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SCARY MOVIE 4 (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: David Zucker

Starring:
Anna Faris
Regina Hall
Leslie Nielsen
Craig Bierko

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Extras:  
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What's it about
All horror flicks that were relevant around 2005 are sent up in this most recent scary spoof series which now finds our heroine, Cindy, caught up in some sort of alien invasion.

Is it good movie?
Here we are with the fourth installment in a series that should have ended after the first one! In fact, SCARY MOVIE 1 promised in its initial ad campaign, "No Sequel". Oh well, the almighty dollar doth talketh! Sadly, after three sequels, Doofy, the funniest part of the first one, still doesn't return.

Do we really need to delve deeply into the specifics of the plot for this flick? Honestly, it's just a bunch of random bits meant to parody some scary and suspenseful flicks that the majority of filmgoers already know about. And that's funny, right? Well, not really. I will say this: at least director David Zucker, in the full NAKED GUN spirit, attempts to deliver a silly bit every 30 seconds or so. That does deserve to be commended. However, the percentage of times that the jokes connect in truly inspired comedic form is sadly far below 500. For instance, when a character walks out of a house holding a football, I immediately stated that someone was going to get hit in the face with it. No sooner than 10 seconds later, someone was eating pigskin and getting knocked to the ground.

It's the lame and obvious gags like this that immediately lower the levels of all these "fill-in-the-blank MOVIE" movies that get made these days. Frankly, ideas like that are just pathetic. To make matters worse, this is the Blu-Ray version of the flick, so stupid exercises like this look even dumber in the crystal clear format. I thought, why the f*ck would such a high-tech transfer be wasting its time with drivel like this? The whole movie looked cheaper.

And, hey, we even get the infamous "winner" himself, Charlie Sheen reprising his role from part 3 in the beginning. Knowing what we know now, it's definitely pretty hilarious watching Sheen-y make an ass of himself as he's berated by countless lavatory lampoons. And I don't have a problem with bathroom humor, as long as it's executed with some form of flair. That just does not happen here. There's just way too many stupid stabs at laughs to warrant a real recommendation. To make matters worse, all the scary movies being parodied are strung together on the flimsiest of strings (though that probably would come as no suprise). At least it was nice to see Mr. Leslie Nielsen one last time still in fine funny form.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 2.35:1

Audio English dolby digital.

The Extras
14 minutes of pointless Deleted Scenes with optional commentary from director, David Zucker.

The Scary Truth: A Conversation with the Filmmakers which is overlong and somewhat boring.

The Man Behind the Laugh: David Zucker which chronicles the director's strange laugh (no joke).

Seven minutes of lame Bloopers.

The featurette Zany Spoof Humor: Zucker Style which explaines what Mr. Zucker used to be good at.

The Visual Effects of Scary Movie 4 which, for some reason, not once said why the FX were so poor.

YoungbloodZ which felt the need to quickly explain to us that there's a rapper duo in the flick.

Rappers…Actors which should have been combined with the above extra.

A featurette called The Cast that tells you who was in the movie and who was in the one (or ones) before it.

The Improvisation of Craig Bierko was actually kind of funny. This guy is good.

Last Call
This series has long overstayed its welcome (like every other fill-in-the-blank MOVIE). Part 4 is really just a tawdry excuse to string together a bunch of half-assed parodies of recent movies (some of which aren't even scary ones). Sure there are a few laughs, but nowhere near enough to fill an entire 90-minute movie. I hope this is the last one.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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