Certainly better than 2. The self-indulgence is at full force here, and the poking-fun at Hollywood horror is emphasized by taking the poking to Hollywood. The acting is still hokey. Parody-ception at this point. The mystery guess-the-killer hook is stronger here than in 2, many red herrings, the reveal doesn't feel as cheap & unfair. 2.5
Contrived. Knowingly so - to an extent. The knowingness has worn thin here, the satire now two films ago. So much so, nothing matters; people shunt around, take calls & wait to be slain. Consequently you just don’t care, which is a shame as it’s competent technically and if not souring the original (if one can call it that) it almost makes the audience the joke for taking what might be better if just straight hokum.
In my opinion, SCREAM 3 is the weakest entry in the franchise. Honestly, I kinda agree with some people who said: "This movie became a parody of itself." The murder scene isn't as fresh as the two previous movie. Although some of it still looks creative. But SCREAM 3 still has its moments. Few scenes kinda freaked me out. I still shocked when the killer revealed himself. Wait, did I just said "him"? Could be better..
Third movie lacks the inspired homages, dialogue and surprises and has become a parody of itself where even the original movie itself has become a spoof. It do have a fun turn by Lance Henriksen playing a kind-of twisted version of Wes Craven, but most of the film is wasted time. This one even has an annoying cameo from Silent Bob and Jay only to ruin the film experience even further.
With a change in writer comes a considerable drop in quality. The meta jokes are now lazy and flippant and the scares fall short. It also suffers from large sections of the film where Sid is absent, leaving the supporting characters to carry the film which they just can't do.
I get why some people hate it. It is definitely the weakest of the original trilogy (fuck Scream 4). Yes, it has flaws. But it's still fun. A *lot* of fun. It's even fun to point out the flaws. Giving it a Hollywood, movie studio meta setting wasn't a bad idea either.
OK for a third part. Some nice twists of the story, but all in all not the quality of the first part. On the one hand Craven centers on the re-establishment of the slasher film dramaturgy but on the other he doesn't omit the ironic genre commentaries. Therefore the film fluctuates and leaves an unsatisfactory impression.
The joke was funny the first time, mildly amusing the second, but now it has been abused and exhausted with Scream 3. The team behind these films can be forgiven for running out of ideas but not for misleading audiences into thinking they had any. Some of the self-references will raise the odd smirk but this is a tired formula that brings nothing new to the table and concludes in a ridiculous and predictable manner.
Kevin Williamson's wit is sorely missed, as this film proves to be little more than a self-congratulatory celebration of the franchise's own success, complete with wink-wink, nudge-nudge cameos from Kevin Smith and Carrie Fisher(?!). The dire situation that is this film almost necessitated the existence of "Scary Movie," but at this point you have to ask: why bother? "Scream" had already become a parody of itself.