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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Scary Movie (2000) - Keenen Ivory Wayans



During the nineties, Keenan Ivory Wayans ran the parody comedy game. His hit television show In Living Color introduced key Wayans family members that have been a staple in his work for years. Namely, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans. Both hilarious and both stars in the Keenan Ivory's Scream spoof Scary Movie. 

Following the same narrative of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Teens are ending up murdered in a small California town. Cindy, Bobby, Shorty, Brenda, Ray, Buffy and Greg are all students together at B.A. Corpse High School, We join them just as they had learned that their friend was murdered and it might have something to do with the night that they hit and murdered some fisherman.  

It's hilarious. Like the Animal House of horror. Scenes are memorable and quotable. It should have your sides splitting while simultaneously satisfying your horror thirst. It has so many callbacks to the genre, like our lead Cindy Campbell's name is a play on the name Sidney from Scream and Neve Campbell, the actress that played Sidney. So while it takes obvious stabs at horror movies, it also throws in some pop culture. 

The cast is stellar. It's a showcase of the younger comedians and actors/actresses of the new millennium. Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shannon Elizabeth, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Lochlyn Munro all turn in some memorable performances with Jon Abrahams as the best. His interpretation of Skeet Ulrich's character Billy was awesome. There are also cameos from pop stars from the time like James Van Der Beek as Dawson. 

It's a really bizarre movie that takes some amusing twists and turns. I loved it. The way that they melded the story with so many different references. This film and the sequel are unfortunately the only two movies in the series that I liked. It started to lose momentum and the horror element. But this is the pinnacle of the Wayans' work at the time. Such a classic. 

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Producer: Eric L. Gold and Lee R. Mayes
Writers: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Starring: Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Jon Abrahams and Shannon Elizabeth
Studio: Dimension Films and Wayans Bros. Entertainment
Release Date: July 7, 2000
Did ya know: When Ray and Brenda are in the movie theatre, the preview screen reads: "The following 'Peeview' has been 'assproved' for immature audiences only. If you can read this you are too close. Pee Pee Poopy Boogers Farts Butthole. Rated I for Immature. We thought it would be funny to put this here. Kiss our asses and take it off pause. This is the humor we are dealing with. 










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