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"A parody of modern horror films about a group of teenagers who are being terrorised by a serial killer. Some of the send-ups include: "Scream", "I Know What You Did Last Summer", "The Blair Witch Project", "The Sixth Sense" and "The Matrix"."

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Review Date: 06 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5


This horror comedy takes the plot of 'Scream' and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' and combines them to make a really great spoof of the genre.

The opening sequence is so cleverly handled that it turns one of the scariest scenes in horror history into one of the funniest scenes in film history. The cast are all familiar and really suffer for their art as they are required to partake in some of the most vulgar things you have ever seen.

I liked the fact that the Wayans brothers did their research and used their common sense in approaching the subject, as they actually make the characters do things that even the dumbest of 's slasher victims would never do and therefore they made the genre's faults appear funny rather than stupid.

The only weak points are the scenes that are carbon copies of scenes from 'Scream' as they were quite frankly boring and showed a lack of effort on the Wayans part. Although the humour is largely vulgar it has to be said that the script does show it's fair share of wit too.

Though there are few to choose from this has to be the funniest horror spoof ever.

Reviewer: Nathan Roscoe @horrorasylum
Review Date: 26 November 2001 My Rating: out of 5

A spoof on the slasher genre brings with it one important question - can it be spoofed after Scream? Wes Craven's smart and sassy post-modern satire seemed to have said it all. So director Wayans and his writers say what could not be said and what no one else thought to say in those other films, choosing to mix the wilder elements of a Porky's-style comedy with the slasher films that are the staple of ever teenager's cinema going.

From the moment Carmen Electra does her Drew Barrymore impersonation in the amusing Scream-style opening, running through sprinklers, losing her clothes and tossing her hair in gorgeous slow-motion, there can be no doubt which way the sharp satirical point is directed.

Soon there will be more deaths, as the fickle finger of suspicion does all kinds of weird things to the hapless high school kids in small-town middle America, four of whom harbour a deadly, fishy secret from the previous summer. Sensing a story, pushy newswoman Gail Hailstorm (Oteri) comes to town, and proceeds to wreck havoc, turning to retarded wannabe policeman Doofy (Sheridan) for an inside track on events. But events have moved on...

Sex, death and humour in its many forms are on show in Wayans' brisk, crude, and gleefully down-market comedy. Anyone offended by overt sexuality, silly plotting and cheesy stereotypes would probably not be watching the films that this spoof so cheerfully bases itself on in the first place, so have no business expecting this to be any less exploitative.

A passing knowledge of those other films is a help in getting the humour here, but it stands quite well on its own too, and benefits from the eye-catching performances of Shawn Wayans and Anna Faris.

Coming from Miramax, the spiritual home of the Scream trilogy, this fun- fuelled spoof may seem just a bit incestuous but it's funny more often than not, and that in the end is the greater purpose that it serves.

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