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THE MOVIE: Scary Movie 3

THE STARS:
Charlie Sheen • Anna Faris • Anthony Anderson • Leslie Nielsen • Simon Rex
DIRECTOR: David Zucker

Really scarey THE CONCEPT:
The third in the Scary Movie franchise, now helmed by David Zucker (Airplane), satirizes such recent successes as The Ring, Signs, 8 Mile and Matrix: Reloaded.

U.S. RELEASE: October 24 2003, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

DAVID ZUCKER:
“It would not have been my idea originally to do the Scary Movie franchise, because I don’t think they mix – horror is already outrageous, and not really to be taken seriously, so how do you spoof it? But then they said, ‘How about doing Signs and The Ring?’ The Ring is a horror movie but it’s unique, that a video tape could kill you, you can’t not spoof it, it’s an easy target.”

ANNA FARIS on what she feels their most successful spoof was:
“I like all the Signs stuff. I think that was a strong film that obviously did very well at the box office.”

ANTHONY ANDERSON:
“I think the most successful thing we parody in this film is 8 Mile. They wanted exact positioning, exact movements, exact camera angles, if you look at 8 Mile and Scary Movie 3, you can literally lay the shots over one another.”

SIMON REX:
“With Signs we really nailed the fact that the aliens can fly from another galaxy, but they are allergic to water and they come to a planet that’s seventy-five percent water, and that they can travel all this way, but they don’t know how to open a door!”

LESLIE NIELSEN:
“I did this role because David Zucker called me, it’s as simple as that. It’s like coming out of the Sahara Desert and finding a waterhole.”

ZUCKER:
“It was hard to combine Signs with The Ring, and we went through many drafts trying to find the mix, and we figured out really late in the game that we could put the well under the farmhouse. The audience was willing to go along with us as long as we were doing a video tape that killed people and crop circles made by aliens. When we tried to put in The Matrix stuff and The Hulk, it was too much. People want to still believe that they’re seeing a real movie.”

FARIS:
“I worked really hard on a Matrix fight. It was the scene where Keanu Reeves flies around a light pole. I flew around a light pole and I fought all these little girls, but it just wasn’t all that funny and they cut it out.”

NIELSEN:
“There was a time in my career where I thought, ‘Whose grandfather will I be playing tomorrow?’ and then I got the script called Airplane, it was a comedy, and it changed my life. (And I found) insanity on the screen doesn’t really work unless you can add credibility and believability.”

ANDERSON:
“We all come from a generation where people talk back to the screen. You know if they run that way they’re going to die, so you scream, ‘BITCH, DON’T RUN THAT WAY!’ I think that’s where this was born from, marrying the two - horror and comedy.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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