Scary Movie 4 (2006)

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 6/10

Better than Scary Movie 3

Still has a lot of failed laughs

Movie Info

Movie Name: Scary Movie 4

Studio: Dimension Films

Genre(s): Comedy

Release Date(s): April 14, 2006

MPAA Rating: PG-13



Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) has shipped her nephew off and is now drifting aimlessly after the tragic death of her husband George Logan (Simon Rex). After a visit to Tom Logan (Charlie Sheen) ends in disaster, Cindy decides to take care of an elderly woman (Cloris Leachman). The horror lurking in the woman’s house may have ties to a surprise alien invasion by TriPods. While Cindy and her friend Brenda (Regina Hall) seek out a way to stop the alien invaders, her new potential boyfriend Tom (Craig Bierko) is trying to save his family. What is Cindy’s tie to the aliens and what is hidden in a secluded village.


I dig his ride

Directed by David Zucker, Scary Movie 4 once again brings Anna Faris against popular movies. This time, the main thrust of the story involves War of the Worlds, The Grudge, The Village, and Saw…plus a jab at Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby and the award winning Brokeback Mountain. Like most of the Scary Movies, it received a so-so response but raked in big bucks at the box office for a relatively cheap price.

Anna Faris continues to have fun as the dim-witted Cindy and this film is probably better than Scary Movie 3. The comedy is a bit more even and consistent and Leslie Nielsen, I still love you but every time you show up it is like hitting a snooze button…call me when your finished (fortunately Nielsen has less of a role in this sequel).


This always happens

The War of the Worlds stuff is a bit too close to the original movie to have tons of laughs but some of The Grudge and The Village stuff nails the stupidity of both movies. The other film references really don’t fit in to the picture and it always seems like a push to call a movie “Scary Movie” then spend a good chunk of the running time on films that aren’t horror films.

The best jokes in the movie date really quickly so if you have interest in any of the Scary Movies see them as soon as possible before you question “what was that about?” in reference to the pop-culture ties. Scary Movie 4 seemed to put a halt on the Scary Movie franchise, but Scary Movie 5 was finally released in 2013.

Related Links:

Scary Movie (2000)

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Scary Movie 5 (2003)


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