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Benjamin James
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Scary Movie 2 !!INSTALL!!



Um, yeah, I did. But I hated this one less. To tell the truth, I didn't hate it at all. But that's mainly because director Keenen Ivory Wayans here manages to keep pretty much on target in ways he wasn't able to do in "SM1," which took too many potshots at things that have nothing to do with horror movies. In other words, he aims most of his satiric buckshot at scary movies, and not at pop culture in general.




Scary Movie 2



Okay, the movie does contain an allusion or two to "Charlie's Angels," Nike commercials and filmmaker John Woo's trademark white doves, but by and large it sticks to making fun of demonic possession (in a prologue sendup of "The Exorcist" featuring James Woods, Andy Richter and Natasha Lyonne); ghosts (in a plot lifted wholesale from "The House on Haunted Hill" and "The Haunting"); and freakishly deformed handymen.


As the lip-smacking sleep researcher known only as The Professor, Tim Curry is delightfully lubricious, and as his wheelchair-bound and badly-combed-over assistant, Dwight, the ever-acerbic David Cross of "Mr. Show With Bob and David" fame is eminently watchable. Which brings me to the second thing I liked about this movie: the cast. No, not the main cast. They're fine, but not the point, really.


When a movie does as well as "SM1" did (making double its $19 million budget in the opening weekend alone), everybody and his brother wants to jump on board the sequel, and "SM2" is no exception. Okay, so Tori Spelling is no Meryl Streep, but I did get a kick out of watching the game starlet pleasure a blob of sexually aroused ectoplasm in her role as a grave-robbing gold digger.


Parents need to know that SCARY MOVIE 2, the first sequel to Scary Movie, is a send-up of slasher movies, ghost stories, and haunted houses. Exaggerated cartoon violence -- falls, fierce fights, in-your-face scares, blood, monsters and skeletons, burning, gunfire, gross-out wounds -- is continuous, with no serious injuries or deaths. Obscene language and swearing is also non-stop (i.e., "f--k," the "N" word, "s--t"), with jokes and sight gags about racial discrimination, religion, disabilities, ejaculation, rape, penis enhancement, homosexuality, masturbation, and more. There are multiple scenes depicting simulated sex (including oral and anal) -- all with comic intent. Alcohol consumption and drug use are also treated as farce. Not to be left out, vomiting, peeing, farting, and pooping are awarded lots of screen time.


SCARY MOVIE 2 begins with a brief parody of The Exorcist, with James Woods in the Max von Sydow role as the title character. This is the highlight of the movie, especially when Veronica Cartwright, in the Ellen Burstyn role, segues from singing "Hello Dolly" with her friends to a rousing chorus of "Shake Ya Azz." But it ends with tragedy, and we skip ahead to a year later, when a professor (Tim Curry) and his wheelchair-bound assistant take some students to the mansion where it took place for some paranormal experiments. The rest of the movie is just an avalanche of parodies of everything and anything, from Monica Lewinsky's dress to "The Weakest Link," and violations of every possible standard of good taste. Not one but two handicapped characters are played for laughs (with extended comic use of a withered hand), and there is something to offend everyone.


Though a slight improvement over the original, Scary Movie 2 is the same hour and a half of easy, dumb humor. The inane insults, pop culture references, and political incorrectness are all there -- along with gallons and gallons and gallons of bodily fluids. It's not enough to simply insult someone or make a politically incorrect comment or drown someone in excretions. That's the easy part. The tricky part, and the worthwhile part, is to make those things funny, and this movie misses so often that its hits seem almost inadvertent. So what we have is a lot of fake and lazy attempts at humor. They may have the rhythm and cadence of jokes, but there is nothing really funny inside.


On the other hand, the movie is so cheerfully unassuming about being in the worst possible taste that it is hard to be bothered by it. Woods and Tori Spelling (!) should get good sport Oscars, but the other cast members are mostly forgettable.


Natasha Lyonne is one of the funniest actors and part of our love for her comedic chops started with Scary Movie 2. She'd been hilarious before in movies like But I'm a Cheerleader but watching her parody The Exorcist in the beginning of Scary Movie 2 was iconic. Even more iconic for the scene was the original casting of Marlon Brando playing one of the priests.


More than just a spoof, "Scary Movie" took an Afro pick and a machete to pop-trend spotting, puffing it up and then hacking away, achieving a movie milestone at the same time -- it was the first picture to demonstrate the way black people see white people in movies. More hysterically, "Scary Movie" -- directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans from a script co-written by Shawn and Marlon --


Keenen Ivory doesn't direct the movie so much as contain the insanity he and his brothers crank out. "Crank" is a choice word, given that the up-to-the- minute gags know what you did last summer and last winter, too: Check out the dis of "Save the Last Dance's" "how-to-be-urban" shtick.


Along with Anna Faris, the raunch and "throw a bunch of jokes at the wall and hope some stick" m.o. return, way diminished, from the original. "Scary Movie" was a cross-racial pop orgy that wanted to exploit exploitation itself, as a garden-variety gross-out flick crammed into the structure of a "Scream" picture. But whereas the first movie had a trend to spoof, the sequel doesn't, which shows in its mishmash approach -- half laugh riot, half clothesline of not-ready-for-prime-time tangents.


Faris and college crew (Shawn, Marlon, Regina Hall, Christopher Masterson and "90210" sorority sisters Tori Spelling and Kathleen Robertson) head up to the mansion where the "Exorcist" incident went down. They've agreed to be part of an "insomnia experiment" by David Cross and Tim Curry. Curry seems to have been in most of the movies mocked here ("Charlie's Angels," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"). Chris Elliott, as a version of "Rocky's" Riff Raff, does his most unwatchable mugging yet. Spelling, on the other hand, can't get a decent self-parody scene to save her life, which makes her participation scarier than the movie she's in.


"Scary 2" is so remarkably shapeless you can imagine Shawn and Marlon hashing out scenes between presenters at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. Marlon reprises his role as a pot enthusiast, and the movie is just as psyched to exist in a cloud of bong smoke.


Both movies go for the more-is-more approach, spraying their comedy at the screen and hoping some of it will stick. But in the case of Scary Movie 2, very little does. And whereas the first outing had, if not exactly originality, then plenty of shock value and crowd-pleasing antics, this struggles to generate those jaw-carpet interfaces. What's more, when a sequel repeats certain jokes almost verbatim (such as Cindy's encounter with a particularly strong stream of gene gravy), you have to start worrying. But wait - that's not the end of it.


So are there any bright spots? Three, to be exact. James Woods manages to squeeze a few laughs from an Exorcist-lampooning opener and the scenes featuring a foul-beaked parrot and possessed cat are amusing. The rest? Forget it. The cast runs through the motions, but this was never going to be about performance. Anna Faris screams and looks quizzical as Cindy, yet most of the time you get the feeling they've just CG'd her in from the first movie. Ditto Shorty and Ray, still wheeling out their respective schticks as giggling stoner and confused gay man... In fact, it's worrying when Tim Curry offers the least annoying turn of the lot.


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Which Scary Movie is the best? As genre parody movies, the franchise tried to stay within the horror genre but frequently found itself reaching outside horror movies to make many pop culture references, and it had varying degrees of success over the years.


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Coming in at last place, Scary Movie 5only received 4% on Rotten Tomatoes. The final movie was helmed by Girls Trip and Night School director Malcolm D. Lee and was written by David Zucker, who directed the two previous films, and Pat Proft.


Using The Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, Poltergeist, the remake of The Haunting, and many more as the source of its jokes, Scary Movie 2 brought back its main characters for a much more conventional kind of sequel. Like the other movies in the franchise, it also makes fun of well-known horror movie tropes, such as a group of people splitting up in the midst of a dangerous situation. 041b061a72


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