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Sadly disappointing and rather boring.

  • Oct 9, 2011
** out of ****

Plenty of effort went into making "Scream 3". Wes Craven would be my first choice - or at least one of them - when it comes to the slasher genre and who I like working in that field. Craven is skilled at making these films, even when some of them take a turn for the joylessly silly. Yes, Craven is the director behind "Scream 3", just as he was for the first three films, with the only real difference being a change of writer; Ehren Kruger fills in the shoes of Kevin Williamson. I did not think that this would make so much of a difference, but did it ever. Williamson was clearly well-read and self-educated when it came to horror and slasher cinema, and out of his knowledge, he was able to craft funny, intelligent, playful screenplays for good ol' Wes. However, Kruger is not quite as talented. There aren't enough laughs or extended scenes of well-written and witty dialogue here to keep die-hard fans of the series hooked. Some might enjoy it because Craven still takes over as the creative mastermind behind every gutting, stabbing, and stalking; but common criticism and the rules that accompany it are telling me that "Scream 3" just doesn't work. It may have a few good scenes - that I am sure of - but it needs something more, and the screenwriter isn't able to put most things into place.

So it's the concluding chapter of the "Scream" trilogy (or is it?). Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is now working as a crisis intervention counselor; deep into seclusion, attempting to forget or deny her rough past. She's lost a few boyfriends, a few friends, a few family members; many people have been stabbed by the infamous Ghostface in the course of these three films. The "rules" have not changed at all since "Scream 2", but the story sure has. As with the other two installments, the third chapter of this epic saga opens with a highly entertaining and creative sequence in which an important (or un-important) character is harassed and brutally slaughtered by the series' signature killer. The two victims are Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber), the falsely convicted man who was proven innocent at the end of "Scream" and given characterization by the time the sequel had begun, as well as his girlfriend. This triggers the gun to fire; the race is on.

The film also means the return of nigh-pathetic cop Dewey (David Arquette) and his love interest, the news lady Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox). Both are investigating the killings of the film, most of which, this time around, center on the third installment of the in-movie "Stab" film franchise; which seems to be a killer new addition. Members of the cast are killed off one-by-one, and there are some genuinely amusing new faces to be found here among them. I won't spoil too many of them for you, and as far as story goes, that's as far as I'll take it and as much as I will say.

You know what to expect out of these films. They are satirizations of the slasher films from the 80's, 90's, and now. They unfold like those films do and sort of poke fun at the conventions and clichés that we are expected to remember from such movies. That's fun and all, but "Scream 3" seems more like a test of my patience than a good time. The satire seems to have worn off, and the clichés that these films are supposed to be SPOOFING are alas catching up with the franchise. "Scream 3" is not a complete failure, but it is most certainly a hell of a disappointing and mediocre way to end a trilogy. At least they have recently released a "Scream 4", which I hear is bigger, better, bloodier, and more polished. I wonder what I'll make of it.

To speak of the more positive aspects of the film, I think I'll mention some of the scenes that I liked. My absolute favorite scene involved the character of Gale walking out of a film studio and running into the popular Jay and Silent Bob characters. If you don't know who those lovable pot-smoking dudes from Kevin Smith's "Clerks" (Smith also portrays Silent Bob) are, then this scene will mean nothing; but I'm a fan of Smith's...better works, and this scene stuck out. Another good scene involved one of the actresses from the "Stab 3" film hiding amongst several Ghostface production costumes from a killer dressed in the same exact mask, gloves, and cloak. In fact, any scene in the film involving the study of the in-movie production was rather entertaining; but unfortunately, it's still not enough to impress. There are several inspired moments, and the film is well-acted and well-played, but for the true fans of this franchise, it's a bumpy and surprisingly, rather boring ride.

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Scream 3 is a 2000 film, the third installment in the successful Scream series of satirical horror films. The film stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette, each reprising their roles from the first two films.

This is the only part of the Scream cycle not to be written by Kevin Williamson, as he was busy working on his short-lived television series Wasteland. Ehren Kruger (writer of the film Arlington Road, who would later go on to write the screenplays for The Ring, The Ring Two and The Skeleton Key) was given the task of writing the script based on notes Williamson himself had sketched out.

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