Cindy finds out the house she lives in is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien "Tr-iPods" are invading the world and she has to uncover the secret in order to stop them.
Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm - determined to keep his sex life on track - turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.
A group of teenagers including Cindy Campbell and Bobby Prinze, accidentally hit a man when driving, and dispose of the body, but now they are being stalked by a very recognisable masked killer. The victim count increases, whilst Cindy must survive the carnage that has she has seen in so many films before.Written by
(at around 24 minutes) The killer makes a brief appearance wearing the actual ghostface costume from Scream (1996). However, the weapon he is holding is not a knife but rather a large fishhook aka the same weapon used by the killer in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). Both movies are parodied in this film. See more »
(at around 12 mins) When Greg is slamming his fist into the lockers you can clearly see the report card is the one use in the unedited WP. But when it cuts to the close-up its the version used in the final cut. See more »
At the end of the credits, there is a brief scene in which "Doofy" breaks up with his vacuum cleaner but then decides to have one last go of it. See more »
A bootleg work-print version circulating after the film's theatrical release contained extra footage not present on the DVD. Here are some of the differences:
The work-print has been panned and scanned from the Super-35 negative (you can tell because when Gail shoots the boy behind her, you see the crash pad he lands on)
When Cindy, Buffy and Brenda are arriving at school there's a extended talk scene, where's Buffy tells that she saw in the newspaper a horrible picture of Drew died wearing clothes that doesn't match
In the work-print, just before Doofy tells the crowd of reporters that "Gail swallows", he asks if anyone wants to smell his finger
A short sequence in the work-print sees a hungry Shorty in the cafeteria saying, "I wonder what they have for lunch?" He then looks at the menus which say "Same old shit"
Brenda's dialogue about Gwyneth Paltrow, where she says "Brad Pitt's ex-girlfriend is a real freak, she dressed up like a man" was present in the work-print
The sequence with Drew's boyfriend was different in the work-print. The boyfriend was different, and the editing was slightly altered in comparison to the DVD
"Bobby's Lesson", one of the deleted scenes on the DVD, was integrated into the movie in the work-print
The black news reporter in the van speaks with his original voice; he is dubbed for most of his lines in the official release. He doesn't say "reporting live for Black TV", but instead says "reporting live for B.E.T."
The Budweiser advert parody was not in the work-print
More sexual jokes about Cindy's mom were made just before Cindy comes to see the principal in the work-print. At one point, the Sheriff gets on the table and thrusts into it, pretending to be having sex, and as Cindy walks in the principal says something along the lines of "well, thanks for clearing up my back problem, Sheriff."
Just after this, a little more dialogue between Doofy and the principal was present in the work-print
The scene where the killer phones someone and asks what their favorite scary movie is wasn't in the work-print
Buffy's death was more gory in the work-print, including her intestines being pulled out and her head talking after it is dumped in Lost & Found
When Cindy asks Bobby about a PG-13 relationship, when she opens her night gown she has has six nipples
Cindy's scream at the end was longer in the work-print and the shot just cuts to black so we don't see her get run over
When the man on the roof kills himself, after Cindy screams, "What are you waiting for, huh?!", the work-print loses a cutaway to the man saying to himself, "What am I waiting for?" before he jumps off
Like most movie parodies, `Scary Movie' starts out well then begins to head downhill as it exhausts the possibilities of its limited material. Certainly, few genres are as rife for self-satire as the teen slasher films that have proliferated in theatres ever since the early 1980's. Seeing, however, as even some of the earliest `Friday the 13th' and `Halloween' films seem like ancient history to today's core movie going public, `Scary Movie' draws upon more contemporary examples of the genre like `Scream' and `I Know What You Did Last Summer' as its source of inspiration. In its opening stretches, `Scary Movie' has a great deal of fun parodying the many ludicrous conventions that have long defined these films: the use of 30-year old actors to portray empty-headed, nubile adolescents; the heavy emphasis on teen sexuality and partial nudity; the inane actions of the killer's victims who seem to do everything possible to hurl themselves into dangerous situations; and the oh-so-predictable false scare (usually caused by a leaping cat) followed immediately by the inevitable killer's attack.
Directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans and boasting a screenplay concocted by no fewer than six (count em SIX) writers, `Scary Movie' establishes a high speed rhythm and pace that the filmmakers manage to sustain through most of the film's 88-minute running time though there is a noticeable tendency on the part of the film to lag in the last half hour. Part of the problem could be that, as with most films made up essentially of sound and sight gags haphazardly strung together, it is inevitable that some of the bits will succeed better than others and that, as the movie rolls along, the inspiration will run a little dry and the humor will become less spontaneous and more forced. Indeed, this type of movie genre parody has always worked best when applied in small doses on TV series like `Saturday Night Live,' `In Living Color' and even the `Carol Burnett Show.' Stretched out to full length, such concepts often suffer the curse of diminishing returns.
Occasionally, the screenplay edges so close to the limits of good taste that one may question whether or not the material is truly appropriate for the age group at which the movie is obviously targeted. The crudity is actually much more comically effective when it is merely hinted at than when it is so openly spelled out and displayed. But then subtlety is not exactly a strong suit of the straight horror movie genre either.
`Scary Movie' is, at least, blessed with a winning, game cast made up of appropriately post adolescent actors who understand well the mannerisms and speech patterns of the stereotypes they embody. The overall good-natured quality of the film and its fairly high laugh ratio of gems to clunkers make `Scary Movie' an imperfect but generally likeable popcorn entertainment.
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