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Scream 3
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The most terrifying scream is always not the best way to be the last.
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Wes Craven
Written By: Ehren Kruger
Starring: David Arquette
Neve Campbell
Courteney Cox
Patrick Dempsey
Scott Foley
Lance Henriksen
Matt Keeslar
Jenny McCarthy
Emily Mortimer
Parker Posey
Deon Richmond
Patrick Warburton
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Peter Deming
Distributed By: Dimension Films
Release Date: February 3, 2000 (Westwood)
February 4, 2000 (United States)
Runtime: 117 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $40 million
Box Office: $161.8 million
Franchise: Scream
Prequel: Scream 2
Sequel: Scream 4

Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film directed by Wes Craven and written by Ehren Kruger. It was supposed to be the final installment in the series however, it was followed with Scream 4 was released eleven years later.


The last instalment in the `Scream' trilogy is set in Hollywood, where `Stab 3' is being shot, with Gale Weathers and Dwight Riley on set as advisors to Jennifer Jolie. Unfortunately, a killer decides to off the cast in the order of the screenplay and only `Sid' Prescott, now in hiding until the killer tracks her down, can solve the riddle.

Bad Qualities

  1. The kills in this movie are downgraded compared to previous movies in the series. It was due to the Columbine High School massacre that the studios asked Craven to reign back on the violence which makes no sense for a movie that is R-rated. Even with an R-Rating, the movie lacks any blood effects or anything that the previous movies had.
  2. The voice changing device that Ghostface uses in this movie is incredibly lazy and ridiculous.
  3. The majority of the characters are uninteresting, wasted and have little development.
  4. The "who done it" plot got so carried away, that it also made the killer's identity far fetched and predictable.
  5. Unoriginal plot about the production of Stab 3 shutting down due to murders on set.
  6. A lot of cartoony moments, like when Ghostface breaks someone's neck by flipping the carpet that they were standing on.
  7. Probably the least scariest movie in the series due to its comedy and complexity.
  8. A lot of rehashes, which is unoriginal.
  9. The ending doesn’t make sense.
  10. Roman is the Ghostface killer here, which probably nobody would see coming for the wrong reasons. He is barely in the film, he’s mostly in the background for the scenes that he is in, and his story that ties with Billy and Stu is just atrocious.

Good Qualities

  1. The acting is still great, thanks to David Arquette, and Neve Campbell.
  2. There were at least some entertaining aspects like the chase scenes.
  3. Amazing soundtrack that was performed by Marco Beltrami.
  4. The cinematography is still great, just like the first two films.
  5. Jennifer is given a lot of attention and the actor, Parker Posey, breathes life into the role, resulting in a new great character.
  6. The late Carrie Fisher makes a cameo as a receptionist name Bianca as alongside Jay and Silent Bob from Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse.


Critical response

The film was released on February 4, 2000, and it was not as well-received by critics, audiences, or fans of the first two series of Scream. It has a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 122 reviews, and an average rating of 5.22/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Despite some surprising twists, Scream 3 sees the franchise falling back on the same old horror formulas and cliches it once hacked and slashed with postmodern abandon." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews", while it has an 8.6/10 user score rating on the same site, which it received more favorable reviews lately. Some fans claimed it was a great installment to the original films, others dismissed that it's a bad and disappointing installment.