Retro Review: Scream 3

“In the final act, all bets are off.” Says Patrick Dempsey’s Detective Kincaid in the third installment of the popular horror series Scream.

His character is joined by a handful of new characters for the new sequel. Dempsey’s Detective is on the case as a new killer is knocking off cast members of the fictional movie, “Stab 3”.

Familiar faces like Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Liev Schrieber all return for another go with the man in the spook mask. And one of these key characters will die before the movie is done.

This sequel of Scream is a lot more in tune with the original film then the second film. The second film had more gore and terror then this film. What made the first so enjoyable was its mixture of humor and horror.

And the humor seems to be back for this sequel. Putting aside the classic styled horror scene involving voluptuous Jenny McCarthy, Scream 3 has a lot of new horror gimmicks and surprises to offer.

As is important in all films that try to end with a trilogy, Scream 3 brings us full circle and back to Woodsboro. Diving deep into the mysterious past of Sidney Prescott’s mother, the film brings back the cast and a new secret. This secret is what is at the heart of the film.

What is great about Scream 3 was how it did return to its roots and didn’t hit us over the head with a ludicrous villain like in the second film.

All the new-comers to the trilogy aid to the chemistry and aren’t just fresh meat. Scream 3 is a great wrap up for the series.

3.5 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer.

Written: February 4, 2000

One thought on “Retro Review: Scream 3

  1. May not be as good as the first, Scream 3 still is an entertaining watch, especially around Halloween time! Cannot wait for the 4th one to come out! Nice post, check out mine when you can!

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