One more time - and for the last time this time, it's a direct sequel. But instead of school they make it a new location entirely - moving on from the original Screams, to new places and franchises to parody. Most notably? The Ring, Signs and 8 Mile! There's Pamela Anderson too (briefly, in the intro), along with Jenny McCarthy.
Apart from these brief appearances, there are two major new partakers in this franchise: Simon Rex and Charlie Sheen. There are plenty of other notable appearances too, like Fat Joe and Leslie Nielsen, and there's Kevin Hart! From a time before I knew who he was.
They all work together in making this one of (if not the) best segments of the franchise so far, and Simon's character George adds something this series just hasn't had before: a male comedy counterpart. He and Anna Faris are a great match, and the script masterful, with witty dialog that transcends the range of parody. Simple things, like:
George: I got a dream!
Father: What is your dream?
George: To have a dream!
The plot mixes together elements from The Sixth Sense, The Matrix (again), Brokeback Mountain, The Others, Un Chien Andalou (oldest homage yet?), and probably many other plots I don't recognize.
Needless to say the combinations are great, and it's all on a much grander scale and budget than both previous ones. For the longest time I thought this was the 4th movie. Sorry about potential previous statements on the 4th being the best of all. This one, was that one. Even after seeing the two sequels that come after it's beyond comparison: balanced, brutal and hilarious in a way the others just may never be again. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle