Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox Arquette
Arquette, David Arquette, Parker Posey
More jokes, less blood. That's the skinny on Scream 3, the moderately amusing and (the filmmakers have promised) final episode in the much imitated teen slasher series. And while there's still plenty of gore, the emphasis on knowing, self-referential gags makes for a better movie.
As in 1996's Scream and its 1997 sequel, both also directed by Wes Craven, there's yet another masked killer on the-loose, and he is again targeting Campbell. All grown up now, she works as a crisis counselor and lives in rural California at a seemingly safe distance from Los Angeles, where the bloody events of her past are being immortalized in Stab 3, a quickie horror flick whose cast members soon start falling victim to the anonymous assassin. Veteran Screamers Campbell and the newlywed Arquettes (who met on the set of the first Scream) slip back into their old roles with ease and, in the case of David Arquette's dim-bulb cop, bumptious élan. There are also deft comic turns by Posey and Jenny McCarthy as Stab 3's whining starlets. (R)
Bottom Line: Entertaining enough, but enough already