Scream 3 (2000)
Main cast: Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox Arquette (Gale Weathers), David Arquette (Dwight "Dewey" Riley), Jamie Kennedy (Randy Meeks), Liev Schreiber (Cotton Weary), Patrick Dempsey (Det. Kincaid), Scott Foley (Roman Bridger), Lance Henriksen (John Milton), Matthew Keeslar (Tom Prinze/Dewey in Stab 3), Jenny McCarthy (Sarah Darling/Candy the Chick in Stab 3), Emily Mortimer (Angelina Tyler/Sidney in Stab 3), Parker Posey (Jennifer Jolie/Gale Weathers in Stab 3), Deon Richmond (Gabe Tucker/Joel in Stab 3), and Carrie Fisher (Lynn McCay)
Director: Wes Craven


When Scream came out, it's fun. That movie did something we all do - make fun of horror movies by pointing out the cliches and stereotypes. It's a concept so obvious and so Why didn't I think of that? that I love it. The fun is watching the people in the movie dissecting bad horror movie cliches even as they can't help but live them out.

Now, we have Scream 3, and my reaction is Ho hum. Poor Sidney, that woman can never rest. What's all this nonsense with copycat masked killers waving knifes? Get a life, people! I'm sure Sidney has contributed enough to her shrink's vacation budget.

This time around someone is making a movie out of Scream 2, called Stab 3. Every old face is there, plus some fresh meat in the form of the cast of Stab 3. Needless to say, people get cut down and made into mutton by our copycat masked psycho. And Sidney, under Witness Protection Program (smart woman moves to LA to be anonymous!), comes out to Battle It Out with the loony once again.

Yawn. The script this time around has the stench of the poor dead horse flogged to death for the movie. It's as if when the scriptwriter has reached the maximum quota of killing sprees, he closes his eyes, and randomly picks someone to be the killer. That's because when the killer is unmasked, things doesn't make sense even more.

The main problem with S3 is that enough, I know all the inside jokes already! Nothing's funny or even mildly smart anymore. When this movie ends, I feel nothing but a small amount of sadness. The Scream trilogy has turned into nothing more than a brilliant concept milked dry by money-mongering studios to the point of no return. Poor thing.

Rating: 57 (bonus points for Parker Posey)


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