Scream 3

Scream 3

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Director: Wes Craven

Cast: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox


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Wes Craven's Scream (1996) was a half-parody/half-tribute to the first wave of slasher films of the 1970s and 1980s, and since most of them spawned a large number of sequels, it's only appropriate that Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson produced a third installment of their Scream franchise. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), traumatized by theSee more details below


Wes Craven's Scream (1996) was a half-parody/half-tribute to the first wave of slasher films of the 1970s and 1980s, and since most of them spawned a large number of sequels, it's only appropriate that Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson produced a third installment of their Scream franchise. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), traumatized by the brutal murders of her friends, has left her hometown of Woodsboro and is working in California as a crisis intervention counselor. Meanwhile, "Stab," the novel by Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox Arquette), is spawning a series of successful horror films, and as Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro is being filmed in Los Angeles, a lunatic has gotten his hands on a copy of the script, and is murdering the characters in the same order that they die in the movie. But predicting who will die next is not as simple as it might seem, since the producers have circulated three different screenplays, with different endings. In addition to Campbell and Cox-Arquette, David Arquette returns from the first two films as less-than-bright "Dewey" Riley; new members of the cast include Parker Posey, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, and Jenny McCarthy. Kevin Williamson wrote the original story, but the screenplay was penned by Ehren Kruger.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Scream 3 makes a fitting finale to the all-time most successful horror-movie franchise -- a uniquely self-aware series that manages to lampoon fright-film conventions even as it hews to them lovingly. This time around, murder-spree survivors Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) are reunited in Hollywood, where their harrowing exploits are being dramatized in a cheesy slasher film. That's unnerving enough. What's worse is that the actors playing them are being slain brutally, one at a time by a killer who is supposed to be dead. (The victims include erstwhile Playboy pinup Jenny McCarthy and indie-film darling Parker Posey.) Screenwriter Kevin Williamson peppers his script with references to numerous horror films; fans of the genre will enjoy the lengthy recapitulations of "rules" predetermining the outcome of a trilogy's final installment. Director Wes Craven expertly manipulates the familiar situations to provide an equal number of laughs and shrieks, giving the Scream series an exemplary send-off.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Like its predecessors, Scream 3 succeeds at being simultaneously terrifying, humorous, and graphically violent. The series is famous for reinvigorating the horror genre through its self-conscious tone, and this third installment cleverly focuses on the characteristics of "trilogy" horror movies. In addition to a "super-human" villain, the film promises to reveal a longtime secret and does indeed deliver. Director Wes Craven once again proves that he is a master of pulse-pounding horror, creating chills and suspense through sound effects, music, and relentless gore. Unfortunately, Scream 3 lacks the self-effacing wit that screenwriter Kevin Williamson brought to the first two installments. Capable scenarist Ehren Kruger (Arlington Road) does include a few movie references, but they aren't nearly as sharp as what Williamson provided. There are some memorable moments, however, including a cameo from Clerks' Jay and Silent Bob, a scene in which bombshell Jenny McCarthy toys with her "dumb blond" notoriety, and Jamie Kennedy's witty explanation of the rules of the trilogy game. There are also quite a few edge-of-your-seat chase scenes, which will certainly appease fans of the Scream franchise. Although the film becomes sloppy during the climax, Wes Craven still manages to let the series go out with a shout.

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Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Arquette Dewey Riley
Neve Campbell Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox Gale Weathers
Patrick Dempsey Detective Kincaide
Scott Foley Roman Bridger
Lance Henriksen John Milton
Matt Keeslar Tom Prinze
Jenny McCarthy Sarah Darling
Emily Mortimer Angelina Tyler
Parker Posey Jennifer Jolie
Deon Richmond Tyson Fox
Patrick Warburton Steven Stone
Liev Schreiber Cotton Weary
Heather Matarazzo Martha Meeks
Jamie Kennedy Randy Meeks
Carrie Fisher Bianca
Kevin Smith Silent Bob
Jason Mewes Jay
Roger Corman Studio Executive
Kelly Rutherford Christine
Beth Toussaint Female Caller
Roger L. Jackson The Voice
Julie Janney Moderator
Richmond Arquette Student
Lynn McRee Maureen Prescott
Nancy O'Dell Female Reporter
Ken Taylor Male Reporter
Josh Pais Wallace
John Embry Stage Security Guard
Lawrence Hecht Neal Prescott
Lisa Beach Studio Tour Guide
Eric Erath Stan
D. K. Arredondo Office Security Guard
Lisa Gordon Waitress
C.W. Morgan Mr. Loomis
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director
Mary Albee Stunts
Laura Albert Stunts
Dan Arredondo Co-producer
Brian Avery Stunts
Jennifer Badger Stunts
Rick Barker Stunts
Lisa Beach Casting
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Stuart M. Besser Executive Producer
Chuck Borden Stunts
Terry Cadiente Stunts
Dixie J. Capp Co-producer
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Tamara Brady Conrad Stunts
Erik Cord Stunts
Rosemary Cremona Asst. Director
Phil Culotta Stunts
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Fichter Art Director
Albert Gasser Sound Editor
Ed Gerrard Musical Direction/Supervision
Cary Granat Executive Producer
Patricia T. Green Producer
Tabby Hanson Stunts
Hollis Hill Stunts
Paul Hughen Camera Operator
Laeta Kalogridis Screenwriter
Beth Katz Makeup
David Kern Sound Editor
Cathy Konrad Executive Producer
Ehren Kruger Screenwriter
John Kwiatkowski Sound Editor
Steve Lambert Stunts
Angela Levin Makeup
Clint E. Lilley Stunts
Patrick Lussier Editor
Marianne Maddalena Producer
Donald J. Malouf Sound Editor
Nicholas C. Mastandrea Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Nicholas Mastrandea Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Bruce A. Miller Production Designer
Piero Mura Sound Editor
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Lesa Nielsen Makeup
Gloria O'Brien Stunts
Anthony D. Parrillo Set Decoration/Design
Julie Plec Co-producer
Spiro Razatos Stunts
Dana Reed Stunts
Andrew Rona Executive Producer
Michele Sebek Stunts
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Barbara Ann Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Jim Stuebe Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Toon Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
David Tucker Camera Operator
Sloane U'ren Set Decoration/Design
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Kevin Williamson Original Story,Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. 100% Cotton [9:26]
2. Where Are They Now? [2:45]
3. "It's Happening Again" [1:07]
4. On the Set [6:13]
5. Mother! Oh God, Mother! [2:59]
6. Unhappy Actress [5:49]
7. Two Different People [2:09]
8. Who Dies Next? [2:32]
9. The Mystery Behind Maureen [1:09]
10. "Someone Wants to Kill My Movie" [1:31]
11. Major Crisis [1:39]
12. "And the Killer Gives Mercy To..." [10:50]
13. Key Element [3:54]
14. Rules of a Trilogy [4:03]
15. Uncovering the Mystery [3:29]
16. They're Only Souvenirs [2:26]
17. Return to Woodsboro [6:48]
18. The Horror Producer [2:56]
19. And the Trilogy Continues [3:05]
20. It's Party Time [5:19]
21. Stab 3 Back in Production [4:37]
22. Out, Cold! [2:16]
23. Surprise, Sidney [3:33]
24. Welcome to the Final Act [4:42]
25. Hero vs. Villain [8:16]
26. Gottcha! [3:29]
27. Let's Try It Again [2:01]
28. New Beginning [:57]
29. End Credits [6:16]

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