Friday, May 10, 2013

"Scary Movie 5" Movie Review – We're Looking for a Book That Can Stop Evil Spirits

Rating: PG-13
Length: 86 minutes
Release Date: April 12, 2013
Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Charlie Sheen brings home Lindsay Lohan and immediately starts setting up his video cameras. Though she isn't on board with the idea, she quickly gives in, which leaves her open for a possession. Once the first five minutes pass, "Scary Movie 5" jumps into its main storyline.

Jody and Dan are a single couple who discover that his brother kidnapped his children and they all went missing. When Snoop Dogg and his friend stumble across the kids living in a cabin in the woods, the couple wind up taking custody. They agree to move into a large house and have their lives tapped to keep track of the children. Things go a little crazy when the girls start talking about an unseen entity that they call mama. Do you see where this is going?

"Scary Movie 5" got a lot of negative and bad reviews, but damn, I really enjoyed it! If you haven't yet seen "Mama," I highly recommend that you watch it first. We managed to see it a few weeks ago (still haven't gotten around to doing the review), and if we hadn't seen it, there's no way that I would know what was going on in this one.

I'm a big fan of the franchise, but I think this one is probably the best one after maybe the first or second one. It pokes fun at everything from "Evil Dead" to "Fifty Shades of Gray" with some "Paranormal Activity" thrown in for good measure. Remember the pool vacuum from that film moving on its own? Well in this one, the pool vacuum actually throws its own wild and crazy party with other vacuums from the neighborhood.

The only thing that didn't really fit in with the film was the "Black Swan" parody. Jody suddenly starts flashing back to her younger years and how her mother (Heather Locklear) was a huge ballet star. That leads to her deciding that she wants to start dancing again, which leads to far too many scenes involving ballet class, dance rehearsals, and other dance scenes. The only bright spot is Molly Shannon, who turns up playing an over the hill ballet star.

Some of the best moments in the film come when it pokes fun at other horror movies. The "Evil Dead" scenes are the best. Jody and her rival/friend venture to a cabin to track down a book that can end the curse on her family, and they stumble across a group of kids having a good old-fashioned bible study. After Jody says the right word, it curses the kids. See Bow Wow cut off his own arm with a chainsaw was worth the price of the ticket, especially when the kids get uncursed a few minutes later.

"Scary Movie 5" is bound to have some haters, but if you liked the others in the series, you'll like this one too.