Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fans Wonder If 'Scream 3' Dares to Scare Rumors Fly over Hip Horror Flick

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fans Wonder If 'Scream 3' Dares to Scare Rumors Fly over Hip Horror Flick

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"What's your favorite scary movie?"

Those immortal words were first uttered three years ago onscreen to a crying Drew Barrymore, whose fate was determined with the first ring of the telephone in 1996's Scream.

Now after two successful installments in the horror movie franchise, the rumors are flying as to what will happen in Scream 3, the final chapter in Wes Craven's horror movie trilogy. It opens Feb. 4.

The movie's ad slogan -- "The rules do not apply when you are dealing with a trilogy" -- has fans buzzing.

In theaters, mumbling can be heard in the seats behind you while the trailer plays: "I heard Neve Campbell's the killer!" "Someone told me Stone Cold [Steve Austin] is in it as a cop." "I heard it takes place in Hollywood and Christopher Walken's the killer."

Thank the Internet for the onslaught of rumors.

It would be easy to say it's highly unlikely any of these rumors hold any truth. But in the world of Scream, who knows? One rumor started months ago on Harry Knowles' Ain't It Cool News ( It actually seems like a good idea: Jamie Kennedy's horror-movie geek character, Randy, from Scream and Scream 2, would return and reveal that he was behind all the murders throughout the films; everyone else was just an accomplice.

If you look back at the films, that could actually work. True, Randy was "killed" in Scream 2, but as a scooper noted on Knowles' Web page, they never actually show him getting killed -- only the body. Hmmm . . .

It's amazing what a well-guarded secret the script and basic story of Scream 3 has been. In the summer of '97, six months before Scream 2's release, the screenplay for that movie surfaced on the Web. It forced the filmmakers to change the script around a lot, particularly in the film's finale. The killers were changed completely, which is probably why it ended as poorly as it did.

But in Scream 3's case, barely a peep has been leaked. …

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