It's a Short Trip to Irrelevance. Last Stop: The Scary Movie Franchise
They are inexpensive to make (they usually run around $20 million) and they all double their money back, then quadruple it with international distribution. There is no stopping this train. It's been running for 15 years (or much, much longer if you count the old Leslie Nielsen spoofs), and it will probably continue to run as long as horror movies are being made and there's a willing audience. Given how terrible the movies already are, I suspect there will always be a willing audience. The bar has been set incredibly low, and movieogoers continue to limbo underneath it.
The Scary Movie franchise completely devoid of cultural relevance. The casting, however, is well suited. Most of the people who end up in Scary Movie movies already have one foot in the career grave. Appearing in them, however, is like being shoved into oblivion. Anna Faris has managed to survive, and James Van Der Beek briefly recovered from a cameo in one of the films. And Charlie Sheen, of course, is human embodiment of the Scary Movie franchise: A squashed cockroach that squirms out from underneath every shoe only to be squashed again.
For the most part, however, it's a trip to nowheresville. Ashley Tisdale takes over the Anna Faris role in this weekend's Scary Movie 5, and I can virtually guarantee that Tisdale's already hobbling career will head straight to Redbox thereafter. Lindsay Lohan, Jerry O'Connell, and Kate Walsh -- each of whom appear in Scary Movie 5 -- should also bid adieu to their careers now (or five years ago). Their agents should have them sign VH1 Celebreality contracts in exchange for their Scary Movie paychecks.
Here's a small sampling of the careers that have fallen into the Scary Movie sinkhole, never to recover.
Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy
James Woods (Yes. James Woods. Check his filmography over the last decade for traces of relevance. You will come up empty).