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Scream 3

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox
Director: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror
Year: 2000
Rating: 3 / 5

Unoriginal. Unfortunately, that is the best word I can use to describe Scream 3. Been there, done that. Scream 3 is just as funny, if not funnier, than its predecessors, and its conclusion, while not quite as impressive as the first film's, is certainly well done. Alas, director Wes Craven covers little new ground in this, the final installment of his fantastically successful trilogy. Scream 3 is still a very entertaining romp, and I would prefer it over 95% of all horror movies out there. Wes Craven brings back all of his surviving characters, and even manages to tie up some loose ends from Scream, but Scream 3 ends up as little more than a well-crafted copy of his earlier work.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), twice nearly murdered by serial killers, is now hiding out in the mountains somewhere in California. She works as a help line phone operator, trying to assist people with their problems. She has little contact with the outside world, and she has little desire to change that fact. It seems that Stab 3, the third movie based on the now infamous Woodsboro murders, is in production, and Sidney would like to have little if anything to do with that film. But as bodies begin surfacing once more, Sidney realizes that she may have to end her self-imposed exile.

On the set of Stab 3, director Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) is trying to produce his masterpiece. Armed with new lead actors, Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer) and Tom Prince (Matt Keeslar), replacing the departed Tori Spelling and David Schwimmer (in a clever running gag), Roman pushes forward with his film. He is sidetracked, however, when members of his cast start mysteriously dying. Even more frightening, the actors are being killed in the order in which their characters die in the script for Stab 3. But, since the studio has released numerous versions of the script (to foil internet thieves, most likely), which version is the killer working from?

Director Wes Craven does an impressive job of tying up any loose ends from the two preceding movies, even if fans were not even aware that there were loose ends. None of the surviving characters from Scream 2 really distinguish themselves here, and some play their roles - painfully, as a matter of fact - true to form. Newcomers Scott Foley (Felicity) and Parker Posey are superb, especially Posey, whose character is set to play Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) in Stab 3. Add in a boatload of laughs, and you have yourself an enjoyable two hours of movie fun. Original? Not anymore. But enjoyable? As enjoyable as its two equally inventive predecessors, and that is good enough for this film fan.

Cast:
David Arquette..........Dewey Riley
Neve Campbell..........Sydney Prescott
Courtney Cox..........Gale Weathers
Patrick Dempsey..........Mark Kincaid
Scott Foley..........Roman Bridger
Jamie Kennedy..........Randy Meeks
Parker Posey..........Jennifer Joile
Liev Schreiber..........Cotton Weary

Certification: Rated R for violence.
Running Time: 120 minutes.

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