Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|This is another version of Scary
Movie, actually made before the Wayans' film, and treads
on exactly the same territory, making fun of the Scream
Here are some facts to help you determine if you'll like it:
|The cast includes Rosemarie (from the old Dick Van Dyke Show), Tom Arnold, J.J. ("Dynomite") Walker, Coolio, Simon Rex, Shirley Jones (Partridge mom), and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen before she dropped the Amber.||
|The humor includes having the high school
office ask the following people to report to the
principal's office: Ben Dover, Hugh G. Rektion, Heywood
Jablomee, Mike Hunt, and others.
The character names include Coach Hasselhoff (the swim team, of course), The Administrator formerly known as Prince-ipal, Nurse Kevorkian, and Mrs Tingle.
The cell phone jokes include: (woman's voice) "I have a collect call for anyone from .... " (digitally altered voice) "... The Killer ..." (woman's voice) "...will you accept the charges?"
The "notes" all come on stationary that says, "from the desk of ... The Killer ... ", with a cute little picture of him in full masked regalia. Actually, one of them comes in a prize notification envelope, except it has the killer's picture instead of Ed McMahon. "You may already be a victim!" (I did laugh at that one)
The Mentos parody "death goes better ... with Mentos fresh and full of life"
One thing I appreciate in a comedy is that a good comedy writer knows that people can't agree on what's funny, so he can't make the entire film rely on one style of humor and five jokes. This film throws hundreds and hundreds of jokes at you, and when you see the kids walking along talking, there are more sight gags going on behind them - hell, I probably missed most of them because they went by so fast.
So that's the good news - if one gag doesn't make you laugh, there are five more in the next minute, and maybe one will tickle your funny-bone. It is just another version of Scary Movie, but that ain't all bad. Although director John Blanchard hasn't done much lately, he used to direct both SCTV and Kids in the Hall, so he knows how to deliver and pace the gags. (He directed the legendary "The Last Polka", about the Smenge Brothers)
|The bad news:
(1) Tom Arnold is probably the funniest person in the movie
(2)the humor is sophomoric on the top end, and just grade school playground jokes on the bottom end. On the other hand, if you prefer more sophisticated humor, I'm sure there will be no waiting list at Blockbuster to check out "The Importance of Being Earnest".
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