Like its predecessors, Scream 3 succeeds at being simultaneously terrifying, humorous, and graphically violent. The series is famous for reinvigorating the horror genre through its self-conscious tone, and this third installment cleverly focuses on the characteristics of "trilogy" horror movies. In addition to a "super-human" villain, the film promises to reveal a longtime secret and does indeed deliver. Director Wes Craven once again proves that he is a master of pulse-pounding horror, creating chills and suspense through sound effects, music, and relentless gore. Unfortunately, Scream 3 lacks the self-effacing wit that screenwriter Kevin Williamson brought to the first two installments. Capable scenarist Ehren Kruger (Arlington Road) does include a few movie references, but they aren't nearly as sharp as what Williamson provided. There are some memorable moments, however, including a cameo from Clerks' Jay and Silent Bob, a scene in which bombshell Jenny McCarthy toys with her "dumb blond" notoriety, and Jamie Kennedy's witty explanation of the rules of the trilogy game. There are also quite a few edge-of-your-seat chase scenes, which will certainly appease fans of the Scream franchise. Although the film becomes sloppy during the climax, Wes Craven still manages to let the series go out with a shout.
by Adam Goldberg review