Main cast: Anna Faris (Cindy Campbell), Jon Abrahams (Bobby) Shannon Elizabeth (Buffy), Shawn Wayans (Ray), Marlon Wayans (Shorty), Carmen Electra (Drew Becker), Cheri Oteri (Gale Hailstorm), and Regina Hall (Brenda)
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Heh heh heh. The Wayans brothers strike again. Sure, their track record can be inconsistent, and their last biggie, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is only funny at places, but Scary Movie, oh, it is fun and disgusting, and quite funny too.
And it’s way time the once-brilliant but now bloated with self-indulgence Scream and the inane I Know What You Did Last Summer sagas get the finger. From the opening death scene where Drew Becker runs slow motion in her underwear through the garden sprinklers (she’s escaping the masked killer, of course) to the inane killing of Brenda just like the the opening scene in Scream 2 (but not before she gave a hilarious dissertation of Shakespeare in Love – “She ain’t no man! Brad Pitt’s ex is such a freak!”), the main agenda here is to burst every one of Kevin Williamson’s bubble.
The plot is a ridiculous, of course. Our five doofys killed a man in a drunken drive one Halloween and now the masked killer is killing everyone in BA Corpse High. There’s the jock Ray who is clearly gay but insists he isn’t, the motormouth Brenda, the bitch Buffy (crowned Miss Fellatio in a beauty pageant), the boyfriend Bobby of our heroine Cindy. Cindy is played wonderfully by Anna Faris in the same misguided earnestness Neve Campbell plays her Sydney, and the whole pointlessness of the earnesty is made more funny here.
I really don’t know how to go on about the hilarious jokes in this movie without giving everything away. Needless to say, there are some disgusting body function jokes that fall flat, and the misogyny can be off-putting (but since when is a horror move feminist in nature), but when this movie is smart (check out the The Blair Witch Project satire), it is very smart.
Of course, to appreciate this movie to the fullest, one needs to have seen the slasher movies it parodies first. Then watch those movies again after this movie, and I guarantee slasher movies will never be the same again. Heh heh heh.