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Scary Movie

R2 DVD Box cover for the first four films
Directed by Films: 1, 2
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Films: 3, 4
David Zucker
Produced by Films: 1, 2
Marlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Films: 3, 4
Robert K. Weiss
Written by Jason Friedberg
Aaron Seltzer
Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Craig Wayans
Pat Proft
Craig Mazin
Jim Abrahams
Starring Anna Faris
Regina Hall
Marlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Carmen Electra
Shannon Elizabeth
Leslie Nielsen
Charlie Sheen
Simon Rex
Anthony Anderson
Kevin Hart
Studio Dimension Films
Distributed by United States:
Miramax Films
(From films 13)
The Weinstein Company (Scary Movie 4)
Miramax Films
Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) 2000 — present
Running time 338 min. (total)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $157 million
Gross revenue $818 million

The Scary Movie series is a series of films which mainly specialize in spoofing popular horror films, which have collectively grossed over $818 million at the box-office worldwide. The two main recurring actors of the series are Anna Faris and Regina Hall, as Cindy Campbell and Brenda Meeks, respectively. They are joined by new or recurring actors and characters.

They were distributed by Dimension Films through two different studios: Miramax Films, as it was originally the studio's genre film label during executive producers Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein's run and produced the first three films, and The Weinstein Company, the brothers' newly formed studio, which currently produces the rest of the series' release after departing from Miramax and taking the Dimension Films label with them. Miramax Films (Buena Vista Distribution) retains international distribution rights.


Plot summary

Scary Movie

Scary Movie (July 7, 2000) is the first film in the series. The film is one of the two in the series to feature exposed male genitalia, the other was Scary Movie 2. Scary Movie was the highest grossing film of the series, grossing $278,019,771 worldwide. It is a spoof of many films, mainly focusing on the Scream (series).[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 throw him in the lake and never talk about it again (in a spoof of I Know What You Did Last Summer). A year later a person with a Scream mask kills them one by one. They decide to figure out who the killer is, but is the killer closer to them than they all thought?

Scary Movie 2

Scary Movie 2 (July 7, 2001) is the second in franchise. In the U.S., the film grossed $71,308,997. Worldwide, it grossed $141,220,678. Although being a hit, out of the four Scary Movie films, this is the least successful to date[2]. Not only this is the second and final Scary Movie film to receive an R-rating, this film also marks the end of the Wayans siblings involvement with the series as they moved on to pursue other projects, among them, their 2004 comedy White Chicks.

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

The characters who all had died in the first film mysteriously return in this film and they are joined with new characters: Buddy (Christopher Masterson), Theo (Kathleen Robertson) and Alex (Tori Spelling).

The story begins when a college professor, Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) and his wheel-chaired assistant Dwight (David Cross) plan to study ghosts from a haunted mansion, with the clueless teens as bait.

When at the house, strange things happen, Ray gets attacked by a clown, Shorty gets attacked by a living marijuana plant, Cindy gets in a fight with a possessed cat, and Dwight has an argument with a bad mouthed pet 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 have to defeat the ghost before they are able to escape.

Scary Movie 3

Scary Movie 3 (October 24, 2003) is the third film in the series. With $220,673,217 worldwide[3], it is second most successful/popular film in the series. The plot of the film is a spoof combination of The Ring and Signs with other film/celebrity spoofs thrown in. 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[4]. This was the first Scary Movie film to receive a PG-13 rating in the United States[3] (as well as the first to have no involvement from the Wayans), as the first two were R-rated[5][6]. This is because from this movie forward, the films are more toned down in content.

In a spoof to Signs the film revolves around some strange Crop circles found near an old farm. And in a spoof to The Ring a strange videotape is going around. Upon watching this tape, the phone rings and a creepy voice says: "You're going to die in seven days". Everything keeps coming closer when Cindy has just fallen in love with a rapper named George (a spoof of Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. (8 Mile)), and she hears she is going to die in seven days. Meanwhile the farmers who had found the strange cropcircles in their cornfield discover that the aliens that are coming to earth come to destroy the killer who kills the people who have watched the tape, because they have looked at the tape themselves.

Scary Movie 4

Scary Movie 4 (April 14, 2006) is the 4th in the series. 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 Scary Movie.

This film’s main plot is a mix of The Grudge and Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds with major scenes spoofing Saw, The Village, Million Dollar Baby, and Brokeback Mountain.

Scary Movie 5

Scary Movie 5 was announced by The Weinstein Company on February 20, 2010.[7]


List indicator(s)

  • A dark grey cell indicates the character did not appear in the film.
Character Film
Scary Movie Scary Movie 2 Scary Movie 3 Scary Movie 4
Cindy Campbell Anna Faris
Brenda Meeks Regina Hall
Shorty Meeks Marlon Wayans  
Ray Wilkins Shawn Wayans  
President Harris   Leslie Nielsen
Tom Logan   Charlie Sheen
George Logan   Simon Rex
Mahalik   Anthony Anderson
CJ   Kevin Hart
Drew Decker / Holly Carmen Electra   Carmen Electra
Buffy Gilmore Shannon Elizabeth  
Bobby Prinze Jon Abrahams  
Buddy   Christopher Masterson  
Dwight Hartman   David Cross  
Greg Phillipe Lochlyn Munro  
Theo   Kathleen Robertson  
Tom Ryan   Craig Bierko


Box office performance

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
United States Outside US Worldwide All time US All time worldwide
Scary Movie July 2, 2000 $157,019,771 $121,000,000 $278,019,771 #167 #239 $19,000,000 [8]
Scary Movie 2 July 4, 2001 $71,308,997 $69,911,681 $141,220,678 #695 $45,000,000 [9]
Scary Movie 3 October 24, 2003 $110,003,217 $110,670,000 $220,673,217 #362 #337 $48,000,000 [10]
Scary Movie 4 April 14, 2006 $90,710,620 $88,000,000 $178,710,620 #486 $45,000,000 [11][12]
Total $429,042,605 $389,581,681 $818,624,286 $157,000,000

Critical reaction

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Cream of the Crop
Scary Movie 52% (108 reviews)[13] 46% (26 reviews)[14] 48% (32 reviews)[15] B- (11 reviews) [16]
Scary Movie 2 14% (106 reviews)[17] 7% (28 reviews)[18] 29% (25 reviews)[19] C- (8 reviews) [20]
Scary Movie 3 37% (121 reviews)[21] 38% (29 reviews)[22] 48% (28 reviews)[23] C (12 reviews) [24]
Scary Movie 4 37% (123 reviews)[25] 43% (23 reviews)[26] 40% (23 reviews)[27] C (11 reviews)[28]


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