The crew returns to make this horror franchise a trilogy. This time, the killer is stalking Hollywood and the stars of a meta movie Stab 3 based on events of Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and company. Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) also return as wealthy consultants for the films and amateur detectives. The killer starts with Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) and works their way through the actors in the new film in the order that they die in the script.
The movie expounds on trilogies and skewers the shallowness of film stars. Randy (Jamie Kennedy) is revived in a video to explain the rules for the third part and this means that things from the past will come back to haunt the main characters. The plot does come around and connect with the other films though the final explanation comes off as a little flimsy. Wes Craven embraces the campiness of this slasher flick a bit more than the first two.
There are a new set of victims and suspects including the Detective Mark Kincaid (Patrick Dempsey), producer John Milton (Lance Henriksen), security guard Steven Stone (Patrick Warburton), young actress Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer), and director Roman Bridger (Scott Foley). The stacked cast provides even more blood for the blade of the killer and a few more creative deaths but mostly a large reliance on the classic stabbing. The movie doesn't waste its Hollywood setting packing it full of cameo including Jay and Silent Bob, and Carrie Fischer as a failed actress that looks like her.
The plot includes adequate scares for spoiled horror fans while still not disposing of the poor choices of victims and the tripping and stumbling of the ghost-masked killer. The majority of the action takes place in a large mansion with hidden passages and plenty of movie props to surprise the unsuspecting characters as they run, scream and eventually get stabbed.
The third movie shows that the franchise was running out of steam as the nineties come to an end and the new millennium takes hold. Horror fans were exposed to much worse as audiences had experienced more sequels and darker horror. The movie appears to wrap up the series but as we now know, this movie will not be the last of these horrified characters and their masked tormentors.