Just when you thought the horror genre couldnt parody itself any more, Scream 3 comes right at you with a baseball bat and just goes to town on your face. The ball gets rolling instantly setting up Cotton as a controversial talk show host, who receives a call from our now well known antagonists fake voice, which we all know will lead to certain death. After this extremely well orchestrated scene, the title card rolls up and we have the meat. A Hollywood studio is making a third installment in the trilogy following the murders of the previous film, only to be shut down fairly quickly after members of its cast start dying and pictures of Sid's mother start showing up at the murder sites, the old gang eventually make it all back together and essentially end what could be described as the most blase trilogy ever. It is clear from the get go that this film is written miles better than the previous, dialogue is usable and human again, aside from the odd moment here and there. Instead of trying to make this uber realistic horror mock up, the film aims for a more comical side, playing up the typical Hollywood tropes and staging a real set of murders within it. It offers up something new for the franchise and for once, you are genuinely not left sighing ever 5 minutes and actually laughing at how perposterous this film wants to get. It's self aware as well, the other films always have been, but here its so aware it wants you to know it. It's clear to see that Wes and his team are just having a lot of fun on the project. The killing sequences are mental but equally well choreographed, the laughs are plentiful and in inventive ways, even the gore has been toned down slightly here, it feels like it wants to try and achieve something slightly different. Unlike previous installments the cast are relavtively unknowns, aside from Lance Henrikson and our usual cast members, everyone else is forgettable fodder, however within the context it works, as they are portraying down and out actors.The movie also starts off with some really inventive sequences and continues to use them till the finale. Then the finale happens and my god is it desperate. I wont spoil it but it comes so far out of nowhere that it needs its own exposition to come with it. You will not see this one coming and when the reveal happens you are just deflated! The movie does a decent job of setting up intrigue only to just piss it out line a fine pint of beer, you enjoy the sips only to just discard it and feel slightly bad for indulging in the first place. Neve Campbell actually does a nice job with Sid here, showing real progression and character arcing, however she is not central to this story at all, she feels more like a tacted on side note. Instead its more about Courtney and Arquette, which although is a nice change of pace, kind of makes Sid's inclusion at times merely there just to move the piece along. It doesnt have the charm of the original, its not as scary (If you could ever call Scream that) and it has really done itself to death by this point, but it is a monumental leap forward from the sequel that you believe your watching a brilliant piece of cinema, only your not, your just watching a self aware franchise try and wrap it all up. Works better as a comedy than a movie, worth a watch for fans but really nothing more on offer and quite forgettable in places.