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      09.02.2014 10:41
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      A good movie to finish off the trilogy

      Scream 3 is the third and final film in the original Scream trilogy (it now counts four films in the series but when this was released it was envisioned to be the final film) and was released in 2000. Unlike a lot of horror sequels which are cheap straight to DVD cash ins this film manages to not only retain a decent budget but it also brings back original director and the main cast from the other two films. Unfortunately Kevin Williamson is no longer back as the writer of the film but he did write the outline of the film for screen writer Ehren Kruger to complete.

      ********** Plot **********

      This time the action takes place in Hollywood where there a Hollywood studio is making a movie based on the happenings in Scream. Dewey has been signed on as a consultant on the movie while Gail Weathers is in town anchoring a news show.

      Scarred by the events in the previous movies Sydney has been keeping herself in seclusion in a remote woodland cabin and not telling anyone except Dewey where she is to keep herself safe but when a spate of killings start at the movie studios she knows she needs to come out of hiding and face up to her past and put a stop to them.

      ********** My opinion **********

      For most people Scream 3 is the weakest of the franchise and while I agree it isn't as good as the first and second movie I actually really like it and take away the fact that it is a sequel to such strong entries and compare it to other movies in the same genre and this stands head and shoulders above most.

      A lot of the strength of the Scream movies come from the Scripts written by Kevin Williamson and since he isn't back on board on this one it is noticeable. The script lacks some of the razor sharp social commentary of the first two but Ehren Kruger does a good job of coming on board and fleshing out Kevin Williamsons original treatment. The script is clever and funny and still has lots of tongue in cheek moments.

      There was a lot of talk in the movie about how the end of a trilogy means that all the rules of horror movies are torn up and that no one is safe anymore and I was genuinely curious as to if they would kill off any of the main cast. I won't spoil it for you but there is some hairy moments for the characters that we have come to know and love. I also thought the ending was really successful and cleverly managed to tie in with the other two movies and it actually made sense in the scheme of the movies.

      I really love the change of scenery that setting the film in Hollywood brings and I think it works well for franchise. There are lots of new characters in this such as the cast of the Stab films who are playing the characters from the Scream films that we know so well. All the stereotypes that we have come to associate with Hollywood are here such as the ingénue, sleazy studio boss, air head actress and loads more and they are played with aplomb by some famous and not so famous actors and actresses. British export Emily Mortimer plays an actress who is portraying Sydney in the films while Indie princess Parker Posey plays a version of Gayle. Both these actresses overact terribly but I assume that this is how Wes Craven wanted them to play their parts since they are playing exaggerated versions of well-known stereo types. The main cast play their characters how they were in the previous two films. Sydney is the only one who is played slightly different and I actually liked how she started more vulnerable in this film before finding her inner bad ass again. A few famous faces pop up in the film including Patrick Dempsey, Jenny Mccarthy and even Carrie Fisher.

      Red herrings are dotted all over the film and I think it does a good job of racking up the tension and throwing you off the scent as to who the killer is in this one. The death scenes aren't quite as ingenious in this one and it all seems a little watered down. The reason for this is that when making the film the filmmakers were getting a lot of pressure about violence in movies and felt the need to tone it done somewhat. I don't think the film suffers a lot from less graphic violence but at the same time it has also taken away some of the intensity from the chase scenes which does make it a little bit less thrilling.

      Overall though I think the film is a success. I personally really enjoyed this chapter in the trilogy and really liked the change of scenery basing it in Hollywood as it made such a change to have a horror film of this type set here rather than set in small town America and at least the film makers didn't just decide to rehash the first one. It isn't as strong as the other two films in the franchise but it is still an excellent movie and a must for fans of the first two.

      ********** Blu Ray **********

      The extras on my disc are all a bit ho hum and there is nothing really original or exciting about them. There is an audio commentary on the disc by director Wes Craven and the producer and editor and this isn't as good as the one on the original Scream and is a bit dull actually. I think it would have been better had a few members of the cast joined in because then at least it would have been a bit livelier as overall it is a bit dull and I couldn't even finish it.

      I was excited to see that there was an alternative ending but was disappointed that it was pretty much the same ending with only a few changes and didn't really add anything to the story. I was hoping that it would be a completely different ending with a different killer just so I could compare and contrast even though I was satisfied with the original ending.

      There are also some deleted scenes which are ok but there is nothing particularly special about them and I could see why they weren't included in the final film. There are also some behind the scenes footage which isn't anything special. The outtakes are ok and diverting enough but the inclusion of a music video isn't really needed. Like the rest of the Scream Blu Rays that I have the extras are ok but these are the type of movies with fans who are really interested in the behind the scenes happenings and unfortunately they are just a bit bland and it would have been nice had they been a bit more indepth.

      The audio and picture quality is really good and a marked improvement over the normal DVD release. Everything is sharp and clear and colours are reproduced clearly and bright.

      ********** Overall **********

      Overall I love this film. It isn't quite as good or as thrilling as the first two but it is still an excellent movie in its own right and had it not been part of the Scream franchise then it would be much more highly thought of. It is less thrilling and less violent than the previous two and the comedy aspect has been racked up on this one which actually works well as the Scream films have always been a bit tongue in cheek. It is certainly an enjoyable movie and I would recommend it to fans of the other Scream films and to anyone who likes this particular genre.

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        13.02.2010 14:24
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        not the best really

        Scream 3 is until next year the last installment of the Wes Craven slasher movie franchise which attempts to satarise the genre.

        The scream films as a concept always play fast and loose with the teen slasher concept and the use of films in the film based on whats happened in previous films, if that makes sense. In this the third film in the franchise this tactic is taken a step further when the cast of the in-film film Stab3 which based on the events seen in Scream 2 are found dead with the photo of Sydney Prescott. The death of the mother a year before the first film has never properly been explained and is the catalysis for the murderers actions in the first film without them being responsible for her death.

        Sydney played by Neve Campbell is hidden away in California in an attempt to forget her past. The police soon come knocking however and with them comes the iconic black clad white masked murderer with his curved shiny dagger. The rest of the cast from the first two films are added with Dewey (David Arquette) being part of the Stab3 production team and the film based on a book written by Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox).

        The actors in Stab3 are being killed in the order of the first two films and soon panic sets in, the films producer John Milton invites all the cast to the house and now the murderer starts to be more visual and picks off his victims. The film is now set into a classic closed house murder mystery, you sort of know who the murder is but the film leaves us guessing until the end.

        Scream 3 brings together all the actors from the first two films and gives us another blood soaked slasher film, the cleverness of the first film is now a long forgotten concept. This is a pure teenager slasher film, there are lots of silly chases, girls in tight tops and skinny jeans and a plot which barely feels the need to touch on reality.

        Neve plays her usual pursed lipped slightly annoyed performance, she's pretty and has a hot figure but as an actress she's sadly missing. She seems to spend the whole film either crying, looking annoyed or trying to pretend she's not in a teen slasher film wearing a tight top and tight jeans. David Arquette is the friend Dewey, he bumbles along and somehow manges to survive whatever happens to him. Courney Cox is well her role in Friends with tight jeans and a tight T-shirt, you feel that she feels she might be getting a bit old for these kind of films.

        This film is ok, if you're into slasher movies if your not it's a bit of a joke and best avoided at all costs. There is a fourth in the pipeline which is supposed to restart the franchise, lets hope they have spent enough time on the story and not ordered another big tub of blood-like paint.

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          12.12.2009 03:04

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          Has become exactly what it hated

          note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

          The original film Scream was hugely acclaimed as a smart parody of the horror genre, which by the mid-nineties had devolved into a rote, cliched mess, with the films becoming more and more predictable. Scream played off of this in a comedic way, toying with audience expectations and as a result delivering a film that had a very unique sensibility, and has since inspired many rip-offs, none of which matched the original, not even the pretty good sequel, Scream 2.

          Scream 3 starts with Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) now living a secluded existence under an assumed name in a fairly tranquil existence. However, with the murder of Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber), the man suspected of murdering and raping Sidney's mother, all of her painful memories are brought to the forefront, causing her to hallucinate in rather ridiculous fashion. Also, the production of Stab 3 is being plagued by the Ghostface Killer, while the film's director, Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) tries to keep the production going. Meanwhile, Officer Dewey (David Arquette) and Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox) return once again, with Gail out for a scoop while Dewey tries to protect Sidney.

          Sure, at this point the series is being stretched a little bit, and the trippy, hallucinatory sequences are a little out there, but I still found this to have the charm of the others just about. The main issue, though, is that by this point Scream is becoming as convoluted as the films it is trying to mock. Fortunately, Craven knew to make this the series' swan song, although strangely, a fourth entry has now been announced, leaving me incredibly skeptical.

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          16.08.2009 15:39
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          Number 2 was bad but this was worse

          Scream 3 was released in 2000 and is the third instalment in the Scream series. It is 112 minutes long and rated 18 due to frequent strong language, moderate sexual references and as always, lots of horror, gore and violence. This was the only film in the series that wasn't written by Kevin Williamson although he was co producer.

          Plot
          Sidney is now pretty much hidden away in California and works as a women's crisis counsellor from home. Her house has loads of security and no one knows where she is, apart from her dad and Dewey.

          At the same time, Stab 3 is in production in Hollywood but cast members are being killed one by one. The killer this time is leaving photo's around of Sidney's dead mother, which is really strange and creepy. Dewey is working on the film as a technical advisor and dating actress Jennifer Jolie and Gale is now a successful reporter due to the books she wrote about the previous murders.

          The police inform Sidney, Gale and Dewey about the murders and they start helping the investigation because the cast of Stab 3 are all being killed in the order they do in the film.

          The gang are all back together to solve the mysteries before things get really messy but will anyone survive?

          Cast
          David Arquette as Dwight 'Dewey' Riley
          Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott
          Courteney Cox Arquette as Gale Weathers
          Patrick Dempsey as Detective Mark Kincaid
          Parker Posey as Jennifer Jolie
          Scott Foley as Roman Bridger Prescott
          Jenny McCarthy as Sarah Darling
          Deon Richmond as Tyson Fox
          Emily Mortimer as Angelina Tyler
          Liev Schreiber as Cotton Weary
          Kelly Rutherford as Christine Hamilton
          Lance Henriksen as John Milton
          Matt Keeslar as Tom Prinze
          Patrick Warburton as Steven Stone
          Josh Pais as Detective Jason Wallace
          Carrie Fisher as Bianca Burnette
          Jamie Kennedy as Randy Meeks
          Heather Matarazzo as Martha Meeks
          Kevin Smith as Silent Bob
          Jason Mewes as Jay

          Trivia
          - The house used during the climax, where most of the killing takes place, is the same house used as a school in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
          - The Song "Red Right Hand" is played in all three of the movies.
          - Miramax was so concerned about protecting the movie's plot secrets that no journalists were allowed to see the finished film until two days before it opened.
          - Wes Craven filmed three different endings and didn't tell the cast which one he was going to use.
          - Liev Schreiber insisted that Cotton Weary should shrug off his white jacket in the opening teaser. This was mainly because Schreiber had been doing a lot of working out at the time and wanted to show off his pecs!

          My Opinion
          Although I said the second film wasn't as good as the original, this one was worse. I think this one had real potential, especially as we all thought it was the last in the series but you can definitely tell that a different writer was on board for this one. Scream 3 just doesn't have the same feel or excitement in the story that we had in the first two films. I think this could have been the best in the series should Kevin Williamson have written the script but at least Wes Craven directed otherwise it would have been a total train wreck.

          The main actors are again really good but unfortunately let down by a weak script. In the first two films, I felt quite a bit of emotion towards the main characters but this time I didn't really care whether or not they lived or died. I was kind of hoping for death by the end of the film so there would never be another one. Sadly, this didn't happen and the fourth film is in production. Courtney Cox-Arquette and David Arquette will be back for number four but I can't find anywhere that says if Neve Campbell is in for sure.

          Where the other films had cameos from some big names, this is where Scream 3 failed. We all loved to see Drew Barrymore and Sarah Michelle Geller die but the only semi big name in this one was Jenny McCarthy...and Jay and Silent Bob for about 5 seconds. I didn't care about any of the characters that died because they were more annoying that anything else and I'm glad they were killed. They deserved it!

          The story isn't as fast paced as I would have liked and I felt very let down compared to the previous two films. The plot towards the end is really really stupid and I didn't see it coming because it was that silly. I guess that's the only good thing this film had going for it. At least there was one shocker in there.

          The rules of a horror film are back and Randy explains the rules of a trilogy in a video:
          - "You've got a killer who's gonna be superhuman. Stabbing him won't work, shooting him won't work. Basically in the third one, you gotta cryogenically freeze his head, decapitate him, or blow him up."
          - "Anyone, including the main character, can die. This means you, Sid."
          - "The past will come back to bite you in the ass. Whatever you think you know about the past, forget it. The past is not at rest! Any sins you think were committed in the past are about to break out and destroy you."

          Now, considering all bets are supposed to be off in a sequel, the story didn't really make it feel this way. Again, I was expecting quite a big body count but there is the same amount of deaths as in the second film, 10, which isn't enough for me considering this was supposed to be the last film.

          Scream 4 is in production/ writing to be released probably in 2010. I really hope this next film will be a good one, unlike the stupid, straight to DVD sequels from the I know what you did and Bring it on films.

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            02.08.2009 11:30
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            Scream 3 is worthy addition to the Franchise

            After the murder of Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber); Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) is asked by the Police to help in the investigation. Weary was just finishing his part in the movie 'Stab 3 - Return to Woodsborough' which is a film being made based on the previous 2 Scream Movies.

            Once again Gail has to team up with old flame Dewey Riley (David Arquette) in investigating the murders at the Stab 3 studios. Meanwhile Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is in hiding somewhere in the woods. The Murders are an attempt by the Killer of drawing Sidney out of hiding.

            Joined along the way are various cameos including Patrick Dempsey as the Detective Kincaid and Parker Posey as Jennifer Jolie.

            Altough Scream 3 is not the best of the SCREAM trilogy, it is still very entertaining and great to watch. Courteney Cox Arquette, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell perform just as wonderful as they did in the last two. It had its twists and turns, and the ending is surprising. Scream 3 is a clever, scary, thrilling, and entertaining concluding chapter. It is a great ending to the much loved SCREAM trilogy.

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            27.06.2009 18:08
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            Another brilliant horror from Wes Craven

            Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has been through it something rotten the last couple of years, her Mum was brutally raped and murdered, a number of her close friends have been murdered, she has been targeted by multiple psychopathic killers and now she has retreated to a house in the country where supposedly no one can find her.

            Having said all that, she doesn't exactly have an enviable life and even three years after she killed the last serial killers that were targeting her she still lives in fear. This time there is yet ANOTHER copycat killer on the rampage yet this time he goes about his business with some aptitude. Stab 3 is now in production and quite cleverly the killer has decided to knock off people in the order that they die in the movie. Gail Weathers, Dewey Riley and of course Sidney herself are once again targets...

            I'm a massive fan of the Scream franchise and I've been waiting anxiously for years to see if they're going to make a forth instalment and up until a couple of months ago I was still waiting with bated breath that was until I heard about Scream 4 that is set for release next year... I can't wait!

            The writer from the first two films, Kevin Williamson didn't write this film so I'm surprised that it was as good as it is. For me, in a way this is the best in the trilogy and 9 years ago I would have said it was the perfect ending to three absolutely faultless horror films.

            Since the brilliant simplicity of the first Scream film, the franchise has tried to step away from that 'unintelligent teen slasher' stamp on it's metaphorical head by gradually making the plots in the films more and more complex as they progressed. With Scream 2 you had a very good ending which dug more deeply into the plot and Sidney's past, Scream 3 set out to dig even deeper into her past by bringing the presence of her deceased Mother into it a lot more making this film the most intelligent of the trilogy.

            I found the acting to be a lot better with this film, I always thought that Neve Campbell was a bit of a weak link compared to co-stars Courtney Cox and David Arquette. Although Arquette plays a bit of a brainless idiot he's still a loveable character and his acting isn't too bad. Neve Campbell really steps up to the bar with this film though and I think her performance was much better than it was in the first two films. Courtney Cox (Arquette) and David Arquette were married when this film was released so it was interesting to see their on-screen chemistry as an on/off couple who already argue like a married couple.

            There are a lot more scares in Scream 3, you see Sidney's imagination playing tricks on her when she sees images of her dead Mother. This film isn't known for being particularly frightening so it was nice to see them raise the bar with the horror aspect in this film. There are many more edge of your seat moments and moments that manage to make you jump with the way Wes Craven manages to create tension in the most genius ways possible.

            I love the way this story is done, with the first two Scream films it was simply a serial killer on the loose who was always revealed at the end. This was entertaining but in this film they've managed to bring a detective story into it with Gail Weathers, Dewey Riley and Neve Campbell battling to discover who the killer is.

            The beginning of the film which have always been brilliant in the Scream franchise is just as memorable, this time it features around the murder of one of the big characters from the first two films, the wrongly convicted murder of Maureen Prescott, Cotton Weary. It really shows that killer means business because he tells Cotton that if he doesn't tell him where Sidney is he'll kill him. It's a brilliant opening to the film.

            There's the usual humour in this film just as there is with the other two, the way the characters in the film imitate the real characters, like Gail Weathers and the woman who plays her in Stab 3 was great to watch and adds a lot of humour into the film. There's also an unexpected appearance from Randy who was one of the best characters from the first two films. I love the way he makes the 'real' events look like an actual trilogy it really makes the film interesting to watch and the characters themselves almost start to feel that they are living in their very own horror movie.

            The ending in this film was definitely the most unexpected and the most well thought out. It was the perfect ending to the trilogy and I'm not sure how another film is going to follow on but I'm sure Wes Craven will find a way of bringing this fantastic franchise to life after 10 years of silence.

            I'd recommend this to any horror fan and any Scream, in many ways it's the best in the series so far and definitely cleverest.

            The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99.

            The special features include:
            Outtakes
            Behind the Scenes Montage
            Deleted Scenes
            Alternative Ending
            Creed Music Video
            Audio Commentary With Director Wes Craven
            Cast & Crew Bios.
            2 Theatrical Trailers
            Interactive Menu
            Scene Access

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              20.02.2009 00:04
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              Too Little Too Late

              As everyone in Hollywood knows there are only 3 directors who can pull off a trilogy successfully: Lucas (the first Star Wars trilogy), Spielberg (Indiana Jones) and Bob Clark (Porky's). The first sequel is always easy - if the original film was good, you can just do the same again and expect some kind of financial return (Speed 2 is the obvious exception to this rule). Part 3, however, unless you are very fortunate, will be frankly shocking (Jaws 3D and Halloween 3 are obviously not exceptions to this rule.

              Even when trilogies are successful, they spawn so many rip offs that by the time part 3 comes out the movie viewing public are bored with the set up. Just think about the amount of inferior slasher films that came out following Halloween or the amount of films involving 'nerds' and breasts in the 1980's following Porkys success.

              Why would a successful director try to make a trilogy when the first and sometimes even second film could stand alone. Even Coppola got it wrong. Godfather - one of the best films ever made. Godfather part 2 - Ditto. Godfather part 3 -Oops.....

              Despite all of the available evidence - Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Police Academy, Naked Gun etc etc etc - some directors never learn. Which brings us to this offering from Wes Craven.

              The original Scream was a good idea. An ironic, post-modern, ironic take on the slasher movie genre which unfortunately led to lots of slightly less original, seemingly post-modern, vaguely ironic takes on the genre.

              Films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend flooded the cinemas and I, for one, was really impressed.....Hmmmm....

              Then we got Scream 2 - not as good as the first movie but perhaps that was a little in-joke. Within the movie certain characters debate whether sequels are as good as the original and the movie certainly proved their negative conclusion to be correct.

              Wes then brought out the third and promised final part (Please let it be so) of his ironic take on horror.

              The action has moved to LA where the cast of 'Stab!' (a film based on the events of the original film) are now being hunted down and killed like dogs. How ironic.

              Cue the survivors of the first two films who run around and scream a bit before finding out who dons the spooky mask this time. I would let you know who it is, but I'd rather not spoil the (yawn) surprise.

              To be fair to Craven he did state way back before the Hollywood masses developed repetitive script disease and began churning out 'post-modern teen horror' flicks every week that Scream woul dbe a trilogy.

              And as he had already taken an ironic and post-modern look at film-making in his New Nightmare film, it was a safe bet that Scream 3 woul dinvolve some film-making tomfoolery. But why did Craven decide to rush into part 3 when his screenwriting chum Kevin Williamson was tied up with other things?

              The script and the in-jokes were what made Scream 1 & 2 worth repeat viweings. As a team Wes & Kevin were good. On their own they are less impressive. New Nightmare didn't work becuase ultimately the script was too ropey and as for Williamsons solo efforts - I Know What You Did Last Summer and it's badly titled sequel - the less said the better.

              If Craven and Williamson had stuck together then Scream 3 might have made a good finale but with Kevin off playing in Dawson's Creek it doesn't quite gel.

              Ultimately Scream 3 fails due to it's running time. At about 116 minutes it's about 116 minutes too long.

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                A great ending for a rather awful (but must have) trilogy

                ***SCREAM 3****

                Righto, time for the final Scream! The last addition to the Scream Trilogy and the last disc in my box set. You may wish to read my reveiws of the first two before you sink your teeth into this, if you haven't already.

                ---The Film---

                Rather fantastically, you get the option to watch this disc in 2 whole languages! Imagine the possibilities.

                I have nothing but praise for Scream 3. A million times better than both 1 and 2 put together. By Scream 3 the whole movie has grown right up. It has evolved from a cheap tits and blood slash em up to an expensive, plot based film with only a small dependence in the wallets of teenage, boner beleaguered boys.

                Number Three has gotten a lot more serious in that it has stopped relying on the well breasted women and took some time on the story. At the same time, it has stopped taking itself seriously at all, riddling the movie with some brilliant cameos: Jay and Silent Bob slink in with a few comments thrown in Cox's direction and Carrie Fisher plays a receptionist who hates Carrie Fisher. Humour is fun.

                Scream 3 begins when Cotton Weary (the suspected killer of the first film) and his girlfriend are murdered. Soon after, the people working on the in-movie filming of "STAB 3" begin dying. More to the point, they begin getting the crap sliced out of them. How fabulous. Since Scream 2 Sydney (Neve Campbell) has (rather understandably) went into hiding and someone is trying to lure her out one last time. The game is not over. In fact the game just got a lot deeper, delving into Sydney's mothers past, revealing secrets and lies all over the place. It has an extra little eerie edge to it when Sydney starts roaming around the set of "STAB 3" which is the exact set used for Scream 2.

                The performances from Campbell and the others was just brilliant. (Campbell isn't in enough things. Where is she?? Get her out of hiding!!) By the time this film was made, Courtney Cox and David Arquette had tied the knot, so seeing them work together as a "will they won't they" couple is just pure comedy. Jamie Kennedy (who plays Randy in 1 and 2) also gets a tiny part in this film as a voice from beyond the grave warning about how trilogies work. All bets are off, no one is safe and things tend to get a bit more spectacular.

                I would have to say Scream the Third stuck well to these rules. Number 3 had me jumping out of my seat, excited and shouting "Shoot them in the head!!!" (they never listen). I've seen this film before. I know what happens. It's just THAT good.

                It certainly redeems the previous Scream films if only for the little insider touches that can be seen throughout the film (lines like "Stab 3? Jesus, I have to get a new agent" from the stab actors and posters for Creed, the band who headline the soundtrack, in Sydney's recreated room on the "STAB" set).

                ****The Extras****

                ---Out takes---

                The extras on Scream 3 kick off on the same note as the second film, providing us with some giggle worthy out takes from filming. Nothing hilarious but again there were smiles to be had and I quite enjoyed laughing at the antics caught on camera. Yay for out takes!

                ---Behind the scenes montage---

                Oh dear god, Drew Barrymore is back. This is not cool. Thankfully it's not for long. This montage deals with all three movies, and it is literally that. A montage. Not much explanation. But overall the clips are better than the random crap thrown at you from the first Scream extras. I'd say this extra is worth watching despite its lack of amazingness. It's a nice look behind the scenes. And the music is pretty rocking too. The only downside is that it may leave you in a similar state to me, singing "we need a montage" from Team America

                ---Deleted scenes---

                Continuing on from the great idea of letting you choose to have the commentary on deleted scenes, this box set allows you to watch unadulterated deleted scenes. You can also have people talk over the top if you really want. I didn't want. The scenes are very similar to the ones actually in the film, the first one only features one of the characters getting stabbed in a slightly different way than they did in the film. The next scene is...well...the same again. Same scene, different death. The last cut scene is different, thankfully. Just a random out take though. Nothing to wet your pants and write home about.

                ---Alternate ending---

                Don't get too excited. There is always a reason they never went with the alternate. The reason this time? It's simply not as good as the one they ended up going with. Another problem I have with this "alternate ending" guff is that it implies there is a total change in the story line. Incorrect. All that happens is some of the more exciting bits weren't in this version. Probably the reason it was rejected and replaced with its jumpier, sexier, more sophisticated twin. You suck Alternate Ending!!

                ---Theatrical trailer---

                The theatrical trailer. A staple of extras. The only downside is that the trailer they have chosen to include here is the same one that advertise Scream 3 on both the first and second DVD. We have seen it. It is not an extra. The only difference is that it has a Cinema release date stapled to the end of it that was obviously lopped off for the DVD adverts.

                ---International trailer---

                ....Er... what? So the international trailer has had the cinema release date lopped off and had Mr low hanging voice put over the top of the Theatrical trailer for a second or two. In essence it is no different from the theatrical trailer. I revert back to my earlier "Two trailers?? NO NEED!!" argument (see my whinging on the previous films). Pointless pile of pointlessness. Yep.

                ---Soundtrack trailer---

                This is literally an advert for the scream 3 soundtrack. Someone full of wit and charm decided to call it...wait for it... "SCREAM 3: THE ALBUM". Wow. The advert itself is akin to those cheap infomercials that beg you to by some really bad country music at 4 in the morning. On the upside, it does give you a handy list of bands who are on the soundtrack such as Creed, Godsmack, Staind, System of a Down, Static-X, Incubus and Slipknot, as if to apologise for Scream 2's sound track and confirm to everyone that it is ok, we know rap sucks, come home to rock. Fate had something to do with the choice as the movie just missed out on the 90's by landing in the year 2000. Thank god for that. I may actually have to hunt the soundtrack down.

                ---Creed Music Video---

                As if the soundtrack trailer wasn't enough to redeem their taste in music, they have included a music video for Creeds' "What if" featuring David Arquette. Only the smallest amount of cheese is included in the video and the song kicks ass. Yay for rock!!

                ---Cast and Crew Biography---

                As with the previous two sets of extras, we are treated to the biography of the cast and crew rather half heartedly displayed in text format next to a picture of them. The recurring cast seem to have the exact same bio on all three discs. The only treat here is finding out that one of the first victims in this film was in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". I want to say she was Joan of Arc...but I am still without net. Must check up on Kelly Rutherford later and see if I'm right.*

                ---Audio commentary---

                I'm sure by now you know the drill. Commentary = Not for me. Marmite, blah blah, you might like it, blah blah blah, I'm not watching it. Next!

                ***Overview***

                By far the best of the three films, the extras were quite alright too. If I had giant thumbs, I would put them up for this DVD. But I don't. I will, however, put my normal thumbs up for them.

                ---The end---

                And thusly we come to the end of the box set / Scream trilogy. Overall, The box set is something a horror movie buff will need to add to their collection. Said buff should also have to admit that the Scream films are typical, cheesy, teen slashers only atoned for by the much better finale film, Scream 3. All the while the films do give a brilliant insight (and poke fun at) the time honoured formula used in slasher films which I believe is part of their charm. You will either love them or you won't. .

                To buy them separately, you will need to shell out about £4.99 each. If you are sensible, you'll go for the box set which ranges between £7 and £13. Either way, the films are a bit of good messy fun for all the family. Ok well...maybe not them ALL since all three films come with an 18 rating and Gran probably wont be able to stick out the 333 minutes (almost 6 hours) of slice and dice


                *re bill and ted, I was wrong. She was a voice for the cartoon. Damn lying extras!!

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                  Third movie of Scream franchise by West Craven starring Neve Campbell

                  My opinion normally is that sequels suck! and that movies should only really be done once, well this is an exception - Scream is by far to me one of the best most chilling movies ever created, where you are gripped watching every second at the edge of your seat. Granted even this sequel isn't as good as the original, and this third is even more not as good. Sequels to me suck! but another sequel, well that might just be getting the boat out to much but this is good

                  It's different than the other Screams, alot of people if i remember correctly said they walked out bored out of it but i guess yet again i was the exception - if anything this is my faviourite Scream movie although i can see why others don't like it. Obviously to summarize what has happened in the first two movies i think is complex. Basically it stars Neve Campbell as the brillant and normal Sydney Prescott - a believable charachter that viewers will like who is haunted yet again by a copycat or in this movie the real killer. Also stars David Arquette and Courtney Cox (check out my other reviews, i have reviewed these also).

                  Wierdly i find myself watching these again recently. Scream is a brillant horror film franchise created by the amazing genius that is Wes Craven. Scream 3 is slower and less teen appeal than it's two other counterparts. Scream 3 is more calm, and aims for a resolution to a movie story told over 2 other parts and in parts i found it depressing but hooking. Rather sad and i to be hoenst was not impressed with the directing and writing that much i thought it was shot really awkwardly and the camera angles are just soo wrong, what did they use a home camcorder - even i could do a little better

                  Remember this part now contains spoilers, the first movie had Billy Loomas as the killer along with friend stu basically they took credit for the murder of Sydney's mother, in the second Mrs Loomas and Mikey where copycats out for revenge and basically just psychopaths! but this movie is the real deal, the first brillant thing it does is wipe out Cotton Weary straight away finally to prove it wasn't him after Sydney has suspected him so much. This movie will let you know the real killer who tries to kill Sydney and her friends but also did kill her mother and this movie explains WHO and WHY, and it's someone on screen - i did not figure it out at all, i know you might have not seen the movie so i won't say who but will just say that i didnt see it coming and the person fooled me, it is such a brillant movie and the ending is perfect.

                  The aim of Scream 3 is for resoution, and i was confused there would be a Scream 4 nearly 8 years on now, but i am wrong! they kept there word this was the final scream and what a hekka great way to close down this brillant horror movie down, in my opinion no horror film has come close since this was last relased, Period.

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                    04.02.2008 18:07
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                    A watchable entry in a series of films that was, up until now, excellent.

                    I have reviewed the other 2 Scream films recently, so thought that I should complete the job and do Scream 3 as well.

                    Wes Craven completes his clever 90s trilogy with this not so clever finale. Set a couple of years after the previous entry, Sidney is now a recluse living in the Hollywood hills with only her dog for company. No surprise, considering everywhere she goes she attracts homocidal seriel killers. And never the same one either - seeing as the previous killers got it in the end. Now though, she has to team up (yawn! - yes again) with Dewey the Dumpling and Gail the Gurner. The rest of their friends are dead, naturally! They couldn't allow the entire cast to survive - for gods sake, although Cotton Weary is back in a silly but effective opening sequence. Then its business as usual.

                    There's no problem with Wes' direction. Its as good as it ever was. The problem is the story has ran out of ideas. A copycat killer a first time was suspending belief enough - a second time, does Hollywood think we're all stupid. However there is enough guessing games, suspenseful chases and overblown explosions to keep the narrative ticking along. The final section, which has a revelation that will turn previous events on their head, is overlong, completely unbelievable and will have most people scratching their head in confusion.

                    Courtney Cox continues to play Gail Weathers, but most of her energy is sapped out of her by now. And Cox looks almost skeletal in the role. This must be what murder does to a girl's looks. Her real life husband (who she met on the set of the first film) David Arquette is as decent as ever - but his character hasn't really evolved since film number 1. So then its left once again to Neve Campbell to carry the can, but even she looks decidedly weary. That hers is the only credible remaining character is not so much due to an unfeeling script, but rather one that takes liberties with its audience's knowledge of both the genre and the series.

                    Most of the horror conventions have been thrown out here whereas the Scream franchise once embraced them. Where there was once a suggestion at the horrors, there is now just loud noises and lots of screaming. Maybe thats what they aimed for. After all, which 3rd film in a series is worth bothering with. That Scream 3 might be the best of its genre's three-qual is a gross overstatement - but I cant think of one thats as stupidly enjoyable.

                    Forget the previous 2 excellent entries, and come along for the ride, and you might just enjoy yourself. But the watered down and unbelievable story may leave proper fans of the films feeling cheated. For the rest of us though, its as exciting a ride as popcorn horror can get.

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                      • "A bit far-fetched"

                      The idea of making a trilogy is never a good idea if the decision to do so is made after 2 of the films have already been made! Throw in a different writer and it was never going to live up to expectations!

                      In Scream 3 we now find poor old Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) a recluse, she has resorted to living in the woods as a telephone samaritan just to avoid mental murderers in dodgy masks trying to kill her!

                      Within the 'Scream' movies there is the 'Stab' movies which are based on the characters of 'Scream' (If that makes sense - I re-worded it like a million times :-)). This Stab series of films is also onto it's 3rd instalment. However, when the Scream characters begin to die in the order that they die in the 'Stab' movie, it is apparent that the two are connected.

                      This connection to Hollywood gives way to a 'Scream' backstory! As explained in this movie there are certain rules to a trilogy, one of which being that the past will come back to bite you and that things were never as they seemed! Which is exactly what comes to pass in the 3rd and final Scream movie!

                      When I saw this movie at the cinema I actually quite enjoyed it, but this maybe due to the fact that I so desperately wanted to? The characters are once again a mix of old and new but the story is a little bit too far fetched even for the tongue-in-cheek approach these movies have.

                      There are some good satirical and witty moments in this movie, including Courteny Cox's fringe, and the story does hold up and concludes the lives of the characters. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, there are also some scary bits!

                      I would recommend that Scream fans should watch this but don't expect the calibre of the first 2! If you're knew to the Scream movies then you must watch Scream and Scream2 first, but do be sure to give this one a look!

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                        Well from what I was hearing online about Scream 3 I thought it wouldnt be as good. Well I thought Scream Three was the best one out of the triolgy. Neve Campbell was brilliant and fellow actors was Brilliant and it ended the whole story with a fantastic ending. loads of Behind the Scences Montage and loads of Special features including a brilliant deleted scenes section. A definet buy for a Serioous Scream Fan. If u have more money get the Triolgy Boxset thats Brilliant TOO. A Must buy!

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                        Sydney is now a reclusive agony aunt who lives in her house in secrecy. Cotton has his own tv show, Dewey is working as a security guard on the set of Stab 3 and Gail is a reporter still. Anyway, someone wants to find Sydney and kills Cotton for it. He finds out where Sydney is and phones her. Sydney starts getting flash backs about her mum and what happened to her in the years her mum never mentioned. Gail is hanging around the set of Stab 3 with all the cast and is genrally annoying however someone is bumping off the cast members and trying to kill their real live counterparts as well. Who will stop the killer? Scream was annoying, Scream 2 was annoying and Scream 3 is in the same league as the other two. The film does have a few good twists and some of the deaths are good but the whole idea of having two Gail Weathers is a very dangerous one. This film is obviously a way of again bringing back the survivors of the first film, even Randy(in a really stupid, I'm dead but I know whats gonna happen way). There are some suspensful moment and the story is sometimes good but the whole Sydney's mum bit is just annoying. See it if you love the other Scream films but otherwise don't watch.

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                        05.03.2002 21:48

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                        • "Poor choice of Villain"

                        I had really high hopes for this movie - I loved Scream 1 and 2 but I knew there was signs of trouble when Kevin Williamson (writer of Scream 1 & 2) wasn't writing and was being replaced by a guy named Kruger! Unfortunately, my fears came true. This is truely one awful movie that has barely nothing going for it. There are no shocks, no good twists and no elaborate set pieces. It is just so poor in every department. The plot holes are just so numerous it is embarrasing to be associated with the script. There were so many other avenues I wished they had explored (such as, making Ghostface one of the actual returning cast such as Gail or Dewey) but they just got lazy. The cast themselves do as much as they can with the weak material given to them but you can only do so much. Unfortunately, most of the cast just look as disappointed as I was with the whole effort. I could maybe understand the whole thing being poor if this had been directed by someone else but you expect more from Wes Craven. Please don't make a 4th Scream movie as it will be just too painful a process to view!

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                        'Scream 3' is an extreme illustration of the law of diminishing returns. It is quite simply a dreadful film, and a savage inditement of Hollywood's cynical drive for cash over quality. I am not a film snob. I have absolutely no problems with film sequels, provided they provide at least some measure of the original's entertainment value. 'Scream 3' does not. It is a dull, limp excuse for a film, made without any real attempt to chill or thrill the paying audience. It is a huge step back in the resurrected career of Wes Craven, ranking up there with 'The Hills Have Eyes Part 2' in the list of films which should never have been made. The plot reunites the 'Woodsboro Gang' from the previous 'Scream' films, for one last whirl. The action is relocated to Hollywood, and the set of 'Stab 3', another film being made about the original murders. Unfortunately, someone begins murdering people associated with the production, leaving mysterious photographs of Sidney Prescott's (Neve Campbell) long dead mother. Since ex-cop Dewey (David Arquette) happens to be working on the film in the unlikely role of technical advisor, and since Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) is as much of a bitch journalist as ever, this provides an excellent excuse for the gang to get together and solve the riddle of the killer's identity, before they join the growing list of victims. This is a lame plot, and even the most generous of 'Scream' fans would have to admit that it is a very lazy way to wrap up the series. After reading the synopsis above, it should be obvious exactly where the film will be heading, with plenty of weak gags involving film/reality mix-ups. It also allows the film to be padded out with actor characters playing the characters from the original 'Scream'. This is nowhere near as funny as scriptwriter Ethran Kruger seems to think it is. In fact, Kruger's script is probably the
                        worst aspect of the film, and the one which drags it down most into the stinking pit of mediocrity. Although anyone would have faced a difficult task following the already tired irony of Kevin Williamson, Kruger really strikes out by simply imitating his predecessor, albeit with considerably less charm and skill. There are so many familiar scenes in 'Scream 3' that the audience is never left in any doubt as to what will happen next. The same old 'guess the killer' plot devices are dusted down, and Kruger even has the cheek to feature a drawn out climax where the viewer is insultingly asked to believe that the killer is really dead. Although Kruger has written in a number of extra characters, and thus extra potential victims, he really needn't have bothered. The newcomers are so sketchily written that by the end of the film, the viewer will be hard pressed to recall who is still left alive. Even the killer and the motive for the murders are utterly unconvincing, and leave the viewer shaking his or her head sadly. Perhaps the worst, and most ironic thing about 'Scream 3' is the fact that the advertising for the film promised some real shocks and twists, with the lead and support characters being equally at risk of mutilation. Without giving anything away, I do not for one second imagine that any audience member would walk away from the film feeling surprised. The disaster that is 'Scream 3' cannot solely be blamed on Kruger. Craven's direction is mind numbingly bland, and the film's pacing is hideously off. Made by the numbers, the viewer soon picks up the dull rhythm of lame action, boring dialogue, lame action, boring dialogue.... Craven completely fails to generate any suspense, and the film comes off as a failed comedy rather than a failed horror film. Surely, he cannot believe that the same cheap shocks can be recycled across three films. And yet it would appear that he does, as th
                        e blundering killer flaps around ineffectually, making far more of a mockery of the proceedings than 'Scary Movie' ever could. Horror fans will be appalled at the lack of blood and violence. Although there are a fair few deaths, they are mostly off screen, and gore hounds will feel woefully short changed. There are no visceral thrills to be had here, and characters die so cleanly and easily that the viewer will be forgiven for assuming they are still alive. Pathetic. Even the acting is sorely stretched. The three leads all have an air of tiredness, of embarrassment to be involved with so limp a sham. True, they had very little to work with, but I have little sympathy for such an astounding lack of professionalism. After watching the film, I am forced to fully believe that the rumours surrounding the secrecy of the script were true, and that only Cox was allowed to see a copy pre-shooting. However, I must conclude that this measure was not employed to keep the film's ending a mystery, but to prevent the cast from refusing to read such dreadful lines. Paker Posey in particular should hang her head. Worst performance, ever. Sigh. I suppose I should mention one good aspect of the film. There are a few amusing cameos for film fans, such as 'Jay' and 'Silent Bob' from the films of Kevin Smith, Roger Corman, Jamie Kennedy returning briefly as 'Randy', and Heather Matarazzo from 'Welcome to the Dollhouse' as his sister. Apart from that, 'Scream 3' is a detestable mess. It is film making at its most lazy. This is a film designed solely to make money. I can well imagine Hollywood studio executives planning the film, calculating its gross returns, and laughing, never once considering what mediocrity they would be inflicting on the world. Films like this should never be made, and once great directors like Wes Craven should never stoop to make them. Any f
                        ilm fan should refuse to watch 'Scream 3' as a matter of principle.

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                        What should have been an explosive finale to the trilogy in Scream 3 ends up becoming something of a damp squib, with little of the suspense that made the first two so memorable. Kevin Williamson, creator of the original Scream, claimed he always saw the series as a trilogy, so it's a pity that he couldn't have had more of a hand in the last of the series, settling for a producer credit while the screenplay is penned by Ehren Kruger (ironic in itself, given director Wes Craven's most famous creation). When a crucial player in the first two movies is killed in the now obligatory pre-credit murder sequence, the attention switches to the set of Stab 3, the third in the fictional film series based on the original Woodsboro murders of the first Scream movie. Sydney Prescott, who has spent the last few years targeted by the Ghost-faced killer, is drawn out of hiding in the Californian hills to face the killer one last time. Along the way she is re-united with old friends, (both living and dead) and discovers more about her family history than she ever wanted to know. Most of the players look a little bored with the whole thing now and Craven just doesn't inject any pace into the proceedings, happy, it seems to produce virtually carbon copy set pieces from the previous instalments. The film sags incredibly in the second act and when a convenient "pre-recorded" message from the late Randy Meeks turns up, it's not so much evidence of that character's forethought, more of the scriptwriter's laziness. It has its moments though: Jenny McCarthy hiding from the killer in a wardrobe room filled with Ghostface costumes, a great cameo from Carrie Fisher and the constant bitching between Cox and the wonderful Parker Posey, who plays Gail Weathers in the fictional Stab 3. Ultimately, though, as the closing chapter in a great horror series, Scream 3 fails to live up to its predecessors. --Jonathan Weir