Celebrating Manslaughter: Sidney NOT a Hero in Scream 3

At the end of Scream 3, the director of the movie-within-the-movie, Roman Bridger, reveals to Sidney Prescott that he is the illegitimate son of Maureen Prescott and the architect of Sidney’s horrid life.  He first approached Billy Loomis with the idea to kill Maureen and frame Cotton Weary.  Billy recruited Stu Macher, and the two started killing off all of Sidney’s friends, aiming for Sidney herself.  Sidney stopped them.

A few years later, a copycat killer begins killing off students at Windsor College, where Sidney is studying theater, all of whom have the same or similar names to the victims in the Woodsboro killings.  Sidney is the target again, and she discovers that Billy’s mother is seeking revenge because Sidney killed her son.  Assisted by the creepy film student Mickey, Mrs. Loomis confronts Sidney and Sidney, once again, defeats the killers.

Sidney is first on to Roman when Cotton Weary, now a talk show host, is murdered in his home by another man in a Ghostface mask years after the Windsor College murders.  In the film’s climax, Roman explains how it was him who talked to Billy and set this series of events in motion.  And, ultimately, it wasn’t to torture Maureen–she was already dead.  It was to destroy Sidney, who represented everything he wanted but was denied.

That makes sense to psychotic people, by the way.  No, seriously.  Study basic psychology, paying special attention to abnormal psych.  That’s exactly the type of irrationality that would make total sense to someone like Roman Bridger.

This trilogy ended badly because of Ehren Kruger writing Scream 3.  It wasn’t all his fault.  To keep the ending off the Internet, Kruger actually wrote three different scripts, all substantially the same but with different endings.  The movie actually leads up to Angelina and Roman as partners, and if you watch Scream 3 with that in mind you will see exactly what I’m talking about.  However, the powers that be cut the final movie with one of the “fake” endings, an ending which not only doesn’t follow from the clues in Act II of the movie, but also has Sidney commit a serious crime in the resolution. Continue reading “Celebrating Manslaughter: Sidney NOT a Hero in Scream 3”