Day #123: Scream 3 (2000)

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Scream 3 (2000) IMDB

Synopsis:

With the production of Stab 3 underway, Sidney is lured out of her self-enforced solitude by a new killer.

My take:

As a fan of the Scream franchise, I wish I could forget that Scream 3 exists. It really just feels like the filmmakers had lost their respect for the audience, and decided to pull together a half-arsed production for the sake of cashing in on the success of its predecessors.

What I find annoying about this failure to live up to its own standards, is that there are actually some cool moments in Scream 3, which suffered as a result of its general over-the-top campiness. The dynamic between Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey)? Camp, but fun. Carrie Fisher’s cameo? Loved it. The fact that I didn’t have to see Lance Henriksen’s tightly clenched butt this time? Fan-bloody-tastic.

It’s just unfortunate that these things had to be located in a movie that was otherwise pretty damned facile.

Even many of the deaths in Scream 3 managed to fall flat, despite some of them seeming very elaborate. And I think that the main reason for this is that the tone of the movie overall was just so goofy that it was hard to take anything too seriously.

Of course, the biggest crime of Scream 3 is its weak way in which it conceptualised the killer’s motivation; and the stupid actions it made other characters take in order to stretch out the ultimately underwhelming reveal.

I know there were meant to be a lot of issues behind the scenes, but I also don’t really care that there were issues. The producers should have backed the hell off and realised that releasing a good quality product would have ultimately led to more money than what they did end up releasing, even if the Scream franchise did have an existing fan base.

Hell, maybe we wouldn’t have had to wait so long for Scream 4 if they hadn’t screwed this movie up so royally; and people like myself, who had been fans, wouldn’t have been so tentative about seeing the latest installment, either.

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