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Scream 3
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Directed By
Wes Craven

Written By:
Ehren Kruger

Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henriksen, Matt Keeslar, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Deon Richmond, Patrick Warburton, Liev Schreiber, Heather Matarazzo, Jamie Kennedy, Carrie Fisher, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Roger Corman, Kelly Rutherford

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Movie Review by Chris
January 24th, 2009

'Scream 3 is certainly the worst film in the trilogy, but it's just not that bad of a horror movie, nor a dark comedy. It seems that maybe director Wes Craven, working with new writer Ehren Kruger, just kind of ran out of ideas on creating the smart horror approach that the first two movies took. Instead of witt and that pure feeling of terror, instead I felt like maybe this cast was just bent on being killed off more then anything. This is a very high body count, especially for the series and the movie felt like a very average slasher. It still was funny and at times the tension was high, it's just the series ran out of steam. Most of the original cast returned, including Liev Schrieber, David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox. Scream never was really meants to be a completely serious slasher film though, it was kind of supposed to spoof other more serious horror films, but it feels like it became what they were spoofing.

It's average for a series to run out of steam around the third or fourth chapter, it happened with Jaws, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Friday the 13th. Each of those trilogies started with a great movie, Scream was fantastic and then the second movie was passable, Scream 3 feels a little used and wasted. The deaths are one of the only stand out things, they feel real and theyre staged well. Wes Craven knows how to kill off a cast though, I always look towards the fantastic bed blood spray death in A Nightmare on Elm Street. These arent very gory movies, theyre not meant to be gory, but it's bloody. Mostly all the deaths were kills by knives, stabbing or slashing, so there was some nice gory moments. A lot of the tension when it comes to Ghostface chasing his victims was put aside, I dont know why but that's one of the best things with the other films.

After the murder of Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber); Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) is tangled, once again, into getting the scoop on a third killing spree. This spree revolves around the set of "Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro", and each cast member is getting killed off one by one in the same order they die in the script. With the help of her ex-boyfriend Dewey Riley (David Arquette), who has connections to the cast of Stab 3; Gale and Dewey set out to solve who's doing this and who's next. After each murder, the killer leaves a photograph of Maureen Prescott (Sidney's mother). Could this be clues to the killer's motive, or simply just bait to lure main-target Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) out of hiding? The only keys Dewey, Sidney and Gale have to surviving this third unpredictable killing-spree are: the clues the killer leaves behind, the Stab 3 script, and a video-tape left by old pal Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy).

One of the more hated characters in the trilogy was Cotton Weary, I personally couldnt stand his character at all, its just that his pursuit of fame seemed insane to me. Liev Schrieber does return for the first ten minutes of the movie, this is kind of a spoiler but he does meet his maker. I loved the fact that he died though, it's nothing against Liev, I just hated Cotton with a passion. David Arquette returns to play as Dewey, whom is one of the more appreciated characters throughout, he's funny and he always seems to save the day. Arquette is a very funny guy and he has a more serious approach this time around but I still really liked Dewey. Courtney Cox returns for her role as Gale Weathers, towards the beginning of the movie she was still very obsessed with the story but this time the gruesome events got the best of her and she learns her lesson at the end. I still think she's great and she wasnt as annoying as before, it was just that felt like maybe the first two movies took her character a little bit to far.

Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott is a perfect choice for a strong female role, her build is perfect and her personality helps out the overall effect of any type of character like her. This time around she has quarantined herself in her fathers house and really takes everything to far with her safety, but as an actress Sideny is very impressive. Shes young and experienced, but in Scream 3, she seems to have more of an emotional touch because this is the third time all this has happened and at this point she must be tired of the whole being chased by a killer thing. Besides the solid acting, the new writer Ehren Kruger loses touch to these characters, though he does a convincing job with the overall story aspects, its just I wouldve liked to see some more character then pointless death.

Overall Scream 3 is an average horror film, Craven couldve created a lot better way to end the trilogy rather then this, but its well done for stretching everything to the limit. Its bloody and at times very enjoyable, but its nothing to amazing.

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