WATCH : Wayans-Starring 'A Haunted House' Spoof Trailer Almost Convinces That It Could Be Funny
At long last, the Paranormal Activity/found footage horror hits are getting their own comedy spoof in the form of the Marlon Wayans vehicle A Haunted House — Paranormal Hacktivity, anyone?
Ever since I first saw I'm Gonna Git You Sucka way back in the ice age (junior high), I have desperately wanted the Wayans family to be capable of consistently brilliant comedy. Unfortunately, the first thing they did after nailing it down with Sucka was In Living Color, which launched Jim Carrey's career, which gave us Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but also gave us everything else... Since then, the family has been notable more for consistently producing successful comedies packed with obvious jokes that are more easily forgotten than the flavor of a rice cake. Sigh.
But little brother Marlon is interesting: Consistently funny regardless of the comedic dreck he's starred in, he's also made a couple of surprising career decisions — being the best thing about Requiem For A Dream, for instance — that make me want to see what he does even though I know I'll get burned. His latest, A Haunted House, is a parody of the found footage horror genre. It's full of a lot of the same schtick as the Scary Movie series, but the cast seems game, and NSFW ghost action is kind of something the world needs.
In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship... or, more importantly, his sex life.
In fairness, I kind of always want Cedric the Entertainer to be my secret dad, so that works too. A Haunted House stars Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer, Nick Swardson, David Koechner and Affion Crocket. It leaves a sticky, supernatural goo all over theaters starting January 11.