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Scary Movie (2000), (R)
CAP Influence Density: 5.33
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NOTE: We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or its manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth

If Scriptural references appear in the Summary / Commentary, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary, likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


Of more than 320 movie analyses, Scary Movie (R) is the second(a) to earn a CAP Final Score of zero.

There was no plot, no theme, and no sense to Scary Movie. It was just 81 minutes of wanton licentious disregard for righteousness, moral character and inhibition. There is no way to reveal the truth about this supremely vulgar movie in a summary/commentary without sounding nearly as vulgar as the movie. Please forgive me but I cannot avoid the extremes of this ministry any more than Paul avoided the extremes in Corinth. In a culture where we have been so drugged by vulgar extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible, we must address the extremes as well as the less severe, however uncomfortable it makes us. Our kids are "adressing" those extremes. Don't you think it wise to know with what they are being "addressed?" This is "real life" folks. Our real kids are watching this stuff. More than adults. The underage to adult ratio in the audience was about 20:1. And some of that "20" were not teens yet but will be in about five or six years -- imagine the influence of this "movie" on their values base then, imagine which "little straight pins" will surface then or between now and then [3 John 11].

If you are offended by frank discussion of sexual and other vulgarities (as you should be) I encourage you to leave this report without reading the more detailed accounting of findings in the rest of this Summary/Commentary or the Findings/Scoring section. But to give you a more complete picture of this "movie" before you leave, the numeric data from the Findings/Scoring section is duplicated in alpha-numeric display only located just below this paragraph.

Investigation Area * Score * Examples per Hour
Wanton Violence/Crime * zero * 20.7
Impudence/Hate * zero * 77.8
Sex/Homosexuality * zero * 72.6
Drugs/Alcohol * zero * 16.3
Offense to God * zero * 14.1
Murder/Suicide * zero * 7.4

Final Score: zero
Influence Density: 5.33

I repeat, if you are offended by frank discussion of sexual and other vulgarities (as you should be) I encourage you to leave this report now. But if you hear from your teens who want to see it that this is a good "movie", or if YOU want to see it, you might want to bite the bullet and read on. Just so you'll know what's coming.

(a) I reported earlier that this was the first movie to earn a CAP score of zero. I was wrong. I had forgotten about American Psycho which also received a zero score. The statement was my error, not an analysis model error. This is not a database operation. We cannot afford such expense nor a staff to help me. While the Findings/Scoring are completely computer generated and are thus completely objective, the Summary/Commentary is manual and is subject to my errors.

Beginning with the typical dirty phone call, Drew Becker (Carmen Electra), a twenty-something student at B. A. Corpse High School, is terrorized by the clone of the killer in the Scream movies [Ezek. 32:23]. Though all manner of humor is used to mask or make light of the vulgarities, they were there in spades [Is. 5:20]. The killer stabbed the young woman in the chest and an implant was impaled on the withdrawn knife. In other parts of this sub plot, the killer was seen drooling over the centerfold pictures of Becker in "Playtime" porno mag, and so was the audience -- ALL details of Electra were seen by all, including the 7 or 8 year olds in the audience [Prov. 6:23-26; Luke 17:2; Matt. 18:7]. I wonder what Child Protective Services would do if I were to show the same pictures to any of our seven kids at home, or what the police would do it I were to hold the same centerfold picture up for all patrons to see as they walked out of the theater auditorium which displayed it about an hundred times larger. Further, Becker discusses the details of her immoral sex life with the killer caller, using language and details reserved for boiler room arguments, all with "There's nothing wrong with it" resolve, of course [Col. 3:8]. In her frenzy to protect herself, thinking the killer was at the front door, Becker opens it and beats whatever / whomever was there with a baseball bat. It turned out to be two trick or treaters. Shades of gun control! Running out of the house with the killer hot on her heels, he rips off all her outer clothing. As she runs through a lawn sprinkler she pauses and starts a sensuous dance with self touching in her very brief, thong style underwear [Matt. 14:6]. After the lawn dance is when the killer catches up to her and stabs her in the chest -- graphically -- with the implant impaled on the withdrawn knife [Matt. 19:18]. As she tries to continue her flight from the killer, the young lady runs into the path of her parents' moving car. Apparently, by positioning of the mother, her parents were engaged in oral sex causing her father who was driving to not see her.

As the story moves on from one "sub plot" to another, the ignominy explodes [Gal. 5:19-21]. In one of the "sub plots" a man hears some whining in the public bathroom stall next to him and lowers himself to listen through a hole between the stalls. As he tries to hear through the hole, a male member is thrust though it to touch his ear, at which this actor portraying a homosexual expresses delight. Eventually, the male member is thrust through his head, ear to ear.

There's more. A lot more. For example, a transvestite in a mini-skirt as a school girl's coach [Deut. 22:5] proceeds to display his exaggerated scrotum to one of the school girls in his office -- repeatedly. Further, a picture of the frontal privates of a school boy (in his late 20s or early 30s) is not only shown to the audience, it is passed among a group of mixed company. In a brutal episode of sadomasochistic heterosexual intercourse, most nudity "politely" hidden of course, the girl is pinned to the ceiling with a firehose blast of emission from the same boy who earlier manipulated a stuffed monkey to masturbate.

And throughout it all is tons of sexual innuendo, comments (many vulgar), and talk. Petting in the high school halls, smoking in classrooms, foul language (all manner of it), "teens" in underwear, and an inflatable sex toy [Prov. 8:13]. Lacing it all is much homosexual suggestion [Rom. 1:20 - 32], sucking a male's finger to gain favor [Prov 6:26], beating of a girl while others look on with enjoyment, theft from a supposedly dead body, and, believe it or not, murder AND suicide. Implications of anal sex, a boy sneaking into a girl's bedroom for sex, racial slurs, arrogance against rules, and revelling drunkenness. Encouragement to drop inhibitions ... the list goes on as in Galatians 5:19-21, and is provided in the Findings/Scoring section. Note that the ignominy was so frequent and was presented at such a rapid pace that it is quite likely I missed a lot of it while annotating the findings, possibly missing even more severe ignominy.

And this is entertainment?

The Findings/Scoring section after the Scriptures provides a full accounting of the findings if you wish to view them.


  • 3 John 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
  • Ezek. 32:23 Their graves are in the depths of the pit and her army lies around her grave. All who had spread terror in the land of the living are slain, fallen by the sword.
  • Is. 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
  • Matt. 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
  • Matt. 14:6-8 On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
  • Gal. 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Prov. 6:23-26 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
  • Matt. 18:7 "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Deut. 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Rom. 1:20 - 32 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, [23] And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. [24] Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: [25], and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. [26] For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. [28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; [29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, [30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [31] Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: [32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


    FINDINGS / SCORING: Scary Movie (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • threats to kill, verbal and with knives, hooks and other impaling devices most with chasing an intended victim
  • two kids getting beaten with a baseball bat
  • knife attacks including visible impalements and repeated knifings
  • vehicular impacts with pedestrians
  • planning cover up of vehicular involuntary manslaughter
  • theft from a dead body
  • beating of a girl and murder of another with the onlookers enjoying and/or participating in it
  • threat to commit suicide because of impatience with teens
  • control by firearm
  • demands to be stabbed
  • robbery
  • gunfire to capture robbers

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 61 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 22 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • flatulence
  • father's encouragement of and order to his daughter to lie to police
  • bragging of the sinful activities at a youth party
  • petting in school, car
  • concern for damage to car rather than man just hit
  • throwing of grandma down stairs to stop assailant, then being hit by a piano rolled down the stairs
  • insulting racial comments
  • tattoos
  • defiance of rules of courtesy
  • urination contest
  • encouragement to drop inhibitions
  • making a threat to kill fun
  • vulgar rap songs
  • "Lack of sex can cause deviant behavior"
  • two-facedness about respect for parent

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • much vulgar talk
  • many sexual innuendo
  • "Playtime" nude centerfold, fully visible
  • admission and impudence at sexual immorality
  • ripping off clothes to underwear
  • self-touching with sensuous dance
  • "teens" in underwear
  • "teen" boy sneaking in "teen" girl's bedroom for sex at least twice
  • portrayal of a stuffed monkey masturbating
  • "teen" boy on "teen" girl in bed, clothed
  • talk of sexual immorality at a youth party
  • offer to "teen" boy to see "teen" girl's breasts
  • "teen" offer of sex
  • dressing to maximize female form and skin exposure
  • excessive cleavage
  • conversations about oral sex
  • nude pictures
  • inflatable and rigid sex toys
  • many homosexual suggestions, talk, performance and mannerisms
  • episodes of licking kissing
  • stripping in car for sex
  • requests for sexual performance
  • sucking finger of male as invitation (to gain favor)
  • portrayal of oral sex using a frankfurter
  • partial nudity
  • full nudity, male rear, multiple; lower frontal
  • porn names for beauty contestants
  • vulgar T-shirt
  • girl in tub
  • an adult male showing of dirty pictures of himself to a "teen" girl
  • implication of anal sex: "You're the best" from a jail cohabitant
  • transvestite sniffing female underwear
  • suggestive eye movement
  • repeated shots of grossly exaggerated male scrotum
  • "teen" girls sitting on "teen" male's pelvis in bed, clothed
  • full range of intercourse mannerisms and positions, clothed
  • male member, repeated
  • attempts at inappropriate touch
  • "teen" pair in bed in underwear, licking
  • motions, talk, and positionings for oral sex
  • sadomasochistic intercourse, clothed
  • extremely vulgar display of sexual emission

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • much talk of illegal drug use
  • drug dealing as if it were "office job"
  • father teaching daughter how to mix/prepare illegal drugs
  • talk of drinking at a youth party with impudence
  • smoking, both in class and on high school school property
  • "teen" drinking
  • "teen" drunkenness with reveling
  • "teens" smoking illegal drugs

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • "masturbated with the Crucifix"
  • cheap shot at the beneficiality of prayer and morals in school
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 16 uses without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • at least nine murders
  • one suicide

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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