Monday, February 16, 2009
Scream 3 (2000, Wes Craven)
The Scream trilogy comes to an end with Scream 3 (duh, its a trilogy). By this time, the horror market was boiling over with Scream ripoffs, spoofs and even veteran horror series making "Scream-like" sequels (for instance Halloween H20 - even the poster made it look like a Scream film). When this film came out, I really had no interest in the series anymore so it wasn't until very recently that I watched it for the first time.
Scream 3 again follows Sidney Prescott, who is now living in seclusion due to her past run-ins with psycho killers. She is called upon when the cast members of a film based on her life start popping up dead. Along for the ride is the deputy from Sidney's hometown (David Arquette) and the reporter/author (Courtney Cox-Arquette) whose book the cursed movie is based on. Can Sidney finally stop the killings once and for all?
Scream 3, though not a bad film, is basically just more of the same - with lesser results. The new characters (mostly portraying actors in the film within a film) are boring and don't carry the story very well (I wanted to stab Parker Posey about 5 minutes after her character first appeared). Only the returning characters are worth the watch. One last thing I'd like to mention is that Courtney Cox-Arquette's haircut in this film is one of the worst in film history - tied with Harrison Ford in Presumed Innocent and Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men.