It worked fine for me. It made Roman out to be a smart killer, not just "disappearing" for the night. After he was "confirmed" to be dead, all suspicion was off him. I loved that! It's way too lame and obvious when certain characters just disappear for x-amount of time. If you're paying attention, you can tell who hasn't been on-screen AND hasn't been killed. It's WAY too obvious.
Stratego was too smart for it though.
I'm not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, Adamantium. I haven't seen enough of your posts. I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know. But I've come across a few people who honestly feel the same way about Scream 3 as you've expressed in your post, so for them and for YOU if you ARE serious:
Ofcourse it has nothing to do with being smart or not. Sure, with the second viewing everything seems obvious. But did you notice that certain characters would disappear for an x-amount of time the FIRST time you saw those movies? Probably not, most people didn't. I can honestly say that I didn't think of Stu once because of all the suspense and thrill and everything that was going on in the finale. Most of the time you just forget about those characters. Granted, it has been overdone so much by now, it has become cliche and very noticable. The thing with Roman is that his 'death' stood out too much. He's the only one who isn't killed on screen and then Gale checks his pulse and 'confirms' he's dead? Now that's incredibly cliche and also very suspicious. We didn't see his death and we have to be TOLD he's dead, they're telling us what to believe. This is more 'in our face' than characters that just disappear and that's why it was more noticable. This movie is still partly a murder mystery/whodunnit, so if you're looking for clues, here's a big one! I've seen too many Murder She Wrote episodes to fall for that one. I think it would have worked a little bit better if they had handled it like an old slasher, Roman just disappears, for a moment the other characters ask where he is and he is forgotten about and not seen until the finale where his severely maimed body suddenly pops up/drops down for shock effect. Then there's a chance the audience is misled by the believe that this was the only purpose of his disappearance, to surprise us because we had no idea what happened to him and didn't expect for him to show up like that. Perhaps there could also have been the Billy-effect, where we are supposed to find him suspicious until he is found brutally murdered. Perhaps this was the whole idea, but it was executed very poorly.