‘Scary Movie 5’ Will Spoof ‘Evil Dead’ Remake
Scary Movie 5 comes to theaters this Friday with lukewarm anticipation from horror fans. Like the other films in the franchise this latest addition promises formulaic parodies of contemporary horror flicks. On the chopping block include Paranormal Activity, 127 Hours, Sinister, Mama, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Black Swan. Per usual, half the jokes will give horror fans a chuckle and half will make us wonder why they keep making these parodies – especially since at least two of the films – Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Black Swan are arguably not horror movies. Promos for the sequel betray an uneasy desparation on the part of the producers. For example, both Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen have been prominently featured for their combo-cameo as the Paranormal-Activity-couple. (Cameos are usually unadvertised and meant as surprising 'treats' for the audience.)
But there is reason for hope, as the latest trailer suggests an Evil Dead parody as well. The timing – a week after the premier of Evil Dead - is no coincidence and the remake’s success among horror fans could not have been a better harbinger for a comedic franchise badly in need of a new gimmick to encourage strong box office numbers. We can thank a group of cagy producers, - including spoof master David Zucker (the brains behind The Naked Gun and Airplane) - who managed to get their hands on an Evil Dead script last year and added an Evil Dead parody to Scary Movie 5 that includes Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and rapper Bow Wow.
Check BHM this Friday for a review of the film.
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