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[[caption-width-right:350:''No mercy. No shame. [[LyingCreator No sequel]].'']]

'''''Scary Movie''''' is a movie series that pastiches horror film tropes in the vein of ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun''. The series was originally directed by the [[InLivingColor Wayans]] [[TheWayansBros family's]] Keenan Ivory Wayans, and was written in large part by his brothers Shawn (playing Ray, pictured top right) and Marlon (playing Shorty, pictured bottom left). The first movie was mainly a parody of the first ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'', although it also heavily spoofed ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' and took jabs at various other films, and not necessarily just from the horror genre. Despite the promises of no sequels, a second movie was released under the tagline "[[ILied We Lied]]", which mainly spoofed the 1999 remakes of ''Film/{{The Haunting|1999}}'' and ''Film/{{House on Haunted Hill|1999}}''.

Following the departure of the Wayans family from the series, the following two films were directed by David Zucker (who directed, wrote and produced the previously mentioned ''The Naked Gun'' and ''Airplane'' films alongside his brother Jerry and their partner Creator/JimAbrahams. The third movie combined the storylines of ''Film/{{Signs}}'' and ''Literature/TheRing'', while it had a subplot spoofing ''Film/EightMile''. The "[[TrilogyCreep fourth and final chapter of the trilogy]]" mainly parodied ''Film/TheVillage'', ''Film/TheGrudge'' and ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' while also incorporating a bit of ''Film/{{Saw}}''.

After years in DevelopmentHell, a fifth film was released in April 2013, and mainly parodies ''Film/{{Mama}}'', ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' and ''Film/BlackSwan'', while also touching on ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', ''Film/{{Inception}}'', ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' and ''Franchise/EvilDead''.

These films helped to kick off a new wave of parody films, including the... [[ShallowParody less well received ones]] of [[SeltzerAndFriedberg Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg]], who were minor contributing writers to the first film of this series.

Compare ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayThe13th'', which came out around the same time as the first movie and has a very similar main plotline (the way it's tackled notwithstanding).

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!!'''Provides examples of:'''

* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: In ''Scary Movie 3'', the protagonists are shown boarding over a cellar door to keep aliens out (in a parody of ''Film/{{Signs}}''). Cue Cindy opening the door with no problem. It turns out they'd just nailed some planks to it without fastening them to the wall.
* AchillesHeel: Parodied in ''Scary Movie 3''. The aliens are fighting the group (though just because strangling is how they say hello), when Mahalik decapitates one with a shovel and says:
-->'''Mahalik:''' I found their weakness. They're powerless without their heads!
* AdultFear: Scary Movie 3 - if attending your daughter's funeral doesn't count, then watching a disastrous chain of events unfold minutes later where a fight breaks out, her corpse is desecrated and then exploded with the decapitated head of what used to be your baby girl certainly does.
* AllPartOfTheShow: Parodied in the first movie.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: In the third film.
* AliensStealCable: [[spoiler: An important plot point in the 3rd movie]]
* AnatomicallyImpossibleSex: In the first film--Cindy is literally plastered to the ceiling by a veritable geyser that leaves her boyfriend visibly drained of all his body fat and fluids.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: A sight gag involving Detroit before and after the alien attack in which the only difference is the presence of alien invaders, the city already being a violent hellhole even before the attack. Too bad the city they show is actually San Diego, not Detroit.
* AssholeVictim: PlayedForLaughs in the first film. One of the teenagers being stalked by the masked killer is watching a movie in a crowded theater; she's being loud and obnoxious, ruining the movie for everyone else. The masked killer is then shown to be sitting in the seat next to her... but before he gets the chance, one of the other moviegoers steals his knife and stabs her. He then just sits and drinks his soda while ''all the other audience members'' continue to stab her to death. When she stumbles in front of the screen and finally falls dead, they ''applaud''.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied in the fourth movie, when the ghost boy (from ''TheGrudge'') and Cindy have a conversation in "Japanese" that is really just random product names and commonly known Japanese words.
-->'''Cindy:''' Hello?
-->'''Japanese Boy:'''...
-->'''Cindy:''' Harro? '''''Subtitles''': Hello?''
-->'''Japanese Boy:''' Nissan Honda Mitsubishi Subaru! '''''Subtitles''': I was killed and my soul walks the earth!''
-->'''Cindy:''' Harikari tsunami kamikaze banzai. '''''Subtitles''': How sad, my life is also tragic.''
* AwfulTruth: Parodied mercilessly.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:At the end of the first film Doofy turns out to be the real Ghostface killer, and murders all of Cindy's friends and the two idiots copying him. He's then revealed to have been working together with the female reporter covering the story, and they both drive off before they can be caught.]]
* BigNo: Which will always end with someone getting run over. In the first two movies anyway.
** In a deleted scene in the third film, Brenda says this when she got fired for trying to warn everyone about the deadly tape (because it doesn't involve boobies).
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Buffy, especially to her parents.
* BlackBestFriend: Brenda (to Cindy) and Mahalik (to George). Heavily parodied
* BlackDudeDiesFirst:
** Defied in the first film, when the black news crew leaves as soon as the deaths start.
-->'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF0GO6kRABE Black news reporter]]''': Reporting live for Black TV. White folks are dead, we're getting the fuck out of here!
** Also lampshaded in the second film, as Brenda yells at the white folks for suggesting [[LetsSplitUpGang they split up]].
--> '''Brenda''': Uh uh uh uh uh uh uh uh UH! Now wait a minute, hold up! How come when anytime this scary shit happens, and we should stick together, you white people always say "let's split up"?
--> '''Theo''': She's right, we should stick together.
--> '''Dwight''': She's right. Okay. You three, follow me! *Points to white people, leaving the three black people in another group*
--> '''Shorty''': Ain't that a bitch.
--> '''Brenda''': We gonna die, y'all.
** Ironically, its also ''inverted'' in the first movie. The last victim of the killer is Ray, who is black (though he's [[UnexplainedRecovery gotten better]] in the next movie).
** Played straight in the third movie, when Brenda is the first main character to die because of the tape. (Cindy would have helped her if not for the boy-who-cried-wolf scenario of the scene).
* BerserkButton: Don't say bad stuff about Father Mcpheely's Mother
** Don't send Greg a picture of a small penis.
* BillingDisplacement: From some of the trailers and the poster for the fifth film you'd think Charlie Sheen was the star when he has only a few moments of screentime in the cold opening (along with Lindsay Lohan). Sarah Hyland is a OneSceneWonder and Katrina Bowden a mere BitPlayer but both appear prominently in the poster but probably the biggest example is Mike Tyson who also gets featured despite only having a 30 second long cameo.
* BlackComedyRape: Quite literally in the second movie, particularly the ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' spoof involving [[MuggingTheMonster Ray and the Clown Doll]].
* BloodyHilarious: Maria tears the head off a chicken, which sprays an ''incredible'' amount of blood all over the place.
* TheBrainlessBeauty: Buffy Gilmore & Greg Phillippe.
** And the most clueless of them all, Cindy!
** Only in the later films. Creator/AnnaFaris is definitely beautiful, and Cindy is definitely brainless in ''3'' and ''4'', but in the first two films she's a parody of unpopular, HollywoodHomely {{Final Girl}}s.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In a scene in ''Film/ScaryMovie 4'' parodying ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', Tom is discussing the alien invasion with a man holed up in house. Then the man throws this line out there:
-->This ain't a war, anymore than there's a war between men and maggots. Or, dragons and wolves. Or, men riding dragons, throwing wolves at maggots.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Lots. In the first movie alone, the film's crew is featured in one scene, and when the ''DawsonsCreek'' theme song starts playing during another scene, James Van Der Beek shows up, only to realize he's on the wrong set.
** Happens in-universe in the second movie, where Cindy is singing along ([[HollywoodToneDeaf badly]]) to Vitamin C's "Graduation (Friends Forever)" on the radio. Eventually, Vitamin C stops the song to tell Cindy to "shut the fuck up and let me sing!".
* BreastAttack: ''Scary Movie 4'' has a torture machine designed to do this.
** Also, Carmen Electra getting stabbed in the breast by Ghostface, and her breast implant popping out leaving her relatively unharmed and Ghostface rather perplexed.
* BreastExpansion: During the ''{{Inception}}'' sequence in ''Scary Movie 5'', Jody's breasts get bigger at Dom's command.
* BrotherChuck: Most of the characters from the first two films.
* BulletTime: The first movie parodied ''Film/TheMatrix'' bullet-time scene with a thrown disc-shaped object. The killer bends back... and you can hear a crack. When time speeds back up, he can't "un-bend".
* {{Butterface}}: Parodied with the ghoul that attacks Shorty in the second film. At first he's horrified and it looks like she's strangling him, but he's actually having sex with her, solving the problem with a paper bag ("No no, no kissing!"). They're still together at the very end.
* ButtMonkey: Cody and Rachel. Apparently, David Zucker has a fetish for child abuse.
** Cindy in the first two movies.
* CatScare: Parodied several times, first with a character checking for a noise finds a cat, then a dog, then a ''horse'', and later, with the found cat beating up the hero with a broken bottle.
* CharacterFilibuster: Parodied in the first movie when [[spoiler: Ray]] states that "Watching TV shows doesn't create serial killers. ''Cancelling'' TV shows does!" He then states how ''Series/TheWayansBros'' was a good show that didn't get a proper final episode [[spoiler: while repeatedly stabbing Bobby with a knife.]]
* TheChewToy: Dwight in the second film.
* CloudCuckooLander: Virtually every character.
** Oliver (played by Michael Madsen) in ''ScaryMovie 4'' stands out, as demonstrated in BreadEggsBreadedEggs. Another notable quote:
-->What I'm trying to say Tom, is that you and I should be fighting these things, it should be us coming up out of the ground. Of course we'll have to bury ourselves first, but it'll be worth it. Cool breeze, no sunblock, worms. When we build our tripods, they'll have four legs.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: A black janitor typed that he's having sexy with a newscaster's wife and bragging about how she loves it. This is being said by said newscaster on live broadcast.
* ContinuityNod: In ''Scary Movie 4'', Cindy got hit on the face with a baseball.
-->"I've taken balls to the face before."
* ContinuityReboot: The fifth movie is arguably a reboot of the series, as neither Cindy or Brenda appear, and returning stars Simon Rex and Charlie Sheen play different characters then in the previous films.
* {{Corpsing}}: In the second movie, Hanson is serving dinner and says, "Now it's time for the wings", to which Dwight replies, "Yours or the turkey's?" (in reference to Hanson's miniature hand). Shorty suddenly breaks out with laughter, and you can clearly see the actors playing Ray, Buddy, Theo, and Alex laughing.
* CoversAlwaysLie: In this case, Posters Always Lie. Film/KingKong appears on the poster for ''Scary Movie 4'' but is not even referenced once in the film itself.
** The poster for ''Scary Movie 5'' also gives Katrina Bowden a demonic looking OverlyLongTongue (that she is using to InOneEarOutTheOther Sarah Hyland). No character has a tongue like that in the actual film.
* CrazyCulturalComparison: The aliens greet each other by getting the person they're greeting in a choke hold. They say goodbye with a GroinAttack.
* CurtainCamouflage
* DawsonCasting: Lampshaded in-universe in the first film when the characters talk about how, if they were in a horror movie, they'd be played by people in their 20s and 30s (which all of the real-life actors are). They all stop for a moment, letting that sink in.
* DeadAllAlong: In the alternate ending to ''2'', Cindy was the only one alive as everyone else are ghosts.
* DeathByGenreSavviness: Parodied with [[spoiler:Buffy]]'s death scene.
* DeathTrap: Most present in the fourth movie's ''{{Saw}}'' parody, though true to the nature of the series, several traps are quite silly (example: The Nutcracker, a device that [[GroinAttack kicks a victim in the groin]]).
* DeathBySex: Yes, she's a filthy so and so and gets killed for it. As usual.
* DeconstructorFleet: The entire series of films.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: In ''TheVillage'' parody, an entire series of jokes is built around this:
-->'''Brenda''': This is shit up with which we will not put!
** That specific line is a reference to a joke frequently attributed to WinstonChurchill, complaining about the pedantry of grammarians objecting to putting prepositions at the end of sentences.
* DemBones: Parodied in Part 2, when Cindy is being chased by a skeleton, only to be reprimanded by Brenda for being afraid of a skeleton. To illustrate her point, Brenda pulls the skeleton apart and reassembles him badly.
* DepravedHomosexual: Ray is [[TransparentCloset so gay it hurts]], even though he tries to deny it. He shows his depraved side when he rapes a MonsterClown puppet who ''really'' [[MuggingTheMonster chose the wrong victim]]. It's [[BlackComedyRape played for laughs]].
* DodgyToupee: Used as a throwaway gag in the third movie. The psychic CreepyChild whom Cindy is caring for goes around Brenda's funeral service giving people cynical and mocking advice ("smoke all you want, you're gonna be hit by a car next week anyway"). He tells the guy with an obvious toupee that he's not fooling anyone.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: In the first film, the ''[[Film/{{Scream 1996}} Scream]]''-esque serial killer is actually revealed to be [[spoiler:the apparently retarded officer. Then again it is a parody.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: Parodied in the second film with Dwight, a wheelchair-bound cripple, who gets offended every time someone offers to help him with anything. He does this even when it makes no sense or is ridiculously hard to do by himself, such as giving ''[[ScrewYourself himself]]'' a blowjob and going up two flights of stairs.
* DramaticGunCock: Parodied in the third movie. One of the characters dramatically cocks... a shovel. A shell falls out.
* DumbBlonde: Cindy Campbell in the later films.
* DVDBonusContent: Alternate endings not included in the theater release (including one in ''Scary Movie 3'' parodying ''TheIncredibleHulk'').
* EnemyMine: Suggested in the Detroid gag in the fourth movie. (see YouFailGeographyForever below)
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Averted--despite what the title says, this is NOT a Scary Movie, but a comedy.
** ''Scary Movie'' was the original intended title of ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', a genuine horror film despite its parodic elements.
* ExpressiveMask: Ghostface in the first film, who actually gets visibly stoned.
* ExtraYExtraViolent: Referenced in the third movie.
* EyeLightsOut: Parodied in the third movie.
* FavorsForTheSexy: Parodied. As soon as the sultry Theo enters the mansion's dinner room and catches the attention of all the guys in the room, she demands that they give her a chair. The more plain Cindy gets thrown out of her own chair and Theo ends up with about four places to sit, including the quadriplegic giving her his own wheelchair.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Subverted.
* TheFool: Just about every main character, most notably Cindy Campbell.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Played with and occasionally played (relatively) straight.
* TheFunInFuneral: Most notably in the third movie.
* GagPenis: The fourth movie teaches us to never try swallowing ''all'' of the Viagra pills.
* GenreBlindness: Most characters, most blatantly parodied in the first movie when a character sees two signs pointing towards "Safety" and "Death" while running from a killer. Guess which one she chooses?
* GivingThemTheStrip: While fleeing Ghostface in the opening scene of the first movie, Drew Decker [[FanService manages to lose her sweater and then her skirt (before running through a lawn sprinkler in slo-mo)]]. Subverted in that it still doesn't keep her from getting killed.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Subverted and parodied in the second movie. When [[TheVamp Theo]] tries to seduce the nerdy graduate assistant into giving her the keys out of the HauntedHouse, she takes off his glasses in hopes that it makes him prettier. All it does is make his eyes cross.
* GrandFinale: With the fifth movie being an apparent reboot of the series, the fourth film can act as one, as not only is the earth saved from aliens, but all the surviving characters happily find their true loves (even Brenda!), and it's implied that [[PowerOfLove love]] will help humanity defeat any future threat.
* HandWave: Happens to Brenda repeatedly. She got stabbed to death in the first movie, but then comes back for the 2nd with no explanation. And then in the 3rd movie, she dies again. In the 4th, Cindy finds her on crashed plane. The following exchange occurs.
-->'''Cindy:''' Brenda! I thought you were dead!
-->'''Brenda:''' Oh Cindy, I thought you were dead too.
** Found in ''2'' as well.
--->'''Cindy:''' Oh, my God, Ray! What are you doing here?
--->'''Ray:''' It's the sequel.
--->'''Cindy:''' Oh... right.
*** She also dismisses forever the facts that Ray slept with her ex-boyfriend and tried to kill her.
* HighPressureBlood: In the fifth film, Maria tears the head off a chicken, which sprays blood at such high speed that she's able to point a crucifix on the wall.
* HypocriticalHumor: Whilst inside the theater in the first film, Brenda warns the rest of the audience not to talk during the movie, while merrily doing so herself. Her behavior is so obnoxious that they resort to murdering her so they can enjoy the remainder of the presentation.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Shorty in ''2''; after watching the deformed butler molest the turkey (ruining everyone's appetites), he reaches for a bottle of red wine and quickly polishes it off.
* InOneEarOutTheOther: The first film famously has [[spoiler: Ray seemingly killed by a penis through the ears, though he gets better.]] The [[http://cdn1.macmillerofficial.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SM5_Revise_FINAL.jpg poster for the fifth movie]] has Katrina Bowden using her OverlyLongTongue to give Sarah Hyland an ear cleaning she probably won't forget.
* InsultBackfire: In ''3'':
-->'''Aide:''' Mr. President, are you out of your mind?!\\
'''President:''' Like a fox!
* ISeeDeadPeople: The first movie parodied the line as used in ''Film/TheSixthSense''. Shortie says "I See Dead People" to his buddies. They all laugh and agree with each other that they scored some ''really'' good weed.
* ItsAllMyFault: Parodied in ''Scary Movie 4''.
-->'''Cindy:''' I blame myself.
-->'''Tom:''' As well you should.
* LampshadeHanging: Scores of them.
* LethallyStupid: EVERYBODY!!!
** Especially Cindy and George.
* Letters2Numbers: ''Scary Movie 5'' is actually named ''[=Scary MoVie=]'', with that V being a roman numeral 5.
* LifeOrLimbDecision The opening of ''Scary Movie 4'' parodies the ''Film/{{Saw}}'' example with Shaquille O'Neil and Dr. Phil about to be killed by nerve gas. After being suckered into cutting off his own leg, Phil realizes it's the wrong one and they die anyway.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: In the second movie, Cindy takes various random items and somehow creates a bulldozer out them after being locked in a refrigerator while hiding from a ghost.
* LookBothWays: Every movie ends with someone getting hit by a car or a bus [[spoiler: except the fifth one]].
* LovableSexManiac: Brenda Meeks.
* MakeOutPoint: Spoofed.
* MakeWayForThePrincess: Buffy, with Brenda and Cindy following close behind.
* TheMeanBrit: Simon Cowell as himself in the rap battle scene in ''ScaryMovie 3''.
* MisplacedSorrow: One girl is outraged to find a fellow student has been murdered...because she planned to cheat off said student's test that day.
* MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome: Parodied when Cindy sends an email to the police reading "White woman in trouble!" and the next shot shows the house surrounded by police cruisers.
** Also in the third movie:
--> '''Brenda''': Another little white girl fell down a well! Fifty black people got their ass beat by the police today, but the ''whole world'' gotta stop for one little whitey down a hole!
* MuggedForDisguise: Subverted in the fourth movie, when Cindy and Brenda pull two "village" women into the bushes, and after a brief scuffle the women emerge looking disgruntled but with their outfits intact...followed by Cindy and Brenda, who were the ones actually beaten up. They later settle for spare garments from a clothesline.
* MuggingTheMonster: Second movie, the [[MonsterClown scary clown doll]] pulls Ray Wilkins under the bed and gets a major surprise.
--> '''Clown''': Come on. Lets play.
--> '''Clown''': Hey, what are you doing?
--> '''Ray Wilkins''': Uncle Ray-Ray's got a game for you.
--> '''Clown''': Hey, get your finger out of there!
* MurderSimulators: As a ''Scream'' spoof, criticism of this accusation is echoed and further parodied in the first ''Scary Movie''. When Cindy accuses the killers of becoming homocidal lunatics by watching too much TV, one of them corrects her: it's ''[[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelling]]'' TV shows that actually made them killers, and he goes on to lament the end of ''Series/TheWayansBros'', an earlier show the creators were involved in.
* NameOfCain: In the ''[[Film/TheHaunting1999 The Haunting]]'' spoof in ''Scary Movie 2'', the villainous ghost was called Hugh Kane. The original character in ''Haunting'' was called Hugh C'''r'''ain, technically getting just around this trope. The name may also be a nod to ''Film/CitizenKane''.
* {{Narrator}}: Several, including James Earl Jones in ''Scary Movie 4'' [[spoiler:who, at the end of the movie, is hit by a bus]].
* NarrowParody: The later films in the series ended up like this. Originally, they worked, as most HorrorTropes were [[TropeCodifier codified]] in TheEighties or earlier, so anyone with even a passing familiarity with the horror genre will get the jokes. However, later gags became a lot more obvious and telegraphed while the pool of references narrowed from broader subgenres of horror ({{slasher|Movie}}s in the first, HauntedHouse[=/=][[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] movies in the second) to specific, recent movies (some of which weren't even horror). The first big complaint from fans was the inclusion in the third film of an extended parody of ''Film/EightMile'', which had nothing to do with horror movies.
* NeverTrustATrailer: One [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0zAlXr1UOs trailer]] for ''Scary Movie 4'' suggests that Shaquille O'Neill and Dr. Phil are trapped along with the main protagonists. They both die in the prologue.
* NippleAndDimed: In the first film, during one of the locker room scenes, there is a very brief moment when a nipple is visible on an unnamed background character.
* NoDressCode: Buffy arrives at school dressed modestly in a cardigan. Once her father is gone, she changes into a Stripperific outfit and attends school that way.
* NoFourthWall: Repeatedly and gleefully broken, often with an AsideGlance.
* NostrilShot: Parodied in the first movie, where the character [[TheBlairWitchProject talking to the camera]] has a runny nose that just keeps running.
* NoTimeToExplain: Parodied in the fourth movie, when the Tom Cruise/''[[Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds War Of The Worlds ]]'' character says "We're leaving this house in 30 seconds, there's no time to explain," and a random passerby runs up to the window and screams "Alien Attack!". Tom admits that that pretty much covered it.
* NobodyEverComplainedBefore: In the third movie, the aliens appear to attack the protagonists, who then kill one of them in retaliation, but the aliens inform them that strangling each other is their standard way of saying hello. A kick to the groin is how they say goodbye.
* NotQuiteDead: The guy they ran over in the first movie in the flashback.
* NuclearCandle: In the second movie, when Cindy shows Buddy the secret study, he lights one candle, which then illuminates nearly the whole room.
* TheNudifier
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Can you believe Doofy?]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: The first movie plays with this, where the killer shows himself to the main character and is seen scurrying back behind the tree when she looks away.
* OhNoNotAgain: Cindy keeps forgetting Cody.
* OnlySaneMan: The President's aide in ''3''.
* OracularUrchin: Cody in the third movie.
* OverlyLongGag: Literally every second gag in every movie. It is [[UpToEleven repeated fo]][[CrossesTheLineTwice ur times]] at times, taking any humor from it in the process. Additionally, some of course are [[DudeNotFunny not funny]], making it all the worse.
* ParallelPornTitles: Actually, "ghetto" versions of Christmas songs seen in the second movie -- "I'm Dreaming of a White Woman", "All I Want For Christmas Are The Charges Dropped", "Santa Clause Is Cumming On Mom", etc.
* PeacefulInDeath: Parodied in the third movie: "My sweet sweet Brenda---She looks so peaceful..." (cut to Brenda with a horrified expression and hands like claws)
* PlotInducedStupidity: Spoofed in the first movie when Buffy doesn't believe that the killer exists, apparently forgetting that her boyfriend was murdered by the killer in front of her eyes earlier. After winning the pageant, nothing else seem to matter to her anyway.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Josh in the third film.
* ReallyGetsAround: Cindy's mother, if the sheriff's and the school principal's lewd comments in the first movie are any indication.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: The trailer for ''Film/{{Amistad}} II'' in the first film.
* ResetButton: Parodied in the context of dead characters being alive in the next movie with little (or no) explanation. It often gets a Lampshade Hanging.
* RunningGag: Several throughout the series and many in individual films, most notably Cindy constantly changing her career, Brenda's promiscuity, and the fact that someone ''always'' [[LookBothWays gets hit by a vehicle]] at the end of every movie[[note]]Apart from number 4; originally it was supposed to end with Creator/JamesEarlJones getting hit by a bus, but a postscript sequence parodying ''that'' interview with Oprah and Creator/TomCruise was filmed and added fairly close to the film's release.[[/note]] (and right after a BigNo, too!).
** Also, Cindy's many boyfriends and a powerful... uh, [[{{squick}} spooge]].
* SassyBlackWoman: Oh, ''Brenda''...
* SayMyName: Cindy and Bobby while in bed, finally having sex. Bobby's dream has come true.
-->'''Cindy:''' WHAT'S MY NAME, BOBBY?
-->'''Bobby:''' What?
-->'''Cindy:''' (slaps him) WHAT'S MY NAME, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch BITCH]]? (slaps him HARD)
-->'''Bobby:''' (cries) Ow, God, it's CINDY!
* SceneryGorn: Parodied in ''4''. When [[TripodTerror TriPods]] attack the world, Detroit is shown before and after the invasion. The only difference is the inclusion of [=TriPods=], all of the burning and collapsed buildings having been there before.
* SeinfeldianConversation: About issues such as whether one can wake up dead, the difference between mice and rats, or the paradox of turning up missing by Mahalik and CJ.
--> Damn, that is some quantum shit!!
* SequelSnark: The TagLine of the first movie was "No mercy. No shame. No sequel." This didn't stop a sequel from being released the very next year (with the TagLine "[[ILied We Lied]]").
* SeriousBusiness: The news Cindy works at in the third film, all it talks about is boobies. The boss threatens to fire her if she wants to do a story about anything else.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Parodied.
* ShoutOut: Among other things, to the Zucker brothers' film ''{{Airplane}}'' which also starred Leslie Nielsen in an ActorAllusion:
-->'''President Harris:''' I just wanted to wish you both good luck, we're all counting on you.
** The character of Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}} [[GilmoreGirls Gilmore]].
** "Hell House," the setting of the second movie is a shout-out to Hill House, the main location in both versions of ''[[Film/TheHaunting1963 The]] [[Film/TheHaunting1999 Haunting]]'' (and '''not''' the RichardMatheson novel ''Hell House'', as some have claimed -- the Wayans Brothers had never heard of that novel when they made the film).
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: See the poster up there? Protagonist Creator/AnnaFaris is eschewed in favor of Carmen Electra ([[DeadStarWalking dies in the opening scene]]) and then-popular Shannon Elizabeth. ([[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3309214720/tt0175142 the DVD adds her, though]])
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: As a straight-up parody, these movies are way over on the silly side of things. Every death and horror moment is played for laughs, although later movies are increasingly less about horror films in general.
* SlowMotionDrop: Parodied in the first movie, when Cindy drops a coffee cup after realizing the identity of the killer, and a ''goldfish'' is seen flopping around in the contents.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Parodied in the fifth movie, during a lesbian sex scene, shown through metaphors such as [[VisualPun scissors]], tacos, and even tunnels (which are normally used as metaphors for straight sex).
* SpoofedTheIronicFilmSeriously: The first movie got some flak for parodying [[Franchise/{{Scream}} a movie series]] that was already meant to be a satire of the SlasherMovie genre. It works mostly because ''Scream'' itself [[IndecisiveParody doesn't really seem sure whether it's meant to be a parody]], and seems more like a straight entry of the genre at times.
* SuicideAsComedy: In the first movie the main character yells into the air "What are you waiting for?!" in frustration. Little does she realize that on the roof behind her a man is actually getting ready to jump to his death. Upon hearing her he asks "What am I ''waiting for''? WHAT AM I WAITING FOR?!" and jumps.
-->'''Teacher:''' F*** YOOOOOUUUUUUUU!!! *Splat*
* TakeMyHand: Parodied when Dwight falls out of a two-story window because he refuses to take the disfigured hand of the perverted Hanson, despite Hanson insisting it's his "strong hand".
* TakeThat:
** Doofy, a parody of David Arquette's character Dewey from ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''. While Dewey is a clumsy but competent officer, Doofy exaggerates this into being a retarded buffoon [[spoiler:who's actually the villain.]]
** Also "MJ" in the third film, a parody of MichaelJackson, albeit implied to be gay rather than a pedophile in order to try and avoid pissing off Jackson too much. It didn't work and Jackson threatened a lawsuit anyway, so when the next movie came around the character was actually called "Michael Jackson" and shown to be a full-on pedophile.
* TeacherStudentRomance: In the first movie, a teacher is shown breastfeeding her baby, she then hands him to a student, saying "Here, spend some time with your Daddy." She then points to another student and says "I'll see you after class," rather provocatively.
* TeenyWeenie:
-->'''Greg:''' A small dick's like a disability, man! Would you make fun of a guy in a wheelchair?! Huh? [[ClusterFBomb Where are you, you sick fuck?! I'll kick the shit outta you, all right?!]] It's not the size of the hammer, it's the nail you're throwing it at!
* ThisWayToCertainDeath: Parodied in the first film when Carmen Electra's character is faced with an actual road sign clearly marked 'Death', and still follows it.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Mahalik and C.J. in the third and fourth films.
* TooDumbToLive: Frequently.
** The first film opens with Carmen Electra's character being menaced by a serial killer while her parents are out. She glances to the side, where a table has things like a revolver, a knife, a grenade, and a banana neatly laid out. She takes the banana. And while running away, she comes to a fork in the road where there are two signs. One points towards "Death", the other one towards "Safety". Guess which path she chooses?
** [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] with Buffy Gilmore, who's convinced that the serial killer is a prankster even as he cuts her head off and throws it into a bin.
* TransparentCloset: A RunningJoke with Ray in the first film. Throughout the movie he does many questionable things such as tucking his shirt like a CampGay, describing a male character as having "long hair", a "pretty little mouth", and a "perfect ass", and show enthusiasm at the prospect of going to prison on account of [[PrisonRape the sex-starved convicts looking for a fresh piece of meat]], among many others. In spite of this he has a girlfriend who he apparently makes out with regularly, and denies it when somebody points it out to someone else. The second movie makes him out-and-out gay, while he ''still'' has a girlfriend.
-->'''Bobby''': But abstinence makes you discover new things about yourself. That's right Cindy - I'm gay. And in case you haven't noticed, so is Ray.
-->[''{{Beat}}'']
-->'''Ray''': [confused] What? I ain't gay.
-->'''Bobby''': What are you talking about? You took me to that club.
-->'''Ray''': So? They play good music.
-->'''Bobby''': Well, what about our trip to San Francisco then?
-->'''Ray''': I wanted to go shopping.
-->'''Bobby''': [on the verge of crying] But... you made love to me.
-->'''Ray''': No hohoho, first of all ''you'' sucked ''my''-
-->'''Bobby''': Whatever Ray!
* TwistEnding: The first film parodies the ending of ''TheUsualSuspects'', by revealing that [[spoiler:Officer Doofy actually isn't retarded at all, and was the mastermind behind all the murders]], and ends with him being picked up and driven away in much the same manner as that film's main character.
* UncleTomfoolery: Shorty Meeks takes this role UpToEleven Mahalik and CJ play this role to a certain extent, though the characters themselves seem aware of it and Lampshade it.
* UnexplainedRecovery: It's never explained how Brenda came back on a plane in the fourth movie even though she died in the third.
** Or indeed, how most of the cast of the first movie came back for the second after they'd all been killed.
** Even prior to the sequels, the first movie has Ray [[InOneEarOutTheOther impaled through the head]], but he turns up a few scenes later entirely unharmed save for a small bandage over one ear.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A big problem with ''Scary Movie 2'', even taking into account the fact that spoof movies generally don't age too well. In addition to the film featuring a lot of spoofs of adverts and music videos from 2000--2001 (which are a lot less likely to be remembered than films from the same time period), most of the films being spoofed got horrible critical receptions and were quickly forgotten, which hurts the film quite badly these days.
** ''Scary Movie 4'' also suffers from this, as a result of a lot of references to pop cultural things that are now widely considered to be DeaderThanDisco, such as MySpace and the original iPod. Fortunately, most of the films being spoofed are still well-remembered and well-regarded (with the arguable exception of ''TheGrudge'' and ''TheVillage''), so the film doesn't feel quite as dated overall.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Cindy asks Ray and Shorty to come over to her house later, and bring some friends, to deter an attack by the serial killer:
--> '''Shorty (to the entire school cafeteria):''' "Party at Cindy's house! Drunk white women for everybody!"
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: Done in the basketball scene for ''Scary Movie 2'', where the Wayans brothers are shown dancing very suavely... and immediately followed by Cindy and Buddy dancing very awkwardly, with the Wayans looking on in silent disapproval/disgust.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: The mock [[Franchise/{{Scream}} Ghostface]].
* WholePlotReference: the first two mostly follow one movie in the central plot, ''Scream'' and ''The Haunting'' (while the third mixes ''TheRing'' and ''{{Signs}}'' and the fourth is an amalgam of ''four'' pictures).
* VomitIndiscretionShot: The opening of Scary Movie 2 spoofs The Exorcist with the girl and the priests vomiting on each other. Scary Movie 3 shows two men projectile vomiting at a barbecue and in the alternate ending of that movie, Cindy is fighting the many Tabithas Matrix Reloaded style, she grabs a pole, jumps up, spins around on it, gets sick and vomits all over the Tabithas sending them flying. Gross.
* VulgarHumor: Several times, but the award goes to the onscreen trepanning of a character's skull by an erect penis. [[spoiler: [[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better]].]]
* YourMom: Parodied in the first movie. Brenda berates her brother Shorty, and he calls her mother stupid. She points out that he just insulted his own mother, as they're full siblings. Then he insults her father, and she doesn't mind because she never met the guy, and as he realizes, neither has he.

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