On the set of the new Stab movie, the cast is hunted down by a
new masked killer who is trying to draw Sidney Prescott out of hiding.
Scream 3 (2000)
Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Ehren Kruger
Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette,
Patrick Dempsey, Parker Posey, Scott Foley, Lance Henriksen,
Emily Mortimer, Deon Richmond, Jenny McCarthy,
Patrick Warburton, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Kennedy
Sequel to 1997's Scream 2
If you've made it this far into the Scream franchise, chances are you are onboard no matter what. A lot of people don't like this one. It has the worst reviews of the franchise, and admittedly succumbs to a lot of the cliches that this franchise has gone out of its way to avoid. But come on, let's face it. Scream 3 is just as entertaining as the rest of them because it delivers. It's a suspenseful, formulaic romp with Ghostface that has something to do with Sidney Prescott's mother. What this film adds is more layers to the backstory and tells us there was a reason why Maureen Prescott acted the way she did.
Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette are the series constants, returning for the third entry as Sidney, Gale, and Dewey respectively. All of them are somewhat traumatized by the events of the first two films, with Sidney now living alone in the woods. A studio is making Stab 3, and Ghostface is working his way through the cast of the film, starting with familiar face Cotton Weary (Schreiber). This Ghostface has a deeper personal connection with Sidney than we've seen in the past, and the film does a great job making fun of itself while also serving as a serious horror flick, just like the first two. That's the beauty of Wes Craven. He knows exactly what kind of movie he's making.
Scream 3 is a far cry from the piece of shit that critics have made it out to be over the years. Is it a horror classic? Probably not, but it's entertaining and builds on the intense mythology that Craven has established for this franchise. It's a fun movie with some good kills and a decent twist. What more do you want?