Saturday, October 19, 2019

31 Days of Halloween: "Scary Movie" 2000 and "Scary Movie 2" 2001

I really wish the Wayans brothers would have stuck it out with the "Scary Movie" franchise. I think Keenan Ivory Wayans really got what made the spoof movie tick so well.

You know why so many of Mel Brooks' spoofs are considered classics? When you look at something like "Blazing Saddles," its pretty clear that Westerns were a genre Mel grew up loving and appreciating. Same can be said about the Universal Horror films, because every beat of humor in "Young Frankenstein" is amazingly realized and terrifically staged. When Mel got his Hitchcock on with "High Anxiety," its clear that Hitchcock was a guy he very much appreciated. The best spoofs come from love, at least that's my perspective. I think the Wayans brothers loved grew up on a steady stream of horror movies, they understood what made them tick, what made them scary, and they drew their humor from those situations.

What's also amazing is how they made some pretty year specific jokes in both movies, and they both don't feel dated. I watch both again last night for the first time in a long time, and I am still laughing. Some movies that make dated jokes end up not aging well, and I think what Wayans pulled off here goes really well through the years. 

I am not sure I can say the same about the rest of the franchise. The rest of the "Scary Movies" fail to be very funny. They just seem to set up random scenes from random movies (most of which aren't even scary movies.) replace the characters from random movies with A List celebrities and then have them partake in poop and fart jokes. They get really old really fast. Wayans understood the mechanics of the movies he was spoofing, which is why the humor works. In the first film, he made great puns out of all the slasher movies of the 90's. For the second film, it was time to make fun of the haunted house films throughout history. 

If you don't like the scary but still like to celebrate in festivities this time of year, you know where to look!

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