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Scary Movie 2 continues in the vein of its prequel, with hilarious spoofs of infamous movies!
This time, the main film that is having the mickey taken out of it is The Exorcist, with references to other horror movies such as Chucky!
The film once again revolves around the majority of the main cast from the Scary Movie 1, but this time they have been falsely led to a haunted house by their university professors! The professors are hoping that the discovery of ghosts and spirits will make them rich, so use the students as bait for the ghost.
From the beginning, this film is hilarious, with the opening scenes involving the priests' exchange with the possessed child being revolting yet at the same time comedic gold! It is films like this that make me think that whilst horror movies scare me, it is actually their execution that is pivotal to the horror element, and not the ideas themselves as they can be ridiculous.
Anna Faris puts in another stellar performance, whilst the rest of the cast are on-par with the prequel. The only thing I would say is that, whilst I enjoyed this film and it was funny, the jokes can be a little silly sometimes and very Americanised, thus as a British person I did not understand some aspects of the humour in this film. Nonetheless, it was a good film I enjoyed watching it and I would not watch this film expecting a master piece, just something silly to unwind after a long day.
**FILM ONLY REVIEW**
The first Scary Movie was a spoof of teen-slasher movies, poking fun at the popular 'Scream' series and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'. In a reminiscent way to Airplane, the film hit you with enough gags per second to keep you laughing throughout the film. It was also an 18 certificate, so they weren't afraid to throw in some swear-words or crude humour. At the time of me seeing it, this was hilarious to me.
The sequel, Scary Movie 2, moved away from the slasher-genre spoof, and tackled the Haunted House genre instead. This is where the film pales in comparison to the original, as the villian from this film is not as iconic as the 'goofy ghostface' from the initial film. The films spoofed here range from 'Charlie's Angels' to the lesser known film, 'The Haunting'. Some of the jokes work well, but some of them are so ingrained to that current moment that watching it back 10 years later makes it seem so dated. There is a sequence where the main characters re-enact a commercial from that time, in a similar manner to how they re-enacted the infamous 'Wassap' Budweiser commerical in the first movie, however the commercial isn't as memorable as the Budweiser one, so the joke just falls flat.
The plot is almost secondary to the jokes in these kind of movies and is built around the various gags, which appear on screen like a parade of sketches rather than a cohesive storyline. The survivors from the first movie (and even some of the ones who died, but were too popular to stay dead) are offered a chance at getting a guaranteed 'A' grade for school, if they stay in a haunted house over the weekend. The Professor and his handi-capable assistant have picked these students for their near-death experiences, hoping it will awaken the spirits within the house.
There are some funny moments in this film, but it does feel slightly more juvenile than it's predecessor, which despite all the crude humour was pretty clever in its dissection of post-modern slasher-movies. The best scene is the opening pre-credits sequence which spoofs on The Exorcist, with a less than holier-than-thou Priest attempting to exorcise the evil from a teen girl. Perhaps it is because The Exorcist is a more iconic film to spoof than The Haunting that this sequence stands out from the rest of the film, in the same way the Scream spoofs in Scary Movie worked so well.
There are some funny moments with the wise-cracking Parrot ("Polly wants a piece of yo' mama's sweet ass") and the wheel-chair bound assistant who is determined to do things on his own, even attempting to climb a large staircase without his chair and failing several times. Some of the humour is crude, with lots of references to sex and bodily substances - everything gets a mention pretty much. It definitely earns its '18' certificated based on the adult content of the jokes, which is something that got phased out of the later films (and spin-offs).
Anna Faris manages to continue her straight-faced naivety despite the wacky goings-on, in the same way Charlie Sheen did during the Hot Shots movies. The Wayans Brothers rehash their characters from the original movies, continuing the same jokes of Shorty's drug addiction and Ray's bi-curiousity. There is an amusing moment where Regina Hall pokes fun at a Skeleton chasing them, referring to it as 'Calista Flockhart', who she'd later go on to work with on Ally McBeal. I wonder if that line ever came up in conversation between the two!
Overall, this is a step-down in quality from the initial Scary Movie, but it still manages to stand above the deluge of similar films that would flood the market afterwards, such as the sub-par Scary Movie 3 & 4, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Superhero Movie, Vampires Suck and Meet the Spartans.
[Film Only Review]
Scary Movie 2 was released in 2001, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. It has a runtime of approximately 83 minutes and is available on Amazon.co.uk for around £5.
~~~ Synopsis ~~~
A college professor tricks some of his students into spending the weekend at an old mansion, telling them it's for a school project.
What they don't know (at first) is that it's haunted. They soon find out though and spend the rest of their stay trying to capture the ghost causing all the trouble.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
You are either going to really like Scary Movie 2 or not at like it at all, I am one the people who really like it.
The story is your typical haunted house story, but this time the point of the movie is for comedy and not for horror. Scary Movie 2 achieves this comedy by the bag full. Right from start to end there are parts to laugh at, all targeting different peoples sense of humour, but going back to toilet humour the majority of the time.
For me this is easily the best horror spoof there is, which has a lot to do with the variation in the cast. The star in this movie having to be the butler, Hanson. Numerous funny moments arise from this character, from a slagging match with wheelchair-bound paraplegic to spoiling everyone's dessert.
I would also put it down to the fact that this has somewhat of a proper story and isn't just trying to make rubbish jokes every 5 seconds. The effects in this movie are also of a much higher standard than the rubbish that is being churned out now in the spoof category.
Overall I'd recommend watching this movie if you are a fan of stupid comedies. If you liked the first Scary Movie then chances are you will like this as well, unfortunately I felt after this one the Scary Movies which came after just weren't up to the same standard. Very funny movie, which can be watched multiple times, worth the £5. And if you watch it with your mates there will be something from the movie you'll be able to keep using once you've watched it, such as "take my strong hand ".
Marlon Wayans as Shorty Meeks
Shawn Wayans as Ray Wilkins
Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell
Christopher Masterson as Buddy
Regina Hall as Brenda Meeks
Kathleen Robertson as Theo
David Cross as Dwight Hartman
Tim Curry as Professor Oldman
Chris Elliott as Hanson
Tori Spelling as Alex Monday
James DeBello as Tommy
Scary Movie 2 stars Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn and Marlon Wayans the plot is as follows...
The characters from the first film unwittingly find themselves mixed up with Professor Oldman. He is secretly conducting a study into the ghostly activity at Hell House. This is the house where an exorcism had taken place in the film's opening scene. He is shown their personal files by his assistant and realises he needs them to complete his work on the paranormal.
Once they arrive they meet a few other students who are also taking part along with Hanson the caretaker and a very funny talking parrot.
This is when all manner of things start to happen.
Scary Movie 2 is available to buy from Amazon for £4.98, the running time is 82 minutes and it has a classification of 18.
There are various special features on the disc but with all comedies the deleted scenes are one of the best things to watch. Here is a full list of what is included on the disc.
Behind The Scenes Featurette
Special Effects Tour
"Here Kitty, Kitty"
"Make Up Effects with Bear"
Like the first film this sequel also parodies famous thrillers/horrors, the main parody of Scary Movie 2 is The Haunting. As you can guess the opening is based on The Exorcist" and also a few scenes from Hollow Man are included along with a few others. I think personally that this film is funnier than the first, especially the talking parrot. The humour as you can guess is very silly and I think it could annoy some people. I do find that the majority of the film is very amusing but not all of it. Some of the scenes are really too daft to laugh at. Quite a few of the scenes are crude so if you are easily offended I would suggest not watching it.
One of the best scenes is in fact the beginning that parodies The Exorcist and James Woods is brilliant in his role as one of the priests. Although this part of the film also shows the grossest scene involving vomit.
All of the characters gel together and are very over the top, but as with all comedies some are not as funny as others. I think Anna Faris does a great job portraying Cindy as a slightly ditsy clumsy person and I also like Ray and Hanson.
Overall I think the plot for this film had been pretty well thought out so that each scene flowed into the next without any confusion. I liked how it made fun of horror films and in a way made them less scary, which helps me. Scary Movie 2 also parodies a list of other films but in the end still manages to be a pretty good film.
Scary Movie 2 is my favourite over the first film as the characters are some how a little bit more developed. Another thing to point out is that the additional characters are also funnier than in the first film. So I guess some sequels can surpass the original afterall.
In the end this film will not be everyone's cup of tea and I can understand why, but if you like daft humour then i'm sure you will enjoy Scary Movie 2.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
The first Scary Movie was a surprisingly funny and even mildly clever film that satirised the conventions of the horror genre with some success. It was silly, crude, and on the surface quite dumb, but it was clear that some thought had gone into the gags, and as a result it managed to be a mild critical success and a big commercial hit, which, of course, ensured that a sequel (read as: NUMEROUS SEQUELS) would happen.
The film begins with a fairly incongruent Exorcist spoof, but then moves onto the central "plot" (if there was one), which sees returning characters Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris), Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall), Ray Wilkins (Shawn Wayans) and Shorty Meeks (Marlon Wayans) now at University together. When Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) and his crippled assistant Dwight (David Cross) want to investigate rumours of hauntings at the famous Hell House, they look for participants, and Cindy and her gang all gladly accept. However, they are then assailed by the ghosts that haunt the house, and must try and stay alive in spite of the numerous ghouls and monsters that try to rip them apart.
The problem with sequel is that it just divulges into a standard schlocky horror film that doesn't manage to field enough funny gags, and so it feels rather underbaked despite the same funny cast returning as well as a few fun cameos. It's not a BAD sequel outright, but it's certainly a step down from the original film, lacking the smart satirical bite and just resorting to outright crudeness and overt pop culture referencing. The parodies just aren't as impressive or engaging, but it's decent enough.
Scary Movie 2 sees director Keenen Ivory Wayans return with his second offering in the spoof series that took movie lovers by storm.
This film sees a group of teenagers who are asked to take part in a sleep disorder study at a large and old house. The group agree to take part and all start to settle into their new surroundings along with their hosts who are in charge of the experiment, Professor Oldman and his assistant Dwight but as they start to try to bed in for the night weird goings on begin to arouse suspicion amongst the group. The film sees Master Kane who is long dead but still intent on enjoying himself especially with the fresh meat in his home. The group must work together to stop this menace if they are to survive the night.
This film once again sees huge laughs and great casting lead to a hugely enjoyable experience. The movie is well thought out and well scripted and continues along the same line as the first film in the series. For me this was a hugely enjoyable film with a great cast that worked well together and created the laughs that you expected following the first movie.
If you enjoy comedy spoof films that generate the laughs and don't try to be something they are not or high brow then this is a film well worth a look in.
In this movie Anna Faris reprises her roll from the first film as Sindy in another comedy horror film. This one is more a mixture of parodies from different films than the first but mainly follows the plot of the Haunting.
Sindy & her college student friends are all invited to spend a weekend at a Mansion supposedly for the study of insomnia. The real reason is that the professor wants to study the paranormal activity that takes place at the house. As with the last film, the characters try to discover what is happening to them while surviving at the same time.
The film is very funny in places. Lots of characters have some really funny one liners especially a comedy talking Parrot which is my favourite character.
There are some returning characters & some new characters who add a bit of novelty. For a sequel I would also give the film credit & say that it is as good as the first.
This is only a 1 disc DVD so as you can guess, there aren't a lot of special features. A trailer. 1 or 2 prolonged scenes & some deleted ones. A cast commentary but that's about it.
If you want a good fun film. This could be for you. It will make you laugh, not demand too much from your brain & possibly gross you out.
Scary Movie 2 is the sequel to the original Scary Movie that I found to be more entertaining. This film is a comedy just like the original an I found it to be really entertaining. There some great comic moments in this film that really did make me laugh. The DVD was originally released in 2002 and I felt it was better than before in general. It features Anna Faris and Marlon Wayans who I felt delivered a good performance in the film and I felt they played their role's well. I also really liked the soundtrack and thought that the film provided some excellent home entertainment. I would really recommend this film if you are like me in that you enjoy teen comedy films because this is very much of that type.
This time the film is about another group of teenagers who are invited to spend a whole night in the rather scary Hell House! It is Professeur Oldman who managed to get them to do it by persuading them that it is for some form of a school project, however this will not be as easy as it appears for the group of teenagers! The group find there to be a ghost in the house that seems to be determined to scare the hell out of them! So they are forced to stick together and help each other out in this very funny comedy!
I felt the overall quality of the film was better than the previous film and I noticed better acting throughout. As I said the soundtrack really is good and helps emphaise certain moments in the film! The story line was not that great and I felt it could have been improved in general. However, I felt that this film is well worth seeing and especially considering it is less than £5 on Amazon now. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
Written by the Wayans brothers and looking to cash in on the success of the very funny Scary Movie this follow up went the way of many second movies and failed to live up to the standards of the first one. These comedies are spoofs of the horror movie genre.
Don't get me wrong there are some funny moments in this film and the opening exorcism scenes at the start of the moviefit the bill however the exorcism on the evil spirit inhabitating the body of Megan Voorhees (Natasha Lyone), the story then jumps ahead a year and a group of students find themselves staying in the house where Megan lives, they beleive they are taking part in an experiment but the truth is rather more sinister.
This film boasts a huge cast and once again the two brothers also appear in the film, there are a number of cameo roles and also some stars who have had a first go at fame and then gone away for a while like Tori Spelling.
More times than not the humour works really well in this film and it is a shame that it is constantly judged against the success of the first movie. The nymphomaniac parrot is a brilliant touch and while not every attempt at humour works this is a solid comedy with a good ratio of laughs in it.
Scary Movie 2 was written by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Craig Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, and directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans and released in September 2001.
The film starts at Hells House and the owner's daughter, Megan Voorhees (Natasha Lyonne) is possessed by a playful demon. In order to exorcise the demon Megan's parents enlists the help of two priests, Father McFeely (James Woods) and Father Harris (Andy Richter). Despite their best efforts, and some unorthodox methods, the exorcism fails.
Move forward a year and some of the heroes from the first film including Cindy Campbell (Anna Farris), Ray Wilkins (Shawn Wayans), Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall) and Shorty Meeks (Marlon Wayans), along with some new class mates, including Buddy (Christopher Masterson), Tommy (James DeBello) and Alex Monday (Tori Spelling) and Theo (Kathleen Robertson) are tricked in to spending the weekend in Hells House under the illusion they are being part of a sleep deprivation experiment being conducted by Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) and his paralysed assistant, Dwight (David Cross). As soon as the students arrive at the house the strange things start to happen.
Will the students survive the weekend and leave Hells House alive? Will Professor Oldman's experiment prove what he wants it to? Will Ray ever become true to himself?
The cast of Scary Movie was huge and there were loads of actors involved. In comparison this film uses hardly any actors but since 90% of the film is about students that are trapped in a haunted house this is hardly surprising.
Other than the characters described in the plot the only other real life character to mention is Hanson (Chris Elliot), the caretaker of Hells House. I think that does a great job and he has the opportunity to show off his acting ability in some very funny scenes, the best of which is his war of the words with Dwight.
Other characters include a foul mouthed and nymphomaniac parrot, a clown that gets more than he bargained for when he picks on Ray, a ghost that wishes he never tried to haunt Alex and a plant that attempts to avenge all plants that have been done wrong by Shorty.
With the success of Scary Movie it was inevitable that a sequel wouldn't be too long in the making and the cinema going audience had to wait just one year until Scary Movie 2 was released. A year is not really a long time to wait for the next in the saga (the sequel to Bad Boys took over 8 years to be released) but I was eagerly awaiting this film for ages.
Anticipation is not always a good thing since it builds up expectations that are seldom met and the sequel to many films do not always appear to be as good as the first. Unfortunately, this was the case with this film. Whilst I enjoyed Scary Movie 2 it was nowhere near as good as the first. Whilst there was still the 'spoof' element in the ripping off of other popular films, such as The Exorcist, Titanic, Crouching Tiger and Charlie's Angels amongst many others the rest of the film involved moving from one gag to another, some of which were very good and some which were absolutely awful.
The producers managed to secure most of the actors from the first film, therefore the diversity of characters, the quality of acting and the great on screen relationships have been maintained. In addition the producers have thrown in a few new actors, but other than Hanson, none of these are up to the standard of the characters that were brought forward from Scary Movie. Whilst the talent was there the story line and gags just weren't up to scratch and didn't let the actors show off how good they really are.
I'm glad the producers kept the Wayan brothers, but then there was no way these actors were going to be cut since it is effectively a Wayan family film. That said, I think Shorty and Ray (played by Marlon Wayans and Shorty Wayans respectively) were the best characters in the first Scary Movie and continue to be so in this sequel, although to a much lesser extent.
I was disappointed that Shannon Elizabeth is not cast in this film but I guess, following her rise to stardom through the success of American Pie 1 and 2, she was just a too big an actress to secure for this sequel besides, for those of you who know what happened to her character in Scary Movie, writing her in to this would have been a challenge for the writers.
I also question the casting of Tori Spelling. I remember her starring in Beverly Hills 90210 years back and she is just too old to be a schoolgirl. I know that the American way is to cast mid to late twenty some things as teenagers (just look at the actors in the OC, Dawson's Creek and Smallville amongst loads of other similar series) but Tori Spelling is way past her best. That said, she played her role quite well and appeared to get stuck in to the comedy aspect, which did surprise me.
The story line is unbelievable and it lacks depth but this is to be expected. If you are expecting a deeply emotive and endearing film then this is not the film for you.
This film is not all bad and there are some very funny and memorable scenes. The ones that stick out in my mind include;
i) The opening exorcism scene
ii) Ray's 'tucked in or out' comment
iii) The radio that answers back
iv) Cindy and Buddy's re-enactment of a classic Titanic scene
There are other funny scenes but not half as many as there were in Scary Movie.
Scary Movie 2 is a bit more risqué than the first with a bit more innuendo, a bit more foul language (although it is not too excessive) and some quite 'sick, wrong and totally non PC' parts. I think the producers have attempted to push the barrier a bit further, which was going to be required to ensure that this sequel made an impact. Unfortunately Scary Movie 2 had to be amazing to be better than Scary Movie and it just doesn't cut the mustard.
If you are expecting this film to be better than Scary Movie, just like me then you are going to be disappointed with this effort. The producers raised the bar far too high in the first film and it was always going to be difficult to beat, but Scary Movie 2 is way off the mark.
If you can erase Scary Movie and just take Scary Movie 2 at face value then it is not such a bad film. There are some very funny and laugh out loud parts but you do have to endure some real rubbish whilst waiting for these, but I suppose you have to take the rough with the smooth in most aspects of life.
Certificate - 18
Run time - 83 minutes
Many people who have reviewed this film have said that it was a poor spin off of the first film, Scary Movie, and I'd just like to set the record straight.
This film is absolutely amazing and definatley one of my favourites - I've watched it over and over.
A bunch of American teenagers, students at college go on a school trip to study the paranormal activity at "Hell House" which leads to a string of hilarious and almost unbelievable events.
This film is a spoof and contains parodies of lots of well known films including The Exorcist, Harry Potter and Titanic as well as the Nike commercial.
It contains the Wayans brothers and Anna Faris, as all of the Scary Movie series do, as well as appearances from Tim Curry, Richard Moll and many other famous faces. This film always guarantees a laugh and in my opinion the jokes just never get old.
I was really upset, to be totally honest. I really blame ITV because they showed "Scary Movie" on TV, and I was expecting they'd show this film in a week's time, guess what they didn't, so I had to beg my mom to buy this from HMV (it was only 2 for £10). But I'm still annoyed about the fact that ITV made us buy this DVD!
The director of this film is: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Keenen was also the director of the 1st Scary movie. He is also an actor, Comedian, Writer and Producer. So basically he is multi-talented. He hasn't directed many recent ones only 2 that I didn't really enjoy watching and that is "White Chicks" and "Little Man". I'm not sure I'm enjoy watching his films, only Scary Movie, I enjoy!
Cindy Campbell is played by Anna Faris. She really famous and can be seen in lots of films, I would say she's becoming not only a more and more popular actress but she is also becoming one of my favourite actresses. she has been in: "Just Friends", "Scary Movie", This Film, "Scary Movie 3", Scary Movie 4", "My Super Ex-Girlfriend", "Brokeback Mountain" & "The House Bunny". She is a really good actress because I've watched a few of those films and I barely recognise her, let alone imagine her being a totally different character. She played Cindy brilliantly!
The other actors and actresses are seen in most of the scary movie films and in different films, and you may glimpse them in some other films, however they aren't seen frequently unlike Anna Faris!
This film was definitely not a like to the film before. The plot begins with a parody of The Exorcist, in which Megan Voorhees, is possessed and two priests, Father McFeely and Father Harris, must drive the demon out. The exorcism doesn't go as planned, and a chain of the Exorcist-like vomiting occurs. Megan insults McFeely's mother and he shoots her in the head.
Cindy and the others are baits for a study to find out why this really scary house is called Hell House. They find scary things and then all HELL brakes loose.
This film wasn't as funny as the one before, though the parodies are endless in this film, and I think that's what Keenen wanted to do, and make it funny that way, the only problem in doing that is that the films that can be shown as a parody for this film, may not have been seen by everyone, like I only recognise some of the parodies, such as "what Lies Beneath" and "Charlie's Angels", but there's ones such as "Titanic" (Which surprisingly enough I haven't seen) and "Hannibal", I haven't watched and therefore couldn't possibly known that it was a parody.
This film I enjoyed to a moderate amount, you can't really give this a 5-star rating when the first film was so much better. I am also pretty surprised by the rating as it's an 18, though I have seen 15's that's well scarier and has a lot more "sex references" and contains more stronger language, such as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Prom Night" and even "No Vacancy"!
The special features are:
-Behind the Scenes Featurette
-Special Effects Tour
-'Here Kitty, Kitty'
-'Make Up Effects'
I did not watch the special Features, however you already knew that!
As you can gather I do recommend this film to everyone as its well worth watching, however I shall say that you shouldn't expect as much humour as you did in the last film, unless you have watched all the films that can be seen as parodies!
Here's a question for you to answer in my comments: was my actor profiles better than last time as I put how good I thought the acting was?
Once again, Keenen Ivory Wayans is back as Director and we prepare ourselves for another 'Scary Movie'. Released one year after the first film, we find in real time that our characters are now at college having progressed from High School and are now enrolling for classes. Anna Faris is of course back as Cindy and also returning are personal favourites Ray (Shawn Wayans), Shorty (Marlon Wayans), and Brenda (Regina Hall). Also joining the main casting list for this film as a part of the group are Malcolm In The Middle's Christopher Masterson as Buddy, Kathleen Robertson as Theo and even Tori Spelling as Alex, who actually played Sydney in the film within a film 'Stab' of 'Scream 2' fame. As well as the main group, we also have a few more main characters such as Tim Curry as Professor Oldman, Chris Elliott as butler Hanson, and David Cross as Dwight Hartman. We've moved away from 'Scream' with this one with it no longer containing the masked murderer, instead we have an amalgamation of 'The Exorcist' and 'House on Haunted Hill' to set us on our way and so the film begins.
- The Plot -
It's one year since the events which took place in the first film, and the group of friends are back for the second instalment of 'Scary Movie'. As with the first film, it begins by setting the film off with the familiar mark up of a popular Horror film. In this one, instead of going with 'Scream' again, in the first sequences of the film we are given the devil possessed plot line of 'The Exorcist' as we see two priests trying to rid a young girl of her possession. Right on cue, after we have seen the priests dealing with and attempting to exorcise the girl, we meet our group of friends; Cindy, Ray, Brenda, and Shorty. These are the surviving members of the group from the first film and we soon find out that Professor Oldman is planning an experiment to put people into the house where the girl became possessed, aptly named Hell House, a take off of 'House on Haunted Hill'. Professor Oldman is a Professor at the college and so he chooses people from the college that have had near death experiences to go into the house as he believes that these people will be more in touch with the spirit world than anyone else. He disguises his experiment as a class, one which he tells the pupils that they will gain an instant 'A' for upon completion. The group of friends is of course chosen, having survived the events which took place the year before and along with a couple of new faces, they enter into the haunted house and alas, strange things begin to happen.
- My Opinion -
Having been a great fan of the first film I was eager to see the second, and went straight off to see it upon release. Once again a number of popular films come into the mix such as 'The Exorcist', and 'House On Haunted Hill' at the forefront, along with other such as 'Poltergeist', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'The Silence of The Lambs', 'Mission Impossible', and 'Charlie's Angels' to name but a few. The popular culture links are there again with amongst others a somewhat awful 'You are the weakest link, goodbye' joke which will surely do nothing short of make you cringe. As with the first film there are some jokes that you will find hilarious, while others will leave you wondering why they didn't leave them out. For the most part however, the jokes are good and it's probably actually a more amusing film than the first one in some respects in that a lot of the jokes are more laugh out loud funny, however it has definitely lost a lot of the wit that the first him possessed. I think I prefer the first one as I love 'Scream' so seeing it parodied was always going to go down well with me and I found it to actually be rather witty, however 'Scary Movie 2' is by no means a poor sequel and in actual fact I think they've done really well with it.
Although loosely based around 'The Exorcist' in that it is the house in which the girl got possessed that they are all staying in, unlike the first one, the rest of the film really has nothing to do with 'The Exorcist'. In fact, although containing elements of other films it doesn't really directly parody any film/films plots in particular so in this way is unlike the first one and I feel more interesting for it as they could have easily made the same film twice but have chosen not to and I respect them for this. The fact they are in a ghost ridden house and are unable to leave makes the film quite like 'House On Haunted Hill' and they all end up splitting up and exploring the house as is so often the case with the horror genre, making a point in the film in fact of how when it would make more sense to all stay together, it is all too often the case that a horror film the characters will all split up and go their separate ways. So, as with the first film, horror conventions are pointed out and ridiculed much to the amusement of the viewer.
Just like in the first film there has again been some interesting cast names given, for instance the girl who plays the devil possessed Exorcist girl is credited as Megan Voorhees, this of course being a nod towards 'Friday the 13th' killer Jason Voorhees. The references to other films are what I love about the 'Scary Movie' films as there are some that are so slight that most people will miss, however if you look carefully then you'll always be able to find something new written into the script. I think this is probably less of a significant factor than it was with the first of the 'Scary Movie' films, however there are still some cleverly written aspects that have been written into the film and signs of great wit on the behalf of Keenen Ivory Wayans.
Playing a minor role in this film at the beginning is James DeBello, a man that would later go on to star in one of my favourites - 'Cabin Fever'. As seems to be the case with all the roles he has ever played, he is playing the part of a rather foolish American 'jock' like stereotype. I enjoyed his part in the film albeit little and with him also starring in 'Cabin Fever', since the release of this film I have always been glad to see him in 'Scary Movie 2' when I have watched it back. He provides a few laughs at an early stage in the film and although he does not go on to be a part of the main bulk of the film, his presence in the film I felt was a strong one.
Another face I was pleased to see present in the film was that of Christopher Masterson as I've always loved the part of Francis that he plays in 'Malcolm In The Middle', a TV favourite of mine of some years. He plays his role well and as is true of his Francis character is extremely funny in this part. I think that the inclusion of him in this film was a good choice as his performing persona is well suited to films such as this and so his humour comes across well and he plays an enjoyable, memorable role within the film.
There are quite a few memorable moments that stand out in this film for me, the first of which comes early on in the film in 'The Exorcist' take off which we are given. There is a three way exchange of green slime sick to the face here, with not just the young girl in on the act here but the two priests who are exorcising her also. This is an amusing twist of the original and although rather disgusting is genuinely really funny, especially when you're seeing the film for the first time. Another scene that automatically springs to mind is that in which Tori Spelling's character Alex is lying down on her bed and a ghost comes in to see her and they have sex on the bed, up against the wall and also on the ceiling. The ghost is of course invisible so it is an amusing sequence in that all we see is her getting dragged up the wall and across the ceiling, but do not see the force that is doing this to her. After the sex scene we see them both smoking a cigarette, one in the mouth of Alex and one seemingly floating in mid air which he know to be in the mouth of the spirit. While they are both smoking Alex gets a bit serious and declares her undying love for the ghost, whom quickly scarpers and spends the rest of the film avoiding the besotted Alex. This provides one of the films many laughs and is probably one of my favourite sequences within the film. Although I've only named two scenes - believe me, there are far more that you will find amusing, I just don't want to spoil them by telling you the whole film and giving you no reason to go out and watch it and believe me - it's certainly worth watching for yourselves.
On the front cover of this DVD, right underneath the title is the line 'More Laughs. More Screams. Less Clothes.' and I think that this probably just about sums the film up really. There probably are more laughs this time round albeit cheap ones, but that's what you expect with a film of this sort, not too sure about 'More Screams' however seen as there aren't even any deaths in this one or in fact any form of a killer, but 'Less Clothes' is certainly a fair comment. If you liked the first film for it's cheap laughs rather than the imitation of various popular horror films and conventions then you may well love this one as it is more of the same really and is yet another fun comedy with it's laugh a minute style. If you weren't too keen on the first one however then this is probably one to avoid as you can pretty much expect more of the same and if you thought that the first film had a bit too much toilet humour for your liking then rest assured; the second has more.
'Scary Movie 2', much like its predecessor was never going to be a classic, however for what it's worth is an interesting film that should keep you amused for 79 minutes with its simple yet effective humour. I really enjoyed this film and what with it having many more laughs than the first film, I feel that the Keenen Ivory Wayans did extremely well with this sequel, making a good film out of what could have potentially been a disaster. Although not sticking closely to the script of any film in particular as the first film did and with the plot of the film not really being of any great importance whatsoever, 'Scary Movie 2' is still a good film and will always remain to be an enjoyable one for me purely on the basis of the number of laughs that it provides the viewer with. At times more like a series of sketches than a feature length film, 'Scary Movie 2' still makes for good viewing and a great job has definitely been done here in producing a follow up that does the original proud, straying far enough from the original format not to become tired, yet keeping the humour and some of the elements that made the first film the amusing and entertaining film which I thought it was.
- Extras -
~ Behind The Scenes Featurette ~
At just under 8 minutes long, this is once again a brilliant feature as was the case with the one that was present in the 'Scary Movie' DVD as here we learn about what it's like to work alongside Keenen Ivory Wayans and the fun that can be had whilst working on the film. Anna Faris here reveals to us how she felt that her best moments in the film came when she wasn't concerned about looking stupid or unattractive and just concentrated on putting in a good performance, Chris Elliott speaks of the freedom that he was allowed in this film to take his character in the direction that he so wished, and James Woods talks about how good it felt for him to be in a comedy of this sort rather than in the serious roles which he usually plays. We also gain insights into some of the other cast members and this is a pretty interesting feature to sit down and watch after you have seen the film. It's always good to gain insight into the cast behind the characters so I'd definitely recommend sitting down and watching this feature if you have the DVD and have not already done so as you should find it to be fairly interesting.
~ Alternate and Deleted Scenes ~
After finding a couple of decent deleted scenes in the first film, I thought that the bonus scenes here may well be worth a look in. How wrong could I have been?! There are 6 scenes here and it is only the last of these 6 that is even remotely interesting, this scene being 'A Little Bit of hot Sauce' - a scene that pleased me as the parrot guilty of the awful Weakest Link joke gets eaten by Cindy and Shorty as Shorty states 'I told you, a little bit of hot sauce and it tastes just like chicken!' It is obvious to see why this scene wasn't included in the film however as it wasn't up to that much, but it was far more interesting than the other scenes present here which were quite frankly awful. I think I was pleased to see this scene purely because I felt that justice had been done for the inclusion of the awful Weakest Link one liner, a programme that over the years I have come to hate more and more, and a joke out of which brings nothing but feelings of frustration and anger to the surface with me. As I say, not a bad scene is this one, just no classic and therefore rightly not included in the film itself.
~ Special Effects Tour with Lou Carlucci ~
This could have been a decent feature had they had someone talking about the special effects that actually had any personality, however it seems that Lou Carlucci is deprived of one and has one of the most droning and monotonous voices I have ever heard in my life. Coupled with this, there aren't really that many special effects to speak of in 'Scary Movie 2', so the special effects that are shown aren't particularly interesting either and with the person speaking about them being so dull there is just absolutely nothing to gain from this feature. Had the person behind this feature had some sense of a personality then it may have turned out alight, however as it is - it's not really worth wasting your time over.
~ Here Kitty, Kitty ~
Again, this is a pretty boring feature to be honest. There is a possessed cat within the film and in just under 2 minutes here we are shown one of the cats being made, shown the making of a couple of the scenes in which the cat is involved, and are told that it takes 45 days to make each cat of which we see about 10 sitting there which gives us a fair idea of just how much effort must have gone into making all these different cats. The fact they spent such a long time making these cats probably made them feel that they had to give it a mention in the extras really, however really I'm not sure why they included this feature as it really is rather boring and I definitely wouldn't say that it makes for an interesting viewing experience. If you buy the DVD then feel free to leave this feature out, it really is a bore.
~ Scary Effects ~
Once again we come to a fairly interesting feature and I think the secret lies in the fact that it is not too long. At just over 2 minutes we are shown how some of the effects within the film are done such as the breakaway glass and rubber glass which is used as a means of creating broken glass effects without any potential injury to the cast members, and how the sex with a ghost scene was done. Although extremely short, I feel that this was a decent feature and although non-essential it certainly makes for interesting viewing which is more than can be said about 'Here Kitty, Kitty'.
~ Behind the Make Up with Barry Koper ~
It is important to end on a high and that is exactly what has been done here. We come to and end of the bonus features on this disc by being shown a bit of the work that went into the make up used in 'Scary Movie 2'. An interesting insight which is gained here is the fact the in 'The Exorcist' scenes at the beginning of the film, the tongue that is used when Megan Voorhees is possessed is actually the same one that was used in 'The Exorcist' itself. The make up team tried to make it better than the original, however Barry Koper reveals that with the tongue they made, there were problems with it actually staying on so they rang up the people behind the original and asked them how it was done. As a result, the original tongue was sent to them for use in the film and they needed to get insurance out on the tongue for use of a historic prop. This is quite an interesting fact file for film enthusiasts, and in fact when I first watched this feature and heard about that, as sad as it is, I was genuinely impressed. This is an interesting feature to come right at the end of the list of features as with some good and some bad features here you are left wondering whether or not they will end the DVD on a high and thankfully, they do.
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Year of release: 2001
Genre: Horror Spoof
Runtime: 79 mins
BBFC Rating: 18
What I found really funny was the reaction of most critics to Scary Movie 2. Almost all of them said it was stupid and should have been made, and that it couldn't hold a candle to the first one. What made this amusing was the fact that the same people talked trash about the first movie, and are now talking about it as if it's the benchmark for all comedies. How quickly they change their minds. Anyways, I'm about three weeks behind on my reviews, so I'm going to make this short and sweet. I found Scary Movie 2 to be quite funny. Not as gut-bustingly hilarious as its predecessor, but always good for a chuckle or two, and some great occasions. Now, I've often said that reviewing a parody is hard, because there's not really a plot to hang the jokes on. The same goes for this movie right here. If anything, the plot is taken from 1999's horror disaster The Haunting, in which a bunch of people were chosen to spend a few nights in a haunted house, and got killed off one by one. To emphasize how seriously (or non-seriously) the movie takes itself, three characters who died in the original (if one could call it that) Scary Movie are back for the sequel. Cindy (Anna Faris), who got run over by a car at the end of the first one, is the protagonist once again, and is joined by fellow presumed-deceased alumni Shorty (Marlon Wayans), who was shot through the heart, and Brenda (Regina Hall), who was stabbed to death in a movie theatre. Even Ray (Shawn Wayans), the jock footballer with homosexual tendencies, is back for another go at it. They are now college students who have been chosen by Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) and his wheelchair-bound assistant Dwight (David Cross) for a sleep study at the haunted Hell House. Along for the ride are fellow students Buddy (Chris Masterson), who has a crush on Cindy, Theo (Kathleen Robertson), obviously playing the extremely hot Catherine Zet
a-Jones character from The Haunting, and Alex (Tori Spelling), who basically didn't even reach my radar, so I completely forget her purpose in the movie. I think to crack a Tori Spelling joke or something. Anyways, the house is haunted by Huey Cain (Richard Moll), the ghost of the house's owner, and the building' janitor/cook Hanson (Chris Elliott), who's extremely ugly and has the most disgusting manicure you've ever seen.
I have both Scary Movie 1 & 2 on DVD, I got them both for under £10 so I wasnt expecting miracles but I loved them both. Scary Movie 2 is a worrying blatant cash in on the massive success on the first film, but do you know what I don't care. I like it anyway. It is very short at only 72 minutes long, but there are plenty of laughs in it. The film starts off with a spoof of the Exorcist. Not for the dislikers of human fluids, lets put it that way. One criticism of the sequel is that it has no hidden theme much like the first's African American racial theme. Another criticism is that it isn't even a proper scary movie spoof anymore, because it spoofs other movies and adverts. To be honest I dont read into films that much, I either like them or I dont. It is as simple as that. I found this film funny and unintelligent, pretty much the way I like them.