Scary Movie (film series)

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Scary Movie
Scary Movie Trilogy.jpg
DVD set containing the first four films
Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans (1–2)
David Zucker (3–4)
Malcolm D. Lee (5)
Written byJason Friedberg
Aaron Seltzer
Marlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Craig Wayans
Buddy Johnson
Phil Beauman
Alyson Fouse
Greg Grabiansky
Dave Polsky
Michael Anthony Snowden
Pat Proft
Craig Mazin
Jim Abrahams
Produced byMarlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans (1–2)
Robert K. Weiss (3–4)
David Zucker
Phil Dornfield (5)
StarringAnna Faris (1–4)
Regina Hall (1–4)
Ashley Tisdale (5)
Erica Ash (5)
CinematographyFrancis Kenny (1)
Steven Bernstein (2)
Mark Irwin (3)
Thomas E. Ackerman (4)
Steven Douglas Smith (5)
Edited byMark Helfrich (1)
Tom Nordberg
Richard Pearson
Peter Teschner (2)
Jon Poll (3)
Craig Herring
Tom Lewis (4)
Sam Seig (5)
Music byDavid Kitay (1)
Mark McGrath (2)
James L. Venable (3–5)
Distributed byMiramax Films
The Weinstein Company
Release date
Running time
423 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$177 million
Box office$896.5 million

Scary Movie is an American film series that comprises five parody films mainly focusing on spoofing horror films. The films have collectively grossed almost $900 million worldwide at the box office. The two recurring actresses are Anna Faris and Regina Hall as Cindy Campbell and Brenda Meeks, appearing in all installments except the fifth film.

The franchise was developed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans, who wrote and directed the first two entries, with the latter two also starring. Produced by Dimension Films, the films saw distribution through Miramax Films (1–3) and The Weinstein Company (4–5).


Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
Scary Movie July 7, 2000 (2000-07-07) Keenen Ivory Wayans Aaron Seltzer
Phil Beauman
Shawn Wayans
Buddy Johnson
Marlon Wayans
Jason Friedberg
Eric L. Gold
Lee R. Mayes
Scary Movie 2 July 4, 2001 (2001-07-04) Dave Polsky
Thomas Craig
Craig Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Greg Grabianski
Michael Anthony Snowden
Eric L. Gold
Scary Movie 3 October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24) David Zucker Pat Proft
Craig Mazin
David Zucker
Robert K. Weiss
Scary Movie 4 April 14, 2006 (2006-04-14) Pat Proft
Craig Mazin
Jim Abrahams
Craig Mazin
Robert K. Weiss
Scary Movie 5 April 12, 2013 (2013-04-12) Malcolm D. Lee Pat Proft
David Zucker
David Zucker
Phil Dornfeld

Scary Movie (2000)

Scary Movie is the first film of the franchise. It was the highest-grossing film of the series, with $278,019,771 worldwide. It is a spoof of several films and television shows, with a primary focus on Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.[1]

After a group of teenagers (consisting of Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris), Bobby Prinze (Jon Abrahams), Buffy Gilmore (Shannon Elizabeth), Greg Phillipe (Lochlyn Munro), Ray Wilkins (Shawn Wayans), and Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall)) accidentally hit a man with their car, they decide to dump his body in a lake and never talk about it again. A year later someone wearing a Ghostface mask and robe kills them one by one.

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Scary Movie 2 is the second film of the franchise. It grossed $141,220,678 worldwide with $71,308,997 in the U.S. This is the last installment to receive an R-rating and also marks the end of the Wayans siblings' involvement with the franchise.

The film starts with a parody of The Exorcist, in which Megan Voorhees (sharing the same last name as the fictional serial killer Jason Voorhees) is possessed by Hugh Kane, and two priests, Father McFeely and Father Harris (James Woods and Andy Richter) have to force Hugh Kane out. But after Megan insults McFeely's mother he shoots her in the head.

Cindy, Brenda, Ray, and Shorty return in this film. Greg, Buffy, and Bobby are replaced by Buddy (Christopher Masterson), Theo (Kathleen Robertson), and Alex (Tori Spelling).

The film then merges into a parody of The Haunting with the story beginning when a perverted college professor, Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) and his wheel-chair bound assistant, Dwight (David Cross), plan to study ghosts inside a haunted mansion with the clueless teens as bait.

At the house, strange things happen: Ray gets attacked by a clown (whom he also rapes), Shorty gets attacked by a living marijuana plant, Cindy gets in a fight with a possessed cat, and Dwight gets into an argument with a foul-mouthed bird. When they find out about the professor's plan they try to escape the house, finding out that there is a ghost who still lives in the house. They must defeat the ghost in order to escape.

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Scary Movie 3 is the third film of the franchise. With $220,673,217 earned worldwide,[2] it is the second most successful film in the series. The plot of the film is a spoof of The Ring and Signs as well as several other films and celebrities. Michael Jackson planned to sue the filmmakers for parodying him in such a way that made him seem like a child molester and having a fake nose.[3] This was the first Scary Movie film to receive a PG-13 rating in the United States[2] as well as the first to have no involvement from the Wayans family.[4][5]

The film revolves around strange crop circles found near an old farm and the circulation of an unusual videotape. Upon watching this tape, the phone rings and a creepy voice says: "You're going to die in seven days". Cindy falls in love with a rapper named George (Simon Rex) (a parody of Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. of 8 Mile), when she hears that she is to die in seven days. Meanwhile, George and his older brother Tom (Charlie Sheen) - the farmers who discovered the crop circles in their corn field - learn that extraterrestrials are coming to Earth to destroy the killer responsible for the deaths of those who have watched the tape.

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

Scary Movie 4 is the fourth film of the franchise. The film opened with $40 million at the weekend box office, making it the third best opening in the series. With a $178,049,620 at the worldwide box office, Scary Movie 4 ranks as the third highest grossing entry. The main target of spoof was War of the Worlds, Saw, The Village and The Grudge. The film concludes the story-arc that began with the first film and is also the last in the series to feature any of the original cast members.

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

Scary Movie 5 is the fifth film of the franchise. It is the only film in the series to not feature Anna Faris and Regina Hall. The film was panned by critics and fans alike, and grossed $72,992,798 worldwide in the box office, thus being the least successful film in the franchise.

Jody (Ashley Tisdale) and Dan Sanders (Simon Rex) move into a new home after adopting three mysterious children. There are video cameras to record the events, and Jody and Dan soon discover that a powerful creature known as "Mama" is haunting them, trying to claim their newly adopted children.

Cast and crew

Principal cast

Actor Films
Scary Movie Scary Movie 2 Scary Movie 3 Scary Movie 4 Scary Movie 5
2000 2001 2003 2006 2013
Anna Faris Cindy Campbell
Regina Hall Brenda Meeks
Marlon Wayans Shorty Meeks
Shawn Wayans Ray Wilkins
Carmen Electra Drew Decker Holly
Chris Elliott Hanson Ezekiel
Charlie Sheen Tom Logan Himself
Simon Rex George Logan Dan Sanders
Anthony Anderson Mahalik
Kevin Hart CJ
Leslie Nielsen President Harris
Drew Mikuska Cody
Edward Moss Michael Jackson Alien
Molly Shannon Marilyn Heather Darcy
Jon Abrahams Bobby Prinze
Shannon Elizabeth Buffy Gilmore
Lochlyn Munro Greg Phillipe
Dave Sheridan Doofus "Doofy" Gilmore / The Killer
Cheri Oteri Gail Hailstorm
Kurt Fuller Sheriff Burke
Christopher Masterson Buddy
Kathleen Robertson Theo
David Cross Dwight Hartman
James Woods Father McFeely
Tim Curry Professor Oldman
Tori Spelling Alex
Andy Richter Father Harris
Richard Moll Hugh Kane
Marny Eng Tabitha
Camryn Manheim Trooper Champlin
Queen Latifah Aunt Shaneequa / The Oracle
Eddie Griffin Orpheus
George Carlin The Architect
Simon Cowell Himself
Pamela Anderson Becca Kotler
Jenny McCarthy Kathy Embry
Craig Bierko Tom Ryan
Beau Mirchoff Robbie Ryan
Conchita Campbell Rachel Ryan
Laura Dash (puppetry)
Craig Mazin
Billy the Puppet
Garret Masuda Toshio Saeki
Tomoko Sato Kayako Saeki
Bill Pullman Henry Hale
Cloris Leachman Emma Norris
Ashley Tisdale Jody Sanders
Erica Ash Kendra Brooks
Lindsay Lohan Herself

Additional crew

Crew Film
Scary Movie Scary Movie 2 Scary Movie 3 Scary Movie 4 Scary Movie 5
2000 2001 2003 2006 2013
Director Keenan Ivory Wayans David Zucker Malcolm D. Lee
Producer(s) Eric L. Gold
Lee R. Mayes
Eric L. Gold Robert K. Weiss
David Zucker
Robert K. Weiss
Craig Mazin
David Zucker
Phil Dornfeld
Writer(s) Marlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Buddy Johnson
Phil Beauman
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Thomas Craig
Greg Grabianski
Dave Polsky
Michael Anthony Snowden
Craig Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Craig Mazin
Pat Proft
Screenplay by
Jim Abrahams
Craig Mazin
Pat Proft
Story by
Craig Mazin
Pat Proft
David Zucker
Composer David Kitay Mark McGrath James L. Venable
Cinematography Francis Kenny Steven Bernstein Mark Irwin Thomas E. Ackerman Steven Douglas Smith
Editor Mark Helfrich Tom Nordberg
Richard Pearson
Peter Teschner
Jon Poll Craig Herring
Tom Lewis
Sam Seig
Production company Dimension Films
Wayans Bros. Entertainment
Gold/Miller Productions
Brad Grey Pictures
Dimension Films
Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
Wayans Bros. Productions
Gold/Miller Productions
Brad Grey Pictures
Dimension Films
Brad Grey Pictures
Dimension Films
Miramax Films
Brad Grey Pictures
Dimension Films
Brad Grey Pictures
Distributor Miramax Films The Weinstein Company Dimension Films
The Weinstein Company



Scary Movie's main parodies are of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, with elements of The Sixth Sense, The Matrix, and The Usual Suspects.

Scary Movie 2's primary target is The Haunting, while the rest of the film contains traces of The Exorcist, What Lies Beneath, Poltergeist, Titanic, The Amityville Horror, Hollow Man, and Charlie's Angels.

Scary Movie 3's general parodies are of The Ring and Signs. It also features elements of The Others, Airplane!, 8 Mile, The Matrix Reloaded, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Minority Report.

Scary Movie 4's parodies are of the Saw films, The Village, The Grudge, and War of the Worlds, as well as Million Dollar Baby and Brokeback Mountain.

Scary Movie 5's central areas of satire are the Paranormal Activity films, Mama, Black Swan, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Other notable parodies are those of The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead, Fifty Shades of Grey, Inception, Sinister, and Madea.


Box office performance

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget
North America Other territories Worldwide All time domestic (US) All time worldwide
Scary Movie[6] July 7, 2000 $157,019,771 $121,000,000 $278,019,771 #221 #326 $19 million
Scary Movie 2[7] July 4, 2001 $71,308,997 $69,911,681 $141,220,678 #854 $45 million
Scary Movie 3[8] October 24, 2003 $110,003,217 $110,670,000 $220,673,217 #453 #449 $48 million
Scary Movie 4[9][10] April 14, 2006 $90,710,620 $87,552,000 $178,262,620 #606 $45 million
Scary Movie 5[11][12] April 12, 2013 $32,015,787 $46,362,957 $78,378,744 #2,109 $20 million
Total $461,058,392 $435,496,638 $896,555,030 $177 million

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Scary Movie 53% (116 reviews)[13] 48 (32 reviews)[14]
Scary Movie 2 15% (109 reviews)[15] 29 (25 reviews)[16]
Scary Movie 3 35% (131 reviews)[17] 49 (27 reviews)[18]
Scary Movie 4 35% (128 reviews)[19] 40 (23 reviews)[20]
Scary Movie 5 4% (51 reviews)[21] 11 (16 reviews)[22]




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External links

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