"If it’s a trilogy, all bets are off. Anyone can die even the main character, sorry Sid this means you too," Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy says in a pre-recorded message that his sister randomly shows up to present to Syd and Dewey.
Sadly, the movie reveals that Syd has indeed gone into isolation and lives under an assumed name with a dog, multiple weapons, and alarms on every entrance to her house and property. She and Cotton are on a more friendly basis as the killer reveals when he comes after Cotton to tie up loose ends. Cotton never admits that he knows how or where Sydney is because he is concerned with the fact the killer is in his house. He and his girlfriend are the first official victims shown on screen.
This is a perfect fit for a series on sequels as we know Scream 4 came out a few years ago but unfortunately for the main character, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) there was no surprise video tape from Randy explaining how to deal with the events Syd experiences returning to Woodsboro to help her aunt and cousin.
There are many celebrities signed on for three and four but to explain how Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back fits in one must see Scream 3. As the goofy stoners are on a studio tour they mistake Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox-Arquette) as Connie Chung.
There is a parody of Scream being filmed in Jay & Silent Bob with Shannen Doherty in Campbell's role and she complains to Scream creator and director Wes Craven about ghost face being a monkey.
Randy is correct in saying that in this movie all bets were off because there was a back story that not only explained the events in the first two movies. True, Billy and Stu were both crazy but they had to have a guide. They weren’t truly psychotic.
This time, this back story deals with the two years Sydney’s mom lived away from her hometown trying to make it in Hollywood. Things were so awful for her, eerily reminiscent of the life that an actress who had the misfortune of meeting Roman Polanski after the horrific murder of his wife Sharon Tate and their unborn child. Tragedy often causes severe emotional responses in those closest to them and Polanski should have sought professional help.
The torture that Maureen Prescott, Sydney’s mom suffered resulted in an unwanted pregnancy and an abandoned child….Syd’s brother, Roman. He is oddly sympathetic at the beginning of his tale and the original thought of his death. He is a true sociopath. He uses his own extreme intelligence to mastermind both the original Woodsboro murders and the Windsor College murders before making Syd think his “death” made him regret trying to kill his sister.
Of course, some horror rules remain true. Just when you think the killer is dead. He isn’t. There is some foreshadowing to a fourth but only in the past before the fourth came out. There are some unresolved questions that the third leaves. What happens to Patrick Dempsey, who played the cop with the crush on Sydney, who almost died to protect her?
As for this movie, it is easy to forget some of the things or perhaps Netflix is showing the extended version because I certainly do not remember seeing Dewey propose to Gail. Something we know comes to fruition in Scream 4. Perhaps a rewatch and review of Scream 4 may answer some unresolved/unremembered questions left by 3.