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  • Actor-Inspired Element: Carrie Fisher - a gifted screen writer herself - rewrote some of her own lines for her cameo.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The film's violence and gore is toned down at the request of the studio, in light of the Columbine massacre. As such the film is a bit more satirical and comedic than the first two.
    • Sidney's Disney Death at the end was included after production had wrapped. In the original scene she simply hid from the killer. Producers felt it wasn't a fitting enough climax for a trilogy.
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    • Kincaid was included in the climax at producers' insistence, after they realised he disappeared before the third act and his arc went nowhere otherwise.
    • Listening to the audio commentary, one has to wonder how much of Ehren Kruger's script actually made it on screen since Wes and the producers take credit for the majority of the changes that made it to the final cut.
  • Fake American: British Emily Mortimer as Angelina.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • The actors in the Stab 3 movie complain about frequent rewrites and script changes, something which happened on the set of this movie and the second one.
    • Dewey proposes to Gale in this movie. Just before production, their actors had gotten married in real life.
    • Roman complains about directing a horror movie before he gets to direct a love story. Wes Craven had to agree to do this film before directing the musical love story Music of the Heart.
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    • Neve Campbell was busy filming Season 6 of Party of Five and the film Drowning Mona, which meant that Sidney's role had to be smaller - and thus more emphasis was placed on the supporting characters.
  • Technology Marches On: Carrie Fisher's role as the studio archivist who has to help Jennifer and Gale search for Maureen's obscure records would be quite different in The New '10s. Gale could probably dig up lots of information on Maureen through a simple Google search. IMDB would likely have most of the information she needed.
  • Throw It In!: When Sidney jumped over the bar and stabbed the killer in the back with an icepick, Neve Campbell missed the pad that she was supposed to plunge the pick into and actually hit flesh. Scott Foley's scream is genuine.
  • Troubled Production:
    • The Columbine High School massacre had recently occurred, and the producers were pressured into toning down its violence.
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    • Series creator Kevin Williamson was unavailable to return to writing duties, but he did write an outline for the film. Ehren Kruger (his replacement) all but ignored the outline, and his script was written mostly on the fly, with pages usually completed the day they were to be filmed. The characters bore so little resemblance to their appearances in the prior films that director Wes Craven himself did rewrites.
    • The actual filming was difficult since Neve Campbell (who played lead character Sidney Prescott) was only available for a handful of days, resulting in her role being greatly reduced and more emphasis put on the supporting characters. Nobody was sure about the direction some scenes were to take, and a few were shot multiple times to allow for multiple possibilities later in the editing room.
    • The film once again ran into issues with the MPAA, and it almost resulted in Wes Craven leaving the horror genre. The resulting film had a tepid reception and only decent box office (in contrast to the critical acclaim and massive commercial success of the previous two films), and is today regarded as the Black Sheep of the franchise.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The has a number of thinly-veiled references to the Columbine massacre, with the producer of the Film Within a Film Stab 3 being told to tone down the film's bloodshed due to pressure from Moral Guardians over violence in the media. (In real life, Scream 3 had to be heavily rewritten after Columbine for the same reason.) Also, the opening victim is the host of a very '90s "trash TV" talk show, one kill revolves around a fax machine (particularly the victim having to light his lighter to read it after Ghostface cuts the power; phone lines carry electricity and still work during a power failure), and the names of most of Stab 3's stars are references to '90s actors — Jennifer Jolie is named after Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie (which became Hilarious in Hindsight after the entire "Brangelina" saga years later), Tom Prinze is named after Freddie Prinze Jr., Angelina Tyler is named after Liv Tyler and Angelina Jolie, and Tyson Fox is named after Matthew Fox (then best known for Party of Five as opposed to Lost).
  • Wag the Director: Liev Schreiber insisted that Cotton Weary should remove his jacket in the opening sequence. Schreiber had been working out a lot at the time and wanted to show off his physique.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There was originally going to be a second killer, Angelina.
    • An alternate opening was written, but never filmed. The opening scene contained Sidney Prescott and a friend of hers alone in her house (in a different state) getting ready to watch a video. Unbeknownst to Sidney, the killer calls Sidney and her friend claiming that he is in the house watching them, which turns out to be true. The killer jumps out from a closet and attempts to attack a frightened Sidney and her friend. Sidney however, pulls out a gun and shoots the killer several times. Upon unmasking him, the killer turned out to be a fan who was pulling a prank on Sidney.
    • According to this interview and other articles, the plot originally revolved around Sidney's return to Woodsboro with Stu returning as the main killer, now conducting the scheme from prison, but the Columbine massacre necessitated a massive rewriting of the entire script, which also lead to Stu being written off as dead from the first film.
    • At one point during production, Detective Wallace was going to be one of the killers.
    • A big twist was planned for the killings to be caused by insane fans of the Stab movies. The Reveal would come where Sidney visited a house where all the teenagers had been killed, only for the bodies to get up and reveal themselves as the killers.
    • Jamie Lee Curtis was offered a role but turned it down.
    • David Boreanaz was considered for the role of Mark Kincaid.
    • Charisma Carpenter, Shannen Doherty and Kate Winslet were considered for Christine.
    • Josh Hartnett, Paul Walker and James Van Der Beek were considered for the role of Tom Prinze.
    • Selma Blair and Teri Hatcher were considered for Jennifer Jolie.
    • Alicia Silverstone and Ben Affleck were considered for roles. Silverstone was considered for Sarah Darling and Christine.
    • Jennifer Connelly, Alyssa Milano, Denise Richards, Keri Russell and Liv Tyler considered for the role of Christine Hamilton.
    • Claire Danes, Eliza Dushku and Alyson Hannigan were considered for the role of Angelina Tyler.
    • Ali Larter was considered for Sarah Darling.
    • Fairuza Balk was considered for the role of Martha Meeks.
    • Benicio del Toro was considered for Roman Bridger.
    • Wes Craven considered playing John Milton himself. Christopher Walken was also considered.

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