SCREAM 3 (2000) Reviews and overview

 

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‘The most terrifying scream is always the last.’

Scream 3 is a 2000 American satirical slasher mystery horror film and the second sequel to Scream (1996) following Scream 2 (1997).

Directed by Wes Craven from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger, based on characters created by Kevin Williamson.

The movie stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henriksen, Matt Keeslar, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Deon Richmond and Patrick Warburton.

The soundtrack score was once again composed by Marco Beltrani.

The movie was originally intended to be the concluding chapter of the series until the franchise was revived in 2011 with a further sequel, Scream 4. A fifth film, simply titled Scream, was released in 2022.

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Plot:

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) now lives in a secluded house in the Hollywood Hills, where she answers calls for a women’s crisis centre under a fake name. Meanwhile. Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro, is in production at a nearby movie studio.

Sure enough, things start to get creepy when actors begin to get killed off by a new Ghostface. Dewey Riley (David Arquette), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Sidney are reunited to seemingly solve the mystery once and for all.

Reviews:

Scream 3 was a pretty big disappointment. It is sluggish and loses the edge that the first two movies have. I don’t care about Sidney’s mother or her past and by the final scene I kind of want the movie to just end. It isn’t the worse movie, but building it up as a trilogy, you expect a grand finale… not a whimper.” Basement Rejects

“The idea to set it in Hollywood where a movie called “Stab 3” is being filmed is genuinely genius. I’ve always been a sucker for horror films set during broad daylight (see Midsommar, for instance), and this movie is no exception. Although Scream 3 is not even close to being “scary”, it’s still a lot of fun to see a slasher take place in a tropical setting.” Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews

” …the new characters are not as engaging and the plot is ropy. Craven continues to provide scares successfully and the script is sharp and witty once more providing a few laughs but this is the weakest of the three films. High on action and low on gore there is still fun to be had here and the finale provides a nice resolution.” Eat Horror

“The problem with Scream 3 is that it had a clever joke threaded through it that got lost in the blur of a new writer trying to make ends meet […] What’s left is a respectable effort all the same. Compared to 90% of slasher films, Scream 3 is still top-notch stuff but there’s a definite sense of boredom on behalf of the returning cast and crew that drowns that enthusiasm of the newcomers.” Vegan Voorhees

Cast and characters:

Liev Schreiber … Cotton Weary
Beth Toussaint … Female Caller (voice)
Roger L. Jackson … The Voice (voice)
Kelly Rutherford … Christine
Neve Campbell … Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox … Gale Weathers
Julie Janney … Moderator
Richmond Arquette … Student
Patrick Dempsey … Mark Kincaid
Lynn McRee … Maureen Prescott
Nancy O’Dell … Female Reporter
Ken Taylor … Male Reporter
Scott Foley … Roman Bridger
Roger Corman … Studio Executive
Lance Henriksen … John Milton
Josh Pais … Wallace
Deon Richmond … Tyson Fox
Matt Keeslar … Tom Prinze
Jenny McCarthy … Sarah Darling
Emily Mortimer … Angelina Tyler
Parker Posey … Jennifer Jolie
Patrick Warburton … Steven Stone
David Arquette … Dewey Riley
Lawrence Hecht … Mr Prescott
Erik Erath … Stan
Lisa Gordon … Waitress
Heather Matarazzo … Martha Meeks
Jamie Kennedy … Randy Meeks
Carrie Fisher … Bianca
C.W. Morgan … Mr Loomis

Technical details:

1 hour 56 minutes
Audio: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

Trailer 3:

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