YMMV / Scary Movie

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The "Twins" scene and the Michael Jackson Shout-Out to The Others in the third movie.
  • Cargo Ship: Doofy and the Vacuum Cleaner in the first one, and Ray and the Clown Doll in the second.
  • Contested Sequel: Different fans can easily find any given movie the worst or the best. Generally speaking, the biggest fan divide is between those who prefer the Wayans films (the first two) and those who prefer the Zuckers (the latter two). And then there's the fifth movie...
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • A girl living with her drug-dealing father? Not funny. Having them talk about how cutting crack with baking powder will have people growing muffins out of their noses? Funny.
    • A white guy saying "nigger" usually won't score many laughs, but when said white guy is a priest and he's singing "Shake Your Ass" it's a riot!
    • In the third movie, the President and his bodyguard succumb to paranoia and beat up a roomful of "aliens disguised as humans," a.k.a. handicapped people. And if that wasn't enough, the second line is definitely crossed when the bodyguard opens up an exit...by grabbing a shotgun and blasting through a giant picture of Mother Teresa.
    • The first film's Scream 2 parody. A woman being stabbed to death in a movie theater? Horrific. A woman being stabbed to death by all the other theater patrons (including Mother Teresa and the Pope) because they got sick of her talking during the movie? Hilarious.
    • The end of Cindy and Bobby's sex scene in the first film, where Cindy is launched to the ceiling by a geyser of semen.
    • Getting dragged under a bed by an animate clown doll? Standard horror movie schtick. Being tough enough to beat the shit out of the doll? Badass. Lassoing the fleeing doll with one's six-foot-long prehensile Gag Penis and sodomizing it to death? That's this trope.
    "Here's a little balloon animal! Dada-da-dada, da-dadada-da!"
    • Leslie Nielsen is probably the only person to make racist jokes in front of the entire UN Assembly in the fourth movie so insanely hilarious.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shorty in the first two movies. Also, CJ and Mahalik in the third and fourth movies.
  • Fridge Logic: Lindsay Lohan appears to be wearing a leotard during the opening sex scene with Charlie Sheen in Scary Movie V. Um.... how does one have sex with a leotard on?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Watch the sex scene in the first movie. Then read the infamous Chapter 16.5 of Sword Art Online.
    • The scene where the priest played by James Woods starts coming onto a possessed girl, given that his current girlfriend is decades younger than himself.
  • Hollywood Homely: Very much played for laughs with Cindy Campbell who is played by the obviously attractive Anna Faris yet is constantly criticized over her appearance (this joke is dropped in the Zucker films which portray Cindy as more of a Brainless Beauty type.)
  • Les Yay: Jody and Kendra in Scary Movie 5
  • Nausea Fuel: The climax of Cindy and Bobby's sex scene in the first movie.
  • Older Than They Think: What this movie does in two hours, Shasta McNasty did in a 30 minute Halloween Special: "I Know What You Did To My Feathers"
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: A fair few fans feel this way about the Wayans Brothers, appreciating their cruder, more pop-culture savvy style over the more general spoof style used by David Zucker in the latter films. On the other hand...
    • My Real Daddy: Fans of 3 and 4 increasingly consider Craig Mazin to be this, as he was the main writer on those two films (and Superhero Movie), which did better among general audiences than 2 did. Tellingly, when he left to do the sequels to The Hangover, the quality of the fifth film dropped like a brick.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Kevin Hart as CJ in the third and fourth movies.
  • Rule of Sean Connery: Tim Curry's role in Scary Movie 2. Unfortunately, it's also the worst of the franchise (unless you dislike 5 even more) so your appreciation of his performance depends on how much you can stomach the rest of it.
  • Shallow Parody: Increasingly so as the series progressed. The first film took flack for how it was a parody of a franchise that were already parodies.
  • Shocking Swerve: Parodied at the end of the first movie, where the killer is revealed to be the retarded Doofy, who has already gotten away and is shown taking off his disguise, and is then picked up by his girlfriend and drives off into the sunset. Earlier in the film the girlfriend had no idea that he was even the mastermind, but they're revealed to have been working together in the ending.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Scary Movie 3 was generally considered a great improvement on 2, with the gross-out humor being replaced by more straightforward humor reminiscent of Airplane! and The Naked Gun - helps that it has one of its stars (Leslie Nielsen) and directors (David Zucker) of both.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: $157 million worth of tickets were sold at the US box office to see Scary Movie, compared with $103 million for Scream (1996). But this was only at the time; which has been seen by more more people since release is completely untrackable, and both films retain large fandoms.