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Sidney Prescott battles Ghost Face yet again, only this time it's on the set of a film of Sidney's life. Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley, and others fight to survive. With Williamson gone, the screenplay is rather clearly lacking. The first two in the franchise have a clever and fresh mix between horror and comedy. However, they manage to do so without becoming a parody of themselves. Scream 3 doesn't achieve the correct balance of the two elements. A large struggle for the movie is the comedy. There are some chuckle-worthy lines, but most of the humor feels out of place. Don't allow any other screenwriter to write Scream films other than the creator himself.
As stated before, the main characters from Scream 2 have returned for Scream 3. This includes Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber, and David Arquette. Both regulars and newcomers are fine. There isn't anything special in this department, but I blame part of that on script. Even though the dialogue isn't as witty as it has been before, characters such as Sidney, Gale, and Dewey remain likable. They're characters that the audience genuinely roots for and the actors perform their roles just fine.
Fortunately, Wes Craven did return. The visuals are on par with the previous entries. With a dedicated fan base, Scream 3 was able to obtain a larger budget than was available for the previous films in the franchise. While I'm glad that Craven did in fact return, the direction in Scream 2 is superior. This movie tries to pack more slashing in than the other movies. The first two in the series weren't just about the killings and offered more character development than what's seen here.
Looking at the Scream trilogy, this entry is certainly the weakest. Even though this is the worst of the three movies, it still proves to be better than most horror sequels. If Kevin Williamson had been brought back to end the trilogy, I'm sure that it would have a better finished product. For those who are still interesting in seeing this, don't expect a film as good as Scream or Scream 2. Watch this one to be entertained and to see the original trilogy finished before checking out Scream 4.