Taking on horror films with a more classic bent, "Scary Movie 2" manages to provide the same weak parody of its slasher-leaning predecessor. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, the film sends up the horror genre with some minor laughs and major eyerolls.
Throwing together a group of moronic young people in a could-be haunted house, "Scary Movie 2" sets its parodic sights on everything from "The Excorcist" to haunted house movies of the 1970s and their remakes. The film almost has a plot, but its easy-target comedy and general lack of decorum weakens any strengths the narrative tries to possess.
The production is limited, but Wayans imbues it all with a silly energy. The cast does its best with the material given, though that material is ultimately lackluster.
"Scary Movie 2" boasts some laughs, but the film never rewards its viewers with anything more than goofy parody and equal-opportunity offense shtick. It is an instantly forgettable piece of work.