Scream 3 Reviews
"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.
Milking the original storyline for as much as possible, it's hard to believe how far this series has gone and with another just made, which direction can it possibly take. with that said, sequels are my guilty pleasure and whilst I don't hold out good hope, I've no doubt I will see it along the line somewhere.
Still though, they could have done better justice to things. I blame the lack of Kevin Williamson. Taht, and the lack of mayhem. Yeah, it had the same body count as Scream 2, but far less blood this time. Here's some comparisons: Scream used 50 gallons of fake blood, Scream 2 used 30 gallons, and this one used 10. Ive got no problem with leaving stuff to the imagination (especially if you trade gore for atmosphere and suspense), but this film is the least thriilling of the trilogy and the funniest. It feels like a slap in the face.
I mean, there were some things I enjoyed, and I'm close to giving it a mild pass, but I dunno. I hate getting on the bandwagon and hate on this one, but they just seemed to not really care with this one, and that's unfortunate. See it just to complete the original saga, but don't expect to be blown away.
I remember not liking Scream 3 back in 2000. Maybe it is crap, and I'm more fond of it because crap back then was still higher quality than crap today. Maybe not. The film definitely has its flaws, the most obvious being the way the film packs on its critiques of sequels, more so here than in the other two, which seems more like an excuse to have the plot follow a formula and get away with it.
Scream 3 calls itself the concluding act of a trilogy. So essentially, it isn't a sequel. It's going back to the beginning. It brings all the events from the first two films full circle, and sheds a whole new perspective on them. Likewise, if the characters recognize they're in a trilogy, they can survive. But the characters of Scream 3 are dumb, wanna be celebrities only concerned with themselves. They don't have the slightest clue they're in a horror movie, so unlike Sidney, Dewey, Gail, and the new police detective played by McDreamy from Grey's Anatomy, they're all as good as dead.
At times the way events unfolded did frustrate me. But at the same time, I had a lot of fun. I think the film was made with a sensibility that if you understand how the movie is going to work early on, it's a lot easier to turn off your brain and just go along with the ride. Only a film in the Scream franchise could get away with that.
Sidney visits the set of "Stab 3," after pictures of her mother become the clue to a series of murders around Hollywood.
Years after the horror that occurred in Scream and Scream 2, Campbell is living a life of isolation in fear that the nightmare that was her past will come back to haunt her. The public awaits in anticipation as the newest film depicting the incidents is set to hit theaters, but it's put on hold when a serial killer suddenly strikes targeting actors, family members, and everyone else even remotely connected to the past murders. A clever scenario with some good twists, and a capable cast, but the film is lacking in scares and lacks the truly spine-chilling atmosphere that it needs to make it work. Almost plays out like a convoluted murder mystery that's in desperate need of adrenaline.