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Saturday Halloween Blockbuster: Scary Movie

Saturday October 31st at 8.30pm

Scary Movie

Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shannon Elizabeth, Anna Faris

Director: David Zucker

This scatological spoof of the late 90s run of "ironic" horror films was so successful it out-grossed most of the films it was making fun of. And was grosser.

Very much a Wayans Brothers enterprise, Scary Movie was directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans, was co-written by Shawn and Marlon Wayans, and features the latter two brothers in leading roles. Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Jon Abrahams (Outside Providence) and Anna Faris (Lost In Translation, The Hot Chick) round out the main cast.

The film takes the basic plot line of Scream (whose original title was, strangely enough, Scary Movie) and adds in a whole lot of lewd jokes and spoofs of miscellaneous non-horror related late 90s popular culture items like The Matrix, Dawson's Creek and Carmen Electra.

The film was the result of two separate scripts which made fun of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer etc, being combined together. Dimension Films, the genre-focused Miramax subsidiary which produced both the Scream and Scary Movie series purchased both scripts and combined them to make Scary Movie.

The two scripts were named (deep breath): "Last Summer I Screamed Because Halloween Fell On Friday The 13th" (which the Wayans brothers co-wrote with some other guy) and "Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween". All the writers of both scripts are credited on Scary Movie.

Scary Movie opened in 2000 to a spectacular $42 million opening weekend gross, finally resting on a $156 million total. The original Scream film made just over $100 million. Scary Movie's massive success ensured a sequel (despite promises on the poster stating otherwise), again from the Wayans, which made "only" $71 million, a relative disappointment.

But Dimension films persevered and made Scary Movie 3 (not involving any Wayans this time), which harkened back to the first film's success with a $110 million gross.

Scary Movie 3 was directed by David Zucker, who along with his brother Jerry and Jim Abrahams, invented the spoof style appropriated by Scary Movie with such films as Flying High and The Naked Gun.