What Movies Does the First Scary Movie Make Fun Of?

The 2000 horror-comedy film “Scary Movie” is a parody of various horror films. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, the movie features a star-studded cast including Anna Faris, Shawn Wayans, and Regina Hall.

The plot follows a group of teenagers who are stalked by a masked killer in their small town. But what makes “Scary Movie” unique is its ability to poke fun at the horror genre itself.

What movies does “Scary Movie” make fun of?

  • Scream (1996)

One of the main films that “Scary Movie” parodies is Wes Craven’s 1996 slasher film “Scream.” The opening scene of “Scary Movie” mirrors the opening scene of “Scream,” with Drew Barrymore’s character receiving a threatening phone call from a masked killer. In “Scary Movie,” however, the situation quickly turns comical as the killer struggles to keep his mask on and accidentally sets Drew Barrymore’s hair on fire.

The iconic Ghostface mask

One of the most memorable aspects of “Scream” is its iconic Ghostface mask. In “Scary Movie,” this mask is parodied in various ways.

At one point, the killer accidentally gets his penis stuck in the mouth hole of the mask. In another scene, one of the characters wears a similar-looking mask while having sex with her boyfriend.

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Another film that “Scary Movie” parodies is the 1997 slasher film “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” The movie follows a group of teenagers who accidentally hit a pedestrian with their car and dispose of his body to cover up their crime.

A year later, they begin receiving threatening messages from someone who knows what they did. “Scary Movie” takes this premise and turns it on its head, with the teenagers accidentally killing a man while driving and then struggling to dispose of his body in various comedic ways.

The hook-handed killer

One of the most memorable aspects of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is its hook-handed killer. In “Scary Movie,” this character is parodied by a man with a tiny hand who struggles to hold onto his weapon.

  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Lastly, “Scary Movie” also parodies the 1999 found footage horror film “The Blair Witch Project.” The movie follows three filmmakers who get lost in the woods while filming a documentary about a local legend.

As they venture deeper into the woods, strange things begin to happen. In “Scary Movie,” this premise is turned into a parody of reality TV shows such as MTV’s “The Real World.” The characters are constantly aware that they are being filmed and frequently break the fourth wall to talk directly to the audience.

The shaky camera

One of the most memorable aspects of “The Blair Witch Project” is its shaky camerawork. In “Scary Movie,” this is exaggerated to hilarious effect as the camera bounces around wildly during every scene.

Overall, “Scary Movie” is a hilarious parody of some of the most iconic horror films of the 90s. Its blend of raunchy humor and clever satire make it one of the most beloved comedies of its time.