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Scream 3 (2000)

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While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, another Ghostface killer rises to terrorize them.

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Wes Craven

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Kevin Williamson (characters), Ehren Kruger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liev Schreiber ... Cotton Weary
Beth Toussaint ... Female Caller (voice)
Roger Jackson ... The Voice (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
Kelly Rutherford ... Christine
Neve Campbell ... Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox ... Gale Weathers (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Julie Janney ... Moderator
Richmond Arquette ... Student
Patrick Dempsey ... Mark Kincaid
Lynn McRee ... Maureen Prescott
Nancy O'Dell ... Female Reporter
Ken Taylor Ken Taylor ... Male Reporter
Scott Foley ... Roman Bridger
Roger Corman ... Studio Executive
Lance Henriksen ... John Milton
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Storyline

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen. Written by mike

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Someone has taken their love of trilogies one step too far. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Rated R for strong horror violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghostface See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,713,342, 6 February 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$89,138,076, 18 June 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,830,000
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2.35 : 1
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Gale: I did write the definitive book on the Woodsboro Murders.
Dewey: And I'm sure you just can't wait to write another one.
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Decent Finale, But Can't Compete With The First Two.
9 June 2007 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"Scream 3" takes us to the Northern California hills, where Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is living in seclusion and immense fear due to the traumatic events that she survived in Woodsboro and at Windsor College. Meanwhile, a Hollywood movie studio is producing a film called "Stab 3", the third installment in a movie series based on the events that Sidney has survived. But when cast and crew members begin to die off one by one, it seems another killer has returned, and goes after the fragile Sidney (who is having terrifying visions of her dead mother). Sidney teams up with Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and policeman Dewey (David Arquette), two people who survived the massacres with Sidney, and try to uncover the new killers identity, which may be linked to Sidney's past.

The last installment in a very popular horror series, "Scream 3" brings this trilogy to end on an entertaining but rather weak note. The script for this film is nowhere near as good as the other two, which is unfortunate considering this film was the "finale" of the series. It would have been nice to end the series with a better film - not that this sequel is unbearably bad, but it could have been better. I will admit there are some decent scare moments and a handful of suspenseful scenes, but it seems to me that there's almost too much going on in this sequel for it's own good. The script juggles the Sidney character, Sidney's past, the Dewey/Gail relationship, the cast members of the "Stab 3" movie, and more, and the jumping around hurt the film a little. It didn't seem to have a central point within it, and that was a problem, for me at least.

Besides the problems that it has, I still have to say that I enjoyed this movie, mostly because of the entertainment factor. The writing wasn't amazing, but it did manage to continue to have some nice plot developments and a few good twists, plus some decent scares and more slight mocking of the genre and it's rules. The setting is mainly Hollywood, so this film has a completely different atmosphere than the second or the first film. I'm not sure if it necessarily hurt the film, but it seemed a little too "Hollywood" for me. The cast is good here, with more returning characters and some new ones as well, mainly added for body count, while the others do develop somewhat during the movie. The twist-ending (which is the revelation of the killer's identity) made sense in terms of the story, but I found it to be a little unsatisfying.

All things considered, "Scream 3" is an enjoyable but problematic ending to an above-average horror trilogy. You'll be entertained undoubtedly, but this movie can't compete with the second or the first films, because it just isn't as good. I enjoyed it for the most part and I have trouble over-criticizing it, but most people will agree when I say that it can't compare with the original film. 6/10.


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