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The scream series has proved to be quite a hit,its not like your normal horror film like you would think but it is a comedy. Maybe a little bit rude and some gory parts in this film for kids but it is such a good film to watch as an adult. The film takes parts out of other films but makes them into comedies like when the film first starts the kids run over a guy and try to dispose of his body ( just like I know what you did last summer), but the guy was not actually dead but funny things keep happening that keep knocking him back out unconscious. Then the film really begins with a masked killer that is on the loose (exactly the same as in scream). The film features a very small part by Carmen Electra who is running around in her underwear as the killer chases her. Most men probably only watch it for that part lol. She is killed straight away in the film anyway. I never thought I would laugh so much at any type of film that I was expecting to be a little bit gory but I have never laughed so much at a film, like I did when I watched this. Will the film end up the same as scream and the killer be stopped or will everyone get killed first. I could go into great detail about the film and the funny parts in it but I reckon this will spoil the film if I give you too much information , so I will just say you will laugh from beginning to end with this. Now onto the acting, I found this fabulous and very entertaining. The cast really could not have been made any better. You have an unknown cast to many but these films probably made their acting career. You can not just pin point one actor they all did a great job and seemed to work very well together, this made it a great film to watch, the special effects also seemed pretty good too but I don't think that would matter with this film. I have watched this film several times and I still laugh whenever I do, I have also watched all the set of scary movies and would recommend to anyone to watch it. You will not be disappointed.
I have seen this film numerous times before so when it was on TV the other night I decided to give it a watch as there was nothing else on. Scary Movie is a spoof film which encorporates many of the scary films that were around during the time it was made (2000). Films used include Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Blair Witch Project. This is a film only review. ==Plot== The film begins by introducing us to Drew Decker. She is home alone, making popcorn and about to watch a scary movie. The phone rings (sound familiar?!) so she picks up and there is a man she doesn't know on the other end. She asks his name but he wont tell her and then accidentally lets it slip that he's watching her. She is terrified and sets about trying to escape but of course he catches up with her and kills her. The next day at school people are very worried. The place is swarming in both media and police and nobody knows if they are safe anymore. Will the killer manage to get his hands on anyone else? ==Opinion== This film is not for serious scary film fans. Instead, it is a spoof on films that most of us have probably seen before. The film is very funny and I found myself laughing throughout. The plot is very easy to follow. Whilst watching this the other night I was also doing other things at the same time and occasionally missed the odd five minutes but I found it easy to pick the film back up and I didnt feel as though I had missed much. The characters in the film are very amusing. To be honest, they are quite unrealistic but I personally believe that this just adds to the atmosphere of the film. The film is rated an 18 but this is not because it is overly scary but it is quite rude with many scenes of a sexual nature and strong language. I did enjoy this film and I would watch it again because it is fun and laid back and very easy to follow. ==Additional Information== The film was made in 2000. It is rated an 18. It runs for 88 minutes. It was directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans. It stars Carmen Electra, Dave Sheridan and Anna Faris. ==Summary== A film worth watching if you want a laugh but not for serious scary movie fans.
Back in the 80s and early 90s, the American spoof movies of the Zucker brothers et al were funny and endearing, with a mock-seriousness to them and large helpings of slapstick and general silliness; Naked Gun, Hot Shots, Airplane, Loaded Weapon..... even the ones that often missed the mark, like Spy Hard, were still entertaining and fun. Nowadays what we get is Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, and of course Scary Movie; all films which attempt to send up recent films as their 80s forebears did with action, cop and disaster movies, but without actually understanding how a spoof is supposed to work, and instead just throwing one pop-culture reference in after another in the vain hope that, via some unexplained alchemical cinematic process, this will translate into something funny or witty. It doesnt. Ever. So, we get the masked murderer from Scream stabbing a young woman in the breast and retracting the blade along with one of her silicon implants, then getting drunk and stoned with the guys from that godawful American 'Wasssaaaap" commercial from a few years back, and we get a scene intented to spoof The Blair Witch Project in which the frightened feminine protagonist holds the camera below her face whilst gallons of snot trickle out from her nose. I also seem to remember a woman levitating, Exorcist-style, before breaking out into an impromptu 'Riverdance' routine near the end, but by this point my brain had retreated into a tiny cramped corner of my skull as I fought the urge to leave, my memory of events thus becoming hazy at best. Utterly worthless and unfunny, Scary Movie is lowest common-denominator garbage with no intelligence, no humour above that of primary-school level, and no merit to it whatsoever. What is saddest of all however, is the fact that this is by no means the worst instalment in the "....Movie" franchise, as well as the fact that comedy legend Leslie Neilsen was actually roped into appearing in one of its many, even more pitiful sequels.
It's Halloween and high school student Drew Decker (Carmen Electra) is cooking popcorn and getting ready to watch a scary movie when she receives a phone call. The man on the end of the phone makes sexual remarks to the disturbed young girl who threatens to call the police. That is before he reveals himself to be outside and kills the young girl by brutally stabbing her in the chest only yards away from her oblivious parents. Meanwhile at school, Drew's murder has made headline news around the town and Cindy (Anna Faris) is worried that the murder may be an indication that someone knows what her and her friends did last Halloween. When it becomes apparent that someone knows what happened on that fatal night a year ago Cindy starts receiving notes in class informing her that she's in danger and when her friends all begin to be killed Cindy must fight for her survival and discover who the killer behind the mask is... Given the plot description you'd be forgiven for thinking that Scary Movie is indeed as the title suggests a scary/thriller movie. Of course for anyone familiar with the franchise (and lets face it that's a lot) then you'll know that this is infact the first in a series of highly successful spoof movies that parody big blockbuster movies. It would seem that over the last year or two, the audience for these sorts of films had declined dramatically, with movies such as Meet The Spartans, Superhero Movie and most recently Dance Flick being trashed by movie critics however it's recently been announced that a 5th Scary Movie is scheduled for release in 2011, just proving to the sceptics that there's still a market for this genre of movie and that the guys behind Scary Movie aren't willing to let their crown be taken just yet. The Scary Movie franchise is well known for parodying most predominantly the Scream franchise. Other running satires include: I Know What You Did Last Summer, Titanic, The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense and Halloween. Therefore it helps if you've seen at least some of the films (Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer especially as the plot revolves around these), if you haven't seen the films you're unlikely to understand the gags therefore this film will be lost on you however the film parodies big blockbuster films so you're likely to at least know about them even if you haven't seen them. The parodying works well and with the main plot being that of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, other film parodies and references come in and out of the plot quickly and manage not to detract from the main plot line. This gives the characters chance to make their own jokes and gags, therefore making this movie accessible to people that may not have seen all the other films. These aren't as funny as a lot of them are very silly gags, I prefer all the parodies that Scary Movie have become synonymous with. This film follows the plot of Scream pretty much scene for scene therefore you would think that the film would be very predictable, however Scream was focused entirely around who the killer was but Scary Movie aims to entertain you along the way with running gags. You can of course work out pretty much straight away who the assailants will be but working out who the perpetrators are isn't what this movie is about. It's simply a bit of fun that aims to entertain and it achieves that very well. The gags do fall flat at times, with the running gags of 'if this were a horror movie' where you witness the characters discussing how similar their lives are to popular horror movies. This doesn't really work for me, it makes the film a bit cheesy but then there are other gags that will have you in stitches. Ghost Face from Scream makes numerous screen appearances and his persona actually becomes part of the comedy in numerous occasions, these are all very funny and the highlights of the movie. Especially when you see the expression on his mask change as if it were his actual face. There are a lot of exaggerations throughout the film; Cindy and Bobby's relationship for example. These two are parodying Neve Campbell's and Skeet Ulrich's characters of Sidney Prescott and Billy Loomis from Scream. Their relationship in Scream centred highly around the fact that Sidney is unwilling to have sex with Billy and this is exaggerated in Scary Movie in a scene near the beginning where an electric fence is seen around Cindy's underwear. The first scene to parody I Know What You Did Last Summer is also very funny and another highlight. This was the breakout performance for Anna Faris, who has since gone onto appear in numerous successful comedy roles including a recurring spot in series 10 of Friends in which she played Erica. She's very funny with her innocent and naïve persona and is the only character besides Brenda (Regina Hall) who is my favourite character to appear in all 4 movies to date. The movies are very over the top and very rude at times but that's part of it's charm. It may seem a little dated now but it still appeals to many teenagers and the fact that there's a 5th instalment in 2011 just goes to show how popular the Scary Movie franchise is. If you haven't yet seen it then I highly recommend it but if doesn't sound like the kind of film you'll enjoy then you probably wont! The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99. The special features include: Behind The Scenes Featurette Deleted Scenes Alternative Scenes Special Effects Tour 'Here Kitty, Kitty' Various Effects Make-up Effects with Bear Still Gallery
Scary Movie sees director Keenen Ivory Wayans develop a movie which is to poke fun at those horror films of recent times which are to say the least predicable. The film sees a group of teenage friends out driving on Halloween when they hit a man and the group decides to dispose of the body and agree that it must remain secret between just those there. After a year has passed there start to be victims appearing in the local town and a serial killer is on the loose and he is recognisable thanks to all those films that everyone has seen. Can everyone make it through the carnage and beat the serial killer or will he get them as his next victim? The film has a simply brilliant cast with Regina Hall, Marlon Wayans and Anna Faris all absolutely brilliant as their characters. The film is not a high brow comedy but does this detract from comedy? Not in my opinion as a comedy is there to make you laugh or smile and this film manages to do that throughout thanks to stupid scenarios, brilliant script work, fabulous characterisation and above all the fact that you are able to recognise the films that are being poked fun at. I truly love this film as it makes me laugh throughout and I have always been a fan of Anna Faris so this just makes the film for me as she is perfect for the role of Cindy Campbell. The comedy is well thought out but low brow but if like me this does not mean that it is below you then give this a viewing as it is truly worth a watch.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room Whilst Scary Movie is unassailably crude, crass, and often pretty stupid, I do admire it. It's a lot better than some of the dreadful sequels that followed, and it's also quite clever in a feral sort of way - it lampoons the films with a razor-sharp wit at times, although it's often quite hard to find it under all the scatalogical and crass sight gags. The film is a smattering of numerous horror films, chiefly Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer - it picks up on the sillier aspects of the films, and mocks them in exaggerated, wholly over the top fashion. It revolves around a killer that resembles the Ghost Face from Scream, but has a slightly different face design, and often gets stoned enough that the facial expression changes. What makes it worth watching is some of the rather well fleshed out characters. The delight has to be Shorty, a stoner with an afro, who never seems to know where he is, and half the time is completely oblvious of the fact that there's an insane killer on the loose. Shannon Elizabeth plays a beautiful prom queen who is entirely skeptical of the serial killer concept, and simply laughs in the face of death, to the most extreme and ridiculous ends possible. The rest of the film involves Anna Farris as Cindy, a naive young girl who attempts to fend off the killer and also the sexual urges of her boyfriend Bobby. She's a goofball and frequently exacerbates the problem. Complicating things also is Doofy, a mentally retarded trainee police officer who holds more of the key than one might expect. I can't lie to you - I laughed, and I laughed a lot. This is the high point of the series - a biting parody masked by incredibly crude toilet humour. It's not high art, doesn't pretend to be, and whilst you'll try to fight it, you'll probably get at least a few solid chuckles out of this film.
I really like this film. It's a comedy horror & the first in a series of films. Basically it parodies the film Scream with some other things sent up along the way. The plot centres on a girl called Sindy. She is a typical High School student living a normal life until a series of grissly & horific killings start happening at her school. They are all commited by a killer wearing the same costume with a distinct Ghost Face. Cindy & her friends then spend the film trying to discover the identity of the killer whilst trying to avoid his blade. Needless to say that some of them haven't made it at the end & the deaths are all humerous. I didn't think much to the special features on the disc. A few extended scenes. Film Commentary. Trailers but nothing really standout as something really worth watching. I do like this film & would recommend it. It's full of really funny one liners that you will be reciting for years to come. It has lots of laughs too although it can be childish & silly.
This is the very first Scary Movie and I really didn't know what to expect when watching it. At first I wondered if it was a horror film (ironically with the title) but released that it was a comedy. The film was originally released in 2000 and overall I felt that it was well worth a watch. I didn't find it to be really good but it did provide some good entertainmen. The film stars Carmen Electra and Dave Sheridan who arn't the best of actors but I found they played their parts well. I must admit that there really are some very funny parts in the film that make it worth watching for that alone, however, I didn't find it to be consistant. Scary Movie is a film about a whole group of teenagers that are quite common in their own right. However, this group of teenagers whilst driving accidently killed a man and so they are left with the horrible task of getting rid of this body somehow! But at the same time they feel that they are being watched by a famous masked killer. It is up to this group of ordinary teenagers to get past this horrific ordeal. Whilst it does not seem very comic there are some very funny moments. Many of my friends thought that the film was excellent and I do agree with them to a point but I'm sure you've watched films before that are great in places but not in others because that is what I felt this film was like. It is available for less than £5 on Amazon so for that money I would very much recommend giving it a try and see what you make of it yourself! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this.
Written by Shawn Wayons, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Sletzer, and directed by Marlon Wayans Scary Movies is a mould breaking spoof horror film that was released back in 2000. ****Plot**** Five close friends Cindy Campbell (Anna Farris), Bobby Prinze (Jon Abbrahams), Buffy Gilmore (Shannon Elizabeth), Ray Wilkins (Shawn Wayans) and Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall) are involved in a terrible accident and a pact is made to keep it secret. Move forward a year (to the exact day of the accident) and a very recognisable serial killer is on the loose and terrifying the neighbourhood. The local slapper, Drew Ducker (Carmen Electra), is the first victim and the race is on to capture the killer before the body count gets out of hand. The local police force is on the case and one officer in particular, Doofy Gilmore (Dave Sheridan), is making it his priority to capture the killer and ensure the safety of the neighbourhood. The story has captured the attention of the press and Gail Hailstorm (Cheri Oteri) has made it her mission to ensure that she is the one that captures all the events as soon as they unfold and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that she is first on the scene. What are the killer's motives? Who is on the killer's hit list? How is this all going to end? ****Characters**** The diversity of characters in this film is huge, from the school slapper to a confused footballer to the 'good' girl to the stoner. It seems that every part of society makes an appearance. In addition there are total make believe and off the wall characters that you just don't find in today's society. Whilst the story is focused around the five friends, officer Doofy and Gail Hailstorm there are loads of other characters, with Shorty Meeks (Marlon Wayans), Brenda's brother, that has a significant role throughout the whole film. ****My opinion**** Whilst I enjoy movies of the teen and horror genres I recall that there were too many of these films during the time when Scary Movie was released. I was starting to get a bit bored of them since they were all so similar. There was nothing fresh or original and then the Wayan Brothers went and released this gem. I admit that I am critical of story lines and whilst I think these should have some substance and actually be believable, there are times when watching a load of non-sense is the order of the day. I like films that are either serious or stupid. In my opinion there is no 'in between' and I don't like films that are meant to be serious but have really stupid parts thrown in for good measure. Scary Movie is a spoof and whilst the story is basically that of a well known horror brand there are other parts (taken from other movies and TV adverts) that are thrown in to the mix, and the result is a fantastic film that is full of great one liners, memorable scenes and innuendo. The story line can be described as weak and lacking depth but then it does compliment the overall comical nature of the movie. A deep, meaningful and though provoking story line requiring concentration just would not have worked with this movie. The story is actually very clever and there are loads of unexpected twists along with a fantastic ending that you won't anticipate in a million years. I love the diversity of characters and I feel that this really does add that 'something' to the film. In addition, the acting is spot on and all the cast are perfect for the roles they play. Whilst the characters lack depth and the acting isn't believable (but then this is an out and out comedy so it doesn't have to be) there are great on screen relationships between all the characters. This movie is a real team effort and all characters have lots of screen time, unlike other movies that contain a 'lead' character that is backed up by a cast of supporting actors. All the characters are great but my vote is split between Shorty Meeks, who in my opinion is the best stoner type character (and blows the Seth Rogan characters out of the water) and Ray Wilkins, whose 'alpha male' character is hiding a big secret. If asked to select a favourite part I would struggle since there are so many. It is a laugh out loud film all the way through and my ribs took really hurt since they took an absolute battering. Laughing for 88 minutes is actually quite strenuous and I was feeling the effects for a few days afterwards, but it was definitely worth it. Scenes that stick out and really made an impression on me include; i) The re-enactment of a famous advert ii) The misuse of a controlled substance by the regular stoners and their new found friend. The facial expressions are fantastic. iii) The conversation between Cindy and her teacher, Miss Mann iv) The way in which Ray wears his clothes v) The bedroom scene involving Ray and Brenda (I can assure you this is clean and not what I assume you are currently thinking) The above is not an exhaustive list since there is just too much to choose from. Unlike current comedy films such as Superbad, Knocked Up and the like, Scary Movie does not rely on foul language, and the over use of the 'F' word, to be comical, however, there is some bad language although it is kept to a minimum. This film relies on visuals and innuendos to be funny and whilst it may not be to every body's taste if you like the schoolboy humour, that is a bit blue, then I think you will like this. I should note that some of the innuendos are very close to the line and a bit risqué, which some people may find offensive, although there is no nudity. The visuals of this film do not include breathtaking scenery, gorgeous back-drops or anything like that, but then this is not required. What the visuals do include is great attention to detail. Whilst the camera may be focused on two people having a conversation, per say, there will be loads going on in the background and it will take a few viewings to see everything. Even after four or five showings I was still seeing things I had not seen before, which is all good in my opinion. Some films rely on impressive classical music and loud soundtracks to really enhance the mood. However, Scary Movie does not but then I don't think elaborate music is required in a film of this genre. That said the producers have included great sound effects to create the correct ambience, and these are great and really do complement the overall feel of this film. ****Extras**** There are many people that like to watch the extras and additional features of films, however, I am not one of these and usually prefer to watch just the main feature. I enjoyed this film so much that after reading the list of additional features I just had to have a quick look, well that was the intention that was short lived. I ended up watching all the additional features and I found these just as funny as the feature film itself. The extras include: i) "Hop-A-Long Shorty" ii) "Ray calls a play" iii) "Bobby's lesson" iv) "Gail sets surveillance camera" v) "Shorty watches girl on surveillance camera" vi) "Cindy's last stand" vii) Behind the scenes featurette viii) Theatrical trailer ix) DVD ROM features These extras are fantastic and well worth a watch. I would like to select a favourite, but they are all so good (albeit in different ways) it would be impossible to recommend one over the others. ****Other**** Certificate - 18 Run time - 88 minutes 7 (well deserved) wins and 5 additional nominations
Scary movie was released on 7th June 2000. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, it starred Anna Faris, Shannon Elizabeth, and Carmen Electra, amongst many others. An estimated $19 million was spent in the creation of this American film, but sadly, I do feel this was not money well spent. Not being an actual 'scary movie' the focus and concentration, I guess, was supposed to go into developing the humerous area of the film making process. I seemed to get the impression that this aspect was focused on too much, and the writers, tried far too hard to come up with comical events, thus making it 'un-funny' in the process. I could see which parts were supposed to make you laugh, but they certainly did not. A kind of slapstick feel was given to the film, and some of the comical events were just a bit too farfetched to even consider laughing at. The basic plot is that a group of friends become the interest of a murderous stalker, of which they believe to be something to do with the ma they killed and threw off the pier one year previous on a drunken nights drive. This killer starts picking off the friends and the film follows Cindy Campbell's (Anna Faris) task to find out who, and stop the killer before it's too late and they get to her... This film could be enjoyed slightly if you tell yourself it is just a bit of fun easy watching and don't really think more of it. I would rate this film two star because I must admit, one or two parts cast a smile upon my face, but like I said, it won't get you howling on the floor with laughter. Lets hope for better in the sequels...
This was the first scary movie before they decided to do another 2 or 3 which are no way as good. this is a comedy and parody joke of some of the great horror movies like scream etc. I would rate this as one of the funniest films ive even seen , it sporned the catchphrase wassuppp which was used by every kid and grown up for the next few years after the movie. its extremely funny wih some great scenes it has a cool cast. its a complete send up of many other movies but it works and laughs are fast and many. even now this film is still very very funny, the scene in the toilet with the glory hole is extreemly funny as is the guy who pretends he's straight just hillarious stuff defiantly worth watching and defiantly worth owning on dvd. dont let the sequels put you off they are extremely disapointing where as this film is brilliant.
Scary Movie sounds like a horror movie genre at first but it is in fact a parody of other movies. Overall, i really like it because i like how exagerrated this movie was and it seemed funny to me. *Cast* I like the cast and felt that they were chosen rightly due to the use of their parodies such as Carmen Electra in Baywatch and I alos like the over reacting Cindy Campbell played by Anna Faris. Marlon Wayans added that funny touch to it. They acted like their stereotypes really well. *Story* It basically follows the story of some high school kids who accidently killed someone a while ago and they are now being stalked by some sort of serial killer . Slowly each character comes to a horrible but funny end. *Lasting impressions* This movie was really memorable because i find it sooo funny, it is also likeable and has a comedic feeling to it.
I'm not really a fan of horror movies at all so I was a bit worried that as this was a spoof horror movie and I have not watched much in the genre some of the in jokes would fly over my head however in the end the humour was so childish that even if there were inside jokes I doubt they would have been that amusing as none of the other humour really worked for me. Set in a high school where all the students are clearly adults dressed up as school children the main character Cindy Campbell played by Anna Faris is being followed by a masked killer who is bumping off the other students who all meet gruesome deaths. The cause of this is because a group of high school friends were resposible for the death of a fisherman which they covered up. Cast List Carmen Electra ... Drew Decker Dave Sheridan ... The Killer / Doofy Gilmore Frank B. Moore ... Not Drew's Boyfriend Giacomo Baessato ... Trick or Treater #1 Kyle Graham ... Trick or Treater #2 Leanne Santos ... Trick or Treater #3 Mark McConchie ... Drew's Dad Karen Kruper ... Drew's Mom Anna Faris ... Cindy Campbell Jon Abrahams ... Bobby Prinze Regina Hall ... Brenda Meeks Marlon Wayans ... Shorty Meeks Shannon Elizabeth ... Buffy Gilmore This film was awful and it was a real struggle to watch it to the end. There was a lot of over acting and it is clearly aimed at the young teen market with Carme Electra bouncing around in a parody of her Baywatch character, there is even an injoke about her implants as well such is the lack of subtlety in this film. My advice is to give it a wide miss as it is not funny at all.
Scary Movie is a spoof horror movie which certanly has its funny moments as it paradies a host of horror movies. Anna Faris plays Cindy Campbell who is the innocent heroine of this film whch is based in the rather worryingly named Corpse High School where the pupils are being murdered by a masked killer in a series of brutal murders. Cast List Carmen Electra ... Drew Decker Dave Sheridan ... The Killer / Doofy Gilmore Frank B. Moore ... Not Drew's Boyfriend Giacomo Baessato ... Trick or Treater #1 Kyle Graham ... Trick or Treater #2 Leanne Santos ... Trick or Treater #3 Mark McConchie ... Drew's Dad Karen Kruper ... Drew's Mom Anna Faris ... Cindy Campbell Jon Abrahams ... Bobby Prinze Rick Ducommun ... Cindy's Dad Regina Hall ... Brenda Meeks Marlon Wayans ... Shorty Meeks Shannon Elizabeth ... Buffy Gilmore In a parady of What you did last Summer a group of friends are responsible for the death of a fisherman. Some of the humour is of the gross out nature and also paradies the actors as well such as the removal of a fake breat implant when one victim is being stabbed and a head being skewered by a sex aide. It is not only horror movies that get satired but some action movies as well including the Matrix. Overall I found some of the humour to be a bit purile and aimed at the fourteen and fifteen male age group but then I guess with the Wayan Brothers involved that was to be expected. Not as bad as some critics claimed but also not really worthy of the numerous follow up efforts either.
What a spoof show this is. This was the first movie in the series and in my eyes it is stil the best. I do not know what it is with films but I feel the first in a series is always the best. When this film first came out it was on the lips of everyone who enjoyed an honest comedy film. The main horror film which this film leans on is scream, which was a popular horror film when it first came out and remains a popular film even today. I myself arent particualrly into films therefore I couldnt tell you who the actors are, however they all work extremely well together and even though the acting is slightly out there it is extremely enjoyable and it works well together. I dont know about anyone else, however my favourite character has to be Shorty. He seems to know nothing about what is going on and still manages to have fun throughout the film when the other characters are falling to bits. The film doesnt have any speical effects, however it still looks fairly modern and does make use of an excellent soundtrack with music from popular R and B, Pop, Rap and Rock artists. The music isnt th strong point of the film, however. I personally feel the acting and humour is the strong points of this film. Overall it is definetely worth purchasing and you can watch it time and time again and still laugh at all the jokes which you have heard many, many times before. Thank you for reading my reivew.
In Scary Movie we visit BA Corpse High School, where all the pupils are visibly in their late 20s and a masked madman (or two) is on the loose, slaughtering self-involved, pop-culture-obsessed kids while trying to get to virginal heroine Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris). The gang are still guilt-ridden over their semi-accidental killing of a fisherman last Halloween, while at least one has been driven homicidally mad by the cancellation of the Wayans Brothers television show. An old vaudeville motto has it that you can't kid a kidder, and the makers of this would have done well to remember MAD Magazine didn't run a satire of Airplane!. The obvious flaw in the canny plan to satirise Wes Craven's Scream films is that they were already comedies, playing as many self-referential tricks as anything from the Naked Gun team but with the added bonus of actual scary scenes. The joke about ageing starlets pretending to be high school kids was done in Scream 3, for instance, and Scary Movie keeps sending up scenes that were funnier "straight" and only really gets a good satirical victim when it turns to the somewhat sillier I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise. Director Keenen Ivory Wayans and his writing-acting brothers Marlon and Shawn show no real interest in the genre they're taking pot-shots at, suggesting that the point here was to lampoon something hot rather than (as in the best spoofs) growing from a mixture of affection and contempt. The only way Scary Movie can get a reaction is going for gross: heads skewered by dildos, slashed-out breast implants, tiny dick gags, a torrential gush of sperm washing the heroine against the ceiling, relentless fag jokes (a DVD-ROM "Gaydar" feature even enumerates these) and a lot of old Cheech and Chong marijuana routines. About one in 10 of the jokes crack a grudging smile, with riffs on recognisable bits from The Matrix and The Usual Suspects, and a nicely nasty irrelevant aside that makes fun of both Titanic and Amistad. The best moment is a "scenes we've always wanted to see" scene in which an obnoxious cinemagoer is murdered by an entire audience for talking on her mobile phone during Shakespeare in Love. On the DVD: the DVD is letterboxed to 2.35:1 and has Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks in English and Italian, with subtitles in English and Italian. Extras are seven brief scenes cut out of the film (none very funny), a matey behind-the-scenes featurette, DVD-ROM features (a useful function plays the film with all the jokes and in-references explained in subtitles) and the theatrical trailer. --Kim Newman