Scary Movie 2


Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Written by:Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Alyson Fouse, Greg Grabianski, Dave Polsky, Michael Snowden, Craig Wayans
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Chris Elliot, Tim Curry, Tori Spelling, Chris Masterson, James Woods
Released: October 18, 2001
Grade: C-

I liked Scary Movie because it poked fun at the teen horror genre which had been tortured to death by Hollywood.  Sadly, I think all the good jokes were used in the first film because Scary Movie 2 is nothing to laugh about.

The “story” revolves around Professor Oldman (Curry) assembling a group of students to stay in a haunted house.  I won’t say any more for fear of giving the impression that the film has a plot.

Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Anna Faris return from the original and are joined by a few newcomers and few Hollywood veterans.  James Woods opens the film with a take-off of The Exorcist.  Marlon Brando was originally cast in the role but when taken ill, Woods filled his shoes.  A stroke of luck for Mr. Brando I’m sure.

A sampling of this films spoofed are Dude, Where’s My Car?, Save The Last Dance, What Lies Beneath, Hollow Man, Titanic, Romeo & Juliet, Hannibal, Charlie’s Angels and even the game-show, The Weakest Link.  You’ll notice that none of the above are teen horror flicks which again shows the stupidity of this production.  As I said, all the good material was used in the first film.

At only 82 minutes, it’s a crime to think that the public should have to pay full price.  The Exorcist opening itself is eight minutes and when you throw in five minutes worth of credits, just how much are you actually getting?  To make matters worse, jokes from the original Scary Movie were used again here.  Very ordinary.  Comfortably, one of the worst films of the year.