Scary Movie

Theatrical Release: July 7, 2000
Scary Movie


Comedian Keenan Ivory Wayans parodies recent horror films with this tale of a group of teenagers being terrorized by an inept serial killer who wears a mask inspired by Edvard Munch’s famous “Scream” painting. Some of the movies being sent up include: “Scream,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “The Exorcist,” and “The Sixth Sense.”

Dove Review

The film, perhaps the grossest I have ever seen, is aimed at teenage boys and those who enjoy mean-spirited, crude humor. According to director Wayans, “If you’re a filmmaker doing one of these over-the-top comedies today, you have to measure your starting point where the last guy left off.” In other words, he had to out gross “There’s Something About Mary, “American Pie” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” He succeeded. In my opinion, this film is nothing more than verbal and visual sludge.

Content Description

Language: GD 3, Jesus 2, Christ 2, Oh God 20, F-word 23, S-word 30, SOB 2, slang terms for genitalia 6, ass 21, expletives 10 – Sex: oral sex is implied; many crude sexual visuals, references, and conversations; several sexual situations; masturbation is suggested several times; a woman is chased in her undergarments; she rubs her body in slow motion; nude photos of women in an adult magazine; nude photo of a man; scantily clad woman; brief topless females; we see a replica of a male penis; gay conversations – Drugs: teen drinking and smoking are seen on several occasions; a father discusses his drug use with his daughter and how to destroy the evidence if the police come in; this same man is a drug dealer; teens get drunk; teens chug beer from a funnel and get drunk; the killer drinks and uses drugs – Violence: although the violence is played for laughs, we see people getting killed in graphic and strange ways; a baseball bat, a gun, a knife, and a fisherman’s hook are used to threaten and harm people; a woman is hit by a car and thrown into the air; a man is drowned; all this violence is not to be taken seriously, but it is gruesome, especially a girl being stabbed, then getting her leg broken, with the bone protruding from the skin; she is then decapitated, but her severed head continues to talk; some scenes are bloody, with one scene featuring the killer doing his thing and lots of blood splattering onto a wall; a man jumps from a roof and hits the ground; a woman is stabbed to death by other movie patrons for talking and using a phone during a movie (I kinda liked that one).


Company: Dimension Films
Producer: Eric Gold, Lee Mayes
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 85 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright