The Scary Movie franchise is a collection of five horror-themed parody films. The franchise was responsible for re-inventing the horror-comedy genre as we understood it at the time.
Rather than blending a horror film with humorous elements, the franchise went all-out spoof, with nonstop jokes throughout the movie.
The writing was original and innovative, reinvigorating the spoof film genre as a whole; it was rude, humorous, and far from politically correct — and moviegoers loved it.
The popular horror-comedy franchise began in the year 2000 with the release of Scary Movie, the highest-grossing of all the films.
The franchise has grossed approximately $900 million at the box office globally.
Scary Movie was initially intended to be a Wayans family affair, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and starring brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, but owing to differences with The Weinstein Company, they were only featured in the first two films.
The Scary Movie franchise was so famous that it spawned a spoof comedy sub-genre called Not Another Teen Movie, Date Movie, and Epic Movie.
Furthermore, Anna Faris’ breakout role was in Scary Movie. Faris was an unknown actress when she was cast in the iconic horror spoof Scary Movie, and she credits her part in the film as the start of her long comedy career.
Although the franchise did not win any accolades, it did keep fans entertained.
Scary Movie is a slasher comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and written by Marlon and Shawn Wayans (all of whom also star), with Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, and Aaron Seltzer.
It depicts a bunch of teens who accidentally hit a man with their car, dump his body in a lake, and never talk about it again. It stars Anna Faris, Jon Abrahams, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Kurt Fuller, Regina Hall, Lochlyn Munro, Cheri Oteri, and Dave Sheridan.
A year later, they are all killed one by one by someone donning a Ghostface mask and robe.
Scary Movie was released in the United States on July 7 by Dimension Films. On a $19 million budget, the film grossed $278 million worldwide. The film is the first in the Scary Movie series, which has since produced four sequels.
Scary Movie 2 is a spooky parody film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and released in 2001. It’s the follow-up to Scary Movie and the second installment in the Scary Movie franchise.
Tim Curry, Tori Spelling, Chris Elliott, Chris Masterson, Kathleen Robertson, David Cross, and James Woods star alongside Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans, as well as Tim Curry, Tori Spelling, Chris Elliott, Chris Masterson, Kathleen Robertson, David Cross, and James Woods.
The film is the final installment in the series to feature Marlon and Shawn Wayans, as well as director Keenan.
Marlon would go on to feature in a similar horror spoof, A Haunted House, and its sequel, both of which he produced. Wayans pokes fun at the Scary Movie series’ decrease in quality after his family’s departure in the latter installment.
Scary Movie 2 was a commercial success, generating $141.2 million worldwide on a $45 million budget, but critics were mostly unfavorable.
Scary Movie 3 is a 2003 American parody film that mocks horror, science fiction, and mystery films. It is the third installment in the Scary Movie film series and the first directed by David Zucker. It is the sequel to Scary Movie 2.
Cindy Campbell and Brenda Meeks are played by Anna Faris and Regina Hall, who reprise their roles in the film. Charlie Sheen, Simon Rex, Anthony Anderson, Kevin Hart, and Leslie Nielsen are among the new cast members.
It is the first film in the series in which no member of the Wayans family appears. Shorty Meeks and Ray Wilkins, who was formerly played by Shawn and Marlon Wayans, do not appear in the film, nor are they mentioned.
The plot of the film heavily references The Ring, Signs, The Matrix Reloaded, and 8 Mile. The picture was a worldwide success, grossing $220.7 million dollars.
It is the final film in the series to be released under the Dimension Films label by The Walt Disney Company’s subsidiary Miramax Films. It won the category of Choice Movie: Your Parents Didn’t Want You to See at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.
Scary Movie 4 is a 2006 American scientific fantasy comedy horror film. It is the fourth episode in the Scary Movie film series and the first to be released under The Weinstein Company brand following Disney’s acquisition of Dimension Films.
It was directed by David Zucker and produced by Robert K. Weiss and Craig Mazin. It was written by Jim Abrahams, Craig Mazin, and Pat Proft and directed by David Zucker.
The film finishes the original story arc and represents the final appearances of the major characters, Anna Faris and Regina Hall (who play Cindy and Brenda, respectively).
Until The Weinstein Company produced Scary Movie 5 on April 12, 2013, with a different storyline featuring Simon Rex, Charlie Sheen, and Molly Shannon in alternative roles, this was supposed to be the final picture in the Scary Movie film series.
Scary Movie 5 (stylized onscreen as Scary MoVie) is a comedy horror film released in 2013. It is the fifth and final installment in the Scary Movie film series, and it is a standalone sequel to Scary Movie 4.
It’s The Weinstein Company’s second picture to be distributed under the Dimension Films banner, and the final before the company dissolved in 2018. Malcolm D. Lee directed the picture, which was written by David Zucker and Pat Proft.
On April 12, 2013, it was released. Due to the conclusion of their storylines, the film is the only one in the franchise to not feature Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) or Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall).
It had its world premiere on April 11 at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The video mocks a variety of horror films as well as other popular cultures. Critics were harsh in their assessments of the picture.