Only now does it occur to me... okay, four quick things.
#1. During an incredibly self-reflexive (and occasionally eye-rolling) Kevin Williamson-penned scene about horror movie sequels, HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY actually gets mentioned as a sequel that improved on the original. This is followed by a series of well-deserved groans.
As an aficionado of the HOUSE franchise (though not specifically the second installment) this still makes me pretty happy.
#2. Apparently the briefly-glimpsed scenes of "STAB"– the fictitious film-within-a-film which adapts the events from the first SCREAM– were guest-directed by Robert Rodriguez, who was working concurrently on THE FACULTY, another Williamson-written horror flick.
#3. David Warner!
Genre legend and Junta Juleil Hall-O–Famer David Warner (THE OMEN, WAXWORK, BODY BAGS, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, TWIN PEAKS, MY BEST FRIEND IS A VAMPIRE, TRON, TIME BANDITS) shows up for one brief scene as Neve Campbell's college drama professor, whose productions look something like this:
He doesn't have much screen time, but it's definitely a welcome surprise.
#4. The soundtrack from BROKEN ARROW.
This is a real head-scratcher. Off and on, throughout the entire duration of SCREAM 2, excerpts from Hans Zimmer's soundtrack to BROKEN ARROW can be heard. And the movie already has a soundtrack, composed by two-time Oscar nominee Marco Beltrami! Now, I've probably seen BROKEN ARROW way more than the average moviegoer, but it's a fairly distinctive soundtrack and as such, when the action theme is playing, I'm imagining John Travolta laughing maniacally and Christian Slater running around willy-nilly, but instead I'm looking at Ghostface stalking a victim. When the love theme plays, I'm visualizing the Slater Factor making out with Samantha Mathis, but then I'm seeing Courtney Cox and David Arquette on the screen in front of me. The whole thing is pretty discombobulating. Was Wes Craven a big John Woo fan? Did Miramax accidentally buy the rights to the soundtrack and then insist that it be used? Is it fodder for some kind of composer's rivalry between Zimmer and Beltrami? It's jarring to me in 2013 as a bona fide BROKEN ARROW fan, but back in '97 a whole hell of a lot of people would have just seen BROKEN ARROW, which came out the year previous, thus increasing it's chances of being recognized. Regardless: it's strange.