Movieline's Hollywood Life - 07/??/2000
"...One of the year's happiest surprises....Exhilarating [as it] defies all respectable standards..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/21/2000
"...[A] sense of slapdash, see-what-sticks, gross-out MOREness..." -- Rating: B
Total Film - 10/01/2000
"...Hilarious fun....Busting with raunchy, gross-out humor....Keenan Ivory Wayans keeps it all fleet-footed and light..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Premiere - 01/01/2001
"...A delirious time....A bright, funny, and yes, totally raunchy surprise." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental
Los Angeles Times - 07/07/2000
"...A hilarious skewering of the cliches of teen pix. Director Keenen Ivory Wayans has kept everything fast and light..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/07/2000
"...SCARY MOVIE delivers the goods..."
Uncut - 08/01/2001
"[N]o cliché is spared as every post-ironic horror movie worth the name gets put through the mangle at exhausting speed..."
In the tradition of such genre parodies as AIRPLANE!, THE NAKED GUN, and SPACEBALLS, Keenen Ivory Wayans takes on the teen horror flick with SCARY MOVIE, a campy, riotous send-up of everything from the SCREAM and HALLOWEEN franchises to I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, CARRIE, and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. In a small town, a copycat is reenacting the SCREAM murders, and local reporter Gail Hailstorm will do just about anything to get the story. The six high school students who ran over a man on a sharp curve the year before think the killer is out for revenge, but sweet and innocent Cindy Campbell believes that the madman might just lurk a lot closer to home.
Cowritten by Shawn and Marlon Wayans (and four others), the script leaves no cliché unturned; in addition to the horror parodies, the film also spoofs such teen sex comedies as AMERICAN PIE and such hit films as THE SIXTH SENSE, THE MATRIX, and FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. The film never lets up in its striking re-creations of classic scenes, and it never passes up the chance for a joke, no matter how crude. The young, attractive cast looks like it just jumped out of DAWSON'S CREEK, playing everything up to the hilt--and beyond.
Keenen Ivory Wayans (I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA) directs this hysterical spoof of slasher films. Targeting, most specifically, HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH, SCREAM, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, and THE SIXTH SENSE, SCARY MOVIE also mocks other genre films such as THE MATRIX. After turning his attention to dramas for a series of movies, Wayans's return to comedies contains a seemingly endless onslaught of visual jokes.
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Theatrical release: July 7, 2000.
The $19 million film grossed $42.5 million in its first weekend, the highest opening ever for an R-rated film as of July 2000.
Former IN LIVING COLOR star Kelly Coffield makes a cameo appearance in the film. James Van Der Beek makes a cameo appearance in a scene spoofing DAWSON'S CREEK.
There is one last lewd joke at the very end for those patient enough to sit through the credits.
SCARY MOVIE marks star Anna Faris's feature-film debut.
Keenen Ivory Wayans makes a cameo appearance in the movie-theater scene in the trailer preceding SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.
Keenen's favorite scary movie is THE EXORCIST.
Despite the movie poster proclaiming that there would be no sequel, a follow-up is reportedly in the works.
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