Scary Movie 2
|Scary Movie 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Keenen Ivory Wayans|
by Shawn Wayans
|Music by||John Debney|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Box office||$141.2 million|
Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American comedy horror parody film and the second film of the Scary Movie franchise. The film stars Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans (all reprising their roles from the first film, despite their characters having been killed off), as well as Tim Curry, Tori Spelling, Chris Elliott, Chris Masterson, Kathleen Robertson, David Cross, and James Woods.
Where the original film was mainly based on the slasher films of the '90s, Scary Movie 2 parodies an array of supernatural and haunted house films from various decades, including The Haunting (1999), The Exorcist (1973), The Amityville Horror (1979), Poltergeist (1982), The Legend of Hell House (1973), House on Haunted Hill (both the 1959 and 1999 versions), and The Changeling (1980). It also spoofs some contemporary films, such as Hannibal (2001), and Hollow Man (2000).
The film is the last in the series to feature the involvement of stars Marlon and Shawn Wayans, and director Keenen Ivory Wayans. However, the Wayans would eventually go on to produce a similar horror-themed parody, A Haunted House, and its sequel, both starring Marlon Wayans.
Despite generally negative reviews from critics, Scary Movie 2 was a box office success, grossing $141.2 million worldwide from a $45 million budget.
A teenage girl named Megan Voorhees (Natasha Lyonne) becomes possessed by the spirit of Hugh Kane, the house's previous owner. During a formal dinner party she emerges in her pajamas, insults her mother and the guests, then proceeds to urinate profusely on the floor. In response, Megan's mother (Veronica Cartwright) seeks help from two priests, Father McFeely (James Woods) and Father Harris (Andy Richter). After paying a trip to the bathroom, the men attempt to drive Hugh's ghost out, but the exorcism does not go as planned. After a chain of projectile vomits and various instances of pedophilia, Megan insults Father McFeely's mother. He responds by pulling out a gun and shooting Megan.
Meanwhile, Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris), Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall), Ray Wilkins (Shawn Wayans), and Shorty Meeks (Marlon Wayans) are at college, trying to live new lives since the events of the first film (in which they all actually died towards the end of the movie). Cindy and Brenda get tagged by a socially maladjusted girl, Alex (Tori Spelling). Shorty is still the same stoner he was before. Ray, still confused about his sexuality, has two new male friends, Tommy (James DeBello) and Buddy (Christopher Masterson). Buddy becomes romantically interested in Cindy. Still recovering from her previous relationship, she rebuffs him.
Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) and his charming paraplegic assistant, Dwight Hartman (David Cross), plan to study the paranormal activity at a local haunted mansion called Hell House (the house in the opening scene). They use the clueless college students as test subjects. At the mansion, Cindy encounters a vulgar parrot (Matt Friedman) and Hanson (Chris Elliott), the caretaker with a badly malformed hand. Later, the group is joined by sexy newcomer Theo (Kathleen Robertson). They sit down for dinner, but soon lose their appetite due to Hanson's repulsive antics.
That night, Cindy hears voices directing her to a secret room, where she and Buddy discover the diary of Hugh Kane's wife. Seeing her portrait, they note Cindy's resemblance to her. Meanwhile, other teens also experience bizarre encounters. Hugh Kane's ghost has sex with Alex in her bedroom, but retreats when Alex expresses her interest in becoming the new Mrs. Kane. A toy clown (Suli McCullough) attempts to kill Ray, but in a strange turn of events, the clown gets raped by him instead. A weed-monster rolls Shorty into a joint. It tries to smoke him, but gets distracted by munchies and lets him escape. Cindy gets involved in a fistfight with the house cat, Mr. Kittles.
Professor Oldman is seduced and killed by a ghost with a disfigured face – Hugh's murdered mistress. Shorty later encounters the same ghost, but seduces and has sex with her. After Dwight equips the teens with weapons that can injure their spectral enemy, they are pursued throughout the mansion. Buddy and Cindy get locked in the walk-in freezer. Thinking Buddy is dying from an encounter with the ghost, Cindy gives him a handjob and "revives" him. Cindy then uses a collection of random objects in the room to produce a Caterpillar tractor and escapes the freezer.
Hanson gets possessed by Kane and kidnaps Shorty, who is high on drugs. In the dining room, Hanson sets up a cooker and cuts off the top of Shorty's head. Instead of a brain, there is a small man rapping (Beetlejuice) inside. Cindy, Brenda, and Theo team up to fight Hanson, but wind up defeated. Dwight regroups with the teens. Cindy acts as bait to lure Kane into a device that will destroy him. The plan succeeds, freeing the group from the house's curse.
Two months later, Cindy and Buddy are in a relationship. They are out on a walk when Buddy disappears and Hanson shows up. As he closes in menacingly, he gets hit by a car. The car's driver is Shorty, who is receiving a blowjob from the ghost that he seduced earlier in the film.
- Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell
- Regina Hall as Brenda Meeks
- Shawn Wayans as Ray Wilkins
- Marlon Wayans as Shorty Meeks
- Chris Masterson as Buddy Sanderson
- Kathleen Robertson as Theo
- David Cross as Dwight Hartman
- James Woods as Father McFeely
- Tim Curry as Professor Oldman
- Tori Spelling as Alex Monday
- Chris Elliott as Hanson
- Andy Richter as Father Harris
- Richard Moll as Hugh Kane (Hell House Ghost)
- Veronica Cartwright as Chris MacNeil
- Natasha Lyonne as Regan MacNeil
- James DeBello as Tommy
- Beetlejuice as Shorty's brain
- Matt Friedman (voice) as Polly the parrot
- Vitamin C (voice) as herself
- Suli McCullough (voice) as Clown
- The film's central parody is The Haunting.
- The opening scene is modeled after The Exorcist.
- The walking scene on campus with Cindy and Brenda references the 1990s film Clueless.
- The thermal goggles which the characters use to see ghosts and the weapons they use references Thir13en Ghosts.
- Hollow Man – The equipment which the group employs to fight an invisible enemy (thermal goggles, smoke, and so on) and use of a defibrilator to escape from a freezer room.
- House on Haunted Hill – The labyrinthian basement, weapons with limited ammo, and Professor Oldman being lured to his death.
- Charmed – Hugh Kane's vanquishing is the same as many of the vanquishings the sisters do on the show.
- Brenda's reaction to the walking skeleton could be taken as commentary on the film's use of imagery no longer considered scary today.
- In the scene in which Hanson removes the top of Shorty's head and he then said "Hello Cindy", is similar to a scene in Hannibal.
- The scene where Ray and his friend read their back tattoos to each other repeatedly references a scene of Dude, Where's My Car?.
- What Lies Beneath is parodied in a scene where Cindy seduces the professor in the kitchen, and then Ray suddenly appears in the same dress.
- The scene in which a clown hides under Ray's bed and then pulls him underneath, the marijuana plant growing large and coming to life and Alex being dragged across the walls of the bedroom are all parodies of scenes from Poltergeist.
- Poltergeist II – Hanson sings "God is in his holy temple" and the use of Kane as the name of the evil spirit.
- Stephen King's It is referenced in a scene in which gardening tools form the letters "IT" across a wall in the room where Shorty hides in the third act of the movie. Tim Curry, who plays Professor Oldman, also played the role of Pennywise the Clown in the film adaptation of It.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Hanson is a parody of the character, Riff Raff. Tim Curry played the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- Cindy, Brenda and Theo fighting Hanson in the style of Charlie's Angels. Furthermore, Tori Spelling's character is named after Lucy Liu's character (Alex Munday) from the same film, in which also Tim Curry co-starred.
- Save the Last Dance – Shorty teaches Cindy how to be "black".
- Mission: Impossible II – The wheelchair duel between Dwight and Kane parodies the motorcycle sequence between Ethan and Sean.
- MacGyver – Cindy uses everyday items to build a mini-bulldozer and escape the refrigerator.
- Paulie – A foul-mouthed blue-crowned parrot named Polly appears throughout the movie .
- The Amityville Horror – Reverend McFeely tries to bless the house and ends up with flies all over him, only for the scene to change and reveal he is actually sitting and straining into a toilet, resulting in explosive diarrhea. The two red eyes in the dark looking through the window from the movie also appear in the scene.
- Buddy hands Cindy a book titled "Harry PotHead", a clear reference to Harry Potter.
- A scene where a basketball falls down the stairs is similar to The Changeling until the scene switches over to a parody of a Nike commercial.
- Dawn of the Dead – Ray has on a suit similar to Peter's SWAT team suit.
- The dialogue between Cindy and Buddy in the freezer, when she is giving him a handjob has been taken from Titanic.
- The use of the quote "do you feel lucky, punk?" from Dwight is a parody of Dirty Harry.
- Twister – When Cindy is fighting Hanson and creates the tornado, which has various objects and even a cow blowing around inside it.
- Rocky – Cindy's fight with the cat (editing style, blows, unseen cameras flashing and the cat's triumphant raising of its "fists").
- Weakest Link – When the parrot says "You are the weakest link. Goodbye" after Alex gets knocked out by the chandelier.
- The scene with Cindy singing badly along to the radio in the car then getting told to "shut up" by the radio could be a parody of Urban Legend because the opening featured a woman singing along to the radio badly.
- The scene where Dwight and Hanson are trading insults about each other's disability is based on the scene from Wild Wild West where Jim West and Arliss Loveless trade insults on West's race and Loveless's disability.
- The scene when Cindy is fighting with the cat and the name of the house is from the film The Legend of Hell House.
- Ray carrying the paraplegic Dwight on his back is reminiscent of Chewbacca attaching the destroyed C-3PO to a harness on his back in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Final Destination – two people died by bus.
In North America, the film grossed $71,308,997. Worldwide, it grossed $141,220,678. Although it was a hit, out of the first four Scary Movie films, this was the least successful to date – until the fifth film was released twelve years later.
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