Scary Movie 5
|Scary Movie 5|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Malcolm D. Lee|
|Produced by||David Zucker
|Written by||Pat Proft
|Music by||James L. Venable|
|Cinematography||Steven Douglas Smith|
|Editing by||Sam Seig|
|Studio||Brad Grey Pictures|
|Distributed by||Dimension Films
The Weinstein Company
|Running time||86 minutes|
Scary Movie 5 (stylized as Scary MoVie) is a 2013 American comedy film and the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. It was distributed by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by David Zucker. It was released on April 12, 2013.
Scary Movie 5 is the first and only installment of the franchise not to feature Cindy Campbell (played by Anna Faris) or Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall). It premiered on April 11 at the Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinerama Dome. The film parodies various horror films and other popular culture such as the novel Fifty Shades of Grey and Tyler Perry's character Madea.
Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan get together to make a sex tape with over 20 cameras beside Sheen's bed. The time-lapsed tape fast forwards through the two doing all sorts of bedroom antics, including gymnastics, riding a horse, and having clowns jump in under the sheets. Sheen is pulled into the air by a paranormal force and thrown against walls, shelves, and doors until he lands on the bed again. Lohan is frightened so she decides to go home when she flies into the air as well; she becomes possessed and throws him into the camera and kills him. The text explains that Sheen's body was found that day but he didn't stop partying until days later, and that his three kids were found missing, Lohan was arrested, again, and a reward was put out for the missing children.
Several months later, Ja'Marcus and D'Andre are walking in the Humboldt County woods in search of cannabis plants to steal. After stealing one and fleeing, they take shelter in a cabin in the woods. Upon entering they see three strange creatures, later confirmed to be Sheen's children, and turn them in for the reward. The feral children are placed in isolation at a child development research center for a few months until they are deemed well enough to be returned to familial custody. When Sheen's brother, Dan Sanders and his wife Jody come to collect them, they are told they can have them if they agree to stay in a large suburban middle-class home fitted with security cameras. Jody is reluctant to take the kids at first but soon adjusts to having them. In an attempt to bond with their new children, Jody auditions for a ballet performance, Swan Lake, and is cast in the lead role as the Swan Queen.
Meanwhile, a continuing pattern of bizarre paranormal activity in their new home makes them investigate further. They eventually learn from the children that the attacks on their home are by "Mama", the mother of the children, who is under a curse and is trying to get them back so she can sacrifice both herself and the children. Maria, the couple's Hispanic live-in maid, is frightened and keeps experimenting with various rituals, Catholic and otherwise, to ward off the evil spirits in the house. During the day, Dan is frustrated with the modest progress of his test subjects at a primate intelligence research facility; ironically, Dan is not bright enough to realize that one of the chimpanzees, Caesar, is now actually much smarter than he is.
Jody and Dan, with the help of Jody's close friend Kendra, must quickly find a way to lift the curse and save their family. Along the way, they seek the assistance of psychic Blaine Fulda, who turns out to be a complete fraud, and a dream extractor named Dom Kolb, who helps them understand that the solution to their problems lies in the mysterious Book of the Dead. However, Jody and Kendra fail to see what the book is capable of, oblivious to five friends continuously becoming possessed and reviving in the cabin. They wreak havoc when either of the two read the two passages of the book; one that unleashes demons, "gort klaatu barada nikto", and the other that revives them from possession. When "Mama" takes the children to a cliff to sacrifice them, Jody fails to lift the curse with the book, but does manage to knock the evil spirit into Ja'Marcus and D'Andre's pool containing a live shark, which then devours her.
Realizing the love for her adopted children is all she needs in life, Jody gives the part of the Swan Queen to Kendra, who performs the dance in the style to that of a stripper. The performance is heavily applauded by an audience that includes Jody, Dan, the children, and Madea. The story's narrator is revealed to be Caesar, who then informs the audience that the humans should enjoy as much time they had on earth and says that apes will one day take over the world.
In a post-credits scene, Sheen wakes up, with Dom Kolb sitting beside him, from a dream extraction (which the dream was the whole movie). After Kolb informs that Sheen will be sleeping with Lohan, a car crashes into the room, killing Sheen. Revealing Lohan as the driver, she gets out of the car, says to Kolb "You were driving" and throws him the keys, blaming the accident on him.
- Ashley Tisdale as Jody Sanders
- Simon Rex as Dan Sanders
- Erica Ash as Kendra Brooks
- Molly Shannon as Heather Darcy
- Heather Locklear as Barbara
- J.P. Manoux as Pierre
- Jerry O'Connell as Christian Grey
- Charlie Sheen as himself
- Lindsay Lohan as herself
- Ben Cornish as Dom Kolb
- Darrell Hammond as Dr. Hall
- Snoop Dogg as Ja'Marcus
- Mac Miller as D'Andre
- Sarah Hyland as Mia
- Katrina Bowden as Natalie
- Tyler Posey as David
- Bow Wow as Eric
- Lil Duval as Brooks
- Jasmine Guy as Mrs. Brooks
- Katt Williams as Blaine Fulda
- Terry Crews as Martin
- Kate Walsh as Mal
- Lewis Thompson as Mabel "Madea" Simmons
- Usher as Ira (The Janitor)
- Audrina Patridge and Kendra Wilkinson (deleted scenes) as Christian Grey's slaves
- Mike Tyson as himself
- Sheree Whitfield as herself
- Big Ang as herself
The main films parodied in Scary Movie 5 include Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, Mama and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Other films parodied are Sinister, Inception, Evil Dead (which was released a week prior to SM5), The Cabin in the Woods, Insidious and The Help. The film also parodies the best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey, and Tyler Perry's character Madea.
The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by David Zucker. Anna Faris, who starred in the previous films in the franchise, confirmed that she would not return for the fifth film. Tisdale's involvement in the film was confirmed in June 2012.
The only actors from any of the previous installments to appear in this film are Sheen, Rex, Hammond, and Shannon. They do not portray their original characters, Sheen stars as himself, Rex plays Dan, Shannon plays Heather, and Hammond plays a doctor.
The film was largely shot in and around Atlanta, Georgia in the fall of 2012, with additional filming January and February 2013 at Sunset Gower Studios in Los Angeles. David Zucker reportedly handled additional filming and reshoots while Malcolm D. Lee was starting production for The Best Man Holiday.
Scary Movie 5 was not screened for critics in advance, and was universally panned, making it the worst reviewed film in the franchise. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 4% based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 2/10. The site's consensus states: "Juvenile even by Scary Movie standards, this fifth installment offers stale pop culture gags that generate few laughs." Another review aggregation website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 11%, signifying "overwhelming dislike".
IGN gave the film a 1.0 out of 10. Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post gave the film zero stars saying, "The movie is so appalling that even a film fan who guffawed her way through The Aristocrats would feel nothing but a deep emptiness as the end credits begin to roll, wondering if one solid joke was too much to ask from a movie that bills itself as comedy." Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film one star saying, "Down at the bottom of the comedy barrel, where the slimy gray algae-like stuff lives: That’s where this script came from. If you must go to Scary Movie 5, be sure to bring an iPad with you. That way you can watch a better movie on it."
Joe Neumaier of The New York Daily News gave the film one star saying, "Like so much of this whole series – hatched in 2000 by the Wayans brothers and intermittently directed by Airplane! veteran David Zucker, though newcomer Malcolm D. Lee takes over here – the mere mention of a familiar pop culture figure or title is supposed to be hilarious. It often isn't, and in fact the constant name-dropping and gross-out humor gets tiresome (in a movie that's at least 10 minutes too long). Luckily, folks like Snoop and good sports like Sheen and, yes, Lohan, break up the monotony. Until, like an undead beastie, the boredom and dumb jokes come roaring back."
Rafer Guzman of Newsday felt that "Even the talented people – comedian Katt Williams as a fake psychic, high-energy actor Jerry O'Connell in a send-up of the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' books – get chewed up and spit out by this relentless antilaugh machine. Scary Movie 5 doesn't even have the imagination for a worthwhile gross-out joke. When the best you can offer is a poopy toothbrush, it's time to pack it in." Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly said "Hitting theaters seven years after the last Scary Movie, the new film doesn't even feature the ameliorating presence of Anna Faris, who gave the earlier films a certain spoofy grace. In her place is High School Musical refugee Ashley Tisdale, her face frozen in an eyeroll of mild irritation. Who can blame her? The film hopscotches between too-late riffs on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Inception, Insidious, and Black Swan. At a running time of 86 minutes, it's about as long as an episode of Saturday Night Live, except with less laughs and worse storytelling." Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter said "The filmmakers’ desperation is evident from the fact that a good chunk of the running time is devoted to spoofing the recent Jessica Chastain starrer Mama. While that film was indeed a sleeper hit, it hardly seems memorable enough to warrant such sustained treatment, and indeed the comic payoffs are nil."
Scary Movie 5 grossed $32,015,787 in North America, and $46,132,539 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $78,148,326.
It was expected to take in about half as much as its predecessors, around $17 million in its opening weekend. The film held up reasonably well in its second weekend, slipping two spots to #4 with an estimated $6,296,000. In its third weekend, the film dipped 43.8% to #7 earning an estimated $3,457,000. The film held a spot in the top ten for the fourth weekend in a row, falling to #9 with a gross of $1,441,360. Scary Movie 5 fell to #13 in its fifth weekend earning $675,942 and slid to #15 in its sixth with $420,253.
|Scary Movie 5: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||April 23, 2013|
|1.||"Werk Me"||Hyper Crush||3:50|
|2.||"Way Out Willie"||Dug||2:19|
|3.||"I Want Her"||Blind Truth & Georgia Harris||3:04|
|4.||"How You Girlz Git Down"||Marcus Latief Scott||3:40|
|5.||"Everybody Feel It"||Hit Feeling Productions||3:22|
|7.||"Lakme – Flower Duet"||Apollo Symphony Orchestra||3:28|
|9.||"Pimp Cup"||Tarik NuClothes||2:12|
|11.||"Livin' Loud"||D.J. FiFi||3:33|
|12.||"Swan Lake (Waltz of Flowers)"||Yuri Botnari||2:59|
|13.||"Somewhere in This World"||Pete Peterkin||3:15|
|14.||"Ready for War"||MicLordz & Sauce Funky||3:14|
|Scary Movie 5: Original Motion Picture Score|
|Film score by James L. Venable|
|Released||May 14, 2013|
|James L. Venable film scores chronology|
- All songs written and composed by James L. Venable.
|1.||"Attacked, Possessed and Out to the Woods"||1:31|
|2.||"Finding the Cabin and Driving Home"||0:55|
|3.||"Primates Attack and Lab Intro"||2:14|
|4.||"Meet the Kids, Who Is She?"||2:13|
|5.||"To the Ballet"||1:30|
|6.||"A Scare, a Pan and Some Hot Breath"||1:32|
|8.||"Don’t Go in the Closet…or the Bathroom!"||2:16|
|9.||"Perhaps We Should Try a Psychic"||3:00|
|10.||"Dreams within Dreams"||1:23|
|11.||"The Red Room"||0:55|
|12.||"The Video Chat"||0:33|
|13.||"Nighttime in the House"||0:42|
|14.||"The Evil Book"||1:36|
|15.||"Caesar and the Baby"||0:47|
|16.||"A Vision, an Empty House and Great Pie"||1:17|
|17.||"Don’t Mess With the Hair!"||1:40|
|18.||"The Grand Finale"||2:20|
|19.||"Hugs on a Cliff, You’re a Swan!"||0:51|
|20.||"The Final Triumph"||0:36|
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