Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Producers: Cathy Konrad/Kevin Williamson/Marianne Maddalena
Starring: Neve Campbell/David Arquette/Courtney Cox Arquette/Patrick Dempsey/Parker Posey/Jenny McCarthy
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 120 minutes
Scream and Scream 2 are both fantastic, witty, funny and clever and manage to keep the audience on the edge of their seats with their stories and their scares as well as making them laugh with their well-written script and their humorous characters. However, Scream 3 acts as the odd one out in the trilogy as it becomes the very thing Scream and Scream 2 had poked fun at. Ghostface pays Sidney and her friends a third visit while they visit the set of “Stab 3”, the third movie based upon the Woodsboro murders. Although the story isn’t even in the same league as Scream or Scream 2, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s entertaining and it’s fun but somehow, the scares are quite limited as it relies a little more on humour and you didn’t really care about any of the characters except for our main three heroes. Scream 3 delves even further into the Sidney storyline and uncovers a few things that adds more to the story. Unfortunately, a couple of twists, although unpredictable, feel a little cheap. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette return to their roles as our three heroes Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley and all of them do a brilliant job as their characters. Scott Foley manages a decent performance as Roman Bridger and Patrick Dempsey is also good as Detective Mark Kincaid. Sidney, Gale and Dewey are how they’ve always been except that Gale and Dewey become more of a comedy duo than they did in the other movies, relying a little bit more on slapstick and pop references than witty humour. Another comic relief in the movie comes in the form of Jennifer Jolie who is the actress who portrays Gale Weathers in the “Stab” movies. Another comedy duo is formed in the movie as Gale Weathers and Jennifer Jolie also have their comedy moments in the movie. The movie’s biggest problem was that the heroine, Sidney Prescott, enters the movie way too late. Scream 3 focuses more on Dewey and Gale but they don’t really show you anything new that they didn’t do in Scream 2.
When it comes to the writing, Scream 3 is the weakest link of the series. In Scream and Scream 2, the script was witty, the story was cleverly done with a nice balance of satirical humour and seriousness and the characters were likeable with different sides to their personalities. They also paid respects to the horror genre by making fun of it as well as making fun of itself without going to ridiculous lengths. Unfortunately, Scream 3 becomes the very thing it makes fun of and not in the way Scream and Scream 2 intended. Scream 3 isn’t as clever or as quick as its predecessors but it is fun. Wes Craven returns to direct Scream 3 and does a good job but the movie didn’t have that same feel of vulnerability, tension and emotion as the last two had. Wes Craven tries to create a gripping finale but the story was a little bit too silly and you just didn’t care enough for the characters for the trilogy to go out with a big bang. Overall, Scream 3 is a decent end to a great horror trilogy but it’s a shame it doesn’t end so much on a high. Fans of the Scream movies will like this but they will be a little disappointed if they expect something as great as Scream or Scream 2.
Personally, I thought that Scream 3 was fun and that many people are too harsh on the movie. Sure it’s not the finish Scream fans have been waiting for and yes, it was quite anticlimactic but it was quite fun to watch and it’s entertaining. The two aspects of Scream 3 I didn’t like was that Sidney Prescott, played by the lovely Neve Campbell, came into the movie way too late and the movie is more comedy than horror, losing the healthy balance that Scream and Scream 2 once had. I would call this a dark comedy more than a horror movie simply because quite a few things in the movie is more slapstick than clever or witty and due to that, the scares take a back seat. Scream and Scream 2 managed a great mix of scaring it’s audience as well as making them laugh but Scream 3 makes them laugh more than scaring them. If you’re expecting Scream or Scream 2 quality, you’ll be disappointed in Scream 3 but if you’re looking for a fun, dark, comedy-horror, Scream 3 does the job. As a stand-alone movie, it’s pretty good but as the conclusion to what could be called one of the greatest horror series, pretty disappointing but fun.