Watching Scary Movie for the first time made me laugh. No, it made me laugh so hard that I had to pause the DVD and catch my breath before I could resume play. That was in 2000 (or maybe early 2001 depending on when the movie came out). A dozen or so years have passed since then and the Scary Movie franchise is still alive and well. Well…it’s still alive, but you might say it’s on life support. This is the first Scary Movie to come out since 2006 and I had to double check that it’d been that long. Granted in the interim we’ve been inundated with other ________ Movie titles like Epic Movie and Superhero Movie to name just a couple. Keenan Wayans helmed the first installment which garnered a hefty profit (over $100 million at the domestic box office) and was asked back to write this one, but instead opted for his own film – A Haunted House which itself was so successful it’s already spawned a sequel. Has the Scary Movie franchise finally come to an end or will they literally milk this thing for all it’s worth?
If you’re a fan of the characters of Cindy Campbell and Brenda Meeks then you’ll need to watch one of the four installments that preceded this. No, this time around we get Dan (Simon Rex) and Jody (Ashley Tisdale) as they have found three children and are attempting to raise them. They notice some strange behavior in their child, Aiden, but after discounting it continue with their lives. Oh, Dan’s an ape researcher in an obvious spoof of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Jody is an aspiring ballerina with a nod to Black Swan, of course. After consulting with an expert (Darrell Hammond), they undergo observation in the form of cameras, but it’s discovered that they’re actually being pursued by a demon. Oh my God! Whatever will happen?
None of the Scary Movie’s have really been scary, but then again they weren’t really meant to be. And I do have to admit that there were some bona fide laugh out loud moments in this film, but by and large I felt a wee bit dumber when the closing credits rolled. Part of my fun when watching one of these film is to try and identify what movie they’re lampooning and I’m willing to guess I’m not alone here. What’s really new is that they’ve incorporated a movie, 50 Shades of Grey, that hasn’t even been released yet. That’s got to be some sort of a record, right? I’m not saying that there isn’t some shred of entertainment value here, certainly there is. But I’ll also say that if you’re really looking for one of these films that’s a lot funnier and/or more clever, then you need to look elsewhere.
Video: How does it look?
Scary MoVie comes to Blu-ray in a 1.78:1 AVC HD image that looks just as we’d expect it to look – amazing. Now the adjective “amazing” is both good and bad here as we can see how the years of hard living have taken their toll on both Lindasy Lohan and Charlie Sheen (in the film’s opening scene). Still, the image is crystal clear and we get full view of the bottom of the barrel special effects that have so made their way in this series. Contrast and black levels are on the mark and though I didn’t really feel that this movie had a “3D” effect in terms of depth, I will say that I really had no complaints about the way this looked as it’s very typical of a new to Blu-ray movie.
Audio: How does it sound?
I can’t vouch for the actual content of the sound, but I will say that the sound itself is robust. The DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack has its share of highs and lows, but for the most part delivers a very impressive and immersive mix. Comedies don’t really tend to sound that good when it comes to their audio tracks, but Scary MoVie is somewhat of an exception. We get some of the typical “horror” noises along with some musical sequences and even little things like Snoop Dogg’s guns seem to resonate throughout. Vocals (again discounting the actual dialogue) are crisp and clear lacking any distortion. It’s unfortunate that a movie this bad sounds this good.
Supplements: What are the extras?
We don’t get a lot of supplements here and perhaps that’s a good thing? What’s included are a series of deleted and extended scenes that were, for whatever reason, cut from the film. You figure that the extended/unrated movie still clocks in under 90 minutes so why not throw them in? A DVD of the film as well as an UltraViolet version is also included.