Watch All ‘Scary Movie in Order’ With Release Date in 2024

Soumya Nair

Written by Soumya Nair

Updated On December 28, 2023

Scary Movie in Order

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Scary Movie in Order

The Scary Movie series is one of the most iconic and beloved franchises that perfectly captures the essence of horror comedies. So, why not embark on a thrilling and hilarious journey together by going through every Scary Movie in order? So buckle up and prepare for an exciting ride filled with frights, laughs, and countless memorable moments!

Horror movies are definitely a treat for adrenaline junkies, but if you belong to the group that loves horror but occasionally wants to escape into the blanket, Scary Movies are the perfect pick for you. 

These movies do not overdose on the horror element and balance it out with perfect comedy timing, so you can enjoy the whole movie without having to escape into the blanket. The franchise has made its mark in the genre since the early 2000s. So, Let’s get started on our spooky and side-splitting adventure!

Ultimate Horror Order: Watch Every Scary Movie Sequentially

For the best experience and to truly appreciate the comedic genius of the franchise, watching Scary Movie in order is the way to go. Each instalment builds upon the previous one, offering new jokes, plot twists, and parodies that fans will love. So, grab your popcorn, and let’s dive into the series in chronological order:

Scary Movie (2000)

Scary Movie 2000
Rotten Tomatoes Rating51%
Release Date7 July 2000
Directed ByKeenen Ivory Wayans

The first installment introduces us to the hilarious world of Scary Movie, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. It is known for parodying popular horror films of the late 1990s, such as Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Sixth Sense, and The Blair Witch Project.

Scary Movie 2000 plot revolves around Cindy and her friends, who accidentally hit a man with their car and decide to dump his body in the ocean. A year later, they begin receiving threatening letters from a mysterious person who seems to know about the incident. The friends are then targeted by a masked killer, who starts picking them off individually.

The main cast includes Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell, Jon Abrahams as Bobby Prinze, Shannon Elizabeth as Buffy Gilmore, Regina Hall as Brenda Meeks, and Marlon Wayans as Shorty Meeks. The film is known for its slapstick humor, over-the-top gags, and exaggerated spoofing of popular horror films, making it a cult classic among fans of both horror and comedy genres.

Though the horror movies targeted did well in the genre, Scary Movie still managed to find something to take a dig at, which the audience seemed to welcome well.

Scary Movie was a box office success, grossing over $27 million worldwide against a $19 million budget. 

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Scary Movie 2 2001
Rotten Tomatoes Rating14%
Release Date4 July 2001
Directed ByKeenen Ivory Wayans

Scary Movie 2  2001 is the second in the Scary Movie in order. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, the movie continues the tradition of parodying popular horror films, focusing mainly on The Haunting, The Exorcist, and Poltergeist, among others. Though the movie failed to match the level of entertainment of its precedent, it laid the foundation for more movies of the slapstick comedy genre like The Pink Panther franchise

The story follows Cindy Campbell and her friends as they are invited to spend the night in a haunted house by their eccentric professor. The group discovers that the house is inhabited by various ghosts and supernatural entities. They must survive a series of horrifying yet comedic incidents while trying to uncover the truth behind the haunting.

The cast includes returning actors Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell, Regina Hall as Brenda Meeks, Tim Curry as Professor, Marlon Wayans as Shorty Meeks, and newcomers such as Shawn Wayans, Chris Elliott, David Cross, and Tori Spelling. Scary Movie 2 tried to continue the franchise’s signature slapstick humor and outrageous parodies, including scenes like Cindy having a fistfight with a possessed cat and a possessed clown failing to kill Ray when he sexually assaults the clown. The makers clearly put efforts into trying to tickle the bones of the audience, but somewhere failed to impress like the previous part.

Scary Movie 2 grossed $14.12 million worldwide against a $45 million budget, a significant drop compared to the first film’s box office performance. Nevertheless, the franchise continued with three more sequels, each focusing on parodying different horror films and cultural trends of their respective periods.

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Scary Movie 3 2003
Rotten Tomatoes Rating35%
Release Date20 October 2003
Directed ByDavid Zucker

Scary Movie 3  2003, parodies a new set of popular horror and science fiction films of the time, such as The Ring, Signs, and 8 Mile.

Cindy Campbell becomes a television news reporter and investigates mysterious crop circles on a local farm. Simultaneously, she comes across a cursed videotape that promises to kill anyone who watches it after seven days. Everything becomes messier when her station broadcasts the cursed tape. As Cindy tries to uncover the truth behind these strange occurrences, she also deals with an alien invasion and other bizarre events that put her and her friends in danger.

The film also portrayed the legendary Michael Jackson as an alien to which the pop star objected and filed a case for portraying him as an alien and a child abuser. The movie somehow manages to build suspense while also keeping it light-hearted with its trademark comic remarks and digs. 

This Scary Movie film received mixed reviews from critics but was a commercial success, grossing over $220 million worldwide against a $45 million budget. 

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

Scary Movie 4 2006
Rotten Tomatoes Rating34%
Release Date14 April 2006
Directed ByDavid Zucker

Scary Movie 4 had its theatrical release in 2006 and marked the fourth film in the series, directed by David Zucker. The movie parodies some well-known horror, and science fiction films of the time including The Grudge, War of the Worlds, Saw, and The Village.

The plot follows an unemployed Cindy Campbell, who is left with no other option than to work as a caregiver for an older woman, Mrs. Norris. She later discovers that the house is haunted by the spirit of a young boy and sets out to find out details regarding his death. Soon after, she discovers that Earth is facing an alien invasion. She must work together with her friends to save humanity. Meanwhile, Tom Ryan, played by Craig Bierko, tries to protect his children and figure out what is causing the mysterious tripod attacks.

The movie was supposed to be the last part of the Scary Movie franchise and hence saw the lead stars, Anna Faris and Regina Hall as Cindy and Brenda, for the last time. It feels like the makers ran out of ideas to bring something new to the table each time, which was visible in the movie’s forced laughs and lame jokes. The 2013 sequence was never planned and came as a surprise for everyone. 

Scary Movie 4 received mixed negative reviews from critics but was a commercial success, grossing over $17 million worldwide against a $4 crore budget. The film’s success led to the production of the fifth and final installment in the series, Scary Movie 5, which was released in 2013. 

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

Scary Movie 5 2013
Rotten Tomatoes Rating34%
Release Date14 April 2006
Directed ByDavid Zucker

Scary Movie 5 2013, is the fifth and final installment in the Scary Movie franchise released after a considerable gap of 7 years. The psychological horror films such as Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, Inception, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes became a hit during the time, and Scary Movie did not miss out on the opportunity to take a dig at the movies.

The movie had a new set of cast, with Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex in the lead roles. The story revolves around a couple, Jody and Dan, who adopt Dan’s deceased brother’s children. They soon realize that their new home is haunted by strange supernatural occurrences. As they try to understand what is happening, they also find themselves involved in a bizarre ballet world and an ape uprising. 

The film also has cameo appearances from celebrities like Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and Snoop Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion). As with the previous films, Scary Movie 5 continues to utilize slapstick humor and outlandish parodies to generate laughs but fails terribly. The movie feels like a mess between multiple stories and does not meet the expectations of the audience. 

Scary Movie 5 received mostly negative reviews from critics and was the least successful film in the franchise, both critically and financially. It grossed $7.84 million worldwide against a $2 crore budget. 

Background of the Scary Movie Franchise

Created by the talented Wayans brothers, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans, the Scary Movie series burst onto the scene in 2000 with its first installment. This loud and edgy film cleverly parodied some of the top horror franchises like Scream, Saw, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. So if you want to enjoy the movie, you must be familiar with the popular horror movies of respective times to understand all the references made throughout the movie. 

From Halloween, The Exorcist, and Paranormal Activity, no film was safe from the Scary Movie treatment. Over the years, the franchise has garnered a loyal fan base, with many viewers appreciating its blend of outrageous humor, slapstick comedy, and spot-on satire.

The Scary Movie series has entertained audiences worldwide and inspired a new wave of horror-comedy films that continue to make us chuckle and shiver simultaneously. It’s safe to say that the franchise has left an indelible mark on the world of cinema, proving that sometimes the scariest situations can turn out to be hilarious.


We hope you enjoyed our guide to watching the Scary Movie series in order and have gained a deeper appreciation for this iconic horror-comedy franchise. But to enjoy the movies to their full extent, you must also be aware of all the famous horror films to understand the underlying jokes and references made throughout.

Author: Soumya Nair

Soumya Nair is an entertainment industry enthusiast who loves to write and bring in all the gossip and news to everyone interested. She always make sure to keep a keen eye on everything that goes behind the glam and glitter of the industry.

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