- Actors: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber, Beth Toussaint
- Directors: Wes Craven
- Writers: Ehren Kruger, Kevin Williamson
- Producers: Andrew Rona, Bob Weinstein, Cary Granat, Cathy Konrad, Daniel K. Arredondo
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: eOne Films Distribution
- Release Date: May 22 2012
- Run Time: 116 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 188 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000065K5F
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,000 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Wes Craven's final installment of his highly-successful SCREAM trilogy concludes with a fun, fast, and furious romp that cuts through B-movie cliches as readily as it does the warm flesh of its hip young cast. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and friends Gale Weathers and Dwight "Dewey" Riley (Courteney Cox and David Arquette) once again find themselves face to face with a masked psychopath, who's making deadly edits to the cast of STAB 3, the schlocky slasher film based upon Sidney's own "real-life" horrors. Fueled by Ehren Kruger's (ARLINGTON ROAD) snappy script, the third chapter packs a punch with a plenty of turn-on-a-dime plot twists and a high laugh-to-shriek ratio.
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In Scream 3, Kevin Williamson, scrip writer from the first two instalments is absent. Unfortunately the absence is painfully noticeable. The scrip goes too far and tries to reach areas of the storyline that are too deeply rooted in the unfamiliar to be believable after all that has happened in the first two films. The film attempts to complete the circle by rounding it off with this film, yet it can't help but bringing in new facts and stuff like Maureen's ghost that we really didn't need to know. The long and overdrawn explanation of everything that has happened towards the end is not really needed either. You finish watching the film feeling a little disappointed by the lack of action and suspense, but there's certainly one thing that this film has in copious amounts that the first two didn't - blood and guts.
Most of the action that goes on in Scream 3 is featured on the Hollywood-style set of Stab 3, the sequel to the original which featured the true-story events of Sidney's events that we saw in the first Scream film. Stab 3 focuses more on Gayle Weather's account of the goings on around the Woodsboro Murders. Having the characters of Stab 3 play the real life characters that we seen on screen is a delightful touch, and adds many humorous moments to the film. As with the first two films we are treated to a fabulous opening sequence that last some ten minutes to get the audience worked and hyped up. With Scream, we saw Drew Barrymore brutally murdered in the opening, while Jada Pinkett was killed off in the cinema in Scream 2 while watching the Hollywood blockbuster Stab. This opening is the worst of the three, but it's still very good and entertaining.
Neve Campbell completes her role as Sidney Prescott in Scream 3 with grand style. Her acting peaks here and she shows raw emotion as the traumatised woman. Courtney Cox is fabulous once more as the news reporter Gayle Weathers, but she has lost her snappy edge from the first two instalments that made her the shiniest character in the film. David Arquette has now fully transformed into a very likeable character, and is a different man to the geek we saw in the first film. And that's pretty much it as far as main cast stars go. Scream and Scream 2 had many extras and minor role-players, but Scream 3 focuses more on the three main characters who have been in the film since the beginning.
OVERALL GRADE: 8/10
Scream 3 is definitely a satisfying and well-received finale to the greatest slasher flick trilogy ever. The ending is the second best of all the three, with the original Scream ending in pole position. Nothing can top that! Final instalments are supposed to ruin some classic films. Many examples can be chosen, such as The Omen and The Exorcist, but Scream 3 is a perfect round out to the best trilogy ever, Scream. Let's just hope, however, that Wes Craven doesn't release a Scream 4. The results could be disastrous. We might just have to kill him.
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