Scary Movie 3 is a 2003 American parody film directed by David Zucker. It is the sequel to Scary Movie 2 and is the third film in the Scary Movie film series. The film parodies the horror, sci-fi, and mystery genres.

Scary Movie 3
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Zucker
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Buddy Johnson
Phil Beauman
Jason Friedberg
Aaron Seltzer
Produced byRobert K. Weiss
CinematographyMark Irwin
Edited byJon Poll
Music byJames L. Venable
Brad Grey Pictures[1]
Distributed byDimension Films[1]
Release dates
  • October 20, 2003 (2003-10-20) (Los Angeles)
  • October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24) (United States)
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 Ray Wilkins and Shorty Meeks, previously played by Shawn and Marlon Wayans respectively, 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, becoming the second highest-grossing film in the series. It is the last film in the series to be released by Miramax Films (under their then-subsidiary Dimension Films). It was named the 2004 Teen Choice Awards in the category of Choice Movie: Your Parents Didn't Want You to See. A sequel, Scary Movie 4, was released in 2006.



Two women discuss a cursed videotape that kills anyone who watches it in seven days. Having both watched it, an unseen entity kills them. Meanwhile, on a farm outside Washington, D.C., widowed pastor Tom Logan and his brother George discover Tom's daughter Sue screaming in the middle of a crop circle.

Reporter Cindy Campbell discusses the crop circles on the news, but it is largely ignored. She cares for her nephew Cody, who has precognition powers. While picking him up from school, Cindy meets George who invites her and Brenda Meeks to a rap-battle. With support from his friends Mahalik and CJ, George beats Fat Joe, but is thrown out after unintentionally wearing a pointy white hood and waves to the largely African American crowd.

Brenda tells Cindy about the cursed videotape she watched and asks her to keep her company. After playing several pranks on Cindy, the girl from the tape, Tabitha, kills Brenda. George receives a phone call about Brenda's death, and Tom meets with Sayaman, who apologizes for killing Tom's wife in a car accident.

During Brenda's wake, George and Mahalik wreak havoc in an unsuccessful attempt to revive her. Cindy finds the 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 can help. Shaneequa discovers the hidden image of a lighthouse, which can break the curse if Cindy finds it. When Cindy returns home, she finds Cody has watched the tape.

Desperate to save Cody, Cindy types a warning into the news anchor's teleprompter but her boss interrupts her and the anchor recites the wrong message. Meanwhile, the Logans encounter an alien disguised as Michael Jackson, and U.S. president Baxter Harris personally visits the farm to investigate the crop circles.

Cindy visits the lighthouse, where she encounters The Architect. 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 VHS tape. He mistakenly returned it to Blockbuster, mistaking it for 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 humanity.

Returning home, Cindy discovers Cody is missing, the news has been broadcasting the cursed tape for hours, and there have been various sightings of aliens around the world. She tracks Cody to the Logan farm, where he has taken refuge with George. Tom sends Cindy, Sue, and Cody into the basement for safety, as he, George and Mahalik go outside to fight the aliens with help from President Harris and the Secret Service. The aliens reveal they are friendly and have come to stop Tabitha after accidentally watching the tape on a broadcast they intercepted, also mistaking it for Pootie Tang.

In the basement, Cindy recognizes the farm's cellar from the tape and she finds the well where Tabitha drowned. Tabitha appears and takes Cody hostage. Cindy and George appeal to her, offering her a place in their family. Tabitha falsely claims her curse is broken but as she attacks, President Harris opens a door and unintentionally knocks her into the well.

The aliens depart and Cindy and George get married. Leaving for their honeymoon, they realize they accidentally left Cody behind. After Cindy narrowly avoids hitting Cody at an intersection, another car strikes him.



Rapper cameos


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



On November 22, 2002, Dimension Films announced a third Scary Movie without the Wayans brothers (namely director Keenan Ivory Wayans and co-stars/co-writers Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans) returning, with David Zucker taking over as director. The movie was given the title Scary Movie 3: Episode I — Lord of the Brooms, and the movie was supposed to spoof the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter franchises.[5] Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who previously wrote an early draft for Scary Movie (2000), were set to write the movie. Zucker was going to shoot that script but eventually decided to not use it, instead using a new script written by Craig Mazin and Pat Proft that was more similar to the first two installments.[6]

Filming started on March 12, 2003 and wrapped on July 16, 2003. The movie was shot in British Columbia and in Washington, D.C.[7]



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]



Home media


Alternate scenes


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 by her psychiatrist (played by William Forsythe). 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 and 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 compliment 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 office


Scary Movie 3 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.[10] 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 response


Scary Movie 3 received a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 129 critics, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Though an improvement over the second Scary Movie, the laughs are still inconsistent."[11] On Metacritic, it has a score of 49 out of 100 based on reviews from 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[13]

See also



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  4. ^ @voiceoverprince (April 7, 2022). "In 2003, Tom Kenny and I recorded these adorable aliens everyone remembers from #scarymovie3 We were never billed,…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ November 22, Gary Susman Updated; EST, 2002 at 05:00 AM. "Dimension greenlights Wayans-free Scary Movie 3". Retrieved December 15, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ The Epic Disastrous Unmade Works and Spoofs of Seltzer and Friedberg and their History - Groovy Jake, July 20, 2022, retrieved December 15, 2022
  7. ^ Scary Movie 3 (2003) - IMDb, retrieved December 15, 2022
  8. ^ "Various Artists, James L. Venable: Scary Movie 3: Music". Amazon. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Frank Fitzpatrick". IMDb. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Scary Movie 3: Weekly gross". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Scary Movie 3". Rotten Tomatoes. October 24, 2003. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "Scary Movie 3 at Metacritic". Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  13. ^ "SCARY MOVIE 3 (2003) B". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.