Genre: Horror, Comedy
Runtime: 116 Minutes
This is the weakest in the series because of how it repeats the “Scream” formula, dives deeper in to back story and most of all becomes what it was spoofing, a bad horror film. However, it is not all bad. “Scream 3” is still moderately enjoyable despite having some big problems. There are a few shocks, and good humour to keep you going, but ultimately the film has failed and we cannot blame Wes Craven much. Blame the new writers; Laeta Kalogridis and Ehren Kruger (fancy that, his surname being after a character from one of Craven’s previous films).
Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), traumatized by the brutal murders of her friends, has left her hometown of Woodsboro and is now working in California as a crisis intervention counsellor. Meanwhile, "Stab," the novel by Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox Arquette), is spawning a series of successful horror films, and as Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro is being filmed in Los Angeles, a lunatic has gotten his hands on a copy of the script, and is murdering the characters in the same order that they die in the movie. However, predicting who will die next is not as simple as it might seem, since the producers have circulated three different screenplays, with different endings.
It was interesting to see some of the returning characters again, but the film suffers from film fatigue. We dive in to even more back-story, which makes things more complex, but simply repeats the “Scream” formula. The film does not add anything new, which makes it a bit of a let-down, but if you’re a fan of the Scream series, you will likely enjoy this film’s contents.
I think the film is still a good bit of comedic horror schlock. A lot of the film is very amusing, but because of its anti-climactic plot twister at the finale the film fails to have the spirit and strength of the previous films. I just hope the fourth (and hopefully final) instalment is somewhat of an improvement.
The film has an idiotic plot twist but the tension and action was all fine. Once more it hits the self-conscious bar with so of its lines and a particular video tape from a particular now-dead character. I do not have much to say about the third instalment in the “Scream” series, but I can say this: The film is reasonably enjoyable if you are a fan of the series (like myself but definitely falls flat by not adding new ingredients and having foolish back-story. This is just an average horror/thriller overall.
My Rating: 5.5/10