Scream 3 (2000)


Director Wes Craven
Written by Ehren Kruger

David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henrickson, Matt Keesler, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Deon Richmond, Kelly Rutherford, Liev Schreiber, Patrick Warburton, Jamie Kennedy.

Some years after the events of the second film, Sidney is now living in isolation. Still harboring the demons of her past, she is having nightmares of her late mother.

Meanwhile in Hollywood, a new ‘Meta’ movie called Stab 3 is being made. The movie is full of made up events with Gail, Dewey etc all characters in the film being played by annoying actors. Parker Posey is exceptionally outstanding in her role as fake “Gail”.

However there is a new ghost-face killer, who is leaving photos of Sid’s mother at every murder –trying to get her to come out of hiding.

This is universally the poorest of all the Scream movies – hampered by behind the scene dramas such as constant rewrites, and the fact the violence had to be turned down dramatically.

It is also the most meta of all the movies, and cameos by some well known actors, are done exceptionally. But some cameos of well known characters from other movie franchises are confusing and done poorly – and most likely added for pop culture only.

The characters are mostly either forgettable or just plain unlikeable, and only really appear in one or two scenes.

There are some genuinely good moments of the film, Sidney’s trauma of what she has been through is very well written and are the darkest parts of the film.

It is hampered by a disappointing killer reveal, that ret-cons much of the original. Kevin Williamson’s snappy dialogue, and attention to character development is missing. Also, the fact Neve Campbell is more of a supporting character bring this to being the worst movie in the franchise.

1.5/5


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