Scream 3 (2000)
Scream 3 (2000)
Critic Consensus: According to critics, Scream 3 has become what it originally spoofed. Despite some surprising twists, the movie seems to have lost its freshness and originality by falling back on the old horror formulas and cliches.
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as Sidney Prescott
as Gale Weathers
as John Milton
as Det. Kincaid
as Tom Prinze
as Steven Stone
as Tyson Fox
as Female Caller
as Studio Executive
as Silent Bob
as Martha Meeks
as Randy Meeks
as The Voice
as Stage Security Guard
as Mr. Prescott
as Studio Tour Guide
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as Mr. Loomis
as Maureen Prescott
as Female Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Scream 3
Tthe movie belabors the idea that it's the last of a trilogy rather than the third in a series.
A limp movie-within-a-movie parody that closed the trilogy with a fizzle instead of the bang it deserved.
Scream 3 is a crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.
Fulfills its modest ambitions by delivering a glib slasher spoof for the mall crowd.
Scream 3 is a fine ending to the trilogy. The teen horror franchise that ate itself.
Audience Reviews for Scream 3
The conclusion of the "trilogy" is this unimaginative installment that relies too much on cheap scares followed by a deafening chord and is too witless to know how to play with the clichés of the genre as the first movie - and it comes up with a ridiculous, illogical revelation in the end.
Detective Wallace: This is great! Ten more murders and we can publish a calendar.
"Someone has taken their love for trilogies one step too far."
Scream 3 is an obvious and sad step down from the greatness of the first two movies. Still, it's better than about 90% of slashers out there, especially when franchises get deeper into their runs. Williamson not writing the script hurt the movie most, but it's still his story, so at least he is there in some way. The film is still very tongue in cheek and relies on humor, as a way to parody the genre. I'll admit that, even me, someone who likes this movie, can see why a lot of people don't. Especially given that the first two were instant classics.
Describing a plot for a movie like this is kind of a waste of time, especially when it's pretty much the exact same plot as the first two. This time however the killing isn't going on in Woodsboro, but in Hollywood, where Stab 3 is being made. There's a lot of Hollywood humor thrown into the movie and in a way Craven makes some good references to what Hollywood really is, but it's still vastly inferior to his previous commentaries.
The cast is pretty good with a lot of returning faces and some new ones including Parker Posey, Emily Mortimer, Scott Foley, and Patrick Warburton. The movie has its problems, but that is normal for the genre. It's just more disappointing because the first two were so good. Had Scream and Scream 2 never been made and a movie of this quality came out, we would probably view it in a different light. That's the hardship of success though. When you do great, more is expected from you.
Overall, I still enjoy this movie every time I see it. Did I expect more from it the first time I watched it? Yeah, but I've come to respect it for what it is. It's not a genre changing film like the first two were. It's just an add on for the people that really love the Scream franchise. Scream 4 was more of the same. So in the end, this franchise is still the best slasher franchise out there from start to finish in my eyes. Although it helps that most of them suck right from the get go.
A shoddy, unnecessary sequel to an overall impressive series concerning horror films and their construction, this time dealing with the production aspect of it where Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is drawn back into a sadistic killer's cross-hairs yet again. The thing that made the 'Scream' movies so enjoyable was its self-referential sense of humor. Unlike the first two installments, this one really does not contain any of that and instead sprints ahead into exactly the kinds of movies it is supposed to be making fun of. Not very memorable performances from anyone, and a lot of predictability that makes it boring after awhile. A real disappointment considering the fact that "Scream 2" was arguably better than "Scream", so the creators of these films definitely showed they had the potential to get better as they went along. This is not the case.
Scream 3 Quotes
|Gale Weathers:||I've got an idea, I'll hook up with you guys later.|
|Riley:||Do you want us to come with you?|
|Gale Weathers:||I work better alone. Why don't you try to find out where those other pictures were taken?|
|Sidney Prescott:||I can see nothing's changed.|
|Roman Bridger:||You follow directions well Sidney. Now, welcome to the final act!|
|Dewey Riley:||So you know Sidney Prescott's mother?|
|Jennifer Jolie:||Rina Reynolds?|
|John Milton:||Aah. Do you know how many actors have worked for me? Hundreds. Thousands.|
|Gale Weathers:||We didn't say she was an actor.|
|Jennifer Jolie:||Good catch.|
|Roman Bridger:||Phone Voice: You're not going anywhere Sidney. It's time you came to terms with me, and with mother. Maybe you never knew her at all Sidney... maybe you just can't get past the surface of things.|
|Sidney Prescott:||Who the hell are you?|
|Roman Bridger:||Phone Voice: The other half of you. I searched for a mother too, an actress named "Reena Reynolds" tried to find her my whole LIFE, and four years ago I actually tracked her down. Knocked at her door thinking she'd welcome me with open arms, but she had a new life and a new name, Maureen Prescott! You were the only child she claimed Sidney. She shut me out into the cold forever! Her own son. [takes off mask to reveal he is Roman Bridger] Roman: Roman Bridger, director, and brother. She slammed the door in my face, Sid. She said I was "Reena's" child and Reena was dead... and then it struck me. What a good idea, so I watched her. I made a little movie, a little family film. Seems Maureen..."Mom"... she really got around. I mean Cotton was one thing; everybody knew about that. But Billy's father - that was the key. Your boyfriend didn't like seeing his daddy in my film too much. He didn't like it at all. And once I supplied the motivation... all the kid needed was a few pointers. Have a partner to sell out incase you got caught, find someone to frame, it was like he was making a movie.|
|Sidney Prescott:||You... this is all because of you.|
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