Worth A Look: 17.33%
Pretty Bad: 12.87%
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|Scary Movie 2
by Matt Mulcahey
I have just returned from the bottom of the cinematic barrel, and amongst the refuse I found Scary Movie 2.They’re going to have to invent a term for “bad movie” after this one, because nothing we’ve got right now is a strong enough adjective.
"The worst movie of the year....but hey, it's only July"
82 minutes long and straining for every one of them, Scary Movie 2 is one of the most blatant, shameful attempts in movie history to cash in. Released barely a year after the original, a crude but extremely funny spoof of the 90s horror renaissance, this follow-up was thrown together with such haste they forgot to include a story.
Scary Movie 2 begins with a parody of the Exorcist (done a decade before with the equally abysmal Repossessed), as teenager Natasha Lyonne (what is this actress, so good in The Slums of Beverly Hills and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You, doing in this tripe) peeing on the carpet…..for about 15 minutes. That pretty much sums up the level of intelligence Scary Movie 2 aspires to.
Not only is Lyonne shamelessly embarrassed, but I witnessed two things I didn’t think I would ever see: James Wood’s humiliate himself and Andy Richter make a worse movie than Cabin Boy.
This opening, however, has nothing to do with the rest of the movie, but, then again, none of the scattershot spoof attempts seem very connected.
The rest of the story features original cast members Anna Faris (she played the Neve Campbell role), Marlon and Sean Wayans and Regina Hall (hey, didn’t she die in the original?) spending the night at a haunted house a’ la the horrendous horror film The Haunting.
In fact, The Haunting is a remake of The Legend of Hell House. That’s the level of originality of Scary Movie 2: spoofs of remakes.
The film also takes shots at Poltergeist, What Lies Beneath and Final Destination. The original stuck pretty close to the plot of Scream, but this sequel has no plot. It borrows more from non-horror films than horror films, with spoofs of Save the Last Dance, the Nike basketball dribbling adds, Charlie’s Angels and Mission: Impossible II taking up substantial chunks of the already meager running time.
There are so many well-known horror films that have the potential to be mocked, from The Shining to Night of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it would have been possible to come up with a few good gags. I guess that’s more than the films seven (yes, I said seven) writers could handle. When the movies target audience is 15-year-old boys, The Exorcist and Poltergeist, two films released before most adolescents were born, also seem odd choices.
What makes the film most painful to watch is this simple truth: no genre makes a bigger thud when it fails than the spoof film. In fact, you could probably count the number of funny spoofs not involving Mel Brooks or Leslie Nielsen on one hand. The laugh-to-Wayan ration for this one is not good.
The few scattered laughs come mainly from goofballs Chris Elliot and former “Mr. Show” star David Cross. The two trade handicapped barbs (Elliot has a deformed hand, Cross is in a wheelchair), which, sadly, is probably one of the least offensive below-the-belt shots the movie takes.
And is it just me or did anyone catch that Chris Elliot modeled his character after the creepy old guy in Poltergeist II. Isn’t the point of a parody that people have seen the movies you’re spoofing? Who the hell remembers Poltergeist II? OK I do, but that old guy really creeped the hell out of me when I saw the movie as a kid, so back off.
It’s also a little disturbing to see Richard Moll, the lovable bailiff Bull on “Night Court,” say motherfucker. It’s like Mister Rodgers giving you the finger after cutting you off in traffic.
Scary Movie 2 continues the downward spiral of Miramax, once the champion of the little-arthouse-film-that-could, now a shamelessly pandering commercial whore. Sure, head Miramax honchos Bob and Harvey Weinstein were behind some bad movies in the 90’s, but they also produced Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love and True Romance.
In the new millennium, they’ve had Down to You, Boys and Girls, Bounce, Dracula 2000 and Reindeer Games.To the Weinsteins, James Woods and every other talented individual who sold their souls and bowed down to the almighty dollar to appear in this disgrace, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
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originally posted: 07/08/01 08:49:38