Perhaps one of the craziest and most well-known franchises of all time is, without a doubt, “Everyone in Panic”.
The slasher parody was released exactly twenty years ago in US theaters and has since won three sequels and a reboot with Ashley Tisdale. Of course, everyone knows the saga created by brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans is bad – but that remains our “guilty pleasure” to this day for the bizarre storyline and ridiculous scenes that reflect the level of irreverence in the feature films. .
The first iteration (as well as the following ones) was slaughtered by critics, but it became a box office success, raising nearly $ 280 million on a budget of $ 19 million. And, to celebrate the film’s twentieth anniversary, we’ve separated ten curiosities from both production and behind the scenes.
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Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the queens of the original Scream, and following in her mother’s footsteps, Janet Leigh has come to star in the iconic “ Halloween ” franchise. In ‘Everybody in Panic’, the actress would make a cameo appearance as one of the victims: she would be found by Cindy (Anna Faris), hidden in a closet, as the killer climbed the stairs to kill them.
JARED LETO PARTICIPATED IN THE FILM
Oscar winner Jared Leto was contacted by the film’s casting director and was offered the role of Bobby (which ultimately went to Jon Abrahams). He declined the offer to participate in “Requiem for a Dream,” which also starred Marlon Wayans.
CHARACTER NAMES ARE A TRIBUTE TO TERROR
“Everybody in Panic” is a parody of several classic horror films – and even the names of their characters weren’t randomized. Cindy Campbell and Drew Decker allude respectively to Neve Campbell and Drew Barrymore, actresses of the saga “Panic”; Buffy Gilmore is linked to the beloved teen series “Buffy – The Vampire Slayer”; Bobby Prinze is a tribute to Freddie Prinze Jr., one of the main actors in “I Know What You Did Last Summer”.
EIGHT FILMS HAVE BEEN PARODIED
Apart from the obvious references to recent film releases, the comedy has parodied no less than eight feature films: in addition to “ Panic ”, “ Panic 2 ” and “ I Know What You Did Last Summer ”, the script also sparked jokes. “The Sixth Sense”, “Blair’s Witch”, “The Brilliant”, “The Matrix” and “The Suspects”.
THE TITLE HAS BEEN REUSED
“Panic” went on to become a box office and critical hit, once again putting the Wes Craven name in the limelight. However, the film was originally called “ Scary Movie ”, being modified over time – and reused for “ Everybody in Panic ” (whose English title is the aforementioned).
THE SCREENPLAY IS, IN TRUTH, A COMBINATION OF TWO OTHERS
The script for the feature film is actually a combination of two others that were acquired by Dimension Films: ‘Last summer I screamed because Halloween fell on Friday the 13th,’ written by Phil Beauman, and ‘ ‘Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween’, written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The latter two participated in the franchise “Everybody in Panic” and will also collaborate on “A Comedy Not Romantic” and “Gave Crazy in Hollywood”.
Jenny McCarthy and Britney Spears have been contacted to participate in the feature film as Drew Decker. Both declined the offer, but McCarthy would appear in ‘Everyone in Panic 3’. Ultimately, the brief role was for Carmen Electra.
AN UNEXPECTED SUCCESS
The success of the first film came without any precedent, which resulted in several sequels. However, the poster for the first iteration said “no strings”; to “correct the mistake”, the film’s creative and publicity team crossed out the sentence in question and wrote “we lied” to “Everyone in the panic 2”.
MEET TWO WORLDS
Although eight feature films served as the inspiration for the parody, a brief “tribute” was paid to another iconic franchise that debuted a few months earlier: “Premonição”. The scene in question is the last, in which Cindy is hit by a car after discovering that Doofy (Dave Sheridan) is the killer.
ANNA FARIS WASN’T THE FIRST CHOICE TO LIVE CINDY
Anna Faris won the world playing Cindy Campbell not once, but four times. However, things could have taken a different path. After all, the producers of ‘Everybody in a Panic’ had Alicia Silverstone in mind to play the protagonist – but the actress turned down the role due to scheduling conflicts.
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