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Scream 3

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Starring: David Arquette, Courtney Cox
Director: Wes Craven
Rated: R
RunTime: 115 Minutes
Release Date: February 2000
Genre: Horror

Review by Suzdal
2 stars out of 4

Suposedly the Scream movies were intended as a trilogy from the very start. If so, this one makes you wonder why. It lacks all of the qualities that made the first one a hit. From the opening scenes (the best in the movie, IMHO) and throughout the filmmakers promise you that since this is the 3rd in a trilogy all the rules are out the window, anything can happen. But that's the problem... other than the opening nothing much unexpected does happen. The change in writer seems to have sucked much of the life from the concept.

Even if viewed as your basic horror film without the expectation of originality the film is still below par. It's watchable of course, Craven is directing and the cast is still fun to watch. There are a few scenes that didn't do much for me but which made the woman sitting beside me in the theatre jump in her seat. There is one excellent scene with a thrown knife that was very nearly worth the price of admission for me. A couple of cameos were amusing, too. But the final revelation of the killer feels weak, not only was it terribly contrived but instead of using a good script to keep you from guessing who the killer was they seemed to have opted for simply keeping the character off-screen as much as possible until the end.

If you think Scream 2 compared unfavourably to the first movie then this of the same progression here. Scream 3 is to Scream 2 in terms of wit, scares and originality what Scream 2 was the the original. Truly they should leave it at this.

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