Last year, between the two of us, we watched an average of 317 movies.
This year our goal is to top that by watching at least one a day.
And as an extra special torture, we've decided to write about all of them.

03 February 2008

Scream 3, dir. Wes Craven (2000)

STEVE says:
And we end our Scream-athon with a resounding thud.

Scream 3 is not good; it knows this, and doesn't try to hide it. What it does, instead, is try to distract you from that fact with ridiculous cameos by Carrie Fisher and Jay and Silent Bob, more pop culture references than the first two movies combined, and a general comedic feeling that doesn't balance well with the tenser moments. Fortunately for them, unfortunately for us, the tense moments are few and far between, and tend not to throw off the comedy. The problem is, the comedy isn't that funny in the first place.

I lay this all at the feet of Ehren Kruger, one of the worst screenwriters since Edward D. Wood, Jr. Thanks, Ehren, for ruining a perfectly good trilogy.


NIKKI says:
I'd forgotten just how terrible this movie was. Something made me remember it as silly but good fun. Turns out, it's really just silly. And a disappointing wrap-up for the trilogy.

I think the badness here has much to do with Kevin Williamson stepping aside as writer. As much as I found myself not enjoying Part 2, at least it felt like Scream film. This one feel so unlike a Scream film that sometimes I found myself shocked to see the stars of the original film even in it. It feels like a rip-off, like an attempt to replicate the original films. And perhaps that's what the third-in-series movies do, but this one goes to great lengths to let us know it's not a "third" movie, but the end of a trilogy -- something with rules all its own.

Again, the eventual killer/s are revealed and its all just so standard. "Your mother was my mother, too!" How ridiculous. The killer should have been Randy, or something. We needed to be jolted in this movie -- really have the tables turn on us, as Randy suggests should happen in a movie like this one. Instead, we retread the end of the first film, only with new characters as the boring culprits. BORING.

And the voice-alterer was just the stupidest thing ever.


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