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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Scary Movie (2000)

"Scary Movie" (2000) is a slasher parody film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and written by Marlon and Shawn Wayans alongside Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, and Aaron Seltzer. Wayans Bros. Entertainment was one of the production companies to produce the film. The Wayans are specialists at making parody movies. For example, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" and "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" were cult classic comedies that aged gracefully. "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" spoof blaxploitation movies from the 70s and "Don't Be a Menace" parodied hood films from the 90s.

This time, the Wayans primarily spoofed "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer," popular slasher movies in the 90s. However, the film also featured classic scenes from "The Sixth Sense," "The Matrix," and "The Blair Witch Project" while mimicking high school teen movies. "Scary Movie" was a mainstream success for the Wayans, grossing over $275 million on a $19 million budget.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Writers: Marlon, Shawn Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Starring Anna Faris, Shawn Wayans, Dave Sheridan, Jon Abrahams, Regina Hall, Marlon Wayans, Shannon Elizabeth, Kurt Fuller, Carmen Electra, Frank B. Moore, Mark McConchie, Karen Kruper, Lloyd Berry, Cheri Oteri, Lochlyn Munro, Andrea Nemeth

A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a serial killer stalks a group of teenagers.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Substitute (1996)

"The Substitute" (1996) is an action-thriller and cult classic directed by Robert Mandel and stars Tom Berenger and Ernie Hudson. By 1996, Hollywood established that films about white teachers coming to inner-city schools and turning things around were successful enough at the box office to continue to produce. For example, there was "The Principal" (1987), "Dangerous Minds" (1995), "Sunset Park" (1996), and "The Substitute." It was apparent enough that "High School High" was a spoof of those movies. Regardless, "The Substitute" stepped up the level and brought intense action to the inner-city high school theme. Additional cast members include William Forsythe, Marc Anthony, Glenn Plummer, Diane Venora, and Shar-Ron Corley. Inner-city high school-themed movies usually had primarily multicultural student populations. Mandel filmed "The Substitute" at Miami Sr. High School.

Director: Robert Mandel
Writers: Roy Frumkes, Rocco Simonelli, Alan Ormsby

Starring Tom Berenger, Ernie Hudson, Marc Anthony, Glenn Plummer, Diane Venora, Shar-Ron Corley, William Forsythe, Raymond Cruz, William Forsythe, Luis Guzmán, Richard Brooks, Vincent Laresca, Maurice Compte, Beau Weaver, Cliff De Young, Willis Sparks, Noelle Beck, Jody Wilson, Jim Warne, Ian Marioles, María Celedonio, David Spates, David Hayes, Peggy Pope, Rodney A. Grant

Inner-city Miami schoolteacher Jane Hetzko (Diane Venora) gets her knee broken when she stands up to the gang leader, Juan Lacas (Marc Anthony). Her boyfriend, mercenary combat specialist Jonathan Shale (Tom Berenger), goes undercover as a substitute teacher to take down the gang but soon discovers that Lacas is merely an underling for the actual criminal mastermind.