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Analyzing the Hit-and-Miss Parody of ‘Scary Movie 2’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

But would you run from Calista Flockhart?

After closing out February with something serious (The Taking of Deborah Logan) and something bonkers (Freeway), we’re going pure comedy with Keenen Ivory Wayans‘ 2001 haunted house parody Scary Movie 2!

Scary Movie 2 sees a group of “teens,” including Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) and Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall), invited to spend a night in Hell House. Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) has convinced them it is for a school project, but it is actually a ruse for them to study paranormal activity in the house. Master Hugh Kane (Richard Moll) is long dead, but still plans on enjoying himself, especially with Alex Monday (Tori Spelling). When things really start getting bad, the gang must work together to find a way to capture this ghostly menace.

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Episode 115 – Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Get your strong hands out because we’re discussing our first full-blown parody with Keenen Ivory Wayans’ 2001 crude spoof Scary Movie 2! Joining us for the discussion is “The Oprah of Horror” (and Horror Movies and Beyond host) Ivotres Littles!

Join us as we look at this wackadoodle time capsule into the types of comedies we were getting in the early aughts, note the differences between parody and satire, and try (TRY) to figure out which jokes work and which ones don’t. But hey, all humor is subjective, right?

Plus: why Scary Movie 2 couldn’t be made today, how the film and its humor have aged, its incredibly rushed production timeline and (of course) all the praise for Anna Faris and Regina Hall.


Cross out Scary Movie 2!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re going Carrie vs. Jason with Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood!

– Joe & Trace

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