In the aftermath of the second round of killings, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has retreated to a house in the middle of nowhere and works as a phone counselor. But her life is about to be shaken up once again when a new round of killings begin. At first she tries to ignore them, but when the killer calls her at home, she realizes she has no choice.
The new round of killings seem to be centered around the production of Stab 3. As the cast begins to fear for their lives, Sidney teams up with Gale Weather s (Courtney Cox Arquette) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette). Why is the killer leaving pictures of Sid's mother on the victims? Who will survive the latest blood bath?
This is generally considered the weakest entry in the series, and the arguments against it have good merit. Neve Campbell wasn't available for the full production, and Sidney's decreased presence really hurt the film since the franchise has always been about her. Original scribe Kevin Williamson isn't back at all, and this film doesn't quite have the same satirical punch of the first two. And the ending seems rather farfetched and out there even for this franchise.
Despite these weaknesses, I can't help but enjoy the film. While the jokes aren't in the same manner, there are still some funny moments in the film. The suspense in the few scenes is still very intense. And the final fight is very nicely done.
While I can understand the complaints, I still enjoy this film. It frightens and provides a few laughs along the way. If you've enjoyed the first two, you'll want to give this one a stab.