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Quick Review - Dimension's Scream 3

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

Scream 3 is a 2000 meta slasher film directed by Wes Craven, written by Ehren Kruger, produced by Konrad Pictures and Craven / Maddalena Films, and distributed by Dimension Films. It stars Neve Campbell and David Arquette. This is the third film in the Scream franchise. It was preceded by Scream 2 and followed by Scream 4.

"Psychos can't kill what they can't find." - Sidney Prescott


Three years after the last Ghostface attacks, Sidney Prescott has moved away from Woodsboro. When killings begin to happen on the set of a movie based off of the events of the original Scream, Sid is drawn back to face her demons for the third time.

Scream 3: Quick Thoughts

Scream 3 has all of the entertainment value of a usual slasher. It's fun, I guess. There are some really standout scenes that show glimpses of Wes Craven's meta genius, most notably a scene that takes place with a fax machine. I enjoy watching Ghostface run around and stab people with moments of commentary on the horror genre. That's what a Scream movie is supposed to deliver, and Scream 3 does.

However, this film falls victim to the tropes and cliches that it makes fun of. It's SO generic and easily the most boring film in the franchise. It tries to out-meta Scream and Scream 2 by having the story actually take place on a film set, but that just comes off as a odd and lame. They don't really do anything with that concept, and it makes the movie just have no soul.

The kills are also atrocious. The Scream franchise has never had the best kills, but Scream 3 probably could've been rated PG-13. Part of that was the fact that this film was released right after Columbine, so violence was being toned down in all media. But, twenty years later, that makes the movie feel extremely bland.

This is a really random annoying thing, but they give Ghostface the power to imitate other people's voices, which is just stupid. That's such a lazy plot point that makes him so much more powerful.

It's not terrible. But this film isn't the unique, fun experience that a Scream movie is. Ghostface and Sidney Prescott are in it. There are a few meta jokes. But besides that, you can exchange everything else for something in a different slasher (like Halloween Kills or Prom Night or something) and the movie barely changes. And that's lame. They even sideline Sidney for a big chunk of this movie, so you don't get her presence to make this somewhat better. Ugh. Bad movie.

Final Thoughts and Score

Scream 3 is a dull, bland, generic Scream movie that has no soul and barely feels like a fun Ghostface killing spree at all.

I will go Sour here. Age range is 11+.


Sweet (Great) Savory (Good) Sour (Bad) Moldy (Terrible)

"Scream 3"

Fun Factor: 5/10 Acting: 7/10

Story: 4/10

Characters: 4.5/10

Quality: 4.5/10

Directed by Wes Craven

Rated R for moderate bloody violence, language, frightening themes and images, suggestive material, thematic elements

Released on February 4, 2000

1 hour and 57 minutes

Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott

David Arquette as Dewey Riley

Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers

Parker Posey as Jennifer Jolie

Patrick Dempsey as Mark Kincaid

Scott Foley as Roman Bridger

Lance Hendrickson as John Milton

Matt Keeslar as Tom Prinze

Jenny McCarthy as Sarah Darling

Emily Mortimer as Angelina Tyler

Deon Richmond as Tyson Fox

Liev Schreiber as Cotton Weary

Kelly Rutherford as Christine Hamilton

Lynn McRee as Maureen Prescott

Jamie Kennedy as Randy Meeks

Carrie Fisher as Bianca

Roger L. Jackson as Ghostface


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