The Film: Scream 2
The Director: Wes Craven
The Cast: Neve Campbell, Liev Schreiber, David Arquette, Courtney Cox
Release Date: December 12, 1997.
Wes Craven's Scream is undoubtedly one of the most influential horror films for my generation, but I've always had a real soft spot for the first sequel to that film. What could have been called "Scream: The College Year" lacks some of the novelty of its predecessor, but some interesting character moves make up for that in my mind.
Most notable is my hero, Liev Schreiber. Despite what you know, the dude is totally the best actor ever who's not named Kurt Russell. As the opportunistic Cotton Weary, Schreiber is awesomely snarky and all kinds of awesome. Add in the also-mega-awesome Timothy Olyphant, the always cheesy Jerry O'Connell, and the cuteness of late 90s Sarah Michelle Gellar, and you've got a movie that wins The Mike's heart. Is it better than the first? Nope. But it's AWESOMER!
(Apologies to the gorgeous Rose McGowan, who did her best to keep the original in contention.)