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Scary movie
(Last summer I screamed because Halloween fell on Friday the 13th; Scream if you know what I did last Halloween)

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

No mercy. No shame. No sequel.

It all starts with the murder of a beautiful high school classmate, after which a group of misguided teens - all played, of course, by 20 to 30-year-old actors - discovers there is a killer among them. Heroine Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) and her clique of clueless friends, including Buffy (Shannon Elizabeth), Brenda (Regina Hall), Bobby (Jon Abrahams), Greg (Lochlyn Munro), Shorty (Marlon Wayans) and Ray (Shawn Wayans), must protect themselves from danger... and that pesky reporter Gail Hailstorm (Cheri Oteri) who just won't leave them alone! Sound familiar? It certainly is but as the story gets under way a series of gruesome and hilarious surprises blows the lid off the expected plot twists and turns them into something funny and twisted.

The film parodies classic scenes from Scream, The sixth sense, The Matrix, I know what you did last summer and the The Blair witch project, Scary movie is more than a parody of one type of entertainment; it's all sorts of comedies rolled into one: a sex comedy, a youthful comedy, a comedic thriller and more.

Persons of interest

  • Carmen Electra .... Drew
  • Dave Sheridan .... The Killer/Bodfy
  • 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 Mother
  • Anna Faris .... Cindy
  • Jon Abrahams .... Bobby
  • Rick Ducommun .... Cindy's Father
  • Regina Hall .... Brenda
  • Marlon Wayans .... Shorty
  • Shannon Elizabeth .... Buffy
  • Lloyd Berry .... Homeless Man
  • Cheri Oteri .... Gail Hailstorm
  • Phil Beauman .... Screenwriter
  • Jason Friedberg .... Screenwriter
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Field Agent Keith Dehle

Theatrical report

Scary movie is a hilarious spoof of recent spook films full of crude jokes, gross visuals, perverted sexual humour as well as some very witty lines: it's best described as a high school sex comedy set in a horror movie.

It is not necessary to have seen the movies it parodies to appreciate the comedy - if the plots of those movies are unknown at least the face mask from Scream, the woods scene from Blair witch and the special effects from The Matrix will be familiar enough to most people to understand which film is being ridiculed. Those who have seen the films however will be able to appreciate the humour just that little bit more.

The jokes are crude, the visuals even cruder. One thing is guaranteed - no section of the community is spared - blacks, whites, gays, lesbians, the intellectually challenged, football jocks, cops, teachers and of course your typical American high school beauty.

If there is a downside to the movie it would have to be the soundtrack. Ok, so the movie is primarily aimed at the younger end of the movie going population but is rap music really the best choice for broad appeal? Sure, most rappers are probably into wild sex, drugs and crass humour but so too are many of the population at large who have better tastes in music.

Probably destined for cult status along with other spoof classics such as Flying high and The naked gun, Scary movie is bound to be a hit with anyone who has a crude sense of humour and is lucky enough to have their parents' permission to see it.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer: Theatrical
  • Subtitles
  • Scary movie: Guide for the culturally challenged
  • Screensaver
  • Character profiles

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Sexual references, medium level violence, drug use)

Surveillance time

85 minutes (1:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 10 October 2001
VHS retail: 10 October 2001

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