Scary Movie 3

Scary Movie 3 is a 2003 American science fantasy horror comedy film, which parodies the horror, sci-fi, and mystery genres. It is the third film in the Scary Movie franchise, and the first to be directed by David Zucker.

Scary Movie 3
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Zucker
Produced by
  • Robert K. Weiss
  • David Zucker
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Buddy Johnson
Phil Beauman
Jason Friedberg
Aaron Seltzer
Music byJames L. Venable
CinematographyMark Irwin
Edited byJon Poll
Brad Grey Pictures[1]
Distributed byDimension Films[1]
Release date
  • October 20, 2003 (2003-10-20) (Los Angeles premiere)
  • October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24)
Running time
84 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$48 million[3]
Box office$220.7 million[3]

The film stars Anna Faris and Regina Hall reprising their roles as Cindy Campbell and Brenda Meeks, respectively. New cast members include Charlie Sheen, Simon Rex, Anthony Anderson, Kevin Hart, and Leslie Nielsen. It is the first film in the series to feature no involvement from the Wayans family. The characters of Shorty Meeks and Ray Wilkins, previously played by Shawn and Marlon Wayans, do not appear, nor are they referenced.

The film's plot significantly parodies the films The Ring, Signs, The Matrix Reloaded and 8 Mile. The film grossed $220.7 million worldwide. It is the last film in the series to be released by The Walt Disney Company's subsidiary Miramax Films, under the brand Dimension Films. It was named the 2004 Teen Choice Awards in the category of Choice Movie: Your Parents Didn't Want You to See.[4]


Katie (Jenny McCarthy) and Becca (Pamela Anderson) talk about what Katie believes is a sex tape, but Becca calls it a cursed tape. After several odd occurrences, they both die. Meanwhile, in a farm outside Washington, D.C., widowed farmer Tom Logan (Charlie Sheen) and his brother George (Simon Rex) discover a crop circle, saying "Attack Here!", after noticing the dogs' strange activity.

Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris), now a reporter, announces the crop circles on the news. She picks up her paranormally endowed nephew Cody from school, where her best friend Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall) is his teacher. George picks up his niece Sue, who is in the same class. Cindy and George quickly become attracted to one another, and George invites her and Brenda to a rap-battle with his rapper friends Mahalik (Anthony Anderson) and CJ (Kevin Hart). George proves to be talented but is violently thrown out after he raises his unintentionally pointy white hood.

After watching the cursed videotape, Brenda asks Cindy to keep her company. After playing several pranks on Cindy, the girl from the cursed tape, Tabitha, fights with and kills Brenda. George receives a phone call about the death, and Tom meets with Sayaman, who apologizes for the accident involving himself and Tom's wife Annie.

During Brenda's wake, George and Mahalik wreak havoc in an unsuccessful attempt to revive her, only to blow up her body and get kicked out of the house. Cindy finds the cursed tape in Brenda's room, watches it, and receives a phone call warning her of her death in seven days. She calls George, CJ and Mahalik for help. CJ says his Aunt Shaneequa might be able to help. Shaneequa (Queen Latifah), the Matrix Oracle, and her husband Orpheus (Eddie Griffin) agree to watch the tape with her. Shaneequa discovers the hidden image of a lighthouse and gets in a fight with Tabitha's mother. Shaneequa tells Cindy to find the lighthouse to break the curse. When Cindy returns home, she finds Cody watched the tape.

At work, Cindy searches through pictures of lighthouses before finding the one from the tape. Desperate to save Cody, Cindy warns everyone by entering a message into the news anchor's teleprompter. Her boss interrupts her, and the anchor mechanically recites the wrong message. The Logans take it seriously since they encountered an alien disguised as Michael Jackson, and President Baxter Harris (Leslie Nielsen) personally visits the farm to investigate the crop circles. Cindy visits the lighthouse, where she encounters The Architect (George Carlin). The loquacious old man explains Tabitha was his evil adopted daughter, whom his wife drowned in the farm's well, but not before she imprinted her evil onto the tape. Unfortunately, he mistakenly returned it to Blockbuster believing it was Pootie Tang, unleashing the curse. When Cindy asks about how this relates to the Aliens, the Architect speculates that Tabitha is summoning them to aid her in destroying the human race.

Returning home, Cindy discovers her station has been broadcasting the evil tape for hours, and there have been various sightings of aliens around the world. Worse, Cody is missing. Cindy tracks him to the Logan farm, where he has taken refuge with George. Tom orders everybody into the basement for safety, as he, George and Mahalik go outside to fight the extraterrestrials. The aliens arrive but reveal they are friendly and have come to stop Tabitha, since they accidentally watched the tape on a broadcast they had intercepted, again believing it was Pootie Tang.

In the basement, Cindy recognizes the farm's cellar from the tape, and she finds the well where Tabitha drowned. Suddenly, Tabitha appears behind her. A short fight ensues, during which Tabitha takes Cody hostage. Cindy and George appeal to her, offering her a place in their family. Tabitha appears to accept the offer but changes back to her monstrous form. As she advances on Cindy and the others, President Harris opens a door and accidentally knocks her into the well. The aliens leave in peace, and Cindy and George get married. Leaving for their honeymoon, they realize they left Cody behind. After Cindy avoids hitting Cody at an intersection, another car strikes him.


Rapper cameosEdit

As well as in "The Rap Battle", several actual rappers assist in the confrontation with the aliens and a subsequent shootout amongst themselves.


Films and TV showsEdit

  • The Ring (2002) - main parody
  • Signs (2002) - main parody
  • 8 Mile (2002)- Rap battle. Main character mentioned.
  • The Others (2001)- Parody of "I'm your daughter" scene.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)- Pamela Anderson's character is called "My precious".
  • The Hot Chick (2002)- Scene where Pamela and Jenny McCarthy play fight.
  • Minority Report (2002)- Character of Cody can see the future like the Precogs.
  • Airplane! (1980)- Leslie Nielsen says his famous "Good luck. We're all counting on you" line.
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)- Nielsen talks about aliens disguising themselves as humans.
  • Air Force One (1997)- Picture of Harrison Ford as president.
  • Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)- George is a talentless white person trying to be a rapper.
  • BASEketball (1998)- Nielsen utters the "You should see my nipples" line.
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)- Parodies of the Oracle, Morpheus, and the Architect appear.
  • Pootie Tang (2001)- The Architect mentions it as a film he meant to return to Blockbuster but sent the cursed tape by accident.
  • Jeopardy! (1964–present)- Category screens appear during Architect scene.
  • American Idol (2002–present)- Simon Cowell appears during rap battle.
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)- Parodies scene where Bruce messes with the teleprompter.
  • How High (2001)- Dogs smoking bong.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)- Tabitha attacks Cindy with a chainsaw.
  • Ben-Hur (1959)- Dog is seen pulling other dog in chariot.
  • Hulk (2003) - alternative ending
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)- Scene where George, Mahalik, and CJ hug before rap battle.

Real-life peopleEdit



There were four posters. The first poster spoofed Signs where the signs are shaved on the back of someone's hair with a small house on top of the hair and on the top left of the hair is a comb. The second poster spoofed The Ring where there are two rings with a small circle inside each ring and at the bottom of the poster is an upside-down triangle. The header reads "You'd die to see these rings". The third poster spoofed Catch Me If You Can where a woman in her bikini, who is screaming is running away from a blue alien. The header reads "catch her if you can". The fourth and final poster is the original poster as in the first two Scary Movie films were sitting in the back are Orpheus, Oracle, and President Baxter Harris and sitting in the front row are Simon Rex, Mahalik, Cindy Campbell and Tom Logan with Annie Logan sitting on his right knee. MJ alien is sitting in the far back and the background spoofing the signs poster. The header reads "Great trilogies come in threes".

Home mediaEdit

Alternate scenesEdit

The DVD edition includes a director's audio commentary, several deleted scenes and alternate endings (with optional commentary). A "3.5" special DVD was also released, and contained several more deleted scenes than the original DVD, with an unrated version of the film.

In the alternate ending, Cindy is told Cody does not exist. After hitting a few people in the face with a shovel, Cindy asks everybody who is not real to stand over at a different spot. Cody goes over there but is followed by Santa Claus. The aliens then begin to invade but George stops them by transforming into The Hulk. President Harris tries to hulk out but ends up soiling his pants. Cindy enters the Logan House, where she is attacked by Tabitha. She is teleported away to Aunt Shaneequa, who teaches her how to defeat Tabitha. Cindy must then confront hundreds of Tabitha's. She wins the battle by performing moves from The Matrix and teleports back to the Logan House. The cast then gets into a car with the President, but are horrified to learn that the driver happens to be M. Night Shyamalan.

One of the scenes that appeared on the Extended DVD named Scary Movie 3.5 was part of the unrated feature. After Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy shut off the TV, the two complement each other on their good looks. Anderson then asks if McCarthy wants her "shaved pussy", but this turns out to be a furless kitten.

In an extended scene, the person who runs Cody down at the end is shown to be Michael Jackson.


Box officeEdit

The film opened at the number one spot in the US, grossing $48.1 million in its opening weekend[3] and $57.5 million for that week. In its second week, it grossed $24.7 million.[5] At the end of its box office run, Scary Movie 3 grossed $110 million in the US and $110.7 million internationally, making $220.7 million in total.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 49 out of 100 on Metacritic, with the former's consensus being "Though an improvement over the second Scary Movie, the laughs are still inconsistent".[6][7] This is the first film in the series to be rated PG-13. The first two films were R-rated.


The score for the film was composed by James L. Venable. The original soundtrack was released on October 24, 2003, and features hip hop artists such as Buku Wise, Delinquent Habits, Dame Lee, Kebyar, and others.[8] Frank Fitzpatrick served as music supervisor for the film and soundtrack. Jorge Corante produced and co-wrote the majority of original songs used for the feature.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Scary Movie 3". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Scary Movie 3 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. November 14, 2003. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Scary Movie 3 (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Teen Choice Awards (2004)". Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Scary Movie 3: Weekly gross". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "Scary Movie 3 at Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "Scary Movie 3 at Metacritic". Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Various Artists, James L. Venable: Scary Movie 3: Music". Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Frank Fitzpatrick". IMDb. Retrieved October 11, 2016.

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