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  • Billing Displacement: From some of the trailers and the poster for the fifth film you'd think Charlie Sheen was the star of the fifth film 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.
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  • Creator Backlash: The Wayans Brothers aren't too fond of the second film, which was very hurriedly written when Dimension Films demanded a quick sequel. Similarly, David Zucker has admitted that the fifth film ended up being a complete disaster.
  • Dawson Casting: Anna Faris was in her early twenties when she played Cindy Campbell, who is supposed to be a high school student in the first film.
  • Development Hell: The fifth film was in development hell for several years, with one of the potential scripts instead being turned into Superhero Movie, and a Continuity Reboot of the series being considered at one point. Scary Movie 5 was eventually released in April 2013, only to end up being so poorly received that a reboot probably will be necessary to continue the series.
  • Dueling Works: 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 13th. 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.
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  • Dyeing for Your Art: Anna Faris is naturally a blonde. She dyed her hair black for Scary Movie so that she would more closely resemble Neve Campbell.
  • 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."
  • Money, Dear Boy: In one interview, David Cross said that this was the reason he appeared in the second film, stating "I didn't do [it] for the love of cinema".
  • Name's the Same: Cindy Campbell has seen her fair share of crazy things, but never squid girls.
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  • Not Screened for Critics: The fifth film wasn't screened for critics, and they panned it once they got to see it. It has a 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, far lower than the other films' scores.
  • The Other Marty:
    • Melissa Joan Hart was initially hired to star in the first film, going as far as doing costume tests, but was fired for an unknown reason.
    • 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. Charlton Heston was also in consideration for the role before Woods.
  • Recycled Set:
    • The wrecked plane set from Scary Movie 4 was originally used in the movie they were parodying, 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:
    • The original script featured a cameo role for Jamie Lee Curtis as Cindy would discover her hiding in a closet in her house while the killer was chasing her up the stairs.
    • Jared Leto was offered to play Bobby during the early stages of casting. He eventually declined, in favor of doing Requiem for a Dream, which also starred Marlon Wayans.
    • The role of Brenda Meeks was originally offered to Aaliyah but she turned it down. Lil' Kim was also considered.
    • Alicia Silverstone turned down the role of Cindy Campbell.
    • Jenny McCarthy and Britney Spears were offered the role of Drew Decker. McCarthy turned down the role in order to instead appear in Scream 3 but would later appear as Katie in Scary Movie 3.
    • 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 McFeely 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.
    • The third film also has an extended alternate ending wherein Cody turns out to be a figment of Cindy's imagination, George turns into the Hulk to defeat the aliens (who actually are evil in this version), and Cindy goes into the Matrix to defeat Tabitha.
  • Working Title: Last Summer I Screamed Because Halloween Fell On Friday The 13th.


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