Review: 'Scary Movie' frighteningly unfunny
This film publicity image released by Dimension Films/The Weinstein Co. shows Snoop Dogg, left, and Mac Miller in a scene from "Scary Movie 5." (AP Photo/Dimension Films/The Weinstein Co., Peter Iovino)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You have to at least give "Scary Movie 5" points for timeliness. This latest installment of the horror movie spoof franchise manages to deliver parodies of movies as recent as last week's "Evil Dead" remake, not to mention one that hasn't even been made yet ("Fifty Shades of Gray"). But those points are immediately subtracted by the fact that this Wayans-less installment doesn't manage to wrest a single laugh from any one of them.
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee and co-written and produced by the venerable David Zucker ("Airplane," ''The Naked Gun"), it demonstrates that the latter has definitely lost his comic mojo. The film, which opened without being press-screened, unspooled to an opening day audience that produced a deafening silence.
This film publicity image released by Dimension Films/The Weinstein Co. shows Sarah Hyland in a scene from "Scary Movie 5." (AP Photo/Dimension Films/The Weinstein Co., Peter Iovino)
If you've seen the trailer, you've already seen the most notorious segment, in which Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan enthusiastically — if sadly — make fun of their naughty personas in a clownish opening sex sequence riffing on the "Paranormal Activity" series. It's pretty much all downhill from there.
The filmmakers' desperation is evident from the fact that a good chunk of the running time is devoted to spoofing the recent Jessica Chastain-starrer "Mama." While that film was indeed a sleeper hit, it hardly seems memorable enough to warrant such sustained treatment, and indeed the comic pay-offs are nil.
Otherwise, it's mostly a jumbled-together collection of sketches riffing on a disparate group of films including "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," ''Inception," ''Cabin in the Woods," ''Paranormal Activity" and its sequels and even "Black Swan." Resembling the sort of lame bits relegated to the closing minutes of "Saturday Night Live" when airtime must be filled and featuring narration by a Morgan Freeman sound-alike, their collective lameness is numbing.