Scream 3 is the second sequel to Scream (the other being Sream 2). Or, it could be the final part of the Scream trilogy. In which case, all bets are off. And they are. This part of the trilogy pulls every trick – more so than the other two parts. It self- parodies, reinvents itself, parodies itself again, and reinvents itself again. All the while confusing anyone who might think they have a chance of guessing who the slasher is. It is funny, too.For those who enjoy horror movies with an intellectual edge, Scream 3 is recommended viewing. For those who have seen the previous two parts, having the killer again wear the same mask and black gown, and wield the same brilliantly stainless steel knife, diminishes some of the shock value. But there are still some genuinely scary moments.
The highlight for me was the message from the grave. A character from the previous Scream movies, the great analyst of horror movie formulas, advises Sid (Neve Campbell), via a video-taped message recorded before his death in Scream 2, on how to catch the killer. This is where the difference between a second sequel and the third part of a trilogy is explained. You will need to concentrate to catch what he is saying. This is part of the self-parodying that I enjoyed. It also adds to the piss that Hollywood takes out of itself throughout all the Scream movies. Recommended viewing for this alone. But then Hollywood will do anything to make a good movie.
So, in summary, the script is good, the acting is good, the direction is good, there are some good laughs, the characters do dum things that make them get killed, and there are some scary moments, too.It is not necessary to have seen Scream and Scream 2 beforehand, but having done so would help with background to the characters and their relationships, but would also take away some of the shock value. Scream 3 is worth seeing, especially if you are a fan of the horror movie genre and are not looking for a deep movie. (Ian Wilmoth--filmnet.org.au)