Is Scary Movie 5 a Reboot?

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the latest installment in the Scary Movie franchise, Scary Movie 5. Many fans have been wondering whether the film is a reboot or a continuation of the previous films. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the movie and try to answer that question.

What is Scary Movie 5?

Firstly, let’s establish what Scary Movie 5 is. It’s a horror-comedy film that was released in 2013. The movie was directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by David Zucker, who also co-wrote and directed the first two films in the series.

The Cast

Scary Movie 5 stars Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Erica Ash, and Charlie Sheen among others. Interestingly enough, Charlie Sheen also appeared in Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4.

Reboot or Continuation?

Now let’s get to the heart of the matter – is Scary Movie 5 a reboot or a continuation? The answer is somewhat complicated.

On one hand, Scary Movie 5 does not follow on from the previous films in terms of story or characters. However, it does include references to earlier movies in the franchise. For example, there are scenes that parody Paranormal Activity and Black Swan – both of which were released after Scary Movie 4.

Additionally, while there are new characters introduced in Scary Movie 5 such as Jody (played by Ashley Tisdale) and Dan (played by Simon Rex), there are also returning characters such as Brenda (played by Regina Hall) who appeared in earlier movies.

So while Scary Movie 5 could be considered a reboot due to its lack of direct continuity with previous films, it also contains elements that tie it to earlier entries in the series.

The Reception

Scary Movie 5 received negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. The movie has a 4% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was criticized for its reliance on cheap gags and lack of originality.


In conclusion, Scary Movie 5 is a bit of both a reboot and a continuation. While it doesn’t follow on from previous films in terms of story or characters, it does include references to earlier movies in the franchise and features returning characters. Regardless of how you classify it, however, the movie wasn’t well received critically or commercially.

If you’re a fan of horror-comedies or the Scary Movie franchise specifically, you may want to give Scary Movie 5 a chance. However, if you’re looking for a well-crafted and original film, you may want to look elsewhere.