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Scary Movie 2

A SEQUEL that is a pastiche to follow up a parody that was a parody of a trilogy of parodies.

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A SEQUEL that is a pastiche to follow up a parody that was a parody of a trilogy of parodies. Does your brain hurt yet? Well don't worry you won't need it to watch Scary Movie 2.

The advertising for the first Scary Movie film promised us faithfully that there wouldn't be a sequel, they lied. But considering that the first movie earned a whopping $121.9m (£81m) in its first four weeks at the box office I suppose we shouldn't really be surprised.

What is surprising is just how NOT funny this poor excuse for a sequel is.

Most of the laughs come during the first five minutes of the film with a 'spoof' of 'The Exorcist' featuring James Woods as Father McFeely, a very dodgy priest who is more concerned with exorcising his bowels than battling demons. But this sketch has nothing to do with the rest of the film.

The story - what slender story there actually is, which is the funniest thing about the whole thing considering that there were seven writer credits - once again revolves around Cindy (Faris) and the cast members of the first film Shorty (Marlon Wayans), Brenda (Regina Hall) and Ray (Shawn Wayans).

A number of them seem to have been miraculously resurrected as they 'died' in the first film, but that doesn't seem to bother anyone.

They are now all at college, where they and a group of other traumatised teens: over exuberant jock, Buddy (Masterson), curvaceous babe, Theo (Kathleen Robertson) and neurotic Alex (Tori Spelling) are tricked by a mad professor (Tim Curry) into taking part in a supposed scientific study into sleep disorders by unwittingly spending the weekend at a haunted manor house.

But the perverted Prof actually hopes to use the teens to contact the spirits inside the house and prove there is life after death, as well as video naked co-eds in the shower at the same time.

And that is it for any narrative, which is itself swiped from 'The House on Haunted Hill'. The rest of the film is just a series skits and spoofs cobbled together with a lot of exploitative toilet humour.

Just about every supernatural thriller, horror, and action film is raided from 'The Exorcist', 'Poltergeist', 'Hannibal',' Ghost Story' and 'Final Destination' to 'What Lies Beneath', 'Mission Impossible' and 'Charlie's Angels' as well as a score of American pop culture references which will have European audiences baffled.

The result is an uneven collection of sketches and OTT acting which look more like an episode of director Keenan Ivory Wayans' TV comedy series 'In Living Colour'.

The audience is bombarded with a barrage of repetitious off-colour jokes involving body fluids, disabilities, homosexuality, dope-heads and psychotic or foul mouthed animals. Problem is that the 'jokes' aren't that funny the first time, and after the tenth time it not only kills any humour there may have been, it buries it.

Also it is not so much slapstick humour, as punch bag humour. The favourite target of which is Cindy, who is knocked down more often than a bowling pin, a fact which becomes a little uncomfortable to watch after a while.

But more uncomfortable is the treatment of Alex, who in one particular scene is practically 'raped' by the house's ghost, a subject which is really not, nor ever should, be a source of comedy.

There are some funny scenes, one in particular involving a possessed black cat who makes 'Rocky' look puny, but these are few and far between.

Although the film runs at only 82 minutes, it felt twice as long and instead of having the audience rolling in the aisles Scary Movie 2 will make you feel like packing up your duffle-bag and running for the nearest exit.


David Holmes
Chief News Reporter
David Norbury
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