Worth A Look: 33.88%
Pretty Bad: 10.74%
Total Crap: 18.6%
13 reviews, 164 user ratings
I was really excited about this one. I liked the first two (yes, I liked Scream 2 - a fair bit, actually) and with the nifty cast they had lined up (Lance Henriksen - oooooh!) I figured this one had the potential to be decent. It was NOT.As another reviewer already pointed out, "Scream 3" was the kind of horror movie that the original "Scream" was making fun of. It was so deathly predictable (pardon the pun), really boring, and just plain sad. Was this what Kevin Williamson intended all along? I know he didn't write this one, but he did come up with the story, and he's said that he intended it to be a trilogy all along. Was THIS how he intended to end it? If so, I'm tearing up my "Dawson's Creek Fan Club" membership card.
"Follows in the proud footsteps of Godfather 3 in terms of sucking."
So, anyway, plot: Sydney (Neve Campbell), Dewey (David Arquette), and Gail (Courteney Cox-Arquette) are chased around by that nasty Ghostface killer fellow again, and some more people die. It all takes place on the set of the movie "Stab 3", the film series within a film series. Various potential victims for the killer include Bud from "The Cosby Show", Puddy from "Seinfeld", Ben or Noel from "Felicity", and Jenny McCarthy from that filthy magazine I keep under my mattress. Somehow, the killer manages to be about 5 different places at once and can imitate every single cast member's voice. Apparently, the killer is working in tandem with Rich Little. Nice to see him getting work these days.
That last point is one of the most annoying, because it shows how stupid the characters in this story have become. It usually goes like this:
BRING! BRING! (telephone rings)
Other end of the phone: Hi, it's Dewey/Sydney/Ben or Noel. Meet me here alone in five minutes. Don't tell anyone where you're going.
Soon-to-be-dead-cast member: Sure.
(Cast member goes to the darkened alley/abandoned warehouse)
BRING! BRING! (Everyone has a cel phone. It's Hollywood)
Cast member with about 12 seconds to live: Hello?
Other end of the phone: Hey, it's Bud/Gail/Lance Henriksen.
Really in deep trouble cast member: Why did you want me to meet you here?
Other end of the phone: (using scary killer voice) Because I'm going to KILL YOU.
(pops out of the shadow and stabs him or her 82 times)
Now, after the first 12 times that happens, and the characters KNOW that's how the killer's luring his/her victims to their deaths, you'd think of setting up some skill-testing questions. Like, "Hey, Dewey, what's your middle name?" But no. That would be too complicated.
And of course, with all the faked deaths in the first two "Scream" movies, it's impossible to tell who's been really killed, so it's impossible to guess who the killer is. And when it does happen, we've all figured out the big "backstory mystery", so it's just a matter of plugging whoever isn't dead into the killer role.
I think this script must have been tampered with, because it feels really safe, really dorky, and considering the guy who wrote it also wrote "Arlington Road", which had one of the coolest endings EVER, this lame-ass, cookie-cutter, everyone-takes-their-bows-at-the-end ending just feels forced. Who knows?
All I know is, this movie was about a half-hour too long. I didn't care who the killer was, I didn't really care who lived or died, and I just wanted it to be over. And not even a "Look how hip we are" cameo from Jay and Silent Bob could stop that.The script from "Scream 2" was leaked to the internet a couple months before it was released. I read it, and it made me want to see the movie more. If only I could have read THIS script. I coulda saved 8 bucks.
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originally posted: 02/06/00 05:42:55