SCARY MOVIE. 2000. DIRECTED BY KEENEN IVORY WAYANS. STARRING CARMEN ELECTRA, ANNA FARIS, DAVE SHERIDAN AND JON ABRAHAMS. REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©
This film is a madcap romp through the magical world of horror movie clichés and cross-references. It’s a spoof film, a horror comedy film that parodies other horror movies, and you’ll probably either love it or hate it according to your tastes.
I’m kind of on the fence. I certainly laughed out loud at some of the scenes, but others left me cold. Maybe you guys should make up your own minds. First, though, read on and see what I made of it all, haha.
The main film being parodied here is SCREAM and its sequels. A pretty girl called Drew Decker, bustily played by Carmen Electra, is horribly killed by a guy dressed as Ghostface from the SCREAM movies. The girl’s school is mobbed next day by reporters.
High-school Cindy Campbell and her pals work out that Drew was murdered exactly a year after they all ran over a guy and killed him while driving too fast, too stoned and also engaging in various sexual acts. This is where the film turns into I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.
Ghostface then proceeds to kill every one of the little group of chums until the only ones left standing are Cindy and her boyfriend Bobby. Who is the killer? Why is he doing what he’s doing? Can Cindy and Bobby escape his evil clutches and be happy together or is there a twist in the tail that will keep them apart forever…? There’s only one way to find out, people.
The film is famous for referencing all the famous horror movies from THE EXORCIST and THE SHINING to PSYCHO and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. That part was definitely fun, counting up the nods to other films and franchises.
Highlights include Cindy and Bobby’s first time having sex together, Brenda annoying the living daylights out of the other cinema patrons in the movie theatre, and the suspiciously masculine Miss Mann inviting Cindy to confide her problems in her in her office.
I’d also watch out for the beautiful Buffy’s star turn in the beauty pageant and her deeply sarcastic last words during her death scene shortly afterwards. In addition, we’ve got Officer Doofy reporting for duty, Cindy’s drug-dealing father bringing his daughter into his sleazy and illegal world practically from the time she’s born and also Ghostface getting hilariously high with the stoners, proving that underneath that mask he’s as human as the rest of us.
There’s a lot of toilet humour, stoner humour and even racist humour in SCARY MOVIE. If you like that kind of thing, then this is the film for you. I was personally more interested in the references to other horror movies, on account of my being a bit of a film nerd, haha.
There’s also a few nods to things in popular culture that were big at the time, which is great if you’re old enough to remember them but which also serve to give the film a bit of a dated feel. I liked this film but I didn’t love it. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t a big fan of SCREAM. Who knows?
You might love it though, so go and watch it and let me know how you get on. Good luck. And, most importantly of all, don’t forget, be quick, don’t fall down and don’t look back…
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based performance poet, novelist, film blogger, sex blogger and short story writer. She has given more than 200 performances of her comedy sex-and-relationship poems in different venues around Dublin, including The Irish Writers’ Centre, The International Bar, Toners’ Pub (Ireland’s Most Literary Pub), the Ha’penny Inn, Le Dernier Paradis at the Trinity Inn and The Strokestown Poetry Festival.
Her articles, short stories and poems have appeared in The Metro-Herald newspaper, Ireland’s Big Issues magazine, The Irish Daily Star, The Irish Daily Sun and The Boyne Berries literary journal. In August 2014, she won the ONE LOVELY BLOG award for her (lovely!) horror film review blog. She is addicted to buying books and has been known to bring home rain-washed tomes she finds on the street and give them a home.
She is the proud possessor of a pair of unfeasibly large bosoms. They have given her- and the people around her- infinite pleasure over the years. She adores the horror genre in all its forms and will swap you anything you like for Hammer Horror or JAWS memorabilia. She would also be a great person to chat to about the differences between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of The Wicker Man. You can contact her at:
1) ‘… BY A WOMAN WALKING HER DOG…’
2) A WRITER’S JOURNEY
3) ANNA MEETS COUNT DRACULA
4) ANOTHER FIFTY REALLY RANDOM HORROR FILM REVIEWS TO DIE FOR…
5) CANCER BALLS
6) CATCH OF THE DAY
7) FIFTY FILTHY-DIRTY SEX-POEMS YOU MUST READ BEFORE I DIE.
8) FIFTY REALLY RANDOM HORROR FILM REVIEWS TO DIE FOR…
9) THE DEVIANTS
10) VISITING DAY