Scream 3 (Blu-ray)
If a horror movie has an enjoyable and satisfying sequel, don’t expect the third to measure up. To be honest, most sequels always fail to impress or even entertain. SCREAM 3 was not a crowd pleaser. In fact, it’s quite hard to find someone who actually admits to liking the third installment. Well, I’m here to tell you that I love it, flaws and all. When you stack this film against the many that do not pass the test of a good trilogy, this one will always prove how worthy it is.
SCREAM 3 was an interesting ending to the trilogy. One of the biggest reasons for this is the lack of Sidney in the film. More of the focus is centered on the STAB 3. Actually, the main focus is the trilogy within a trilogy. Of course, there are rules outlined by Randy for this one too. “1. You got a killer who’s going to be super human. Stabbing him won’t work. Shooting him won’t work. Basically in the third one you gotta cryogenically freeze his head, decapitate him, or blow him up. 2. Anyone including the main character can die. This means you Sid. I’m sorry. It’s the final chapter. It could be ****ing ‘Reservoir Dogs’ by the time this thing is through. Number 3. The past will come back to bite you in the ass. Whatever you think you know about the past, forget it. The past is not at rest. Any sins you think were committed in the past are about to break out and destroy you.” While not all these rules are observed, one thing he says before hand is—going back to the beginning and discovering something that wasn’t true from the get go.
One of the coolest things in this film is when Sidney walks through the set of STAB 3. Everything is there from the first film—her house, Stu’s house, every little detail is matched. Sidney starts to have flashbacks of everything that went on in the beginning, they get to her and you notice a complete sense of unrest cast on her face. The situation doesn’t get easy and in order to learn about the past you have to face it. While Sidney is not the main focus of the film, she continues evolve properly in the chain of films. The only complaint I have about her character in this one is that it takes her so damn long to come out of the seclusion funk. I remember thinking, “If you really wanted some distance you should have moved overseas.”
Maybe the real difference in the film comes from the change in writer. When you put someone new like Ehren Kruger in the place of Kevin Williamson, there’s bound to be discrepancies. Let’s also not forger that SCREAM 3 is all about the trilogy. The production of STAB 3 is the real star. Everyone involved including the director, Roman Bridger bring the comedic side of the film out. Yeah sure, they make many jokes about trilogies and the movie business in general, but sometimes this is the real saving grace. With players like Parker Posey, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, and the rest of the STAB cast poke fun at the horror series as a whole. Posey stands out amongst the rest, as she usually does when cast as any film. Her jabs at Gale, “After all, Gale Weathers, you’re such a complex character” are some of the best moments. But does that take away from the horror aspect of the movie? At times it does, but I think that SCREAM 3 remembers that it is a horror film. If you know the odds are stack against you, the least you can do is roll with the punches and take it for what it is.
The biggest gripe about this film with the majority of fans is the ending. How could it go out like that with something so bland and anti-climatic? It could have been worse. No matter how stupid the ending might be, it leaves its self open to another chapter in the series. There is no finality. Making a move like this is no cop-out, it means that there’s room for more and that it’s not over until Wes Craven says it’s over. So just enjoy it and be thankful it isn’t another chapter in the SAW series.
Video: This is the best looking transfer of all the Blu-rays. Possibly because it came out in 2000 so the ever evolving technology gave to a better picture. In the darkest of moments, there is still a little glowing as there was in the sequel, but it’s not as heavy. (2.35:1 Widescreen).
Audio: Much like the previous installment, it gets overly loud in some scenes. Thankfully, it evens its self out. You also get to enjoy some of the more creepy scenes since they are accompanied by a great backing track. (5.1 DTS-HD).
Commentary by Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddelena, and Editor Patrick Lussier: Again, a lot of repetition with the last installment. Many of the same features are here, including this commentary. This one is less interesting. So unless you are a huge fan of Craven, and I mean colossal, skip it.
Alternate Ending with commentary (10:00): I wonder what the perception would have been if this ending was left it. Apparently, Craven had three endings and never told the cast which he was using until the started shooting the final scene.
Deleted Scenes with Commentary (14:00): This set of scenes were decent and even though there is explanation as to why I can’t help but disagree to leaving them out.
Outtakes (7:00): Still kind of like a blooper real. They all goof off while trying to shoot a scene.
Behind the Scenes Montage (6:00): Besides the alternate ending, this is my favorite feature. They have clips from each film throw together. Maybe it was only made to get another feature on the Blu-ray, but I enjoyed it.
Trailers and a music video from Creed