If you’re a fan of horror-comedy movies, you may have heard of the film Scary Movie 2. This movie, released in 2001, is a sequel to the popular movie Scary Movie which premiered in 2000. Scary Movie 2 is known for its hilarious take on horror movies, but did you know that it’s actually based on a specific horror film?
The Inspiration behind Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 2 takes inspiration from the classic horror movie “The Haunting” which was released in 1963. The Haunting is a psychological horror film directed by Robert Wise and based on the novel “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson.
The plot of The Haunting revolves around a group of strangers who are invited to stay in Hill House, a mansion with a dark history. The guests soon realize that the house is haunted by evil spirits and they must find a way to escape before it’s too late.
Similarities between Scary Movie 2 and The Haunting
Scary Movie 2 takes several elements from The Haunting and puts a comedic spin on them. Both movies feature a group of characters who are invited to stay in a creepy mansion with a dark history. In Scary Movie 2, the mansion is called Hell House and is owned by Professor Oldman who invites Cindy, Brenda, Shorty, Ray, Buddy, Alex, and Theo to spend the night.
Both movies also feature strange occurrences within the mansion such as doors opening and closing on their own and unexplained noises. In The Haunting these occurrences are meant to be scary but in Scary Movie 2 they are played for laughs.
The Differences between Scary Movie 2 and The Haunting
While both movies share similar plot points there are also significant differences between them. The most obvious difference being that Scary Movie 2 is a comedy whereas The Haunting is a serious horror film.
Another difference is that Scary Movie 2 features several pop culture references and parodies of other horror movies such as The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and House on Haunted Hill. The Haunting, on the other hand, focuses solely on the story of Hill House.
The Bottom Line
Scary Movie 2 may be a comedy but it’s clear that the filmmakers took inspiration from the classic horror movie The Haunting. By putting their own spin on the story, they created a movie that’s both hilarious and entertaining. If you’re a fan of horror-comedy movies or just looking for a good laugh, Scary Movie 2 is definitely worth checking out.