Scary Movie is a horror-comedy franchise that has gained a cult following since its release in 2000. The film series is known for making fun of popular horror movies and tropes in a hilarious way, but have you ever wondered just how many movies Scary Movie makes fun of? In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the movies that Scary Movie spoofs.
The First Scary Movie
The first Scary Movie, released in 2000, is a parody of several horror films including Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Blair Witch Project, and The Sixth Sense. The movie’s plot revolves around a group of teenagers who are being stalked by a masked killer. The film makes fun of the clichés and tropes present in those horror movies such as the “final girl,” jump scares, and the use of creepy music.
Scream is one of the most parodied horror films in the Scary Movie franchise. Directed by Wes Craven, it follows a group of high school students who are being terrorized by a masked killer known as Ghostface. Scary Movie pokes fun at Scream’s self-awareness and meta-narrative structure.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
This 1997 slasher film follows four friends who are being stalked by an unknown killer after they accidentally hit someone with their car and cover up the crime. In Scary Movie, this storyline is parodied with exaggerated humor and ridiculous plot twists.
The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999 and follows three filmmakers who get lost while filming a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The film’s found footage style was groundbreaking at the time, but also heavily parodied in Scary Movie.
The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense is a psychological horror film released in 1999. The movie follows a young boy who communicates with spirits and the psychologist who tries to help him. Scary Movie pokes fun at the infamous twist ending of the film.
Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 2, released in 2001, takes on a new set of horror movies including The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and House on Haunted Hill. The film’s plot revolves around a group of college students who are invited to spend the weekend in a haunted mansion.
The Exorcist is a classic horror film released in 1973. It follows the story of a young girl who becomes possessed by a demon and the attempts to exorcise her. Scary Movie 2 mocks the iconic “spider-walk” scene from The Exorcist.
Poltergeist is a supernatural horror film released in 1982. It follows a family whose home is haunted by malevolent ghosts. Scary Movie 2 parodies several scenes from Poltergeist including the “clown” scene and the “tree” scene.
House on Haunted Hill
House on Haunted Hill is a horror film released in 1959. It follows five people who are offered $10,000 each by an eccentric millionaire to spend one night in his haunted mansion. Scary Movie 2 makes fun of this premise with over-the-top humor and ridiculous scares.
Scary Movies 3 and 4
Scary Movies 3 and 4 were both released in the mid-2000s and took on newer horror films such as The Ring, Signs, Saw, and War of the Worlds.
The Ring is a 2002 supernatural horror film about a cursed videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later. Scary Movie 3 parodies this concept with a cursed “chain email.”
Signs is a 2002 science fiction horror film about a family who discovers crop circles in their backyard and the possibility of an alien invasion. Scary Movie 4 parodies several scenes from Signs including the famous “swing away” scene.
Saw is a horror film released in 2004. It follows two men who wake up in a room with no memory of how they got there and must complete twisted tasks to survive. Scary Movie 4 parodies the gore and violence present in the Saw franchise.
War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds is a science fiction film released in 2005. It follows a family who must survive an alien invasion. Scary Movie 4 makes fun of the movie’s over-the-top action scenes and Tom Cruise’s performance.
The Scary Movie franchise has made fun of countless horror films over its five-movie run, but these are just some of the most notable movies it has spoofed. With its hilarious humor and exaggerated scares, it’s no wonder that Scary Movie has become such a cult favorite among horror fans and comedy lovers alike.