Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th
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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.
With Scream as the primary source of material, Scary Movie opened up a nearly new genre of parody horror movies in 2000. Shortly thereafter, this ridiculous laugh-riot came out, and I for one am ecstatic. When the kids at Bulimia Falls High School start to get hunted and murdered by a mysterious killer named "The Killer," it's up to the mall cop Doughy to sort of stop him before the kids do exactly what we expect them to do.
The references I noticed from movies were as follows:
Porky's, Star Wars, Chariots of Fire, Friday the 13th, Ferris Bueller, Dawson's Creek, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Titanic, 10 Things I Hate About You, A Few Good Men, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Grease, Weekend at Bernie's, Lassie, Incredible Hulk, Shining, Home Alone, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, and Halloween.
There were several fun pop-culture references as well:
Mentos Commercials, VH1 Pop-Up video, Jerry Springer, Pamela Anderson's home videos with Tommy Lee, and Scooby Doo.
It's just a fun movie, a laugh a minute that doesn't take itself too seriously. There are even verbalized references to Hot Shots, Naked Gun, Airplane and a self deprecating shot at the prime source of plagiarism (i.e. Scream). Throughout there are updates via school loud speaker that add to the ludicrous plot.
This cracked me up...but, then again, I think Airplane is one of the best movies ever.
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Was sort of hoping it would be at least a 2.5. I love a good parody, I love a bad parody but this was just done badly.Published 3 months ago by Susan Z
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 11 months ago by mike 67