31 Days of Halloween Countdown: Scream More than Once: SCREAM 3

Scream 3 (2000)

Wes Craven returned to direct the third film in what was now the Scream trilogy. This film follows the cast of Stab 3 as they are stalked and murdered following the pattern of their deaths in the script. Dewey is working as a technical adviser on the film and is reunited with Gale when she’s brought on by the detectives as an expert on the killings. This film brings us new information about the death of Maureen Prescott, the murders in Woodsboro and the murders that took place at Windsor College. Everything you thought you knew doesn’t matter anymore. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette return to the big screen to reprise their roles as does Liev Schreiber for a brief stint. The cast is now joined by Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy), Scott Foley (Dawson’s Creek, Felicity), Deon Richmond (Hatchet, The Cosby Show), Jenny McCarthy (Jenny, The Drew Carey Show), Emily Mortimer (30 Rock, Shutter Island), Parker Posey (Coneheads, Josie and the Pussycats), and Patrick Warburton (The Tick, Rules of Engagement, Seinfeld).

The Characters:

– Detective Kincaid: I was pleasantly surprised to see Patrick Dempsey in this film. Not only is real easy on the eyes, he’s just an amazingly talented actor. Detective Kincaid works hard to find the killer and to try and figure out the tie between Maureen Prescott and the Stab 3 murders.

– Roman: The self-entitled child of a famous Hollywood director doesn’t care about the murders- he cares about his movie not getting made. Definitely a skeevy character, it’s no surprise when we find that there’s more to Roman than meets the eye.

– Angelina: The actress cast to play Sydney in the latest Stab film, Angelina has gone to certain measures to ensure she got the role. Now that the film is being threatened it’s expected that she would be upset. Angelina was one of the more annoying characters in the film that I wish they would have done away with all together. It was hard to watch her scenes without wanting to fast forward.

– Jennifer: The love triangle between Jennifer, Dewey and Gale is hilarious. This role was written so well and Posey did an incredible job bringing that film diva to life.

– Martha: In this film we meet Randy’s sister. She has come along to show the gang a video tape Randy had left behind after his unfortunate death back at Windsor College.

The Deaths:

– Cotton Weary: The film begins with this one. After everything he had been through (prison, fighting Ghostface in the second film), Cotton finally has it all- a hit television show, adoring fans and a beautiful woman at home. Unfortunately for him, he’s the first target as is his unsuspecting girlfriend. The scene is actually quite genius!

– Tom: Nothing says a film on fire quite like the exploding death of the man who plays Dewey in Stab 3. Running back inside to read the page coming from the fax machine, Tom has no light but the lighter in his pocket. The killer has caused a major gas leak which leads to an explosive end to Tom Prinze.

– Jennifer: Definitely a character I would have expected to live through the film, her death is original. She finds her way into a secret passageway leading to a one way mirror. Through the mirror she can see Dewey and Gale but they cannot hear her screams as the killer advances towards her. Dewey finally notices the glass shaking and begins shooting out the mirror. By the time he reaches Jennifer it is too late.

– Roman: He puts up quite a fight and for a while during the most intense part of the movie I was worried the bad guy might actually get the best of Sydney and the gang. The death is actually emotional. It’s no secret that the killers like to come back from the dead so Dewey nips that in the bud with one last shot: to the head.

The Rules:

“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.”

Trivia:

– This film’s ending reveals the true mastermind behind the Woodsboro Murders.

– The name on the empty cinematographer’s chair on the set of the fictitious Stab 3 is the name of the real film’s actual cinematographer, Peter Deming.

– Jay and Silent Bob, who make an appearance, mistake Gale for TV reporter Connie Chung. They also ask her about Maury Povich. To return the favor, Kevin Smith, who plays Silent Bob, let Wes Craven be a part of his movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He plays himself, who is on set directing the then fictional Scream 4.

– In the first few drafts, there was a fourth rule: “Never be alone” but was taken out because Gale immediately goes off alone afterwards.

Ode to Film:

– Jay and Silent Bob, the popular characters from Kevin Smith’s movies, appear as tourists visiting Sunrise Studios. In the original Scream, a VHS copy of their first film Clerks can be spotted in Stu Macher’s house. Kevin Smith would later go on to include Wes Craven in a cameo as the director of a fictitious Scream 4 in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; in addition, a copy of Scream 3 can be seen in the background of a scene taking place within a video store in Smith’s 2004 film Jersey Girl.

– Wes Craven makes a cameo dressed as a tourist walking behind Jay and Silent Bob, outside the Stab 3 set.

– Carrie Fisher plays Bianca Burnette, an employee of the studio making Stab 3. Talking with Gale and Jennifer, she says that when she was young she tried to win the casting to play Princess Leia, but the role went to a girl who slept with George Lucas.

– Roger Corman appears as a studio executive in an early scene on the Stab 3 set.

Horrifying Halloween Rating:

Halloween 4

Terror Rating:

terror 4

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