Scary Movie Description
In the tradition of such genre parodies as AIRPLANE!, THE NAKED
GUN, and SPACEBALLS, Keenen Ivory Wayans takes on the teen horror
flick with SCARY MOVIE, a campy, riotous send-up of everything
from the SCREAM and HALLOWEEN franchises to I KNOW WHAT YOU DID
LAST SUMMER, CARRIE, and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. In a small town,
a copycat is reenacting the SCREAM murders, and local reporter
Gail Hailstorm will do just about anything to get the story. The
six high school students who ran over a man on a sharp curve the
year before think the killer is out for revenge, but sweet and
innocent Cindy Campbell believes that the madman might just lurk a
lot closer to home.
Cowritten by Shawn and Marlon Wayans (and four others), the script
leaves no cliché unturned; in addition to the horror parodies,
the film also spoofs such teen sex comedies as AMERICAN PIE and
such hit films as THE SIXTH SENSE, THE MATRIX, and FAST TIMES AT
RIDGEMONT HIGH. The film never lets up in its striking
re-creations of classic scenes, and it never passes up the chance
for a joke, no matter how crude. The young, attractive cast looks
like it just jumped out of DAWSON'S CREEK, playing everything up
to the hilt--and beyond.
"...One of the year's happiest
surprises....Exhilarating [as it] defies all respectable
Keenen Ivory Wayans (I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA)
directs this hysterical spoof of slasher films. Targeting, most
specifically, HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH, SCREAM, I KNOW WHAT YOU
DID LAST SUMMER, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, and THE SIXTH SENSE,
SCARY MOVIE also mocks other genre films such as THE MATRIX. After
turning his attention to dramas for a series of movies, Wayans's
return to comedies contains a seemingly endless onslaught of
Theatrical release: July 7, 2000.
The $19 million film grossed $42.5 million in its first weekend,
the highest opening ever for an R-rated film as of July 2000.
Former IN LIVING COLOR star Kelly Coffield makes a cameo
appearance in the film.
James Van Der Beek makes a cameo appearance in a scene spoofing
There is one last lewd joke at the very end for those patient
enough to sit through the credits.
SCARY MOVIE marks star Anna Faris's feature-film debut.
Keenen Ivory Wayans makes a cameo appearance in the movie-theater
scene in the trailer preceding SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.
Keenen's favorite scary movie is THE EXORCIST.
Despite the movie poster proclaiming that there would be no
sequel, a follow-up is reportedly in the works.
"...[A] sense of slapdash, see-what-sticks,
gross-out MOREness..." -- Rating: B
"...Hilarious fun....Busting with raunchy,
gross-out humor....Keenan Ivory Wayans keeps it all fleet-footed
and light..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
"...A delirious time....A bright, funny,
and yes, totally raunchy surprise." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A
"...A hilarious skewering of the cliches of
teen pix. Director Keenen Ivory Wayans has kept everything fast
"...SCARY MOVIE delivers the goods..."