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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Scream 3 can be found here.
Like Scream (1996) and Scream 2 (1997) before it, all three are based on screenplays, not books. American screenwriter Ehren Kruger wrote the screenplay for Scream 3, which was followed by Scream 4 (2011)
It was set around 1999. In the final scene Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) says something about going to Woodsboro and finding Maureen Prescott (Lynn McRee) "4 years ago". Scream happened in 1996, and Maureen was murdered in 1995, therefore Scream 3 must take place in 1999 as Maureen wasn't alive in 1996. Also, it was filmed in 1999 and released in February 2000.
There are a total of nine characters from the first two Scream movies that reprised their characters for this film. They are (1) Dewey Riley (David Arquette), (2) Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), (3) Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), (4) Neil Prescott (Lawrence Hecht), (5) Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), (6) Maureen Prescott (Lynn McRee) (photograph appearance in Scream and same photo appears uncredited in Scream 2), (7) Hank Loomis (C.W. Morgan), (8) Reporter (Nancy O'Dell), and (9) Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber).
Of the nine returning characters, Cotton Weary is the only survivor to die. He is one of the victims in the opening sequence.
Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and Stuart Macher (Matthew Lillard) killed Maureen. Many people misinterpret Roman Bridger being the third killer because he writes, "I killed her", on the back of her photographs. Roman is actually taking credit for being the cause of her murder and masterminding the events in her death. Roman followed Maureen around Woodsboro, filming her with other men. He tracked down and filmed her boyfriend Hank Loomis (C.W. Morgan). Roman showed Billy the tape of Hank and Maureen together, which outraged Billy so much that he and Stuart killed Maureen. Roman didn't mind Billy and Stu killing Maureen. As long as she was dead, Roman was satisfied.
A soundtrack listing can be found here.
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