|Scary Movie 2|
Eric L. Gold
July 4, 2001
'Scary Movie 2 was originally rated NC-17 for sexuality but it was edited for an R-rating. The cut material resurfaced on the home video release. The film parodies a range of horror-thriller movies, including The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, The Changeling, Hollow Man, The Legend of Hell House, and The Haunting.
The film opens with a parody of The Exorcist, during which teenager Megan Voorhees (Natasha Lyonne) becomes possessed by the spirit of Hugh Kane, the previous owner of the House. Two priests, Father McFeely (James Woods) and Father Harris (Andy Richter) attempt to drive Hugh's ghost out, but the exorcism does not go as planned, resulting in a chain of vomiting and various instances of pedophilia. Finally, McFeely responds to an insult towards his mother by shooting Megan.
One year later, Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris), Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall), Ray Wilkins (Shawn Wayans), and Shorty Meeks (Marlon Wayans) are at college, trying to live new lives following the events of the previous film (although most of them actually died in Scary Movie, Brenda claims in a deleted scene that her death was a near-death experience). Cindy and Brenda get tagged by a socially maladjusted girl, Alex (Tori Spelling). Ray, still confused about his sexuality, has two new male friends, Tommy (James DeBello) and Buddy (Christopher Masterson). Shorty is still the same stoner he was before.
A lecherous teacher, Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) and his paraplegic assistant, Dwight Hartman (David Cross), plan to study the paranormal activity at a local haunted mansion called Hell House using the clueless teens. Meanwhile, Buddy's advances are spurned by Cindy, who is recovering from her previous relationship. Leading to a scene in which Buddy gives Cindy a wedgie.
When Cindy is the first to arrive at Hell House, she encounters a vulgar parrot (voice of Matt Friedman), and the caretaker, Hanson (Chris Elliott), who has a malformed hand. Before coming to Hell House, she was in her car listening to Vitamin C's Graduation (Friends Forever) and she sings along. Annoyed by Cindy's terrible singing, Vitamin C's voice curses at her and tells her to let him sing. Cindy shuts up and Vitamin C continues singing. Later that evening, the group, including sexy newcomer Theo (Kathleen Robertson), sit down for dinner. Unfortunately, everybody loses their appetite due to Hanson's repulsive antics.
In the night, Cindy hears voices directing her to a secret room, where she and Buddy discover a treasure chest containing the diary of the wife of the house's dead owner, Hugh Kane. They also find an old portrait of the wife and note Cindy's resemblance to her—Buddy also points out several flaws in Cindy's appearance. Meanwhile, many of the teens fall victim to violent attacks. Cindy gets involved in a fist fight with the house cat, Mr. Kittles. A toy clown attempts to kill Ray — but thanks to some quick thinking, Ray perversely turns the tables and rapes the clown. A weed-monster turns Shorty into a joint and tries to smoke him — fortunately, the plant gets distracted by munchies and lets him escape. The ghost of Hugh Kane (Richard Moll) has sex with Alex in her bedroom, yet departs in the morning when Alex expresses her interest in becoming the new Mrs. Kane.
Oldman is seduced and killed by the disfigured ghost of the murdered mistress and gets his penis yanked off as well. Shorty later encounters the same ghost, yet he seduces her instead. After Dwight equips the teens with weapons that can injure their spectral enemy, they are pursued throughout the mansion. Buddy and Cindy get locked in the refrigerator. Thinking that Buddy is dying from an encounter with the ghost, Cindy gives him a handjob. The couple then escape the room following a convoluted deus ex machina, in which Cindy uses a collection of random objects in the room to somehow produce a Caterpillar tractor, which she drives through the wall.
Hanson himself gets possessed by Kane. Cindy, Brenda, and Theo team up to fight him in a parody of Charlie's Angels, but wind up defeated. Eventually, Dwight and the teens regroup, and agree to use Cindy as bait to lure Kane into a device that will destroy him. The plan succeeds, freeing the group from the house's curse.
Two months later, Cindy and Buddy are in a relationship and go out for a walk. However, Buddy disappears without notice when Cindy discovers Hanson at the hot dog stand. As Cindy backs away in fear, Hanson pursues her — and gets struck by a car driven by Shorty, distracted by a blowjob from the ghost of the mistress.
- Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell
- Regina Hall as Brenda Meeks
- Shawn Wayans as Ray Wilkins
- Marlon Wayans as Shorty Meeks
- Chris Masterson as Buddy
- Kathleen Robertson as Theo
- David Cross as Dwight Hartman
- James Woods as Father McFeely
- Tim Curry as Professor Oldman
- Tori Spelling as Alex Monday
- Chris Elliott as Hanson
- Andy Richter as Father Harris
- Richard Moll as Hugh Kane (Hell House Ghost)
- Veronica Cartwright as Mrs. Voorhees
- Natasha Lyonne as Megan Voorhees
- James DeBello as Tommy
- "Hello Dolly" – Jerry Herman
- "Shake Ya Ass" – Mystikal
- "Tubular Bells" – Mike Oldfield
- "Smack My Bitch Up" – The Prodigy
- "Graduation (Friends Forever)" – Vitamin C
- "U Know What's Up" – Donnell Jones
- "So Erotic" – Casey Crown featuring J Dee
- "Ride wit Me" – Nelly featuring City Spud
- "Insane in the Brain" – Cypress Hill
- "Evel Knieval" – Deadly Avenger
Other songs in the film:
- "I Walk Alone" – Oleander
- "Fever" – Richard Marino and His Orchestra
- "Killer Bee" – Meeks
- "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" – Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
- "Skullsplitter" – Hednoize
- "If I Had No Loot" – Tony! Toni! Toné!
- "History Repeating" – Propellerheads
- "When It's Dark" – Trace featuring Neb Luv
- "Givin' My Dick Away" – Trace
- "Sorry Now" – Sugar Ray
- The film's central parody is The Haunting.
- The opening scene is modeled after The Exorcist.
- The equipment which they use to see the ghosts with glasses and weapons, referenced Thir13en Ghosts.
- Hollow Man – The equipment which the group employs to fight an invisible enemy (thermal goggles, smoke, and so on) and use of a defibrilator to escape from a freezer room.
- House on Haunted Hill – The labyrinthian basement, weapons with limited ammo, and Professor Oldman being lured to his death.
- Charmed - Hugh Kane's vanquishing is the same as many of the vanquishings the sisters do on the show.
- Brenda's reaction to the walking skeleton could be taken as commentary on the film's use of imagery no longer considered scary today.
- In the scene in which Hanson removes the top of Shorty's head and he then said "Hello Cindy", is similar to a scene in Hannibal.
- The scene where Ray and his friend reading their back tattoos to each other repeatedly, references to a scene of Dude, Where's My Car?.
- What Lies Beneath is parodied in a scene where Cindy seduces the professor in the kitchen, and then Ray suddenly appears in the same dress.
- In the scene in which a clown hides under Ray's bed and then pulls him underneath. The giant Marijuana plant is like the tree that comes to life and Alex being dragged across the walls of the bedroom, is also heavily a parody of Poltergeist.
- In the sequence where an invisible ghostly presence penetrates Alex and then has sex with her, heavily references Dracula.
- Poltergeist II – Hanson sings "God is in his holy temple" and the use of Kane as the name of the evil spirit.
- Stephen King's It is referenced in a scene in which the letters "IT" are written across a wall in the room where Shorty hides at the end of the movie. Interestingly, Tim Curry, who plays Professor Oldman, also played the role of Pennywise The Clown in the film adaptation of It.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Hanson is a parody of the character, Riff Raff. Again, Tim Curry played the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- Cindy, Brenda and Theo fighting Hanson in the style of Charlie's Angels. Also, Tori Spelling's character is named after Lucy Liu's character (Alex Munday) from the film and Tim Curry co-starred.
- Save the Last Dance – Shorty teaches Cindy how to be "black".
- Mission: Impossible II - The wheelchair dual between Dwight and Kane parody the motorcycle sequence between Ethan and Sean.
- MacGyver – Cindy uses everyday items to build a mini-bulldozer and escape the refrigerator.
- The Amityville Horror – Reverend McFeely tries to bless the house and ends up with flies all over him, only for the scene to change and reveal he is actually straining to defecate into a toilet.
- Buddy hands Cindy a book titled "Harry PotHead", a clear reference to Harry Potter.
- A scene where a basketball falls down the stairs is similar to The Changeling until the scene switches over to a parody of a Nike commercial.
- Dawn of the Dead – Ray has on a suit similar to Peter's SWAT team suit.
- The dialogue between Cindy and Buddy in the freezer, when she is giving him a handjob has been taken from Titanic.
- The use of the quote 'Do You Feel Lucky Punk' from Dwight, is a parody of Dirty Harry.
- Twister – When Cindy is fighting Hanson and creates the tornado, which has various objects and even a cow blowing around inside it.
- Scanners – Hanson's head blows up.
- Rocky – Cindy's fight with the cat (editing style, blows, unseen cameras flashing and the cat's triumphant raising of its "fists").
- The Weakest Link – When the parrot says "You are the weakest link. Goodbye" after Tori Spelling's character gets knocked out by the chandelier.
- The skeleton chasing Cindy sequence is based on from Wishmaster.
- The scene with Cindy singing badly along to the radio in the car then getting told to Shut Up by the radio could be a Parody of Urban Legend because the opening featured a woman singing along to the radio badly.
- The scene where Dwight and Hanson are trading insults about each other's disability is based on the scene from Wild Wild West where Jim West and Arliss Loveless trade insults on West's race and Loveless's disability.