Scary Movie is a horror-comedy film that pokes fun at various movies in the horror genre. The film is known for its over-the-top humor, slapstick comedy, and raunchy jokes. But what movie does Scary Movie make fun of?
The answer to that question is not straightforward, as Scary Movie takes inspiration from multiple horror films. The primary Target of Scary Movie’s parody is Scream, a popular slasher film from the late 90s. Scream, directed by Wes Craven, was a massive hit and revitalized the slasher genre with its self-awareness and meta-commentary on horror movies.
Scary Movie uses Scream’s iconic opening scene as the basis for its own opening sequence. In both films, the first victim is played by Drew Barrymore and gets harassed by a masked killer over the phone. However, in Scary Movie, the scene is played for laughs with outrageous gags such as the killer asking for her social security number.
Apart from Scream, Scary Movie also spoofs other horror franchises such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Blair Witch Project. In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Cindy (played by Anna Faris) and her friends are lost in the woods and come across a house similar to that in The Blair Witch Project.
The movie also parodies The Exorcist through its character Father McFeely (played by comedian James Woods), who bears a striking resemblance to Max von Sydow’s Father Merrin character from the classic horror film.
Aside from these specific references to other movies, Scary Movie also lampoons various tropes commonly found in horror movies such as jump scares, gratuitous violence and gore, and inept law enforcement officers.
In conclusion, Scary Movie parodies several iconic horror films but primarily takes inspiration from Scream. It’s an irreverent take on the horror genre that provides ample laughs while also paying homage to classic horror films.