Trivia / Scary Movie

  • Actor Allusion: Once again, Charlie Sheen plays a man with a loser of a younger brother.
  • Billing Displacement: 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 One-Scene Wonder and Katrina Bowden a mere Bit Player 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.
  • Dawson Casting: Anna Faris was in her early twenties when she played Cindy Campbell.
  • Development Hell: A fifth film was in development since late 2006. It's generally thought that what was originally supposed to be Scary Movie 5 actually got turned into Superhero Movie, and that Dimension Films are now looking to reboot the series. The fifth movie was released in April 2013.
  • Dueling Movies: For some reason, a group of other filmmakers had the same idea to make a slasher spoof around the time of the first Scary Movie, called Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth. To avoid lawsuits due to the similarities, it was delayed and released direct-to-video. Scary Movie wound up being more commercially successful, better known, and somewhat better received than Shriek.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Anna Faris is naturally a blonde. She died her hair black for Scary Movie so that she would more closely resemble Neve Campbell.
  • Harsher / Hilarious in Hindsight: the alternate ending to Scary Movie 2 where all the characters except Cindy are Killed Off for Real.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Zachariah plays the sheriff in the first film.
    • Buddy in the second film is played by Francis.
    • Leslie Nielsen played the President in the third and fourth movies.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The Japanese dub of the films basically should be named Casting Gag: The Movie because almost everyone worked before in the Japanese dubs of the Scream franchise, and sometimes, voicing their respective expies.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The theatrical cut of the first film contains dialogue that was cut from the home video version as the film's producers felt the film's skewering of Gwyneth Paltrow was more of an attack than in jest. The only way you can hear this dialogue is in bootlegs of the rough cut or theatrical cut.
  • Lying Creator: The tagline of the first movie was "No mercy. No shame. No sequel." The tagline for the second was "We lied."
  • The Other Marty: Marlon freakin' Brando agreed to play Father McFeely in Scary Movie 2 and even began filming his scenes. Unfortunately he was too sick to finish the role and was replaced by James Woods. To date, none of his footage has been released.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • The wrecked plane set from Scary Movie 4 was originally used in the movie they were parodying, The War of the Worlds.
    • The Saw parody bathroom was later used by the producers of Saw III in their movie to save money.
  • Star-Making Role: For Anna Faris.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • 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. The second movie also contains a reference to then popular, but now mostly-forgotten game show The Weakest Link.
    • Scary Movie 4 suffers from this to some extent, as a result of a lot of references to pop cultural things that are now mostly forgotten or considered outdated, 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 The Grudge and The Village), so the film doesn't feel quite as dated overall.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kevin Smith was in talks to write and direct Scary Movie 3 at one point...
    • ...but then again, so were Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg. And their proposed screenplay wouldn't even have parodied horror films, but rather Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Say what you like about David Zucker's version of the film, but we probably dodged a major bullet there.
    • The original script for Scary Movie 4, focusing on superhero movies, was later filmed (albeit heavily rewritten) as Superhero Movie.
    • Brenda was originally intended as a Love Interest for Shorty, before they were rewritten as siblings. Included on the Deleted Scenes of the DVD.
    • There's an alternate ending to the second film where, after defeating Caine's ghost, Father Mc Feely shows up and reveals that Cindy is the Sole Survivor of the group who all ascend to heaven... then says he must bless the house.