" (1960) shows up again when Casey, now portrayed by Heather Graham on the big screen, turns on the shower.
The phrase "sequels suck" is heavily exploited and prevail in discussions, for example, in film class. "So, of course, the big discussions in [Randy's film] class are whether sequels are bullshit or not", says Wes Craven.
Films that were mentioned during this sequence included "The Godfather" (1972), "The Godfather: Part II" (1974), "Alien" (1979), "Aliens" (1986), "The Terminator" (1984), "Terminator: Judgement Day" (1991) and "House II: The Second Story" (1987).

  • Maureen says she wants to watch a movie by Sandra Bullock that is playing on across the street. Many people believe that is a reference to "Miss Congeniality" (2000), released two years later, due to the expression "Miss Ethnicity", which is used a few lines of dialogue later.

  • The Ghostface that flies over the head of Maureen when she enters the movie theater is a reference to "The House on Haunted Hill" (1959). They used to play things like that for publicity stunts.
  • When Hallie goes to her closet, there is a sweater with red and green stripes that is an unintentional reference to "Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984).
  • Cici tells of an episode of "Party of Five" (1994) while chatting with her friend on the phone. The TV series was a drama starring Neve Campbell.
  • While zapping trough the channels on TV, Cici stops in a scene from "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" (1922). Again a self-reference, since that year the show starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" (1997), had scored a resounding success.
  • Cici's girlfriend, played by Selma Blair, mimics the theme of "Friday The 13th" (1980) on the phone. Later Randy mentions the movie again during a conversation about the gender of the murderer, saying that Jason's mother, Mrs. Vorhees, was a memorable killer. This is indeed one of the major references of "Scream 2" to the classic - Mrs. Loomis, Billy's mother, is revealed as the author of the crimes later.
  • The whole "Star Wars" trilogy is covered during the fraternity party. Mickey and Randy argue about "Star Wars" (1977) and "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980). Hallie then brings up the "furry" Ewoks from "Return of the Jedi" (1983).

  • When Joel arrives at Omega Beta Zeta, he says that he don´t want to be a part of "Faces of Death" (1978).
  • "Halloween" (1978) emerges again when they introduce the characters Officer Richards and Officer Andrews. The names of the detectives are in reference to Kyle Richards and Brian Andrews who portrayed the two young kids in that movie.
    Another reference is when, while talking to her director, Gus Gold, in rehearsals for the play "Cassandra", Sidney listening to him talk about destiny and fate. So does Laurie Strode in her classroom.
  • Hallie asks Sidney which one of the police detectives is Kevin Costner, a reference to “The Bodyguard” (1992).
  • "Top Gun" (1986) is referenced when Derek sings a song from "The Partridge Family" (1970).
  • Randy is not happy that they cast Joe Blow nobody to play him in "Stab" - a fictional actor who had just made a cameo in the series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1992). Dewey was portrayed by David Schwimmer, who was with Courteney Cox on "Friends" (1994), at the time.
  • In the same conversation, besides mentioning Mrs. Vorhees, Randy  also speaks of the daughter of "Candyman" (1992).
  • The play "Cassandra" (1986) reflects the life of Sidney.
  • When the subject of the naked pictures of Gale Weathers in the Internet comes up, she replies, "It was just my head on Jennifer Aniston's body." Aniston is also a star of "Friends" (1997), along with Courteney.
  • Joel mentions the TV show "Saved by the Bell" (1989).

  • While talking to the killer, Randy says his favorite scary movie is "Showgirls" (1995). He also mentions the classic university horror "Final Exam" (1981), "Graduation Day" (1981), "Splatter University" (1984), "The House on Sorority Row" (1983) and "The Dorm That dripped Blood" ( 1970).
  • Mickey tells Sidney she has “a Linda Hamilton thing going”, which is a reference to Hamilton's role in “T2: Judgement Day” (1991).
  • When Mrs. Loomis looks through the hole of the shot to try to get a glympse of Sidney, there is a resemblance to the scene where Norman Bates observes Marion in "Psycho".

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» Pop culture references 

  • The magazines Entertainment Weekly and Black Beat are mentioned during the dialogue of Maureen and Phil.
  • Sister Murphy mentions the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon " game, highly popular at the time. It was a game that said that everyone in Hollywood was linked to the actor in one way or another.
  • Randy mentions the real life serial killers Charles Manson, Bundy, O.J. and Son of Sam.
  • Cotton Weary wants Sidney to join him in an interview with Diane Sawyer.
  • Mickey predicts to Sidney he'll get Dershovitz and Cochran to represent him during the trial, with Bob Dole on the witness stand and Christian Coalition paying his legal fees.
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