LAUNCHED in 2000 by director Keenan Ivory Wayans, the Scary Movie franchise has repeatedly lampooned horror movie characters and conventions of the time.
Beginning with The Blair Witch Project, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream and The Sixth Sense.
Three sequels were released, in 2001, 2003 and 2006, and now Malcolm D Lee helms this fifth instalment in the series, which bids farewell to recurring characters Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) and Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall).
The targets for parody this time include Mama, Paranormal Activity, Sinister and adult comedy Ted, focusing on happily married couple Dan (Simon Rex) and Jody (Ashley Tisdale), who fear that their newborn baby is being haunted by a demonic spirit.
They seek guidance from a priest (Katt Williams) and even set up cameras in the infant’s nursery, but the dark forces are too strong for the madcap man of the cloth and the night-vision technology.
Cameos include Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Snoop Lion, Mike Tyson and Usher.
Big on laughs - if you like this kind of spoof - but not a patch on the groundbreaking originals such as Airplane.
It’s a great date movie but not for the real film buff out there, as you might expect. Does what it says on the tin!
My rating 6/10