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Yesterday, I found myself looking at the box for Shriek at a nearby Hastings. Fears of it being just like Scary Movie almost kept me from renting it. Fortunately, I didn't listen to those fears but, instead listened to my inner desire to locate a funny horror movie parody. After watching just 10 minutes, I knew that I was in for a treat.
Sidenote: A common misconception among viewers seems to be that Shriek ripped-off Scary Movie. The truth is, Shriek was produced before Scary Movie was.
Warning ***** Might contain some SPOILERS.******
This movie is silly slapstick in the vein of Spaceballs and Airplane. It spoofs so many different movies, including: Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Shining (TV mini - There is a scene that seems to parody one from the Shining book and the TV mini-series between Horace Derwent and the guy in the wolf mask. As well as, the common "redrum" and topiary.), American Pie, Christine, Grease, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, etc. Not to mention some non-movie spoofs, in fact, two of my favorite moments were the Mentos parody and the Pop Up Video.
A delightful treat for those who enjoy silly slapstick. If you enjoyed Airplane and Spaceballs, you might want to give this one a look see. Personally, I give it a grade of 4 out 5 stars.
Admittedly, this film is not as good at creating a parody of the horror film genre, but I'm not entirely sure it was trying to. It is very entertaining in it's own way, but it obviously has a smaller budget and less-than-perfect writers (I'm redundant, I know).
On the plus side, this film does make fun of a lot of things that the "Scary Movie" franchise left out, which is awesome for us fans of this style of comedy. It obviously has a different approach and film style than the more popularly known "Scary Movies". One of my favorite scenes is towards the end when they do a "pop-up video" parody on the big chase scene which inevitabley happens at the end of every horror movie. I used to love Pop-up video in the 90's, and it was so awesome to see it again!
All in all, it's a fun film for fans of scary movies, but not quite as well-made as the "Scary Movie" movies.
PS, the guy who plays the part of Dawson is possibly the worst actor I have ever seen.
SHRIEK and SCARY MOVIE were both made around the same time. However, the brothers in charge of SCARY MOVIE pushed for a quicker release date and beat SHRIEK to the theatres. It is unfortunate, because in many ways SHRIEK is a much better film. For example, though both films go for sight gags, SHRIEK doesn't contain as much crude language or sex. The acting is about the same in both films, but SHRIEK largely has a cast of unknowns. I actually find them to be funnier than the stars of SCARY MOVIE. Of course, were not talking about Oscar performances here. Anyway, the movie spoofs everything from movies, to television, to commercials, to the general state of society. The gags or quick and it's hard to catch them all. Overall, not a movie that I would normally recommend, but I definitely prefer it to SCARY MOVIE.
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pritty good spoof movie for the 90's. came out right before scary movie I think. I dont think it came out in theaters. I got it because i was on a deployment and I got boredPublished 5 months ago by mike 67
Not quite as funny as I remember from high school, but a great cast!Published 9 months ago by Matthew T. Ryan
Funny movie! I love the parody movies that came out in the early 2000's.Published 13 months ago by JohnnyOBoyle311