Scary Movie title

AKA : Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween

Tag Line : No Mercy, No Shame, No Sequel.

Scary MovieWhat can be said about this dreadful film that's not already been said a hundred times before? Like so many others who were duped into watching this at the pictures, I saw the trailer showing Carmen Electra being chased round in her underwear, together with the scenes parodying Scream and various other modern horror films, and fell for the marketing ploy of this supposedly being a witty horror spoof.

If only I knew then what I know now. Instead of living up to it's expectations, I was soon to discover that the only amusing scenes were crammed into that single 2 minute trailer. The rest of the film being nothing more than a virtual scene-by-scene rehash of the plot from Scream, with a few scenes from other films of this ilk thrown in. What little humour they injected into the plot amounted to nothing more than of a lot of exceptionally course language and never ending jokes about private parts.

The rather unattractive Anna Farris plays the lead character Cindy Campbell (which for all those who haven't figured it out yet is a parody of Neve Campbell's character Sidney Prescott from Scream) and if you've seen Scream, which many of you will undoubtedly have, you'll know the basic plot so I'll save you the bother of having to read it again here. All you really need to know is that following the intro scene where Carmen Electra gets killed, the film goes rapidly downhill from there on in.

The jokes aren't funny, the gags are childish and immature, the scene parodies are delivered in such a lame manner that any comic impact is immediately lost, and to be quite honest if it wasn't for the amount of swearing (virtually every other word), and the colossal amount of penile jokes (virtually every other scene) the film could have easily passed as a kids movie with a U certificate.

As one reviewer put it "The half-dozen screenwriters credited for this pathetic spoof couldn't come up with a single workable gag between them. The ramshackle collection of misfired punchlines and mistimed pratfalls makes every scene look like an out-take". I couldn't have put it better myself! If you haven't seen this film yet, I would advise you not to bother and save wasting 90 minutes of your life.

A rehash of the Scream script with a lot of nob jokes thrown in does NOT a comedy make. Nuff said!!!

Overall Marks : 2/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Altenate tag line "Obey The Rules... Or Die Laughing."

  • The script was actually a combination of two differant scripts, one written by the Wayans brothers and Phil Beauman. The other by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.

  • The films budget was $19 million.

  • The films working title was originally "Last Summer I Screamed Because Halloween Fell On Friday the 13th ", this was then changed to "Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween ", before ultimately being retitled "Scary Movie" which , ironically, was the original working title for "Scream".

  • Alicia Silverstone was offered the lead role of Cindy Campbell, but turned it down.

  • In the cinema, as the film is about to start, a ratings card comes up saying "I - Immature", however if you pause the film at this point you can read the writing underneath which says "We thought it would be funny to put this here. Kiss our asses and take it off pause".

  • The role of Brenda was originally offered to R&B singer Aaliyah, but she declined.

  • There were several scenes included in the trailer that didn't appear in the final cut. Among them, a scene where drew is on the phone talking to the killer and he asks "What was that noise" and she replies "Oh sorry I farted". A scene where Shorty (Marlon Wayans) is parodying the "Rules of Horror" and a scene where the party guests are watching "Halloween".

  • The distributors, Dimension films, also released "Scream", the movie this film (supposedly) parodies.
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