|Scream 3 (2000 film)|
|Directed by||Wes Craven|
|Produced by|| Cathy Konrad |
|Written by||Ehren Kruger|
|Starring|| David Arquette|
Courteney Cox Arquette
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Distributed by||Dimension Films|
|Release date(s)||February 4 2000|
|Running time||117 minutes|
|Preceded by||Scream 2|
|Followed by||Scream 4|
Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film created by Kevin Williamson, directed by Wes Craven and written by Ehren Kruger, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette. It was released on February 4, 2000 as the third installment in the Scream film series. The events of the story are set three years after those of Scream 2 and follows Sidney Prescott (Campbell) who has gone into self-imposed isolation following the events of the previous two films but is drawn to Hollywood after a new Ghostface begins killing the cast of the film within a film "Stab 3". Scream 3 combines the violence of the slasher genre with comedy and "whodunit" mystery while satirizing the cliché of film trilogies. Unlike the previous Scream films, there was an increased emphasis on comedic elements and the violence and horror was reduced in response to increased public scrutiny about violence in media following the Columbine High School massacre. The film was the concluding chapter of the Scream series until it was revived with a sequel, Scream 4, in 2011.
Detective Mark Kincaid meets with Gale Weathers to discuss the murders prompting her to travel to Hollywood, where she finds Dewey Riley working as an advisor on the set of Stab 3, the third film in the film within a film series based on the Ghostface murders. Ghostface kills Stab 3 actress Sarah Darling with the help of a voice changer that can perfectly mimic various voices. Sidney is now living reclusively as a crisis counselor for an abused women's hotline, as she is terrified that another killer may strike. The killer begins taunting Sidney by phone, having discovered her phone number, forcing her out of hiding and drawing her to Hollywood. As the remaining Stab 3 cast gather at the home of Jennifer Jolie, Ghostface kills her bodyguard Steven Stone and uses a gas-leak to cause an explosion, killing fellow actor Tom Prinze.
Dewey, Gale, Jennifer and the remaining "Stab 3" actors Angelina Tyler and Tyson Fox attend a birthday party for the director Roman Bridger where Ghostface strikes. Roman, Angelina, Tyson and Jennifer are apparently killed and Ghostface orders Sidney to the mansion to save Gale and Dewey's lives, as they are tied up. Sidney is forced to remove her firearm but reveals a hidden one, which she uses to shoot the killer. Detective Kincaid shows up but is knocked out. Sidney flees and hides in a secret screening room where she encounters Ghostface.
He reveals himself as Roman, having faked his death and survived being shot due to a bullet proof vest. Roman admits to being Sidney's half-brother, born to their mother Maureen Prescott when she was an actress in Hollywood. Roman details how, upon finding Maureen, she rejected him and he took his revenge by convincing Billy Loomis to kill her (sparking the events of Scream and Scream 2)and get an accomplice to frame, Stu Macher. However, when he discovered how much fame Sidney got because of those events, Roman snapped and lured Sidney out of hiding. Sidney and Roman fight, ending with Sidney fatally stabbing Roman. Dewey and Gale arrive and Roman attacks again, only for Dewey to kill him with a shot to the head.
In the aftermath of the murders, Dewey proposes to Gale, which she accepts as Sidney heads up the path to the house. Sidney is invited to join Dewey, Gale and Detective Kincaid to watch a scary movie. As she goes to join the others, a door behind her opens, but she walks away leaving it as is, finally confident that the murders have ended and that she is now safe.