Reviewed by Diane Squires
Rating: 6 Beans
fter the abysmal offering that was Scream 2, I didn't have very high hopes for the third and final installment of Kevin Williams horror trilogy. Needless to say, Scream 3 was everything I expected it would be, in other words it wasn't any good.
Our movie opens with Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) a holdover from parts one and two, receiving a phoe call from that creepy voice we know so well. What follows is a homage to the original Scream, you know, the one that didn't suck. Dressed in a white V neck sweater, similar to Drew Barrymore's from Scream, Cotton is harassed to death by the masked killer.
The unfortunate demise of Cotton ruffles feathers on the set of Stab3, but the show must go on. In fact Deputy Dewey (David Arquette) is on hand as a script advisor, and Gale Weathers(Courteny Cox) arrives on the scene to investigate. It seems the killer is bumping off the film cast, which includes Jenny Mccarthy and Parker Posey amid the other cannon fodder.
Meanwhile, Sidney(Neve Campbell) is living in isolation someplace far far away, yet still close enough for her to drive to the stab set as soon as the action heats up. The killer appears to be fixated on Sidney's deceased mother, so Sidney must discover her mom's past in order to save her own ass.
If you saw Scream, you have no reason to see Scream3. Basically, this sequel isn't so much the final installment of a trilogy as a tired rehash of a successful classic. The killer bumps off sidney's friends until Sidney gets pissed enough to fight back. Once she does, it's bang bang bye bye mask boy. It was done much better in the original. If anything in this version of that plot surprises you, you have my pity.
Remember how witty the dialogue was in Scream? You won't find any of that in this film. The wit is confined to Randy's posthumous cameo appearance and a walk on visit from Jay and Silent Bob. While Parker Posy does an admirable job of mimicking Courtney Cox's abrasive Gale, ultimately the script lets her down.
By the way, y'know the twist ending? The one that's supposed to explain all the stuff that happened in the prior two films. It's pathetic. My little sister could come up with a better denouement and in fact she did. It's pretty darn sad that my baby sis can knock off a better plot twist while snacking on fritos in front of the tv, than a professional writer (not Williamson though, they got some guy named Kruger intstead) can in several drafts.
In conclusion, Scream3 wasn't all that bad, it just wasn't all that good either. If you want to be scared, surprised or even amused, buy a ticket for some other movie.
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