Every Horror Movie Spoofed by the Scary Movie Franchise

Every Horror Movie Spoofed by the Scary Movie Franchise

Horrorific content by Christina Dee on December 11th, 2020 | Horror News |

Everyone loves a good parody flick from time to time, and the Scary Movie franchise is excellent at doing them right. Each installment is packed with so many pop culture references and spoofs, it’s legitimately hard to keep them all straight. But, of course, the horror movie-inspired nods are what genre fans love most about the Scary Movie series.

Here’s a comprehensive look at each nod each of the 5 Scary Movie’s makes toward horror movies. How many have you caught over the years?

Scary Movie (2000)

The first Scary Movie installment from 2000 follows the adventures of a group of teens who find themselves stalked by a serial killer a year after accidentally killing someone and disposing of the body. Here’s a list of genre films referenced.

  • If the plotline of Scary Movie sounds familiar, it’s probably because it borrows heavily from I Know What You Did Last Summer. The film is also directly referenced when Cindy says “Jennifer Love Huge Tits” should play her in a horror film.
  • Last Summer’s sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, also receives a nod when Bobby briefly discusses what an awful film it was.
  • When Smoky partakes in a little wacky weed, he comments that he “sees dead people” like the protagonist of The Sixth Sense.
  • The plotline also lifts many elements from the plot of Scream. Not only does the killer wear a Ghostface mask, but the characters are focused on similarly uncovering his identity.
  • If you thought something seemed familiar when Cindy propels the killer through a window only for him to be gone when she goes outside, it’s because you’ve seen it before – in Halloween.
  • Before Buffy experiences her ill-fated encounter with Ghostface, he calls back to The Shining when he whispers “redrum” before getting down to business.
  • When Gail Hailstorm turns on her camera to record her final words before falling victim to Ghostface, it’s reminiscent of Heather Donahue’s iconic scene in The Blair Witch Project.
  • The Exorcist receives a callback of its own when Cindy talks about a keg party where she pleasured herself with a crucifix and vomited up pea soup-like slime.

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Of all the films in the franchise, Scary Movie 2 includes the most horror spoofs of them all. This installment finds four unwitting teens visiting a haunted house to complete a school project.

  • The entire plotline is a comprehensive reference to The Haunting, of course. A couple of character names also call back to this 1999 remake. This includes the decision to name one of the female characters Theo.
  • During the scene where a priest is blessing the house while relieving himself, his face becomes covered with flies a la The Amityville Horror.
  • The over-the-top fight between Cindy and a black cat is a direct nod to dead pet, Church’s memorable attack on his owner in Pet Sematary.
  • Much of the haunted house’s layout, aesthetic, and design (up to and including the abundance of skeletons) will be familiar to fans of House on Haunted Hill.
  • When it’s finally time to dispatch the antagonist, Cindy does so by coaxing him out onto a platform designed to destroy ghosts, just like you saw in Thirteen Ghosts.
  • Ray winds up raping a clown when it pulls him underneath a bed. If the clown looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen a similar one in Poltergeist.
  • One of the iconic murders from A Nightmare on Elm Street is spoofed when Alex gets wild with a ghost while wearing a football jersey.
  • The Exorcist gets another nod when a girl named Megan (similarly named to Regan) becomes possessed. Her mother calls two priests to help, but they only wind up repeatedly vomiting on one another instead.
  • Megan’s last name in the film happens to be Vorhees, just like the unforgettable Jason from Friday the 13th.
  • Little Shop of Horrors may be more of a close cousin to a horror film than an actual genre staple, but it’s referenced when a weed plant nourished with bong water turns into a very Audrey-like monster.
  • Several references are made to Hollow Man. These include the expensive goggles the crew uses to spot ghosts and other dangers.
  • Another close cousin to horror, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, receives a nod in a house servant based on Riff Raff, as well as a cameo by Tim Curry himself.
  • The first death from Urban Legend is referenced when Cindy sings along so badly to a Vitamin C song that Vitamin C interrupts her to ask her to stop.
  • Hanson slices Shorty’s head open with a mind to cook his brains a la a very unforgettable scene from Hannibal.
  • Robert Zemeckis’s What Lies Beneath receives a nod of its own when the temporarily possessed Cindy wears a red dress to attempt the seduction of Professor Oldman.
  • Haunted house classic, The Changeling receives a nod in the form of a ball bouncing ominously down a flight of stairs.

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

The third installment of the Scary Movie sequence finds Cindy helping the president prevent an alien invasion, as well as investigating a few other mysteries. Although this film references more non-horror films than usual, a few genre staples still receive hat tips.

  • Fans of The Ring will definitely recognize it in the film’s premise. Many of the film’s events revolve around a mysterious girl on a videotape. The Ring is also referenced directly in the opening scene of the film.
  • M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs inspires quite a bit of the plotline, as well. Brothers Tom and George live together on a farm and discover a crop circle directing aliens to attack their home.
  • When Tom enters his daughter’s room, he finds Michael Jackson hiding under a sheet while impersonating her. This is, of course, a callback to The Others.
  • Pint-sized Cody is partly modeled after Haley Joel Osment’s iconic character from The Sixth Sense.

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

When Cindy finds out her house is haunted by the restless spirit of a little boy, she embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of his murder in this fourth installment of the franchise. The horror films referenced are as follows.

  • The presence of the ghostly boy, as well as Cindy’s determination to find out what happened to him, nod heavily in the direction of The Grudge.
  • A shot of Tom chopping Dura-Flame logs to pieces serves as a brief callback to The Amityville Horror.
  • The creepy dwelling where Cindy goes to work as a home health worker recalls the ominous apartment in Dark Water. The landlord also works hard to hide anything odd from Cindy while he’s showing her the place, also like Dark Water.
  • At one point in the film, Brenda and Cindy find themselves in a quaint, Amish-like town very similar to the one in The Village.
  • Saw is referenced in the film’s opening scene. A creepy puppet tells Dr. Phil and Shaq they have 90 seconds to live as they’re chained in a basement.
  • Saw 2 is also referenced in the elaborate traps Tom, Brenda, and Cindy find themselves in later in the movie. The creepy puppet, Billy, also makes a second appearance to underscore the nod.

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

The fifth franchise installment follows a couple who experience a series of ominous disturbances in their home after bringing home a lost nephew and niece. Another handful of horror references abound.

  • This film borrows heavily from Paranormal Activity in plot points like the surveillance cameras used to identify the cause of the household disturbances. The footage captured also calls back to the iconic found-footage staple.
  • Mama receives multiple nods this time around. The climax is based on it, as are several characters sprinkled throughout the film, including the feral girls and their unusual caretaker.
  • Evil Dead and Cabin in the Woods are spoofed in the secluded cabin complete with the cursed spell book in the basement.
  • Black Swan may be more of a dark suspense film than a bona fide horror flick, but it nevertheless gets a callback when Judy, the ballerina, has an audition for Swan Lake take a dark turn.

Of course, half the fun of watching The Scary Movie films lies in spotting all the references. How many of the above (and others) had you noticed? Did we miss any you or your crew have spotted? And we look forward to seeing all of the horror movies spoofed in the upcoming Scary Movie 6.

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