By Bryce Wellenreiter
The third installment of the Scream franchise takes place on the set of “Stab 3,” where Dewey and Gale must deal with another killer on the loose, and Sidney comes out of hiding to face the new threat. Directed, as with the previous films, by Wes Craven, Scream 3 plays with the idea that anything can happen in the third film, even the main character getting killed off. However, this plot point, along with a weak story, too many subplots, and confusing elements, makes the film the weakest in the franchise.
The addition of a voice changer for the killer, which allowed them to sound like anyone, felt cheap and weak, while the good scares and jokes were not as memorable as in the first two films. Despite this, the film had a good opening scene and enjoyable characters that kept it watchable.
Overall, Scream 3 is not great, but it’s not horrible either. It’s best watched as part of a marathon of the movies, rather than on its own.