Scream 3 (***) - One cannot let expectations dictate how to judge a movie. Sometimes a film in a series is criticized for not living up to its predecessors but is still richly superior to the numerous clones attempted to duplicate greatness.Such is the case with Scream 3, a highly entertaining film that falls a little short of the other two. Kevin Williamson, the father of Scream, is no longer attached and some of the edge went with him. There are some wonderful witty moments early on, but they fade away in favor of the scenes with the solo person investigating and more bickering in the on-again/off-again relationship of Dewey and Gail Weathers. In fact, Neve Campbell has so little screen time during the first hour that it begins to feel like the David and Courtney Cox Arquette Honeymoon video. But just as exposition starts to dominate the proceedings, a wonderful surprise cameo comes out of the past, to call the film on the carpet. Although TV ads have hinted at it, I wonít reveal it, except to say that itís one of the filmís best scenes and gives the film a much-needed jolt to begin the second hour. And jolts are a plenty here, the kind that are more fun if you see the film in a theater with an audience that appreciates a good, truly unexpected scare. The humor is back too and so are a number of cameos which are first-rate and better than ever. Neve gets to deliver one great mini-speech towards the end that should be a slap in the face to all those in Washington trying to regulate films. A scorecard wasnít handy, but the body count has to be higher than either of the previous films, especially around the 90-minute mark when the film goes psycho and starts offing people left and right with such a frenetic pace that you wonít have time to catch your breath. This is when Scream 3 is at itís best. It doesnít contain the elaborate Hitchcock/DePalma-like suspense sequences of the second film but the tension is real and fun as you get closer to the killerís unmasking.The Scream trilogy has come full circle. Even if the final shot of the film suggests, literally, that the door may be open for further installments, Scream 3, for now, completes one of the most original, entertaining and satisfying series in horror and film history. The original was terrific and still has the best surprise ending and Scream 2 still holds firm as a mini-masterpiece of the horror genre, so it almost seems impossible to top either of them. Scream 3 doesnít and is destined to disappoint some people. But itís still a damn fun time at the movies.