DirectorKeenan Ivory Wayans

Starring:  Anna Faris, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans

Generally sharper, and certainly more scatological, than the first Scary Movie, but only marginally better than the generally tiresome Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth and Repossessed, Scary Movie 2 benefits from some decent cameo roles (James Woods reprising Max Von Sydow in The Exorcist, and Cabin Boy’s Chris Elliot as a repulsive butler with a withered hand, and a charming Tim Curry, among others) and well-mounted parodies of everything from Hollow Man to Charlie’s Angels. With the gags coming thick and fast, it doesn't matter too much if more than a few of them fall flat. Seasoned horror fans will also have a lot of fun spotting the more obscure references. 

The disc comes with a number of concise, revealing behind the scenes featurettes (totalling about twenty minutes) and more than forty minutes of deleted and alternate scenes at various stages of completion (the film is only eighty minutes long, so these add considerably to the disc’s value). These include several scenes otherwise only glimpsed in the film’s trailer; offer extra scenes for all the main characters; explain some of the film’s prominent continuity errors; and reveal why the Castaway football and What Lies Beneath featured so prominently on the poster. 

The disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital audio (at 384kbps), and is transferred at a ratio of 1.85:1, with anamorphic enhancement. There’s a version with an English DTS track available in Holland, and the Region 1 disc has a number of DVD ROM features that are missing from the UK disc, but neither version is likely to offer much that is worth any additional trouble.














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