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Scream 3

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

comedy, horror, thrillers

While Sidney Prescott (Campbell) lives in safely guarded seclusion, bodies begin dropping around the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the latest movie based on the gruesome Woodsboro killings.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Same violent stuff in hit slasher saga, for the third time.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while there's less extreme bloodshed here than in the other Scream features, stabbings and throat-slittings are still abundant, matched with (sometimes exceeded by) the swearing. The movie industry is described as an environment where vapid starlets boost their careers by having sex with influential men. There are ghoulish and defamatory references to the imperiled heroine's late mother throughout, and toward the end the idea of parental rejection comes to the fore as a motive for mass-murder.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how fictitious violence portrayed in entertainment might incite real-life mayhem. They can also talk about whether screen bloodshed has a social effect.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review, Thursday, August 7, 2008


- Chuck Walton,, Tuesday, September 8, 2009


- Eugene Novikov, Film Blather, Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

While the second film could have doen a lot more with it's premise and dealing with the issues of sequels, this once really could have done a lot more with the concept of the trilogy and the issues with third parts. Much like the fictional Stab films, I feel like this was a rushed quick cash in made with as little care or thought as the previous ones. That's funny in the referential sense, but it is a disappointment since this was meant to be the last one. Yeah, it does wrap some stuff up, and, even though it makes little sense and is convoluted, it does connect back to the first, so that's cool. Still though, they could have done better justice to things. I blame the lack of Kevin Williamson. Taht, and the lack of mayhem. Yeah, it had the same body count as Scream 2, but far less blood this time. Here's some comparisons: Scream used 50 gallons of fake blood, Scream 2 used 30 gallons, and this one used 10. Ive got no problem with leaving stuff to the imagination (especially if you trade gore for atmosphere and suspense), but this film is the least thriilling of the trilogy and the funniest. It feels like a slap in the face. I mean, there were some things I enjoyed, and I'm close to giving it a mild pass, but I dunno. I hate getting on the bandwagon and hate on this one, but they just seemed to not really care with this one, and that's unfortunate. See it just to complete the original saga, but don't expect to be blown away.

- cosmo313, Friday, April 15, 2011

3 stars

For me, Scream 3 takes things a little too far. Sure, it's nice to see the characters back and all, but you don't have the precision and style that part two built up. That one had the ability to be still original and play with expectations. This goes back closer to that fine line of "is this a spoof or an actual horror movie?", even though it's literally centering around a film within a film. What is missing is the writing from Kevin Williamson and the fact that these characters are too familiar and predictable now. We all know who's going to live and die before it happens and the idea of horror satire just isn't realistic on the third outing. Wes Craven's directing only goes so far, but when you're dealing with a movie that's highly dependent on precise dialogue and film geek references it's almost impossible to come out with an exact matching in quality. It fares best when it has the returning characters back together. What didn't help was the idea of changing all the rules; that's just a little too much. Scream 2 works so well because it threw subtlety out the window, this goes back and forth. It sort've blends the style of the first two movies together and that's going to give mixed results. In my opinion it's just lazy and another excuse to limp off the success and fan base of the first two.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, July 16, 2011

5 stars

All of the Scream's are fanstastic! They all have twist and turns you don't expect! A must see film!

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011