Is Scary Movie a Comedy of Scream?

When it comes to horror movies, the ‘Scream’ franchise has made quite a name for itself. The self-referential and meta-nature of the films have garnered both critical and commercial success.

However, in 2000, a new horror-comedy was released that parodied ‘Scream’ and other horror movies of its time – ‘Scary Movie’. But is ‘Scary Movie’ truly a comedy of ‘Scream’? Let’s take a closer look.

Parody vs. Satire

Firstly, it’s important to understand the difference between parody and satire. A parody imitates the style of a particular work, artist, or genre in an exaggerated manner for comedic effect. On the other hand, satire uses humor to criticize or ridicule societal issues or individuals.

‘Scary Movie’ as Parody

‘Scary Movie’ is undoubtedly a parody of ‘Scream’. From the iconic opening scene with Drew Barrymore to the use of similar camera angles and music cues, ‘Scary Movie’ heavily borrows from ‘Scream’. However, it also parodies other popular horror movies like ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, ‘The Blair Witch Project’, and even non-horror movies like ‘The Matrix’.

‘Scary Movie’ as Satire

While ‘Scary Movie’ is primarily a parody film, it also satirizes certain aspects of society at that time. The portrayal of African-American characters in horror movies and their inevitable deaths is mocked through characters like Shorty Meeks (played by Marlon Wayans). Additionally, the movie pokes fun at pop culture references and celebrity obsessions prevalent in the late 90s and early 2000s.

The Verdict

So, is ‘Scary Movie’ a comedy of ‘Scream’? The answer is yes and no.

‘Scary Movie’ is primarily a parody of ‘Scream’ and other horror movies, but it also incorporates elements of satire to comment on societal issues. However, it’s important to note that ‘Scary Movie’ doesn’t take itself too seriously and should be viewed as a lighthearted comedy rather than a critical analysis of horror movies or society.

  • Conclusion:

In conclusion, ‘Scary Movie’ is a successful parody film that parodies the popular horror movies of its time, including ‘Scream’. While it does include elements of satire, the movie should be viewed primarily as an over-the-top comedy. Whether you’re a fan of horror movies or just looking for a good laugh, ‘Scary Movie’ delivers on both fronts.