Scary Movie is a parody film based on the popular Scream horror movies. The plot follows the movie being parodied to an extent, but goes for laughs rather than scares. Fans of slapstick and sight gags will enjoy this film. Created by the Wayans Brothers this film follows Cindy Campbell and her friends in High School as they are stalked and killed in over the top ways that mock every horror cliche in the book.
The same Ghost Face costume is used as in the Scream franchise, but the killer is far from menacing. Most of the early victims end up actually killing themselves trying to get away. While murders are not generally considered comedy, these are done in such a way as the laughs keep coming as the body count rises.
Over acting, melodrama in inappropriate places and teen aged angst are all poked fun at along with the characters themselves being over the top. The town police are represented by a borderline pervert, and an extremely mentally challenged Deputy Doofy, who is used by the reporter out for the story. She is even more ruthless and ambitious in a ridiculous way then reporters are normally portrayed in movies.
The ensemble cast included the stereotypical cheerleader, jock, geek, and moody rebel types along with a stoner who had very little brain cell function left. The party held to defy curfew racked up a higher body count, and eventually revealed the killer in the costume. Everyone was a suspect from the beginning, and as they are killed off one by one, the ending reveals who really did it all.
As parody movies go, this is considered one of the better ones. The genre itself was fading in popularity when this film made it's debut and brought it back to life. Other parody movies followed, but did not put the effort into a true parody that the Wayans' put into this offering. Other films were parodied along with Scream, but the scenes were short and subtle, without trying to pack in as many jokes about popular blockbusters that many parody movies seem to attempt.
With Charlie Sheen looking once more dialed into his career, the moment's biggest counter-culture icon has been targeted for an appearance in the return of the "Scary Movie" franchise. Sheen, whose newly contrite and peaceable demeanor toward Warner Bros. and the cast and crew of "Two And A Half Men" was a big story unto itself without Sheen even being nominated this year, has reportedly been targeted by Dimension for a role in the developing "Scary Movie 5," according to Entertainment Weekly.
It’s shaping up to be a busy 2012 for The Weinstein Company, but if all goes to plan, two planned sequels could haul some big box office bank. The biggest news is that “Scary Movie 5” now has an official April 20, 2012 release date, though there’s no confirmation yet whether series stars Anna Faris and Regina Hall or director David Zucker will be back. For all the flopping spoof movies that have followed in its footsteps, it’s a little shocking how bankable the franchise has been since “Scary Movie” struck theaters in 2000 hot on the heels of the slasher revival led by “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.