Scream 3: The Final Chapter of the Horror Trilogy


Scream 3: The Final Chapter of the Horror Trilogy

Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film directed by Wes Craven and written by Ehren Kruger. It is the third and final installment of the Scream trilogy, following Scream (1996) and Scream 2 (1997). The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henriksen, Matt Keeslar, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Deon Richmond and Liev Schreiber.

The plot follows Sidney Prescott (Campbell), who has gone into hiding after the events of Scream 2. She is drawn back into the world of Ghostface when a new series of murders occur in Hollywood, where a film based on the Woodsboro killings is being made. Sidney must face her past and confront the mastermind behind the killings, who has a shocking connection to her family.

Scream 3 was released on February 4, 2000, and received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the film’s humor, twists and performances, while others criticized its lack of scares, violence and originality. The film was a box office success, grossing $161.8 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million. It was the second-highest-grossing film in the Scream franchise, behind Scream (1996).

Scream 3 is considered by many fans and critics to be the weakest entry in the series, but it also has a cult following among those who appreciate its metafictional and self-referential aspects. The film features several cameos from celebrities and filmmakers, including Carrie Fisher, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes and Roger Corman. It also pays homage to several horror classics, such as Psycho (1960), Halloween (1978) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Scream 3 marked the end of the original Scream trilogy, but it was followed by a fourth film, Scream 4 (2011), which revived the franchise after an 11-year hiatus. A fifth film, titled Scream (2022), is scheduled to be released on January 14, 2022.

Scream 3 received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 40% based on 122 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, \”Scream 3 becomes a parody of itself, with a tired, predictable plot and limp scares.\” [9] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 56 out of 100 based on 32 critics, indicating \”mixed or average reviews\”. [10] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of \”B\” on an A+ to F scale. [11]

Some critics praised the film’s humor, twists and performances, especially those of Campbell, Cox and Posey. Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, calling it \”a crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.\” [12] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that \”Scream 3 is a funny movie that takes itself seriously enough to deliver not just laughs but also a modicum of suspense and even a trace of emotion.\” [13] Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a \”B+\” grade, saying that \”Scream 3 is better than Scream 2 — more inventive and less repetitious.\” [14]

However, other critics criticized the film’s lack of scares, violence and originality. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film one out of four stars, calling it \”a tired rehash\” that \”plays like a slasher-flick Scary Movie\”. [15] Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote that \”Scream 3 is so bloodless (in both senses) that it feels as if it had been made to placate the most squeamish members of a test audience.\” [16] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a \”C-\” grade, saying that \”Scream 3 is less a horror movie than a horror-movie quiz show.\” [17]