[VIDEO REVIEWS]The Source of All Your Fears (and Jeers)"Scary Movie" did not end when the movie reel stopped turning. "Scary Movie" is back from the dead for more frightfest send-ups with "Scary Movie 2," due to hit theaters in mid-November. The sequel is also full of taste-defying gross-outs and dead-on parodies of other movies.
Just in time for Halloween, Wednesday, here is a look at three scary movie originals that became the source material for "Scary Movie" in the hands of director Keenen Ivory Wayans.
Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy, Skeet Ulrich and David Arquette.
The original title of "Scream," a horror director's homage to 1980s slasher movies, was "Scary Movie." In this version, the killer in the small town of Woodsboro has seen too many horror flicks. No one is safe, especially Sidney (Campbell), a high school student.
The killer can be anyone. There is the dim-witted deputy cop, Dewey (Arquette). Arquette makes fun of his character as an even more dim-witted doofus in "Scary Movie." There is the boyfriend, Billy (Ulrich). And there is his horror-movie-fan and best friend Randy (Kennedy). In one scene, Randy lists all the "rules" for staying alive in horror movies － rules which are all broken soon enough.
Blair Witch Project (1999)
Directed by Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez. Starring Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua Leonard.
There is a scene in "Scary Movie" where Cheri Oteri holds a camera and cries hysterically in a spoof of "Blair Witch Project." While the snot and tears elicit laughs in "Scary Movie," they created suspense in "Blair Witch Project."
Three film students disappear in the Black Hills Forest. A year later, a bag of film cans, DAT tapes and video tapes are found. The movie is cut together from video footage the students shot while alive.
Heather (Donahue), Mike (Williams) and Josh (Leonard) start out shopping for marshmallows and recording the townsfolks' impressions of the legendary Blair Witch with their cameras. They then enter the forest to find and document the witch, and wander cold, lost and hunted. After a couple nights spent in terror, they are never seen again.
The Haunting (1999)
Directed by Jan de Bont. Starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson and Lili Taylor.
"Scream 2" is rumored to be highly "inspired" by "The Haunting," which was itself a remake of Robert Wise's movie about Hill House, your classic haunted house.
Dr. Marrow (Neeson) studies fear, and decides that Hill House is the perfect place for an experiment. He lures three strangers － Theo (Zeta-Jones), Luke (Wilson) and Nell (Taylor) － to the old mansion with an ad for subjects for sleep disorder research. But everyone gets more than he bargained for.
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