'Scary Movie' trivia that's a real scream

Lindsay Lohan as herself stars in " Scary

Lindsay Lohan as herself stars in " Scary Movie 5 " directed by Malcolm D. Lee. In theaters April12, 2013. (Credit: The Weinstein Company)

When "Scary Movie 5" begins haunting theaters April 12, it'll be the first in the franchise not to star Anna Faris as poltergeist-prone Cindy Campbell or Regina Hall as the evidently indestructible Brenda Meeks. But this latest in the series, which began in 2000, does have Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, parodies of the "Paranormal" movies, "Black Swan," "Inception," "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and whatever else writers Pat Proft (the "Naked Gun" and "Hot Shots!" movies) and David Zucker ("Airplane!") could scare up.

You know what else is scary? How much you might not know about the first four films.

The first movie's working title was "Last Summer I Screamed Because Friday the 13th Fell on Halloween."

Director Wes Craven, right, and screenwriter Kevin Williamson's "Scream" (1996) was originally titled "Scary Movie." Producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein changed it to "Scream," reasoning that in addition to being a horror film, it also was a satirical comedy.

"Scary Movie 4" was the first of the series shot in high-definition video rather than 35mm film.

Marlon Brando, below, was supposed to appear in "Scary Movie 2." James Woods replaced him in the role of an exorcist priest after health problems forced Brando to leave what Variety reported was a four-day, $2 million job.

Though the series uses recurring characters, Carmen Electra has played two different roles: Drew Decker in "Scary Movie" (2000) and Holly in "Scary Movie 4" (2006).

Marlon Wayans, who co-wrote the first two hit movies with brother Shawn and others -- and whose brother Keenen Ivory Wayans directed them -- says The Weinstein Co. kicked the creators off the franchise. "They took from us," he told New York's WWPR-FM/Power 105.1 in January. " '3' was an idea that we pitched to them. They absolutely stole the idea and did a bad version. We have the script and everything -- the good version."

The title of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's Feb. 12, 2007, column about speculation of a war with Iran: "Scary Movie 2."

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